Why do I make free prints?

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.

Happy planning,

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6 thoughts on “Why do I make free prints?

  1. Thank you for all of the printables. I too cannot afford to go buy the pretties. As a 3 time cancer survivor let say medical bills are the focus of my life. As a parent of a disabled special needs child lets say more medical bills and we have only just now been able to get help for him with medical expenses 22 years later….And now with a daughter who has had nothing but ongoing medical expenses for the past 2 years. Ever dime goes to more medical expenses. But this is my escape…. I love to plan and I have to plan due to our schedule full of appointments. I now homeschool my daughter for free through the state in a virtual school so she can still attend classes and all of her appointments. Let me say your stickers allow me to have pretty stickers and a outlet to escape…Thank you for all that you do not just for me but for all the ladies that use your stickers. They mean so much to me. And that is why I go out of my way to always thank you and al the other ladies on groups that donate stickers. I even thank people for the stickers they post that I do not use need or can use. Like the ones for the print and cutting machines. Have a wonderful day. And enjoy your planning escape…..As I enjoy mine.

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  2. Thank you fir sharing your personal story with all of us. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your openness, but also your selflessness in sharing your printables with so many. I really believe that your following goes to show that there are tons of us out there who love to plan, pretty plan, stay organized, but also need that creative time to escape for a while from the world and spend time doing somethimg we love. I have had my own reasons for not being able to spend like crazy in planner shops in the past 10 months, as I’m sure many others have. I think that what you are doing is great and you’re not just providing stickers. You’re providing that outlet and personal… or even mother/child planning time that many of us need and look forward to. On a personal note, not too long ago (or maybe it just feels that way), ait was recommended that I find a hobby or join a group (not necessarily online at the time) that would allow me to have an outlet and do somethimg for me so that I could de-stress and develop friendships. The planning community and planning gave me that, so once again, thank you… because what you are doing goes far beyond providing something free to your followers.

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  3. Bless your heart. I know exactly where you’re coming from. Not so long ago I lost my job and wasn’t able to find another one in the small town I live in. Then my hubby’s business tanked and we were pretty much in the same boat as you. Thankfully, things have gotten better for us. I’m sure they will for you too. I’d still rather make my own stickers than buy them though. And I’m grateful for people out there like you who have given me the motivation. I’m new to the pretty planner so haven’t made that many of my own stickers yet. When I do, I’ll find a way to share them too. Thank you for all you do. Prayers for you.

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  4. Oh my goodness….I love this post ❤ I can say we have been down the "lost jobs" path and actually started my own little Etsy store to help pay some bills around here to continue to stay home and homeschool the kiddos. It certainly isn't easy but planning sure has become such a fantastic outlet and get away from the day to day stuff. Not to mention I have loved getting to know such amazing woman such as yourself 😉 Keep up the great work!

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