For my first spread in my new life planner, I wanted to create my own stickers which is something that I had never done before. I recently got a horizontal style life planner and decided to design a simple template for myself so I can easily print out new stickers whenever I want them!
I’ve decided to put together a step by step tutorial with screenshots to help my planner posse save some money on online sticker shopping and to show just how easy it is to create your own stickers, especially for those of us with the new horizontal planner!
What Do I Need?
To create cute stickers of your own, you only need a few things:
- A word processing program like Microsoft Word or Open Office which is a FREE program that you can download here. I use Open Office for this tutorial 🙂
- Sticker paper or full sheet shipping labels to print your stickers on which you can buy on Amazon or at Wal-Mart. You can also print these on regular paper and glue them into your planner too.
- A printer.
- Pinterest to find some cute images for your stickers!
Here is the blue sticker sheet that I made with this tutorial. Click the image to download this free printable sticker sheet!
Creating the Template
Like I mentioned, I will be using Open Office for this tutorial. Open Office is a productivity suite just like Microsoft’s, only Open Office is free to download and use! Here’s a link to download the program if you missed the link above. I don’t have Microsoft Word since graduating college, but I believe the two programs will be similar enough that you can mimic these steps in Word. Okay, let’s get this party started!
NOTE: The rest of this post is pretty image heavy, so click below for the tutorial!
1. The first thing you’ll need to do is open a new, blank text document in Open Office.
2. After the document opens, go to your toolbar and click on Format > Page to bring up the page style dialog box.
3. Go to the Page tab and change the left, right, top, and bottom margins all to 0.50″. Click OK.
4. Now let’s get started on the table. In the toolbar, go to Table > Insert > Table which will bring up the insert table dialog box.
5. Under Size, we want 5 columns and 6 rows. Then click OK. Your page should now look like the image below:
7. Highlight the entire table by pressing Crtl + A. Then, right click on the table and go to Row > Height which will bring up the row height dialog box. Enter 1.625″ and make sure the Fit To Size box is NOT checked. Press OK. Note: The boxes will likely be rounded to 1.63″ which is totally fine.
8. Now your page should look like this:
9. The last thing to do is to make sure that the columns have a uniform width of 1.5″. This should be done automatically when you set the row height in step 7 as long as you changed all the page margins back in step 3. To double check the width of the columns, right click on one of the boxes and go to Column > Width. This will bring up the column width dialog box. Make sure that the width is set to 1.5″. If all columns have a width of 1.5″, you’re good to go!
10. Save your template! That’s it, you’re done with the hardest part!
Adding Images To Your Template
Now it’s time for the fun part: finding images to make into stickers! I like to have a theme in mind when looking for images so for this example, I’m going to be creating a sheet with blue patterns on it. I like to have 8 different stickers for the week, one for each day of the week and then one for the notes section in the horizontal life planner.
Pinterest is a great place to start looking for potential sticker images. I like to look up things like “iPhone wallpaper” or “blue computer backgrounds”. When you find images you like, save them to your computer in one location that you can easily find. Once you have all the images you’d like to use, it’s time to start adding them to your pre-made template!
1. Open up your pre-made template and open up the folder that you saved your images in. Simply drag the images from your image folder into each of the cells of the table in your template.
2. Once you drop the image in, it might not fit exactly in the box. That’s because we have to resize it. I like to resize each image individually as I go. To do this, after dropping the image into your table, right click on it and go to Picture. Change the image to have a width of 1.5″ and a height of 1.625″.
3. After resizing it, the image still might not be exactly aligned with the table. Just click on the image and drag it up, down, left or right to align it with the table. I’m not sure if you can really tell in the screenshot below, but the image on the left isn’t quite at high up as it’s supposed to be after it was resized, so there is a little bit of white space between the image and the top of the box. I just dragged the entire image up to meet the top of the box and then I was back in business.
4. Add the rest of your images, resizing them as you need. When you’re finished, you’ll end up with a gorgeous looking sheet of stickers that you just need to print out on some sticker paper, cut, and stick into your planner!
Whew! I hope this tutorial was helpful to all my planner peeps and I hope you enjoy the free stickers!