Planners, Stickers & Washi Tape: A Beginner’s Guide

Hey potential planner peeps! I’m guessing you have clicked to read this blog post because you are desperate to get started with your planner addiction but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Well, you’re in for a treat. This post is all about planners, stickers and everything else you need to know.

I began my planner addiction when I was in middle school. No joke. I loved having homework planner. I know, I am that sad. But it wasn’t because I loved doing homework, it was because I loved writing everything down and ticking things off. It is a bit of a guilty pleasure and obsession but I’m not even sorry. Over the years, I have trialled and tested many different planners, bought from various places, including supermarkets, WH Smith and TK Maxx but it wasn’t until last June that I truly found planner peace.

I started watching YouTube videos of people using Happy Planners, Erin Condren planners and decorating them. Using stickers and washi tape to make their pages pretty. After a few months of watching these videos non-stop, I decided that I needed in on the action.

This post is going to help you decide which planner is best for you, and also the basics that you need to get started. I am going to focus primarily on Happy Planner things as that is mainly what I use, but I will also share a few of my favourite UK sticker shops and also other planners that I love to use.

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First things first, you need a planner. I would start off with one, and build up to using more. You don’t want too many to begin as it’s not only expensive but can also be quite overwhelming!


I really recommend The Happy Planner as they have various different types and there really is something for everybody. The following layouts all relate to the happy planner so if you decide which you want, you know what to search for!

If you want a purely functional planner, I would recommend the dashboard layout. This gives you checklists and goals on the left hand page, with a box for each day of the week on the right hand page. You can of course still decorate it, but it has everything you need for a functional spread already.

If you quite fancy decorating your planner, then I would recommend the vertical layout, which has each day of the week along the top with 3 longer boxes underneath each other. This is brilliant for decorating as there is so much white space to place stickers and you can get really creative. I personally love using my vertical happy planner for decorating spreads, as it just inspires me so much more than just putting pen to paper.

There is also the horizontal layout but as I haven’t used that one, I don’t really know much about it!

Now, you need to decide what size you want. The Happy Planner offers 4 sizes, big, classic, mini and skinny classic. I have a classic for my main, vertical planner and a mini for my dashboard layout. This is the perfect size to pop in your handbag and the classic for keeping on your desk!

My top two places to get your hands on The Happy Planner products in the UK are:


Ok, so this is where the fun part begins. As I said earlier, I’ve always loved having a planner and would often use highlighters to make it pretty, but using stickers took me to another level.

There really is no limit to what kind of stickers you can get, the colours, the quality, the price tag. There really is something for everyone.

If you’re going to use a Happy Planner, I would suggest starting with just 1-2 happy planner sticker books. I love this sticker book which has colour-coordinated sheets which means spread for each week from just one sticker book! Of course, as you get more into it, you can treat yourself to a few more and eventually build up a great bing, unnecessary sticker stash like I have done! I also love this Seasonal sticker book as well, it literally has everything within it for the perfect seasonal spread, no matter what time of year it is.

If you’re looking to support small businesses or don’t want to buy a whole sticker book but instead individual weekly or monthly spreads, there are so many independent UK sticker shops. Below are a few of my favs!

Washi Tape & Other Supplies

Ok, so you have your planner and you have some stickers. But what else do you need? To be honest, not much! But I’m going to give you a short list of a few added extras which may help you get started.

  • Washi Tape (obviously)
  • Pens (I use these ones)
  • Correction Tape for when you want to cover something up
  • X-Acto Knife for cutting washi tape or stickers

None of these things are necessary, but they definitely help! Most you can get from Amazon or Hobbycraft. Washi tape is available pretty much everywhere but Etsy is a good place to look!


Shop the Post

Colour-Coordinated Sheets
Seasonal Sticker Book
Teresa Collins Be Happy Box Kit
Hello Spring Weekly Kit
Simply Lovely Sticker Book
Farmhouse Sticker Book
Classic Happy Planner
White Three Tier Storage Trolley
Colour-Coordinated Sheets
Seasonal Sticker Book
Teresa Collins Be Happy Box Kit
Hello Spring Weekly Kit
Simply Lovely Sticker Book
Farmhouse Sticker Book
Classic Happy Planner
White Three Tier Storage Trolley

So, now you have you planner, stickers and supplies, it’s time to have some fun! Trial and error is usually the best way. And remember, if you hate a spread, you can turn the page and try again next week! You can check out Plans with Amy for some planner inspiration if you want and come and say hi on instagram!

I hope this post was helpful and let me know in the comments if you’re a planner addict like me or beginner wanting to get started! Make sure to subscribe so you never miss a post!

Until next time,



  1. Misa
    27th April 2020 / 11:59 am

    I’ve been bullet journaling for 18 months now, and I love it! I’ve wondered about Happy Planners but hadn’t found a UK supplier until today, so thanks for that. Definitely thinking of one for next year.

    Misa | Misassortments

    • Amy
      27th April 2020 / 12:01 pm

      Aww brill! I love the idea of bullet journaling but my artistic skills aren’t great – I love how I can do similar but use stickers instead! I love my Happy Planner, I’m glad this was helpful for you! Xx

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