Diwali free printable planner stickers!!!

Hi guys! How are you all doing? I haven’t been posting much since I was busy with my Etsy shop 🙂 It is the festive season here in India and we cannot let Diwali go without some bright earthen lamps in our planner spreads, right 😉 So I decided to create a Diwali weekly printable kit.

I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed making this kit using a bold color palette which attempts to reflect the colors of India 🙂 In this kit, I have tried to capture the spirit of Diwali in a modern sense. I hope you guys enjoy using it! I have tried to keep most of the content in a way that can be easily cut using scissors or a paper trimmer, however, there are a few functional deco elements on the last page which are best suited to be cut by Silhouette or a gyro cutter.

The download links are towards the end of this article in case you prefer to jump right in! However, since I have made a few changes in the format I urge you to go through the post 🙂

Here is a preview of the kit. I too will be using them next week for Diwali, so will update this post with my planner spreads then.

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The sizes of the full and half boxes are the same i.e. 1.875″ x 1.5″ and 1″ x 1.5″ respectively. Thus these stickers should fit perfectly in the Lipik Designs or EC planner.

What will you need?

  • The .pdf file(s)
  • Access to a color printer
  • White sticker paper (Letter or A4) – 4 sheets (you can also use a plain paper and glue)
  • A pair of scissors/ paper trimmer/ Silhouette

I have made a few changes in the layout and overall structuring of the printables considering Silhouette usage and therefore there are a few new points that I would like to mention before you proceed ahead with your stickers. I request you to go through them carefully.

Important points:

  • There are total 4 pages in this set. I have structured the contents such that the first two pages contain the essentials and the last 2 pages have extra optional content that can be skipped in case you prefer a minimal layout.
  • The pages are now in ‘Letter’ size and not in ‘A4 size’. However, that would not affect the printing of these pages on A4 paper.
  • Remember to select ‘No Scaling’ option when printing these stickers. Any scaling will result in the boxes not fitting the planner.

Please Note:

  • The files provided in the download links are for personal use only. They cannot be resold, modified or used commercially.
  • Please do not use it as a listing for third-party commercial print and cut service [Etsy shops]. I do provide a printing and cutting and shipping service [international included] for my printables, in case you require that. Please get in touch with me for the same on indianplanneraddict[at]gmail[dot]com
  • If you would like to share these printables or images with your readers or on social media please link directly to this page, not to the printable file itself and provide a full credit link.

Diwali Kit Page 1 – Full boxes

Diwali Kit Page 2 – Headers and Half Boxes

Diwali Kit Page 3 – Functional boxes and Date Covers

Diwali Kit Page 4 – Washi, Banners and Functional Deco.

I hope you enjoy using these stickers. Please don’t hesitate to share your comments and suggestions on these stickers. If you end up using the stickers, I urge you to share your spreads on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag me with @indianplanneraddict and #indianplanneraddict. Nothing would give me more joy than seeing all the awesome creative planner spreads that you guys make with these stickers. 😃

Happy planning and Happy Diwali guys!!!

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Diwali free printable planner stickers!!!

Pretty floral patterns free printable planner stickers

It’s freebie time! Since my last freebie was so well received I was encouraged to make another set of planner stickers for you guys 🙂 So here they are, in their full glory 😉 This time I have used a set of some pretty floral patterns in shades of pink. The seasons are so contrasting all over the world right now, like there’s summer in US and monsoons here in India! Hence, I thought these designs would go well with all kinds of seasons, no matter where you are in the world!

The download link is towards the end of this article in case you prefer to jump right in!

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The sizes of the full and half boxes are the same i.e. 1.875″ x 1.5″ and 1″ x 1.5″ respectively. Thus these stickers should fit perfectly in the Lipik Designs or EC planner.

Description:

The download contains a single .pdf file which has 2 sheets of printable stickers. The file is in A4 size. However, you can also print these on a ‘US letter’ size paper without scaling. One key point that I would like to emphasize here is the ‘No scaling’ option while printing. Do not resize your page to fit on other size pages. It will most likely result in printing misfit stickers. The images have been included at 300 dpi, so there shouldn’t be any issues related to their sharpness.

What will you need?

  • The .pdf file
  • Access to a color printer
  • A4 size of white sticker paper – 2 sheets (you can also use a plain paper and glue)
  • A pair of scissors or a paper trimmer
  • Planner 😉

Here’s are the printed stickers on the sticker paper.

