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Good morning everyone! Happy Friday! I hope you have all had a fantastic week! Today I am telling you all about one of the things I love, Planner. Not just any planner though, I discovered the happy planner around 3 years ago now and I have been completely obsessed with this planner ever since.
It certainly took me a lot of research and debating before I actually made my first purchase to own a happy planner but I have never regretted the decision to start my planning journey with them.
As a lover of planners anyway, and a massive writer of to-do lists, Choosing the right planner is honestly a massive deal, especially when you are wanting to stay organised and on top of life.
Want some tips on staying organised? check out my methods of organisation, here.
So, What actually is a happy planner?
Designed by the company, me & my big ideas, The happy planner is an expandable, disc-bound planner system. So pretty much, your ultimate life organiser. That combines the need for organisation, with being creative. Pretty awesome right?
WHAT MAKES A HAPPY PLANNER SO SPECIAL?
There are so many styles and customisations that you can make to your planner. You can style your planner however you want to. With a massive range of different sizes, inserts, discs, and accessories. There is literally so much to choose it’s overwhelming at the start.
With a few box kits available as well, these give you a kick start in being able to customise them.
Staying creative and crafting is so good for your mental health, Check out my reasons why crafting is so good for your mental health post, here.
BUYING A HAPPY PLANNER IN THE UK.
There are 3 options available to us in the UK wanting to obtain a happy planner and it’s accessories.
Through The Happy Planner website directly.
The Happy Planner website (TheHappyPlanner.com), although based in America, does ship internationally. You definitely need to check out the website either way, as there are so many useful tips and so much inspiration to be gained from following their website. Including their free Happy downloads.
I admit that I have never purchased directly through there website, but this was because I was not sure of how many fees would be occurred by doing so this way.
Through Amazon & Amazon global.
The first time I purchased The Happy Planner, I brought a classic, vertical, un-dated similar to this one here, through Amazon Global. The reason I chose to purchase my planner this way is because I had never brought anything internationally before.
Although I did take some time to google the International shipping regulations I found these a bit daunting as I really wasn’t sure about the charges. My cousin once told me that she had to pay over the cost of an item before so I really couldn’t afford that to happen at the time.
My planner took around 3 weeks to arrive and I thought that was brilliant and there was no further charges on international shipping as this had already been included in the at a fixed rate.
Through a UK craft supplier website.
Some UK craft stores are doing the hard work for you (the importing from America) and supply Happy Planners and a variety of accessories as part of their online stores. My favourite being Craftelier. I would try a google search of ‘Happy Planner UK Supplier’.
WHAT TYPES OF PLANNER CAN I GET?
My favourite planner type is the classic size with a vertical layout however this year I am using a Journal style layout. Which with how 2020 has been, was probably a lucky choice! The journal has a lot of freedom to be used as an organiser as well as reflecting on a day to day basis.
Basically, you have 3 decisions you need to make when buying a Happy Planner. Firstly what size do you want? You can get a happy planner in a mini, classic or big size, as well as skinny classic or a skinny mini.
Next, what kind of layout do you want to use? The vertical, Horizontal, Dashboard, Monthly and Hourly.
Your last decision you have to make is whether you want your planner already dated or not. I prefer the Undated, It gives you freedom of how you want to plan your year, and organise your planner.
WHAT ASSESSORIES CAN I GET TO GO WITH MY PLANNER?
Ok, so I am addicted to official happy planner accessories and supplies. I have a cart shelf full of my sticker books and planner supplies.
Types of accessories:
- sticker books
- Page markers
- Happy Punch
- Filler Paper
- Pocket Folders
- Decorative AccessoriesCovers
- Adhesive Pockets
The happy Planner inserts are also a love of mine.
Inserts and extensions such as:
- Plain lined pages
- Bullet journal sqaures
- Budget planners
- Wellness planner
- Christmas Planner
- Wedding Planner
- Fitness Planner
- 6 Month extensions
BUT CAN’T THIS BE COSTLY?
Not necessarily. There are no limits to what you do with your planner. So you could opt for buying the planner itself and customising it in other ways to buying official happy planner accessories.
Also using crafting and stationery supplies, such as sticky notes, and washi tape and non-happy planner formatted stickers is a massive option to still keep your planner creative and full of life.
There are so many amazing Etsy sellers that sell stickers they have designed especially for the planning community. I have brought numerous planner layouts from Etsy, as well as using my happy planner sticker books.
HOW CAN I BE CREATIVE WITH MY HAPPY PLANNER?
There are so many amazing Instagram accounts that dedicate their profiles to their planner customisations alone. You should check these out. they are so inspiring. especially under the #happyplanner #plannercommunity hashtags.
I love to fill my planner pages with a variety of stickers, to do list blocks, as well as inspiring quotes.
Addicted to stationery like me? check out my signs of stationery addiction post, here.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR PROS THAT KEEPS ME GOING BACK TO THIS PLANNER?
Firstly the removable pages are a massive love of mine and the fact that you can add extra pages and inserts into your planner. Making the planner fully customisable for user requirement. Which is not something that is optionable with a lot of planners, so it is my favourite feature.
I didn’t really know much about the customising planner’s world until I found this planner, and now I find myself wanting to invest in some of the other planners around as I would love to trial Erin Condren’s life planner.
What are your guy’s experiences with this planner? Is it something that you are considering buying? have I missed anything?