Friday, July 28, 2017

FAVORITE ETSY SHOPS | INKWELL PRESS FLEX PLANNER

I hope it's been no secret that I love using my planner, and even more so I love using stickers in my planner.  I've used a planner of some sort for years and years, and it really took me a while to wrap my head around using stickers.  After finding the planner community on Youtube a couple years ago, I was amazed at all the creativity surrounding planners.  At first, I thought using stickers was a time suck and... if I spent the money on the planner, why should I spend more money on stickers to make it useful?  Shouldn't the planner be useful on its own?

Well, I still agree with that thought to some degree.  On one hand, I don't need stickers to make my planner functional.  It works fine just the way it is.  On the other hand, after I spend one year using stickers in my planner, I could see the value they add.  Not only does it customize my planner and really make it my own, but it's so nice to flip through it at the end of the year and see all the organized notes.  You see, I am a planner saver.  It's silly, but I love to save my yearly planner and read what I did on any given day.  I discovered that using stickers made me even happier to write in my planner.

On that note, I do feel like I've run the gammit with the variety of stickers.  I've used so many different ones to find what I like, and today's post is all about my favorite Etsy shops that make stickers.

FAVORITE ETSY SHOPS | INKWELL PRESS FLEX PLANNER by North Carolina lifestyle blogger Rebecca Lately


You might also want to know what planer I use, since that is a huge piece of deciding what stickers to buy.  This year, I am using the Inkwell Press Livewell Flex Planner.  You can see an overview of it here.  And in full disclosure, I do not have the time to decorate my planner every month.  In fact, the months of May and June in my current planner were not decorated at all.  It was strictly functional those months, with tons of to-do lists and notes and thoughts about the house & moving and all that entailed.

I'm super happy to be back in a planning routine.  It really helps me remember everything.  In fact, I always write things down anyways (whether it's on a sticky note or a note pad), because I am more likely to remember them.  But, there's something really satisfying about writing a to-do list in a nicely decorated & organized planner.  :)

Without further adieu, here are my current favorite Etsy shops!

Luckaty

This has been my most favorite Etsy shop since I made the switch from Erin Condren to Inkwell Press.  Luckaty is based in Louisiana and run by Kate.  She specializes in stickers that work with the Inkwell Press Planners.  Her stickers coordinate with the color schemes, which is really nice and convenient.  She has a ton of kits, so there really is something for everyone.  Some of my more recent purchases include the Blooming Birthday kit and the Sweet Nautical kit.

Hello Poupette

This is a new-to-me shop that is run by Julie and based in the UK.  Her bright floral designs caught my eye when I was searching for a monthly kit.  Her stickers are not specifically for Inkwell Press planners, but I decided to take the risk on the August monthly kit.  I'm very happy with it, even though the colors are brighter than I usually like.  The floral prints remind me of Rifle Paper Co, so of course that's a win my book.  The only downside is that if you're based outside of the UK (like myself), your order may take a while to get to you.  My most recent purchase is the August Monthly kit.

Symposi Press

I can't remember if I've mentioned this shop before, but it's definitely worth a second mention.  The shop is run by Julie and based in Massachusetts.  I recognize Julie's work from Ravelry, where I am a member.  She is very talented and her style of stickers blends well with the Luckaty kits.  Her style is watercolor, but is also reminds me of very pretty colored pencils.  She has a large variety of stickers.  While I'm partial to the knitting-themed stickers, all of them are lovely.  I have the USA holidays set, the hydration trackers, and the a few others like the St. Patrick's Day set and the WIP set.

For now, those are my Favorite Etsy shops that I'm frequenting.  If you use planner stickers, I'd love to hear about your favorites!

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