This is a planner post, but it’s a little more than that.
Those of us that are into planners and planning know that people make money off of us. Big money. The planners themselves aren’t cheap (I’m looking at you, Erin Condren), and then the accessories… Holy Cow. Search Pinterest for Planner accessories and you’ll see what I mean. There are hundreds of people on eBay who just sell planner stickers. Planner Stickers! And when you add in shipping… well, let’s just say I’ve never felt comfortable spending that much on a consumable, and especially now that it would cost me the better part of a day’s pay for a couple of sheets of stickers…
So what’s a girl to do? All I wanted was a set of stickers to put on days when bills are due.
I started looking at some neato stamps by l2e, but the neato stamps were at least $14 a set. Add in the shipping, the ink… Not consumable, but still pricy.
Then I went to iconic fonts – the sometimes-free fonts you can download from enterprising young graphic designers that are like tiny little pictures. I thought if I could find a set that had the icons I wanted, I could put them into a word document, or even a label template and print them out. But it was difficult to find the icons I wanted, especially for free. Those pesky young graphic designers want to be paid, too.
And then I found this, by Mike Rohde, which are actually some hand drawn bullet journal icons. At first I thought, “Those are really cool, and kind of what I want, but I can’t draw!”
No, seriously. I can’t draw. I used to prepare my students for this fact the few times I had to draw things on the board, and they still laughed. I explained that this is why I was a music teacher… Can’t draw to save my life.
I came across another pin, recommending Sara Zorel on YouTube. One of her videos was called “Doodle With Me: Planner Icons”. Now, doodle I can do. So when you say “Doodle,” I think I can like that tiny blue engine that could…
And with some practice in my moleskine, I did.
I bought a flag shaped punch on clearance at Walmart for $3, and I already had sticker paper (In fact, had scraps of it from my NaNoWriMo prep – more on that later), and so I colored the scraps with markers, punched out some flags, and started doodling.
It may seem small, but I am totally geeked that I can make for myself and not spend money unnecessarily. And that I can kinda sorta draw. Not people, though. That’s just scary.
Shift your paradigm, and when you say to yourself, “I can’t,” question it. Sometimes you can amaze yourself.