A few months ago, I started a bullet journal. I really liked the idea of planning with pen and paper. The bullet journal seemed like the perfect solution, but it involved way to much work to get it exactly the way I wanted. After looking through countless hours of Pinterest boards on bullet journaling, I came across an article on the Happy Planner by me & my big ideas. It was love at first sight. I ran to Michaels to pick up a planner, and I’ve been a proud member of the planner community ever since.
After the last few months of planning, I’ve managed to accrue several sticker packs. So far I only have the Happy Planner Stickers, but I would like to get some Etsy stickers in the future. Currently, I have about 60 sheets of stickers and it takes forever to look through all the different packs to find the one I’m looking for. I needed a solution that was easy, cheap and efficient. I also wanted a way to categorize each page of stickers, and I also wanted something that I could add more sticker pages to in the future.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS PROJECT
- Sticker Books or Sticker Packs
- Planner Discs
- Card stock or Scrapbook Paper
- Scissors or Paper Trimmer
- Adhesive (I suggest double-sided tape or a glue stick)
- Hole Puncher
- Laminator Pouches
- Envelope Punch Board
- File Folders or Dividers
- tStart by disassembling your sticker books if they came glued together. You’ll want to have individual sticker sheets for this project.
- Measure the sticker sheets. Each of my sticker sheets are 5 inches wide by 9 inches long. Your sticker sheets may be a different size. Remember the dimensions of your sticker sheets. You’ll need these dimensions in order to size your card stock or scrapbook paper correctly.
- Align your sticker sheet with the top right corner of your card stock. Use a ruler to trace around the sticker sheet. It’s important to align you sticker sheet evenly as possible with the card stock in order to insure a clean, straight edge. This will also insure that each page of your completed sticker book is perfectly even.
- Add 1 inch to the left edge of your template. This will create a border that will be hole punched later.
- Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut out your template. Don’t forget to include the line made for your border when cutting out the template. My template measures 6 inches wide by 9 inches long.
- Use your template as a guide to cut out the number of pages required to complete your sticker book. My book is 83 pages.
- After cutting your pages, use your hole puncher to punch holes along the border of each page. I’m using The Happy Planner BIG Punch. This punch is already the exact size of my planner and sticker pages so it works well for this project, but you can use any punch that you have. If you’re using a standard hole punch, you’ll need to cut slits into each hole to attach the sticker book pages to the discs. Be sure not to punch your holes past your border’s guide lines. Holes outside of the border guide lines will be covered when you attach your sticker sheets.
- Attach each sticker sheet to your card stock. I attached my sticker sheets to the front of my scrapbook paper, but you could attach your sheets however you’d like. You may chose to attach your sheets to both the front and the back of the card stock to save paper. Just remember to align your sticker sheets to the right edge of the templates and stay within the guide lines. You don’t want to cover the holes along the border.
- Attach you completed sticker book pages to the discs and your book is complete!
- I created a 1 inch border for my sticker book pages because I wanted to show the design of my scrapbook paper. You can change this measurement to suit your needs and creative tastes. If you’re using plain card stock, you may want to have a smaller border to create a more narrow book. I wouldn’t recommend making your border less than one half of an inch because it might be too thin to properly hole punch.
- If you’re low on card stock or scrapbook paper, you might consider making a more narrow template. For example, my sticker sheets are 5 inches wide by 9 inches long. Instead of making a template that is 6 inches wide by 9 inches long, I could make a template that is 3 inches wide by 9 inches long. This would use less paper, but still be adequate to attach the sticker sheets. You would still need to leave your border at a minimum of one half of an inch. There are many options for the size of the template. The important thing is to make sure that the template can accommodate the sticker sheet without the sticker sheet falling off or tearing.
- The covers of my sticker book were made with scrapbook paper. I cut the scrapbook paper to the size of my book, laminated it and then hole punched it.
- The scrapbook paper used for my sticker book pages is from some value packs I bought from Michaels. I found this to be pretty cost effective, and it made cutting and measuring very simple. Since my paper is 12 inches by 12 inches, I cut 3 inches from the bottom of the page and cut the page in half to make my 6 inch by 9 inch template. This gave me 2 templates per piece of scrapbook paper.
- The dividers were made from old dividers I purchased when I got my Happy Planner. I just cut them down to the size I needed. If you have an envelope punch board, you can make your own dividers. I’ve used the 123 Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers previously, and it worked very well.