I got back into paper planning this year and I spent almost the whole year trying to find the perfect setup for my planner. Part of my solution was functional planner stickers, which are exciting and infuriating at the same time. I would buy these lovely packet sets with one page of perfect functional stickers and be left with kind-of-ok ones until I went through the rest of the packet. Rinse and repeat.
Then, I realized that I have a Cricut, and they sell printable vinyl, and it dawned on my that I could make my own functional planner stickers.
This project was created using items provided to me by Cricut in exchange for creating a Tiktok.
What you need for this project is a Cricut Explore or Maker, Printably Vinyl, and a printer.
I use a vertical weekly planner, and each of the columns are 1.5 inches. The box lengths I like the most are 1.25 inches and 2.5 inches. With that information in mind, I opened up the Cricut Design Space and got to work.
First, select a square shape.
Then select the size the sticker will be (1.45″ x 1.25″)
I made the first box blue but you can select any color. Then, using the same steps above (or duplicating the first box) make a second box in white, and slightly smaller than the blue box (1.3″ x 1.1″)
Place the white box on top of the blue box and then center them. This creates the color line (blue) around the writeable space (white).
Then, select both squares and “flatten” them.
This creates a “Print Then Cut” object. Print Then Cut alerts your Cricut to send your design to a printer before cutting. It will cut the outside box only.
There’s an excellent tutorial on “Print Then Cut” here and if it doesn’t automatically, start it at 9:52. She explains the parameters of the vinyl and how to go through the whole process from here with printing and cutting. It’s insanely simple and I’m kicking myself that I didn’t think of this sooner.
Using the above steps, I make various size boxes in the colors that match the sticker kits I already have (purple, green, and blue). It makes it easier to mix and match with the sticker kits I already have, and I don’t have to worry about running out of a set and having a wonky week (major first world problems, I know).
For the above spread, I mixed some green boxes that I made, with Happy Planner Disney Princess stickers, and washi tape I purchased on Amazon.