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