45 Must-Have Planner Supplies: Tools, Pens, Accessories, Paper, Storage

Today I want to share with you a list of my favorite planner supplies. I’ve been mentioning these items throughout the blog in different articles but having a list of them all on one page makes it easier for you to find them.

This list of items is meant to help you discover the different types of items that are available and that could be useful to you.

To make it easier to browse this list I divided it into 6 subcategories:

  • Most Useful Tools for Planners and Crafters
  • My Favorite Pens for Planners and Hand-Lettering
  • Fun Planner Accessories
  • Cutting Machines
  • Paper Types
  • Storage Solutions

Note: I didn’t just make a list of items, I made sure to give details about each of them so that you can understand and decide if they would really be useful to you.

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Must Have Planner Supplies

I’ve been planning for some time and crafting for even longer, so I own most of these items. Now don’t be worried, you certainly don’t need them all to get started but they’re definitely nice to have. These supplies will be especially useful if you want to get creative and customize your planner.

You’ve probably never heard of some of these items (Gyrocut, Xyron, Foil…) so I thought it could be useful to tell you they exist and can make your life easier.

Even though you can find all these supplies on Amazon (which is super convenient) I recommend you compare prices with your craft stores or favorites websites as prices may vary depending on sales, etc.

I hope this list is helpful to some! If you use and love some planner supplies that are not included in this list, please let me know in the comments. 

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45 Must-Have Planner Supplies

Most Useful Tools for Planners and Crafters

While you don't necessarily need all of these tools, they can definitely come in handy.

Besides planning, most of these tools can also be used for other craft projects.

Craft Paper Trimmer

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A craft paper trimmer is SO CONVENIENT to have! It makes cutting a wide variety of crafting materials a breeze (photos, scrapbooking paper, etc).

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Gyro-Cut Cutting Tool

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If you currently cut your stickers with scissors, but you're not ready to get a cutting machine, this little cutting tool could definitely make the job easier. It's like a precision knife taken to the next level.

The Gyro-Cut has a 360° blade that makes smooth curves and sharp turns easy to achieve. It's also safer to use because it requires less pressure than a classic precision knife.

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American Crafts We R Memory Keepers Tab Punch Board

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This Tab Punch board will help you easily create your own dividers with perfectly spaced tabs (small, medium or large). It also includes a corner rounder.

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Xyron Create-A-Sticker Machine - 150 Permanent 1.5"

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This smart little machine adds a layer of adhesive to the back of any item up to 1,5x2". You can use it to turn little paper embellishments or die-cuts into stickers.

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Xyron Create-a-Sticker, 5" Sticker Maker, Machine, Permanent Adhesive

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Similar to the Mini Sticker machine but for wider items (up to 5"). This Xyron Create-a-sticker machine adds a layer of adhesive to items up to 5" wide. What's great about these Xyron machines is that they are non-electric, you simply have to place your item and turn the knob.

This create-a-sticker machine is also available in a 2,5" size.

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Thermal Laminator Machine

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You can use a thermal laminator to laminate your planner dividers, planner covers, die-cuts, bookmarks, or any other paper item that you'd like to protect and make more durable (photos, calendar, etc).

You can also create dry-erase sheets for your little ones or for your home organization by laminating a piece of paper and using erasable pens to keep writing on top of it.

You will also need laminating pouches (several sizes are available).

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HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer

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With this portable photo printer, you can easily print your photos on 2x3" sticky-backed photo paper. It's an easy way to add in your planner or if you are into memory-planning.

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American Crafts Minc Foil Application Machine Starter Kit 

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FOIL is so pretty! If you're anything like me and you'd like to add foil to everything (stickers, embellishments, cards, wall art signs, gift tags) then you're going to love this machine. Many colors of foils are available and it basically works like a laminator.

The main thing you have to keep in mind though is that the foil reacts to toner. That means that you can only foil designs that have been printed with a laser printer (if you don't have one, you can get your designs printed at Staples/Office Depot, etc, for a low price).

I have the smaller model (6") but if you want to be able to foil full sheets at a time you'll need this bigger model.

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Staples Arc Desktop Paper Punch, 8-Sheet Capacity

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This discbound paper punch is similar to the MAMBI Paper punch for Happy Planner but it has a bigger sheet capacity (8 sheets for this one versus 3 sheets for Mambi) so some people prefer this Arc Paper Punch.

This paper punch is totally compatible with HP Planners.

This discbound hole punch is a little more sturdy than Mambi punch so if you're planning on punching laminated sheets (planner covers for example) this Arc Punch might be a better choice. Some people reported having problems to punch laminated sheets with their Mambi punch.

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MAMBI Happy Planner BIG Punch

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If you like customizing your Happy Planner I definitely recommend getting a discbound hole punch, such as this one or the Staples Arc one.

You can punch 3 pages at a time. This BIG punch is perfect for 8,5x11" paper sheets, but you can also use it to punch your Classic HP and Mini HP sheets.

This punch is also available in Classic HP size but I definitely recommend getting the BIG one because it will work for all sizes. You can't use the Classic punch to punch BIG sheets easily. I didn't think it through and learnt that lesson the hard way!

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Rapesco Adjustable 6 hole Paper Punches

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This paper punch is great if you own a ring-bound planner (such as Filofax, Carpe Diem, Websters Pages...).

