Holly’s Planner, Favorite Planning Tools & Accessories

April 10, 2015Holly Sosa

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My planner is practically connected to my hip. I’m never without it, it’s where everything our family does is documented, and it’s a fun way for me to de-stress while being productive. I’m often asked what my favorite tools and accessories are, what I use most frequently, and what I recommend and I thought I’d bring you exactly that.

Let’s start with the planner itself: I use an Erin Condren Life Planner (use this link for $10 off your first Erin Condren order!) that I modified to fit inside a Kikki K lilac and gold binder (the lilac is no longer available, but here are several others; if you’re putting an Erin Condren planner inside it, buy the large size). It was much easier than it sounds and I simply uncoiled my Erin Condren planner when it arrived and trimmed the edges. Then I used a special hole punch to fit the pages into the Kikki K rings. I positively love this system and the ability to remove and add pages and elements to my heart’s content.

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Paper Mate Flairs are my all-time favorite writing utensil. They are bright, bold, and don’t bleed through paper. I love adding color to my planner and this is one of my most favorite ways to add it.

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Shaped paper clips like theseΒ are pretty much the only way to keep paper together in my opinion. I have crosses, butterflies, and funky circles.

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I enjoy using journaling cards or scripture verses in my planner. These are on my wish list and I use these ones frequently.

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I’m just not sure how I lived before washi tape. I’m especially partial to floral prints and this set is just lovely. I also use these sheets frequently.

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Predesigned calendar stickers are also one of my favorite ways to mark appointments, holidays, and events.

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And these journal spots are great for jotting down a quick memory or funny story from the day. My planner isn’t just an organizer, it’s also a media journal and I enjoy occasionally writing down memories.

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What are some of your favorite planner accessories or tools? Do you have an absolute must have accessory? Share it with me in the comments below.



  • Holly’s Planner, Favorite Planning Tools & Accessories

    April 10, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    […] By Holly Sosa […]

  • Erica A

    April 11, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    I love, love, love Paper Mate Flair pens!! Also, wash tape, cute paper clips, and stickers are a must for me. Such a cute idea using journaling cards, I will have to try it!

    1. Holly Sosa

      April 13, 2015 at 7:14 PM

      The journaling cards are such a creative and fun way to add more personalization! Hope you do give them a shot! I think you’ll like them.

  • Patty

    June 6, 2015 at 9:54 PM

    I have an Erin Condren Life Planner as well! I was wondering, do the Paper Mate Flair pens bleed through??

    1. Holly Sosa

      June 22, 2015 at 11:58 AM

      Nope, I’ve never had any issues with the Paper Mates bleeding!

  • Shaela

    July 27, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Such pretty eye candy! I was wondering where the washi tape in the pictures are from? I looked at the ones from link but would love those specifically! πŸ™‚

  • Alicia

    January 4, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    What highlighters do you use? Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Alicia

    January 4, 2016 at 8:08 PM

    What highlighters did you use here? They go well with the pens!

  • Alicia

    January 4, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    What highlighters are you using? It looks like they don’t smear the pen you are using! Would love some feedback. 😊

    1. Holly Sosa

      January 5, 2016 at 9:31 AM

      Hi Alicia! I use Sharpie brand highlighters. They’re bright and don’t smear.

  • Annie

    February 20, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Hey Holly- I am a Michigan mommy to 3 and work hard to juggle all of my kids activities, as well as my husbands crazy schedule and mine too for that matter. I started making to do list stickers to help me manage big projects because I could only find event stickers online. I love my planner!

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