These days, there's a myriad of places to buy stickers for your planner, but the resources to create your own are actually right at your fingertips - with photo editing apps, it is super easy!
But What Apps should I use?
My favorite app currently is Over, but it's also only available for iOS. Another favorite is Rhonna Designs, which is available for both iOS and Android as well as PCs! Depending on the app, you may have to pay for some of the features I mention (I can't recall), but in my opinion, it's reasonable to pay a few bucks to be able to create something that you would have to buy otherwise!
So...how Do I actually make the stickers?
I'm going to use Over for the tutorial, but Rhonna Designs is pretty easy to figure out, so you should be able to stumble through that. And the end part is the same. :)
Selecting and Cropping an Image
First, you'll want to chose a picture as the background for your quote or the image for the sticker.
Once you've selected the image, you can click on it, and click on "Edit." These options (above) will pop up. Select "Crop" and then use the little arrow to flip the aspect ratios, and select 2:3. In Rhonna Designs, you want to crop your image to 4x6.
Adding Text or Designs
Once your image is cropped, you want to add some text or a design to it!
Click on the little plus sign to bring up all the options.
Then select the "Text" option or the "Artwork" option. In this case, I selected the "Artwork" option, to use the already created Over art.
I selected the phrase "Make Today Lovely" because I felt like that was best for a planner! Then you can move the phrase, change the size, or change the color. Over even has a nifty color picker that lets you chose a spot in the image, and it will pick that color!
When you're happy with the placement of your text or image, then you want to save the whole image.
Select the little box with the arrow in the corner, and then select "Save Image."
Move the Image to your Computer
Now, you want to get the finished image to your computer somehow. You can email it to yourself, but I personally use Dropbox. Dropbox uploads all my camera roll photos and then I move them to a folder that I sync to my computer. Box or Google Drive would likely serve the same purpose
There are two different ways to make your planner stickers after you've created the images and the images are on your computer. The first way uses the Silhouette Studio software (which is free and you can use it without a Silhouette) and the second way I've come up with uses Microsoft Word.
Using SilHouette Studio
Silhouette Studio isn't the hardest software to use, but it isn't the easiest either. The process for making the stickers is pretty simple though. You'll want to open the software, then open your image you created above.
Next, you click Object --> Scale. In the sidebar the pops up on the right side, under the dimensions, change either the W to 1.5 or the H to 2.25. It should look like the right on image above. That should make your image the perfect size for your Happy Planner boxes!
Once you've resized the image, you'll want to copy and then paste it into the sticker template. The sticker template I've created has space for 14 stickers, and the registration marks for the Silhouette to use when cutting. Once you've opened the template, you'll want to paste your scaled sticker images into it, and move them onto the red boxes, like you see above. Repeat until you've got a page full of stickers, print them out, and then use your Silhouette to cut them! Ta-Da! You've made your own planner stickers!
Using Microsoft Word
The process in Microsoft Word isn't that different than in Silhouette Studio. You'll want to click on the "Insert" tab, and click "Pictures." Select your image, and click on it once it's in the document to bring up the "Picture Tools" tab. There is an option on the far right in the "Size" box to change the dimensions of the image, though they're not labeled as such. They're little boxes with arrows and then the dimensions next to them. You'll want to change either the height to 2.25 or the width to 1.5.
Then, repeat until you have a page full of stickers! Cut out your stickers using a paper cutter or scissors and plan away!
One Last Thing About Images
Remember, the designs that you put on your sticker (depending on which app you are using) are likely copyrighted by the owner. That doesn't mean you can't use it for your own personal use, but these stickers wouldn't be something you could sell. Over, as an extra feature, does have the ability to search Unsplash and Pixabay, two websites that offer images free of copyright.
Thanks for reading my tutorial! I hope this helps you make your own stickers and decorate your planner!