It's adjustable, so you can punch many different sizes: A5, 16, mini, pocket, personal. 10 sheet capacity.

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MAMBI, The Happy Planner, Weekly Punch Box Classic

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With this Happy Planner Box Punch you can easily add photos or scrapbooking paper in your planner to add some decoration.

Each cut made with this punch is exactly the size of a weekly box (Classic HP).

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X-ACTO Knife

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Use this precision knife to cut paper, fabric, thin metal and plastic.

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Self Healing Cutting Mat

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A self-healing cutting mat is great to have for all types of paper crafts! It protects your desk/table, gives measurements and enables you to cut directly on it with an X-Acto knife or other types of cutters. Very useful if you hand-cut your planner stickers.

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My Favorite Pens for Planners & Hand Lettering

Here are a few different types of pens that would be great to use in your planner or bullet journal (including some specifically for hand lettering).

Paper Mate Gel Pens | InkJoy Pens, Medium Point

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Some would say these are the best gel pens ever (minimal bleed through, no smearing, nice ink flow)!! 14 colorful pens are included.

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Zebra Pen Mildliner, Double Ended Highlighter, Broad and Fine Tips

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You've probably seen them used before! This pack includes 15 soft colors.

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Pilot FriXion Clicker 0.7mm, Erasable Gel Pens

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If you want to be able to erase what you write in your planner, these erasable Frixion pens are great to take some pressure off!

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Faber Castell 8 Pitt Black

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This set includes 8 different point pens which makes it great for lettering and doodling.

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Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen, Soft and Hard Tip 

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This is my favorite type of pen to start brush lettering.

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Fun Accessories: Stickers, Washi, etc.

Even though cute accessories are not necessarily must-haves, they're definitely nice to have!

Washi Wallet + 7 washi tapes

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You can carry up to ten 15mm rolls of washi tape in this washi wallet. It has a window so you can easily see your washi tape rolls.

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Thin Washi Tape Set 23 Rolls

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Did you know that many Happy Planner Stickers packs are available on Amazon?

Prices vary and you can often find stickers packs for half the price, or lower price than you could get with coupons in craft stores. You just got to check frequently.

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Happy Planner Stickers Packs

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Did you know that many Happy Planner Stickers packs are available on Amazon?

Prices vary and you can often find stickers packs for half the price, or lower price than you could get with coupons in craft stores. You just got to check frequently.

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48 Rolls Washi Tape Set - Foil 

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These thin washi tape rolls are 3mm wide and have nice foil accents!

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Monthly Weekly Daily Planner Sticker Set of 1,000+ Stickers

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Nice value Pack with 20 sheets and over 1000 stickers.

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Big Capacity Pencil Case

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Big enough to carry your must-have pens and tools with you.

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Cutting Machines

A cutting machine makes some crafting tasks a lot easier and faster. My favorite feature is print and cut to make my own planner stickers: I can easily make kiss-cut stickers (that peel from the sticker sheet) such as the ones sold on Etsy. If you're buying a lot of planner stickers, or if you're into crafting in general, this type of cutting machine can be a good investment.

2 main brands of cutting machines are available at the moment: Silhouette (CAMEO or Portrait) and CRICUT. I personally own a Silhouette and I love it but I advise you to research both machine brands and pick whichever seems best for you.

Silhouette Portrait 2

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Easily cuts a variety of materials (paper, cardstock, vinyl, Heat Transfer Vinyl, Vellum...) up to 8 inches wide and 10 feet long.

The main difference between Portrait and Cameo Silhouette machines is the surface area: mats for the Cameo machines are wider (12" versus 8" for the Portrait). If you're only going to use your machine for planner stickers (8,5x11") the Silhouette Portrait is enough. But if you plan on cutting bigger projects, Cameo might be a better choice.

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Silhouette CAMEO 3 - Cutting Machine

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Easily cuts a variety of materials (paper, cardstock, vinyl, Heat Transfer Vinyl, Vellum...) up to 12 inches wide and 10 feet long.

I own this machine and love it!

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Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint

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My Favorite Paper Types

Depending on your needs, here are my favorite paper types.

Sticker Paper (Online Labels)

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This pack includes 100 sheets (8,5x11") of sticker paper. it's compatible with inkjet and laser printers.

Online Labels is one of the best brands of sticker paper.

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Hammermill Paper, Premium Color Copy Paper 8.5 x 11 Paper, Letter Size, 32lb Paper

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If you're planning on printing and making your own planner inserts (or if you just want to have nice paper on hand) I definitely recommend this paper. It's smooth, bright (100) and thick (32lb). 500 sheets come in a ream.

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HP Photo Paper Premium Plus

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If you're looking for a good photo paper to add photos in your planner I recommend this one. You can also print die-cut and other paper embellishments on this paper.

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Storage Solutions

Rolling Organizer Cart

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This 3-tier organizer cart is great to store your most-used planner or craft supplies all in one spot. This cart comes in several cute color options.

You can also find similar carts at Ikea and Michaels.

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Washi Tape Storage Box with 30 compartments

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The 30 compartments are adjustable so this storage box can really fit many washi tape rolls and other bits and pieces!

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Pen Organizer with 14 compartments

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To have an organized AND pretty desk.

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Embellishment Storage by We R Memory Keepers

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If you want a pretty storage case to store your paper clips, charms, and other little bits and pieces these flower-shaped case should do the trick.

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