Anyway, I thought I would do a post on how I decorate my diary sheets and also the inspiration behind some of the ways I use colour and stickers to maintain a functional planner, but also keep my inserts as a sort-of 'mini-journal'.
Firstly, sticky notes. I find these very useful for when a large chunk of information has to be highlighted. Often, I use them for lists (such as a shopping list) or for other bits of important information (such as train times).
I find that using a sticky note enables this chunk of text to jump out easily but it also ensures that there is a way to 'separate' that information from other bits of my daily planning. Also, sticky notes can look pretty too!
Next, colour! Colour is fantastic to ensure the continual use of my planner. This might not be the case for everyone, but it definitely is for me. I've always enjoyed being creative (I first used Photoshop when I was fourteen!) and I guess that never went away.
There are various ways to use colour - by using different colours to write different things, highlighting, underlining, drawing shapes, etc.
I like to try and use stickers in a creative way too - as you can see below.
Another thing I use is washi tape to highlight things. Although I mentioned the use of highlighters earlier, I personally prefer to use washi tape as I didn't like how highlighters bled on the Filofax paper. However, now that I am in Smythson inserts, this is less of an issue but I've always found highlighters to be quite messy and I can't say I am a big fan of them in my planner.
One last thing (I promise this is the last one!) is that sometimes, I add in some illustration of some kind to denote an event. An example of this is on a day when it snowed!
I rarely illustrate properly though, and prefer to use my Rilakkuma stamp set instead (not only are they cuter, they are also a quick and easy way to decorate my pages). Alternatively, if I find something cute in a magazine, in a department store (such as a perfume card), I would stick that on to decorate a boring day. Sometimes, I even stick train tickets on a day that I travelled somewhere interesting too.
I hope you've enjoyed a brief glimpse into how and why I decorate my diary pages. If you still hadn't figured it out, it's because:
- colour and creativity helps me remember things and also keeps me committed to my daily planning
- I like to look back on my diary pages as if I am reading an old journal I have kept.
How do you like to keep your planner?