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Spring Digital Plan With Me

Today I’m digitally planning on my iPad using the GoodNotes app. I’m planning for the month ahead and will be doing a spring theme. I’m using the green digital planner from the regular planner bundle. This isn’t the rainbow planner I normally use and the reason is that I want to do a spring-themed spread and I think this planner design is better suited for that.

I show in the video how I’m make the image into an overlay sticker in the Procreate app, and I’ve now added it to my freebies vault

To give a quick overview, I made a silhouette of my page, which I put underneath the image I wanted to use and then I created a clipping mask of the top layer. I turned off the background layer and merged the other layers together then after a few adjustments to the saturation and transparency, I saved the finished sticker as a PNG.

Back in GoodNotes, I added the sticker onto my page, and it fit perfectly around the rings so I’m delighted with how this turned out. It’s semi-transparent, so you can still see the planner underneath, and you don’t have to have cutouts for the rings but I just think it looks neater this way.

Here in the UK, we’re starting to see the first signs of spring so I’m going to be using my spring sticker pack, which is one of my favorites. I think the colors in this pack go really well with the overlay sticker.

I was going to decorate two blank boxes with a banner sticker but then I went with a colorful word sticker instead and I handwrote the same word again over the top in a script style to create this font overlay effect, which I really like.

Next, I’m adding in the upcoming holidays this month and I’m actually working on a new holiday sticker pack, which has been such a joy to create, and it’s now been released.

I tested them out in my planner and I’ve now added the white border around them like the everyday stickers pack. I’m so excited to be making stickers again. Now that the HappyDownloads team has grown and we have two new people working with us, they have helped me to create the actual sticker book.

In the video I also show you how I create a doodle sticky note directly in GoodNotes. You can change the color of the different parts of the doodle and add the whole thing to the elements panel as one sticker so that you can reuse it again elsewhere.

Back on my monthly spread, I added it onto my page and changed the color to white.

I’m using the iPad’s scribble function to write with text, and the reason is that the sticker itself is made from handwriting, so it will be harder to move or erase what you write if you also use handwriting on top. I love the scribble function, and if you make a mistake, you can put a squiggle through the words to erase them, which is really convenient.

So this is just a list of products that I’m currently working on; I pretty much started everything and finished nothing. 

Another useful tool in GoodNotes is the precision eraser, and I’m using this to tidy up the rings.

When you’re using an overlay sticker that covers the whole page, and you add stickers on top, you can still select it and move it around; you just need to use the image tool instead of the lasso tool.

My month ahead is going to be super busy. I’m actually getting a bit anxious just thinking about everything I need to get done this month because we’re getting ready to leave the UK and go to Dubai. I talked about our travel plans in my last plan with me video. We’re flying out later in the month and we’re planning to stay in an Airbnb apartment while we look for longer-term accommodation.

I blocked out some time to clear out the place where we’re currently staying and I have to say I am not doing well at all on my decluttering mission. I thought it was going to be easy to box everything up and donate it to charity but I’m struggling to let go of a lot of things. We have to pack everything we want to bring into three suitcases and live with that for the foreseeable future because we won’t be back in the UK for some time.

I’m also nervous about what our new life is going to be like and if I will still be able to make videos without a fixed desk setup, as I’ll be moving from place to place. But whatever happens, I think it will be an adventure, and I’m hoping to take you guys along with me in my future plan with me videos.

Here, I’m using a split-screen window to drag and drop a sticker from my Easter sticker book and I’m creating a reminder to meet up with some friends before we leave the UK.

I also have a bunch of admin stuff to do, like canceling subscriptions and selling our car because we won’t be able to take it with us.

I absolutely love the scenery in this overlay sticker and with the green hills in the background, this looked like the perfect spot for a cute sheep sticker. Then I added a butterfly and now this is what my happy place would look like.

I love having the notes section on the side of the calendar because this is where I can write down any tasks that are not date-specific. I don’t know if it’s just me but even if I have a lot of stuff to get done, I feel better immediately once I’ve written it all out and I can see everything in one place. I also love making lists when I’m planning; it’s just so satisfying to tick off items on a list as you work through them.

A tip I have for using light-colored pens is to choose a thicker width than what you would normally use for a black pen; I just find that looks better, to my eye at least.

So here is what the final spread looks like:

I think this might be one of my favorite spreads I’ve ever done, and I had so much fun doing this spring theme. I typically go for pink and purple colors, so I’m really happy that I used a green planner today, and I am really loving all the blue and green shades.

I love making these seasonal spreads, but I know the seasons are different for everybody, depending on where in the world you live, so I’m sorry if this is totally out of season for you. Feel free to check out my other plan with me videos.