I tried Glam Planning.. and here's what happened! #TheHappyPlanner

Thank you to me & my BIG ideas and Her Campus Media for partnering on this post!

Hi, I’m Dani… and I’m a planner addict. 

Last year about this time, I discovered the wonderful world of planners. Now, planning is my biggest relaxation technique. Being able to put all the words, dates, schedules, plans, lists, and ideas that are jumbled around in my brain down onto an organized piece of paper is really soothing.

Last year I also discovered the world of Glam Planning. Glam Planning is taking the art of planning and taking it to an entire new level: adding stickers, tassels, pictures, journal cards, inserts, post it notes, tabs, different dividers, and overall customizing your planner in a huge way!

Though I always color code my planner and occasionally use post-it notes, I have never had the time or the money to spend on Glam Planning though I have been wanting to try it out.

I have partnered with me & my BIG ideas to try out their disc planner Happy Planner and accessories. I was provided with a ton of amazing things: stickers, letters, quotes, post it notes, insert cards, extra covers, extra filler paper, folders, and so much more. This gave me the opportunity to try out Glam Planning.

Is Glam Planning right for you?

The Planner

I found that the best planner for this Glam Planning was The Happy Planner by me & my BIG ideas. This planner is great because it is super colorful, inspiring, and organized with a weekly view that had each day divided into “Morning” “Afternoon” and “Evening” sections. These sections can be re-purposed as whatever you need them to be if you don’t want them as time slots.

Check out this video from me & my BIG ideas about the planner that I used:


My Style

Glam Planning with The Happy Planner

Everybody has different styles when Glam Planning. Some people prefer to print out their own stickers to save money, some even print out pictures of things from their life onto stickers to put in their planners. Some people like to get stickers from a store or order them online. Some use washi tape, some use post-it notes. Some use laminated journal cards, some use inspiring quotes. Some include grocery lists, to-do lists, meal planning, house keeping, and so much more!

I prefer to keep my planner as clean as possible. I like pretty, I like color coordinated, and I like stickers.. but I need functionality. I’m a busy person so my planner is really my space to organize my life.

Stickers & Quotes

side1I love stickers. I think my favorite part about trying out Glam Planning was getting to use a wide variety of super cute stickers in my planner! It really spiced things up.

I used stickers to separate things like my to-do list, my blog post ideas, and my grocery shopping list from my daily schedule. I also used stickers to emphasize important events such as meetings, the fact that my boyfriend was in town visiting, and that I needed to schedule in a Yoga session (which I did forget to do.. whoops!)

One of my favorite things that I did with these stickers was use them for inspiration. I am a huge believer in motivational quotes. They get me through the day, they help me find my purpose. My phone background is a quote that says “I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say because of you I didn’t give up.”

I found that these stickers made it really easy to put some of my favorite quotes into my daily life and I found myself feeling inspired, uplifted, and motivated every time I looked at my planner.

Post-it Notes

StickyPost it notes are really handy for so many reasons. I personally use my collection of post it notes to make my own weekly calendar for my school assignments. Many planners have something called a “dashboard” in their planner, which is one specific card in the planner with a bunch of post it notes attached to it for easy use.

I found that using a dashboard is really helpful! I put my dashboard one page before my currently weekly page to use it as a combination bookmark and post it note dispenser.

The post it notes that came with this dashboard vary in size, shape, and design, which give me a great variety to choose from.

Color Coding

side2It took me a while to get use to having my day split up into “Morning” “Afternoon” and “Evening” slots, but I found that I really enjoy it.

I am a color coder by nature and I tend to attach each of my classes to one specific color at the time when I register for them the semester previously. When I tried this experiment of Glam Planning it was only the second week of my classes so I was still getting used to my time schedules. Giving me a chance to break things up into time slots was really handy and allowed me to work on memorizing my course schedule.

These sections are perfect for planning your day out more in detail, without being set up by the minute. Try separating your to-do lists in these sections and see if that helps you be more productive!



Glam Planning takes a lot of time. I watched a few videos by some bloggers who glam plan, and a lot of them prefer to fill up the entire week pages with pictures, stickers, cards, and sometimes even fabric. While it does look really cool, it takes a lot of time and can take away some functionality.

quoteI found that what worked best for me was sitting down on Sunday night and planning out the week ahead of me.

It was relaxing and very mind clearing to get everything down on paper in a linear format.

I also found that what works best for me is using some stickers and Glam Planning materials, while focusing on leaving some empty room to ensure that it is actually usable and function-able for my daily life.

For more planning, inspiration, and organizational ideas check out The Happy Planner on Instagram!

Interested in purchasing this planner or anything from the Me & My BIG Ideas store? Use my personal discount code: HCDANI

What is your planning style? Tell me all about it in the comments!



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10 thoughts on “I tried it: Glam Planning

  • September 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Hi Dani! Your planner is so pretty. I love the stickers, quotes, and the variety of post-it notes. At the moment, I only use post-it notes and color coding, but you have inspired me to try glam planning 🙂

  • September 17, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Love the glam planner!

  • September 17, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I tried Glam Planning before and I began to do more work trying to make my it look so colorful with all the additives that I began to forget what was even in the planner. But I love the post and your planner definitely looks a lot better than what mine had looked like.


  • September 17, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    I need to get back to using a traditional planner. Putting stuff only on my cell isn’t working great. I hear you about glam planners being too time-consuming.

  • September 17, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    That’s intense! I survive with my chalkboard and phone calender.

  • September 18, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    hey Dani,

    I too have not so long ago been introduced to the world planner. I use personal-planner.com to customize my own planner, down to special occasions I want to appear in the planner, like birthdays and anniversaries.

  • July 17, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve had a planner for a few years now, but after using it for a few weeks I’d get bored with it and stop using it. I’ve been introduced into the world of Glam Planning and I’m excited to take part in it this coming semester. I think it will help me use my planner more often because I’ll want to open it and see all the pretty spreads.


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