Here we are, a New Year lots of exciting plans and ideas buzzing around in our minds. And that’s without the New Years resolutions that need tracking. Although I have to admit this year I can’t say I have any resolutions, more ideas for projects and craft plans.
A New Year A New Planner!
Is it just me that hates moving into a new planner. Planners are like comfy shoes aren’t they? It takes a while to get settled into them, and then once you do you don’t want to change when the time comes.
This year I think I may have found the perfect planner, the About Time Planner has all I need to plan my life around my busy family. With sections for school holiday dates, birthdays, monthly goals and appointments. But as I am visual person, it also has to have colourful stickers all over the pages. They draw my eyes to important times and dates, that I know I would otherwise miss if it were a sea of blue ink.
Every planner needs cute planner stickers, and these gorgeous printable planner stickers made on my trusty Cricut Maker are just what I have spent years looking for.
I kid you not? Every January I spend hours looking for pretty pastel coloured planner stickers, the right seasonal stickers to track my year. To highlight holidays, cruises, school holidays and birthdays. Ok I like the odd cocktail and living in the North of England where it snows a LOT, tracking snow days is always a bonus. So yes I want a diverse collection of stickers and all in my favourite colours.
The only solution is to design and make my diary stickers myself.
I had the print and cut sticker paper in my craft supplies for ages, before I finally had that light bulb moment. However getting my printer to collaborate with my project has been a challenge. But after a bit of nail biting and shouting at said printer. (Because that ALWAYS helps right?) I finally got there. Is it just me that won’t be beat by a craft project? And when you can’t make your printer cut your Circuit Sticker Paper it makes you more determined than ever to make it work?
Designing my printable planner stickers in the Cricut Design Space
The new features in Cricut Design Space make putting patterns into shapes soooo easy. Check out my instagram stories for my tips on making pattern backed stickers, which would also be perfect printed on card for scrapbooking projects.
You need to decide on a colour palette and themes before you start, for me it was pretty clear in my mind that this year will be all about summer, cruising and travel. As a co-editor of a cruise blog cruising is something I pretty much think about all of the time.
Make sure you measure the squares or sections in your planner and ensure the images you have chosen are sized correctly to fit.
Flattening images to be able to print and cut them in the Cricut design space
When you have chosen an image and you can choose anything in Cricut Design Space, it doesn’t not have to be a print and cut image. If it is not, then flatten the image to make it printable. See my instagram story here for how to flatten images in the design space.
How to overcome problems printing onto Cricut print and cut sticker paper
I spent far too much time wondering why my Cricut print and cut images were not printing properly. But it seems that for whatever reason my printer was adjusting the way it printed because the print and cut paper is not a standard size and I could not change the size in setting. It was printing cutting half the images off. Thus resulting in only half my stickers being printed and my Cricut Maker not being able to recognise the broker project outline. I remedied this by saving the printer sticker sheet as a PDF.
To do this you send your project to print, then click advanced options. You will get the print options, click on PDF on the bottom left corner and save as a PDF file.
Once saved as a PDF I opened it and flipped the image in PDF viewer and printed it upside down. For whatever reason this works on my printer and I don’t lose half the image.
You can then press the make it button again and click the “already printed option” to go straight to cut.
From there I was able to trim the top of the paper so my printed guideline was an inch from the top of my printing mat and the project printed perfectly.
Templates for print and cut sticker sheets
I have attached the pdf versions of my printable stickers should you have enough time on your hands to cut them out for yourself. However should you like me be totally in love with your Cricut Maker ( Cricut love is real) and have design space access, here are the ready to print and cut projects in design space, monthly stickers and seasonal stickers.