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And below is the finished spread.

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Please Note:

  • The files provided in the download link are for personal use only. They cannot be resold, modified or used commercially.
  • If you would like to share these printables or images with your readers or on social media please link directly to this page, not to the printable file itself and provide a full credit link.

DOWNLOAD HERE

 

I hope you enjoy using these stickers. Please don’t hesitate to share your comments and suggestions on these stickers. If you end up using the stickers, do share your spreads on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag me with @indianplanneraddict and #indianplanneraddict 😃.

Happy planning!

Pretty floral patterns free printable planner stickers

Anupam Eko A5 notebook review

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Hey guys, how are you? I have finally settled in a routine for now at my place!

So a couple of weeks ago, I went to do some stationery shopping for my journaling and doodling activities at Venus Stationery Stores and Crossword store in Pune. I grabbed a few notebooks and writing supplies from these places and one of the item that I found to be interesting was this range of A5 notebooks from Anupam Stationery. Anupam is a well known stationery brand in India, so when you see an Anupam product you know you can trust it.

Now, let us take a look at all the aspects of the book individually:

Name:

Eko Notebook

Company:

Anupam Stationery Ltd.

Price:

₹ 160.00 for one notebook.

Availability:

These notebooks are available are all major offline stationery stores across India. I purchased mine from Venus stationery store on FC road on Pune. However I haven’t come across this notebook on any major online retail site.

Packaging:

As you can see it comes in a plastic sealed bag of the same size which is good since it keeps the notebook protected from mishandling and dust as they are kept on display in stores like Venus or Crossword. And yes, the pen is not included in the notebook 😉

Number of pages:

140 (70 back to back)

Product:

This notebook kinda reminds me of a MUJI notebook. It has a soft cover made of thick and environment friendly (as claimed by the company) kraft paper. As far as I know kraft paper is always brown in colour. The cover is blank from front and black. I like it since it allows me to decorate it as per my taste or leave it blank for a minimal look if I wish to!

The elastic band for closure is available in many colours like blue, hot pink, yellow, orange, lime green, red and black. However I could not find red and hot pink bands for the blank notebook. They were only available for the ruled pages one at Venus. I picked up the one with yellow band as you can see from the pic below.

It has a stitched binding which seems durable to me as of now. The color of the binding is the same as the color of the elastic band which is nice as it adds a little character to your notebook. I liked their binding, particularly that matching color of the thread!

The inside pages are off-white in colour. They are not white. However the colour feels good and kinda goes well with the brown cover! There are 2 layouts available for these notebooks viz. blank and ruled. I chose the blank one since I wanted a notebook for doodling. However I wish that these notebooks become available in dot grid and graph layouts since those are the ones commonly used for journaling and doodling as well.

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Now comes the most important aspect of any book. How does it fare in writing test? Don’t worry I have got you covered 😉

In the below pic you can see the writing tests carried out using 8 pens (7 pens and 1 marker). As you can see, since the paper is of average thickness (seems ~70gsm, not mentioned in the packaging), most of the pens bleed and ghost on this paper. Zoom in on the image for details.

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In the image below I have placed the pens in the order mentioned from left to right corresponding to the test from top to bottom.

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What is this bleeding?

Bleeding is nothing but spreading of your ink from the content to the nearby area on the medium. Since paper is fibrous, some bleeding is bound to occur especially while using a gel or ink pen. However it can be taken care by manufacturers and is therefore less bleeding a mark of good paper. Good paper means more processed paper. Check the images above for the last pen test. It was done using a permanent marker and you can clearly see the ink spreading to the nearby fibers.

Then what is ghosting?

When your writing on one side of the paper is visible on its reverse side, it is called ghosting of ink. It can also occur while printing or for that matter any medium which involves ink! Don’t we all hate when ghosting occurs?

Check out how much each pen ghosts in the image below. As a general rule, ball pens do not ghost. Good gel pens ghost less, but that is the characteristic of the pen and not the book itself. All gel pens below ₹20 ghost on this paper 😦

Again you can see that the permanent marker has ghosted the most, which can be expected.

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Sadly this notebook is not averse to either. As a doodler or journaler this is something that turned me off for this notebook. Although when I felt the paper while buying the book, I kinda of expected this to happen, but that is no excuse, right? As a matter of fact, those simple school notebooks ghost less than this! In my opinion, notebooks in this price range should not carry a paper that is less than 100gsm.

