how to make your own planner stickers
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One of the ways you can truly customize and personalize your own planner organizer is to learn how to make your own planner stickers.

In this tutorial, we’ll share some tips and tricks for creating your very own DIY planner stickers!

Here’s What You Will Need to Get Started to Make Your Own Planner Stickers

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Planner Sticker Paper: We use and recommend Avery Sticker Project Paper – which you can find in most retail and office supply stores, but the best price we’ve found for it is online.

Printer w/Ink: You don’t need an expensive printer – inkjet will do just fine, but you will want to make sure that the ink is full! Otherwise your stickers may not come out as clear or beautiful as you’d like! We have a color laser jet printer we absolutely love – but inkjet will work OK too.

Word Processing or Photo Editing Software: If you have photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Photoshop Elements, that is what we recommend to use to create beautiful sticker sheets. While there’s a bit of a learning curve in using the programs if you’ve never used them before, it gives you the most flexibility and control over how to place and resize images.

However, you can make awesome sticker sheets in word processing programs like Microsoft Word and Pages…so don’t panic if you don’t have Photoshop! We will actually share in this tutorial how to do it in Microsoft Word, and the directions will be similar for just about any word processor {ie: Pages, Open Office, etc.}

Images: You can find a number of cute images on sites like,, and other free printable images sites. 

Those types of high resolution images perfect – or if you’re handy with Photoshop, you can always design your own!

If you’d like to skip designing your own planner stickers for now, you can also grab our free printable page flag planner stickers to try it out with!

All righty, got everything gathered up? Let’s have some fun!

How to Make Printable Sticker Pages in Microsoft Word

These directions will work in almost any type of word processing program – Microsoft Word, Open Office, etc – You don’t have to use any special software – if it allows you to set up margins and cut/paste or add text or images it will work!

1. Gather Your Images: The first thing to do is download and save your images that you plan to use. Most sites have a “download” button, or you can just alt-click on the image and choose “save image as…” somewhere on your computer. Be sure when choosing images you have the permission to use them!

2. Set Up Your Page Layout: Next, you want to get the most out of your sticker sheet, so set the margins for the page to be 1/2 inch – this will give you a little more space to work with, but still give you enough room for error in printing. This can be done by going to Layout -> Margins -> Narrow .5″. {In older versions, it may be under the File Menu or “Page Setup”.

3. Insert Photos: If you go to the “Insert” menu, choose “Photo-> Photo from File” from the drop down menu, this will prompt you to find where you saved the images and to insert them into the document.

4. Resize and Rearrange: Once you have the image inserted, you’ll want to resize it so it’s the right size {depending on the image and what you plan to do with it!} – for example, if printing calendar stickers, you might want to make them teeny tiny. Microsoft Word will tell you the size of the image, so this helps in making sure your stickers are the same size. If you need help with the measurements, you can also aways go to the View menu to show the Rulers.

5. Load the Sticker Paper in Your Printer: As this will vary for nearly everyone, follow the directions that come with the sticker paper and/or your printer. Be sure the “sticker side” of the sticker project paper is on the right side for printing.

6. Print! This is the fun part…printing them out!

7. Cut out & have fun! Once you have the stickers printed, all that’s left to do is cut them out and have fun! This can be done VERY easily by either using a Silhouette Curio or Cricut Air or of course you can also cut with scissors.


I hope you find this little tutorial on how to make and create your very own sticker sheets helpful and useful!

And most importantly that it gives you the opportunity to make your planner as personalized as you want it to be – because that is what matters, finding something that works best for you!

I do have one small little word of warning: creating your own stickers is kind of addictive. You’ll be making DIY planner stickers for every project you can think of!!!!

What are Your Thoughts?

Do you have any suggestions for creating your own planner stickers? What methods do you use to make your own stickers and elements for your planner?

If you have any tips you have that I might have missed, please do share them in the comments below!


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  1. What do you suggested is the easiest way to cut the stickers? Is there a special machine for this or tool other than scissors?

    1. I have a Brother Scan n Cut. Amazing machine!!!!! I know the price is a little steep if using for just a small project, but it adds a whole new level of crafting. You can use it to draw your stickers and then cut them out and million other things (okay maybe not a million, you loads and loads and loads…)

  2. Hi Mary! Great question…I have been cutting mine out with scissors…but now you have me wondering if there might be an easier way! I will have to do some research 🙂

    1. I’m looking into getting a Cricut to cut my planner stickers…expensive, but it seems like a great investment! Right now, the Explore One is on sale for $179 and for $149 at Joanns!

      1. I have a Cricut Explore Air and I absolutely LOVE it! And, it has a print then cut feature as well which will be amazing for making planner stickers! I can’t wait to get started!

      2. much cheaper to buy a paper cutter. it will allow you to get super straight cut lines BUT it only cuts straight lines. Other than that I use an xacto blade. My question is what type of printer to use. Ink jet printers seem to use ink that rubs off in due time. hmph!

        1. We had a color laser jet printer for a very long time we loved. Ink refills were more expensive when needed, but we bought ink way less often! Another option is to print at a library or copy shop that uses a laser jet printer.

      3. i have a cricut and really love making stickers, the problem that i am running into right now though is that my printer doesn’t read the cricut sticker paper…. i’m going to experiment with different brands of paper. But once you get the printer to print the images on the sticker paper through the cricut program, it will cut them for you!

  3. use an exacto knife with a small straight blade and a ruler. When you’re cutting however DO NOT push all the way down. This way you cut the top layer of film into the exact shape you need for your layout. This takes some practice and you will cut some out through the bottom layer but practice makes perfect!! 😘

  4. I would use a paper cutter to cut through the vertical cuts and the do an exacto for all the horizontal. That way you don’t have a ton of tiny stickers about you’d have strips. Thanks for the help. I’ve never printed my own stickers before but I have a feeling I’ll be doing it every chance I get!

  5. I use my cameo to make stickers. Alternatively you can buy a circle or square punch and punch the stickers out. Just make sure you leave enough space between the pics for you punch size

    1. Hi Kristal! We purchased this printer awhile ago at an office supply store – it was on clearance, so there may be a newer, better model available – but this is it on Amazon: – Hope that helps!

  6. I use the Gyro Cut. Which is rather new to the market. Is a blade that rotates 360° and cuts like a dream. You hold just the same as you would hold a pen. It is very comfortable in your hand so if you are doing batch kiss cutting then your hand won’t hurt like it does with an X-acto knife.

    If you only press with down with a maximum of about half the pressure it will give u a lovely cut and leave on the backing paper. I bought mine from amazon in a kit.

    I hope this helps people the way it helped me. If you go onto YouTube and put in Gyro cut you can see it in action.

    Take care everyone Xx

  7. Another option to use pictures or graphics that are already printed and cut-use the Xyron Sticker Maker. They come in various sizes. You just roll the picture or paper through and it comes out on adhesive backed paper. Initially a little expensive but you can get good deals at Michaels with their various coupons.

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