Have a really cute idea for your planner and want to make it yourself? I’ll show you how to create printables and stickers without Photoshop.
I create some pretty cute planner stickers and printables on my Etsy store, so if you want to get in on the action and start creating, you can! You don’t need expensive programs to create printables and stickers. All you need are regular office programs like MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint or their equivalents. You can also use sites like Canva and PicMonkey to turn your ideas into something you can print out and maybe even sell on Etsy and make a little extra cash. Now, that’s what I’m talking about!
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Things You’ll Need
You’re going to need some ideas and inspiration. Jot them down somewhere so that you have an easier time putting them together on the computer.
Also, you’ll need access to the programs and websites. You can pretty much use the same techniques on every MS Office program (they all do the same thing on different levels).
Royalty free or commercial licenses for graphics and images that you plan to use. Remember, using someone else’s images and passing them off as your own (even with credits) is not cool or legal.
Your own drawings! You can draw and scan (or take a photo and upload) your works of art and turn them into stickers or printables. The options are endless!
Patience and time. Unless you’re really familiar with Office programs, it might be a bit of a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll know where to click around to make things work.
Create Printables and Stickers Without Photoshop
Today, we’re going to use PowerPoint to make planner sticker printables. Oh yes, PowerPoint can be used to make cool stuff (same process for Word and Excel). Here, I show you!
Open up your program of choice, today it’s PowerPoint. Click the Themes tab > Page Setup. Select the size you want your document to be. Most of my printables and stickers are created on Letter size (8.5 x 11 in), but you could do other sizes too.
Make Habit Trackers and Calendars Easily
For bullet journalists and planner addicts (like myself), creating habit trackers and calendars is super easy. Just go to the Tables tab > New > Highlight the number of squares you want your table to have. For habit trackers, it’s usually safe to go with a 7×5 table for 31 days. The remaining 4 squares on the bottom can be easily merged (this is where many people put their habit tracker labels (Fitness, Health, Sleep, Savings, etc).
To merge the last 4 blocks for your habit tracker label, select the boxes, Right-click, and Merge Cells. DONE. Copy and Paste to make many, many more habit trackers for tracking all of your awesome habits.
Create Round Stickers and Labels
Playing with shapes is my favorite thing. You can pick and choose whatever shape you want to use. Here, I’m showing you how to create cute round stickers using images from your own library. I’m using my Etsy Shop logo in this one.
Click the Shapes button and select your shape of choice. Click on the document to begin drawing your shape. If you want a proportional shape (perfect circle, perfect square, etc.), hold down the Shift button while you “draw” the shape. To resize and keep the proportions the same, hold down the Shift button, click one of the Blue corner circles of the shape and resize to your liking.
If you need to turn the shape, click the Green circle and rotate the object.
Now that you have your object drawn, you can insert a picture from your files. Right-click on the object and select Format Shape > Fill > Picture or Texture > Choose Picture. You can edit Texture and Transparency here as well.
Most shapes have a blue line outlining the object. I want the outline there, so I know where to cut, but I don’t want it to be blue. To change the outline of the shape, select Line > Solid > Color > Choose whatever color you want (I like Gray) as the outline. Press OK to finish formatting your shape.
Want to make a whole page round stickers? Just copy and paste them all over, make sure they’re aligned, and bam!
How to Make Cute Banners and Flags
These banners and flags add a really cute touch to planners and journals. You can easily make your own too. Since these are also shapes, you can insert your own artwork and textures like we did for the Round Stickers and Labels.
Click Shapes > Block Arrows > Pentagon. Draw a banner, and I’ll show you how to resize and rotate it.
On this banner, the Blue circles on the corner resize the whole banner. The Green circle rotates the shape. The Yellow diamond changes the angles of the pointed edge. I recommend you play around with them to see which look you like best.
For the banners and flags, use the Green circle to rotate the shape so that it is vertical. Pull the Yellow diamond down to lessen the angle on the bottom of the shape. Make the shape more narrow by bringing in the Blue circle on the right side.
You should have something that looks like this. Feel free to adjust where you want. These are merely suggestions and inspiration.
Now, you can customize your banner. Right-click on the shape > Format Shape > Fill > Solid. This is where you change the main color of the banner. I chose this pretty aqua color.
To create this kind of Gradient, click Gradient > Style > Radial. You can select other Styles as well, but this is the one I chose. To add another color to your gradient, click Add Color and select a color. Your shape gradient colors should change. Adjust the gradient by sliding the arrows around or changing the % of Color and Transparency.
Here, I’m changing the outline color to gray again. It helps me know where to cut, but it isn’t distracting from the actual design. Go to Line > Solid > Color. Choose.
Some shapes come with a shadow – I don’t like this shadow, so I remove it. Double-click on the Shape you want to remove the shadow from, and you should see this Format bar. Click Effects > Shadow > No Shadow.
Now that you have one banner, you can copy and paste it to make more. Also, you can resize to make different size banners and flags.
Creating Page and Layout Titles
This is probably the easiest thing to do, because you’re just playing around with different fonts, words, and lines. To create these lines, click on Shape > Lines and Connectors > Select the first line.
The easiest way to draw a straight line is to hold down the Shift key while you draw the line. To change the style of the line, Double-click the line shape, click the small arrow next to Line in the top bar > Dashed > Choose your style. Repeat for different styles and textures.
Throw some text in the middle, use a cute font, and you are done!
How to Save Printables and Stickers Files
I have found that the easiest way to save and sell printables and stickers is to make it a PDF file. To save as a PDF file, go to File > Save As > Format > PDF. Click the Options button right below the Format area and make sure these are the settings you want. To save just the current slide, select Save current slide only. Click OK.
To save as a PNG file (or any other file), do the same, but select that file type instead of PDF.
So there you have a full-blown starter lesson on how to create printables and stickers without Photoshop or any other expensive programs.
Like I said earlier, you can pretty much use the same techniques with other Office programs. They might be a little different, but editing is generally very similar.
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