I am satisfied with the number of pages provided though. It is a perfect balance between keeping the notebook light and still having sufficient pages to write. I wouldn’t mind a further loss of a few pages if they upgrade their paper!

Also, the size A5 is perfect to write as well as carry around. Since I wanted this book for doodling, I needed sufficient space to practice my doodle for a day. So this works well for me. In fact, A5 is the standard size for journals across countries, so no issues there!

This notebook is actually comparable to Letternote Kraft notebooks and Crossword notebooks (called Yello.. I think?). However they fare better in terms of price and overall look and feel. The only aspect that I cannot comment right now is the paper. Will check and update for it.

I don’t know how long the elastic band will last. However I am enjoying it as of right now!

Final thoughts:

This notebook is good for casual purposes like note taking and simple doodling. However, it isn’t the best option when it comes to journaling or long term projects. Also, as of right now, I think this is the best option in this category of notebooks as compared to other brands especially when it comes to price! The overall looks and finish are as good as any other high end brands. You can always trust Anupam for the quality and value for money. I would like this notebook to have thicker paper and be available in dot grid or graph layouts. That will open the notebook to a wider array of activities for paper lovers like us!

Planner addict’s rating:

3.5/5

So have you tried any other notebooks? Do you have any more questions regarding this notebook? Do let me know in the comments 🙂

Cheers!

Anupam Eko A5 notebook review

Tropical fruit patterns free printable planner stickers

Hello everyone! First sorry for not posting of late. In fact, I haven’t been active on any social media for nearly a month since I was busy with relocation. So I moved from Bengaluru to Pune last month and I haven’t had time to do any planner related activities. I could not even decorate my planner spreads 😦 and all those weeks are practically a mess in my planner since there was too much planning, rescheduling, cancelling and more planning!

This week I am slowly getting back to my regular activities. And since May is the last month of summer I didn’t want to miss out on sharing these bright and fruity planner stickers that I made last month for summer. I too got the chance to use them just this week. This week I have shared my planner spread here before Instagram since I couldnt resist from using these stickers in my planner :). I will share these on Instagram on the coming Monday.

So without further ado,  let us take a look at the stickers!

 

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The sizes of the full and half boxes are the same i.e. 1.875″ x 1.5″ and 1″ x 1.5″ respectively. Thus these stickers should fit perfectly in the Lipik Designs or EC planner. The full boxes would be slightly short for the Happy Planner.

Description:

The download contains a single .pdf file which has 2 sheets of printable stickers. The file is in A4 size. However, you can also print these on a ‘US letter’ size paper without scaling. One key point that I would like to emphasize here is the ‘No scaling’ option while printing. Do not resize your page to fit on other size pages. It will most likely result in printing misfit stickers. The images have been included at 300 dpi, however this time there is a slight issue in the sharpness of a few images in the full boxes. Don’t worry these issues are from my side (to explain them I will have to write another blog post :P).

What will you need?

  • The .pdf file
  • Access to a color printer
  • A4 size of white sticker paper – 2 sheets (you can also use a plain paper and glue)
  • A pair of scissors or a paper trimmer
  • Planner 😛

Now that I am back home, I got new catridges for my printer. So I printed these on my home printer. It is an inkjet printer called HP Deskjet 2010. It is a very old model so probably discontinued in the market by now.

Here’s are the printed stickers on the sticker paper. Not super happy with the print quality. But will do for now.

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Below is the finished spread using these stickers in my Lipik Designs planner! As you can see I was too excited and couldn’t wait to decorate the next week using these bright stickers 😉

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Please Note:

  • The files provided in the download link are for personal use only. They cannot be resold, modified or used commercially.
  • If you would like to share these printables or images with your readers or on social media please link directly to this page, not to the printable file itself and provide a full credit link.

DOWNLOAD HERE

Although it is almost the end of summer, I would still recommend you to try these and would love to see your beautiful planner spreads using them! If you end up using the stickers, do share your spreads on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag me with @indianplanneraddict and #indianplanneraddict. Please don’t hesitate to share your comments and suggestions on these stickers.

Happy planning!

Tropical fruit patterns free printable planner stickers

Vintage spring patterns free printable planner stickers

Hey guys! I am back with another freebie!

