Planner Stamping

Looking way back to a year ago, I posted a blog about how I chose the Erin Condren Life Planner. Long story short, I was deep into the planner game, then fell out and didn't care and just recently got back into it. When I say I 'fell out,' I don't mean I stopped planning, but I stopped being intentional with my planning. I didn't washi, I didn't stamp and I didn't sticker. I just wrote. Like normal people. But by now I'm sure most of you have figured out I'm not normal.

People who have never experienced the planner community are in for a shock. I stumbled across this stationary-crazed group of women last year right after I bought my ECLP. I don't remember exactly how this came about, but I think it had something to do with the hilarious 'Llama Letters' YouTube channel. Cindy is a die-hard planner and combines her incredible penmanship with her creativity to create some incredible planner spreads (planner lingo for a week in a planner). I've always been a creative, and I've always enjoyed being organized, so naturally, I was hooked.

After binge-watching numerous (err dozens) of "Plan With Me" videos on YouTube, joining some Facebook groups and following some planners on Instagram I was ready to get my start in the obsession. Now, if you're actually interested in the community, there are so many variations of planning you can do. Bullet, personal, stickers, stamping, EC, Inkwell, Happy Planner, vertical, horizonal, etc. I won't bore you with the details (if you're interested- email me!) but I chose planner stamping. Why? Well, if you look into it, planners who use stickers spend an outrageous amount of money. I'm all for buying oodles of goodies, but when you have to do it week after week just to continue your obsession, it adds up, quick. When I found out about planner stamping, I found it to be the perfect solution. You can do much of the same things you can do with stickers, but you can use them over and over again. It just made financial sense to me. Some planners will use a mix of stamping and stickers- and I've tried that, but I always end up primarily stamping.

By this point in the post you're thinking one of two things: 1) this betch is crazy and wasting her money, or 2) this sounds interesting, I will read on. Both of you are right. I am crazy but it is interesting. Pick your poison and read on.

Like I said, this all began a year ago. My mother, who is a creative and an organizer like myself, supported my new obsession (I also got her semi-hooked, like the good daughter I am). The first things you need when beginning to planner stamp are:

A planner. Duh. But like I said above, there are sooo many options and each satisfy different planners' needs. I've used an Erin Condren Life Planner Horizontal for a year, but now that I've accumulated some coupon codes (get $10 off here, wink wink), I just recently purchased the Erin Condren Life Planner Vertical Neutral. I'm excited for something new, I'll be sharing more about it when it arrives!

Ink. When starting to planner stamp, you'll hear time and time again that inks bleed through your pages. The solution to this is to buy chalk ink. The best brand for this is VersaMagic Chalk Ink. They have so many different colors and are sold at Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and Jo-Ann's. Because all three of these stores offer coupons regularly, you can get these inks for cheap!

Acrylic block. What's this, you ask? Most stamps aren't your grandma's rubber stamps. They're usually clear photopolymer stamps, and to use these, you need something to stick them to to actually use them. The solution to this is acrylic blocks. These can be found in any stamp aisle in any craft store. I have a cheap 3"x3" from Jo-Ann's (bought with a coupon). I could honestly use a smaller block because most of my stamps are pretty small, but this size works just fine. One tip I will give new stampers is to put washi tape on the edge of your block, otherwise they can disappear because they are clear.

Last but not least, stamps! Like I mentioned above, most planner stamps are photopolymer clear stamps. They're clear and can get lost easily, so be careful! Now of course, this is where you let your creativity flow. There are a lot of companies (though, I would love for even more to pop up) that make planner-specific stamps, but you can obviously modify and use non-planner type stamps to use as decoration. I'm more of a functional planner, so I don't do as much decorating, but to each their own! Here's a list of planner stamping shops (I'll indicate which one's I've used and loved):

Clearly, the list goes on and on. Stamps are always at craft, stationary and scrapbook stores, so if you explore a local store, you'll probably find some! They all have their own unique twist, so it's up to you to decide what kind of stamping you enjoy.

In addition to stamps, people will add plenty of things to their planner spreads. I usually only use stamps, washi, and occasionally some decorative paper or page flags.

Want to learn more about planner stamping? Check out this Facebook group. On Instagram, check out the hashtags #plannerstamps and #plannerstamping. On YouTube, search planner stamping and you'll find plenty!

As always, feel free to email me with any questions about planner stamping, or planning in general! I'm an official addict and would be more than happy to blabber on about it! Seeing as recruitment will be beginning soon, blog posts will be pretty few and far between, but hopefully I will be back writing more once the sorority craziness is over! Happy August!

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