Hey there planner peeps,
Okay, before you read this I’m going to give you a fair warning. This won’t be my usually typical post. This is personal and I do appreciate it if you keep any form of negativity to yourself. Thank you!
If you’ve been following me for some time now, you must know that I create free printable stickers for planner users. I LOVE what I do. It keeps me occupied, sane and my creative juices flowing. I was asked why do I make these free prints. You want the honest truth? Okay, here we go….
I am not fortunate like others to have the money to purchase items for planning. No lies, not playing a pity thing, it’s the honest truth. My move isn’t the only reason for my “no spend”. Once upon a time (not so long ago) I was able to buy things for planning, creating, and for personal use. Now, not so much. My family’s financial situation changed for the worst. We lost our jobs, our home, and our faith in the fact that things would get better. We resorted to moving in with family and try pick up where we left off. Life as we knew was about to change, forever. Family outings, shopping trips, birthday parties (I was too embarrassed to show up without a gift), and all sorts of other stuff were no longer apart of our family weekends. I had to learn how to live a frugal life. If I wanted something (like washi, or planner stickers, or even a .97 cent sticker book) I had to give up something. My resorted to selling the belongings that we had left. Clothes (because at the time I was pregnant and had no use for them), furniture, old toys, nick knacks, etc. We had to learn how to survive.
No matter what was going on, I wouldn’t give up planning. Planning keeps my stress level down. I can honestly say that without it, I would be really depressed and of course stressed. I gave up shopping, couponing, crafting, and soooooo much more. But not planning. I plan because I’m a busy person. I need a way to keep my life organized and keep it making sense. I “pretty plan” because it keeps not only my hands occupied, by mind occupied. It’s my own little time to myself to escape reality and enter my “craft world” lol
I wanted to plan, I wanted to pretty plan but I had to figure out a way to do it while still being on a strict budget. So I started applying for PR positions, entering giveaways. Then when that wasn’t enough I started to DIY my own stickers. I first started off my drawing in my planner (no lies), then I bought little Avery labels drew on them and cut them out.(You’re probably wondering why I didn’t just print stickers at this point. Well, I didn’t have access to a printer nor a laptop/desktop). Finally when I got my hands on a second-hand laptop and printer through a Craigslist trade, I was able to print things out.
Shortly after finding printable sticker sites and a whole bunch of YouTube videos. I learned how to make my own. At first I was completely fine with only providing myself with prints. It wasn’t until I had a conversation with another planner that it hit me on the fact that I’m not the only planner girl who’s been going through a rough patch, and can’t afford to spend 3-5 dollars for planner stickers. I hated the fact that ladies couldn’t plan like others because of their budget. So, I decided to do something about it. Trust me, it hasn’t been an easy journey and I don’t see it getting easier any time soon. But I love it. I love how I can actually make a difference. It may not be a huge difference, but it’s something. Now, 2 months later I have 2.3 thousand women that I provide free printable sheets to. I wanna do more, and I will.