Winter is over and spring is currently helping us transition to summer. Hence I thought that this would be a perfect time to have the weekly theme in spring colours, right? This week’s stickers are a perfect mix of vintage and spring patterns! If you would prefer to jump right into it then scroll over to the bottom of this post for the download link.

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The sizes of the full and half boxes are the same i.e. 1.875″ x 1.5″ and 1″ x 1.5″ respectively. Thus these stickers should fit perfectly in the Lipik Designs or EC planner. The full boxes would be slightly short for the Happy Planner though.

Description:

The download contains a single .pdf file which has 2 sheets of printable stickers. The file is in A4 size. However, you can also print these on a ‘US letter’ size paper without scaling. One key point that I would like to emphasise here is the ‘No scaling’ option while printing. Do not resize your page to fit on other size pages. It will most likely result in printing misfit stickers. The images have been included at 300 dpi, so there shouldn’t be any issues related to their sharpness.

What will you need?

  • The .pdf file
  • Access to a color printer
  • A4 size of white sticker paper – 2 sheets (you can also use a plain paper and glue)
  • A pair of scissors or a paper trimmer
  • Planner 😉

I got mine printed at  Printfield here in Bengaluru and it cost me a whopping ₹40/- for 2 sheets (₹30/- for printing on an A3 sticker paper and ₹10/- for the actual paper.

Here’s are the printed stickers on the sticker paper.

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Finished spread..

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Please excuse the blueish tinge in the pictures. The lighting wasn’t so great that day 😦

Please Note:

  • The files provided in the download link are for personal use only. They cannot be resold, modified or used commercially.
  • If you would like to share these printables or images with your readers or on social media please link directly to this page, not to the printable file itself and provide a full credit link.

DOWNLOAD HERE

 

I hope you enjoy using these stickers. Please don’t hesitate to share your comments and suggestions on these stickers. If you end up using the stickers, do share your spreads on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag me with @indianplanneraddict and #indianplanneraddict 😃.

Happy planning!

Vintage spring patterns free printable planner stickers

Pilot FriXion Clicker erasable pen review

When I started using planners (and planning in general), I usually ended up with too many cancellation marks in my generously decorated planners, making them look ugly because of some appointment getting rescheduled or some plan getting cancelled. It was then I realized that I needed to use something that is editable.

Initially, I used sticky notes for the tentative plans, but then I soon found out that my entire weekly spread is filled with just sticky notes! It wouldn’t have been a problem had the sticky notes been colorful and funky, but they were just plain old yellow sticky notes. Then I thought of using a pencil for the temporary tasks and they worked for a couple of weeks or so, until once when I had to reschedule majority of my tasks for the week due to an unexpected event and ended up with a weekly spread full of erased pencil marks. Since then, I stuck to good old pens.

I had heard about the Pilot FriXion erasable pens almost an year ago. A lot of people (non-planners too) swear by the Pilot FriXion pens for their everyday usage. But when I searched for them, as expected they weren’t available in India. So, when I stumbled upon this pen which was available at a discounted rate on Amazon India during the sales season, I knew I had to grab it.

So, I have been using this pen for over a month now for a variety of planner related writing tasks, including writing on stickers and today I would like to share with you guys my take on this pen, as a planner addict for my planning purposes.

Name:

FriXion Clicker Roller Ball Pen

Company:

Pilot Corporation.

Imported to India by Luxor Writing Instruments Pvt. Ltd.

Price:

₹ 100.00 for one pen. (The price has dropped to ₹ 95.00 per pen)

Refillable:

Yes. The refill costs approximately ₹ 50.00.

Availability:

These pens are available in major online stores, including Amazon, Snapdeal, Flipkart (currently out of stock) and Luxor’s own site.

These pens are available offline in all Crosswords and Landmarks across the country. You can also get them at Venus Stationery Stores in Pune.

I got mine from Amazon India. Here’s the link. There are frequent offers on this pen, so keep an eye on them.

Available Colors:

Currently, only 4 colors are available in India viz. blue, black, red and green. Today I will be reviewing the black one.

Packaging:

The packaging consists of a cardboard base containing the details and a moulded plastic covering for the pen, as seen in the images below.

Contents:

A single pack contains one pen (duh!). Ink color is same as that of the body color.

Product:

The pen: The pen has a plastic body. Its length is standard size (~15 cm). I find its width to be a bit fat, which does not make it very ergonomic for me. However it has a comfortable rubber grip. The point size is 0.7 mm, which is not my usual preference. I always prefer the 0.5 mm ones, since they write very finely. For me, the lower point size, the better.

It is a retractable pen. At first glance, you would think that the upper tip is the button to press the nib. But its not! The transparent pocket clip is actually the nib extender.

The pen is smooth enough, although I have tried a smoother pen than this. The color for the black pen actually comes out as a dark grey and not pitch black. However, I do not mind it. The ink is thermo-sensitive, which is the USP of the pen. It does not smudge even immediately after writing. So the pen would be good for left-handed people too. However I found that the pen writes like an ink pen with diluted ink. The text color is not even even within a word. The issue seems to be with the the ink itself and not the ink flow. Perhaps it is due to the uniqueness of the ink (I am not sure).

The “eraser”: It is the upper tip of the pen, that you would use just like any other eraser. However, unlike other erasers, this one does not leave any marks or rubber particles on your page! It literally works like magic. The principle behind it is a simple one. The ink is heat sensitive. Thus when the tip is rubbed against the ink on the paper, it heats the paper due to friction and the ink disappears. The ink/text is still there, it just becomes invisible.

Although I do not find many of its core features favorable, as a planner addict I find this pen incredibly useful, because of its ‘eraser’ feature. There are countless number of times when we schedule/plan a task for a particular day, only to find ourselves postponing it (or sometimes even cancelling it altogether!). In such cases, I find it best to use this pen, since it allows me to alter my schedule without the ugly cancellation marks in my planner.

Writing Sample:

It is important to see how this pen performs on normal paper as well as a sticker paper, since planner addicts do end up writing a lot on stickers, don’t we? Below are the writing samples for the pen on normal paper (top) and sticker paper (bottom).

Erasing sample:

Below is the sample of the eraser functionality of the pen. The top image focuses on the content and the bottom image shows the content being erased.

Final thoughts:

Overall, I think this is the best pen for planner people, because of its seamless erasable nature. If there is one pen that I would carry with my planner, it’s this one. Although I would have loved for it to have a 0.5mm tip  for finer writing, but I can do without it for now. I am aware that Pilot has many finer tip pens in the FriXion range, but since they are not available in India yet, this is my current go to pen for planning.

I find it to be a bit pricey for its ‘erasable’ feature, but I suppose we can always have one of these, right?

I hope that they release more colors variants in India, especially for those of us who color code their tasks. What do you guys think?

Planner addict’s rating:

3.5/5

So guys, which is your favorite pen for your planning? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers!

 

Pilot FriXion Clicker erasable pen review

Free printable planner stickers – Autumn theme

Hey guys, welcome back!

Today I would like to share with you a set of printable stickers in autumn theme :). I had made these stickers a couple of weeks back during Diwali, but could not share it since I was busy with some prior commitments. If you would just like to dive in, the download link is at the bottom of this post.

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These stickers would be best suited for the Erin Condren Life Planner vertical layout. You can also use them in the MAMBI Happy Planner, however they would be 0.25″ short for those boxes. Michaels have recently launched a new range of planners called ‘Recollections Planners’. I believe these stickers would fit them too. I would suggest you guys to try it out.

Description:

The download contains a single .pdf file which has 2 sheets of printable stickers. The file is in A4 size. However, you can also print these on a ‘letter’ size paper without scaling. The images have been included at 300 dpi, so there shouldn’t be any issues related to their sharpness.

What will you need?

  • The .pdf file
  • Access to a color printer
  • A4 size of white sticker paper – 2 sheets (you can also use a plain paper and glue)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Planner (duh!)

I printed mine on a sticker paper from a local cyber cafe since my home printer was out of ink during Diwali. The printer was a commercial color printer from EPSON, model number 1280. The printing cost me ₹20/- (₹10/- per page, single side only).

Here’s are the printed stickers on my A4 sticker paper.

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Here is a pic of the finished spread in my planner!

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Please Note:

  • The files provided in the download link are for personal use only. They cannot be resold, modified or used commercially.
  • If you would like to share these printables or images with your readers or on social media please link directly to this page, not to the printable file itself and provide a full credit link.

DOWNLOAD HERE

 

Hope you enjoyed the stickers. I would love to see your spreads! Be sure to tag me in any Instagram posts featuring the printables.

You can tag me @indianplanneraddict and #indianplanneraddict.

Happy planning!

 

Free printable planner stickers – Autumn theme