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How to Make Digital Planner Stickers with Affinity Publisher

How to Make Digital Planner Stickers with Affinity Publisher

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Welcome to the World of Digital Planner Stickers

Welcome to the enchanting world of digital planner stickers, where creativity meets practicality, and your ideas come to life! If you’ve ever wondered how to make digital planner stickers with Affinity Publisher, you’re in the right place.

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This powerful yet user-friendly software is perfect for turning your wildest digital planner sticker dreams into a reality. With its versatile features and intuitive interface, Affinity Publisher makes it easy for both beginners and experts to create one-of-a-kind stickers that will elevate your digital planners to the next level. So, buckle up, and get ready to embark on a colorful journey filled with inspiration, imagination, and endless sticker possibilities!

Setting Up Your Sticker Wonderland in Affinity Publisher

Crafting the Ideal Document: Choose Your Sticker Adventure

Before diving into the world of sticker design, you’ll need to set up your document in Affinity Publisher. This is similar to setting up your planner in Affinity Publisher. There are two main options to choose from, depending on your goals and preferences:

1. Sticker Sheet: All the Stickers on One Page

Create a single sheet with all your stickers grouped together. This option is great for printing or sharing your designs with friends and family.

2. Sticker Book: Ideal for Creating a GoodNotes Sticker Book

Design individual sticker pages in a book format, perfect for use in digital planners like GoodNotes. This method makes it easy to organize and access your stickers on the go.

To streamline your sticker creation process, make sure to disable facing pages in the document setup. This ensures each page is treated as a standalone design, giving you the freedom to create and rearrange your stickers as needed.

Transparent Backgrounds: Making Your Stickers Pop

When setting up your document, choose a transparent background. This allows your stickers to stand out, regardless of the background they’re placed on and ensures seamless integration with your digital planner.

Designing Your Sticker Sheet: A Canvas for Creativity

For those opting for the sticker sheet method, your canvas awaits! Arrange your stickers any way you like, leaving enough space between each design to avoid overlapping. Feel free to experiment with different layouts and sizes to find the perfect balance for your sticker sheet masterpiece. Use tables to help you with the layout, so your stickers shine and are evenly spaced.

The sticker sheet can still be used in annotation software like GoodNotes because you can use the lasso tool and make then a good option for digital planner stickers. But the more convenient method is the sticker book below.

The Sticker Book: Custom 3×3 Inch Pages for Your Masterpieces

If you’ve chosen the sticker book route, create custom 3×3 inch pages to showcase each individual sticker. This size is ideal for most digital planners and allows your stickers to shine without overwhelming the page. Now there are other sizing options, 3×3 inch is the size of a standard sticky note. When sizing your masterpieces consider the use of the sticker.

Organizing Your Sticker Collections: Folders for Every Theme

As your sticker collection grows, it’s essential to keep things organized. This is where I tend to get into trouble. I recommend creating a single location for all your designs and then breaking that folder down into types. Create folders for each theme or category, making it easy to locate and access the perfect sticker for any situation. This simple step will save you time and keep your creative workspace clutter-free.

Templates: Your Starting Point for Sticker Success

The Time-Saving Wonders of Templates

Starting your sticker design journey with templates is like having a treasure map to creative success. These pre-made designs save you time and effort, allowing you to focus on customizing and personalizing your stickers without getting bogged down in the nitty-gritty of design basics.

Below is the set of templates I made for myself. They are basic templates that I can update with color themes for the planner that I am making. I just reuse this set of templates. I create my stickers on Master Pages so that it’s easy to duplicate several of the same stickers and just change the background color.

Screenshot Of Assorted Sticker Templates Created Using Affinity Publisher 2.0
Explore an array of sticker templates designed with Affinity Publisher 2.0 – perfect for all your digital planner needs!

Hunting for Inspirational Templates: Your Creative Compass

The internet is a vast playground filled with amazing resources, and sticker templates are no exception. Websites like Creative Market, Etsy, and Pinterest are goldmines for finding unique and inspiring templates. Keep an eye out for freebies or paid options that resonate with your style and vision.

One big perk of Affinity Publisher is that you can even use templates from things like Canva, or PDF templates made by others. In my class Affinity Publisher: Shortcuts to Create a Dated Planner I show you how to use PLR (Private Label Rights) as templates that you can change and reuse. This is aimed at planners, but you can apply the same theory to stickers. 😊

Customizing Templates for Your Unique Style: The Art of Personalization

Once you’ve found the perfect template, it’s time to make it your own! Play with colors, fonts, and graphics to create a sticker design that reflects your personality and complements your digital planner. Remember, the template is just a starting point – it’s up to you to transform it into a dazzling sticker that’s uniquely yours.

With templates as your secret weapon, you’ll soon be cranking out stunning sticker designs like a pro. Embrace the world of templates and unleash your inner creative genius!

Shape-Based Stickers: Unleashing Your Inner Designer

The Joy of Shape-Based Stickers: A World of Fun and Flexibility

At PrintablesBuzz, we absolutely adore shape-based stickers! There’s something magical about turning simple shapes into eye-catching, versatile designs that add a splash of fun to any digital planner. With an almost infinite array of possibilities, shape-based stickers are the perfect playground for your creativity.

Basic Shapes: The Building Blocks of Sticker Artistry

Start your shape-based sticker adventure by exploring basic shapes like circles, squares, and triangles. You’ll be amazed at how these humble forms can be transformed into stunning designs with a little imagination and a touch of artistic flair. Remember, even the most complex stickers often begin with the simplest shapes! And sometimes it’s the simple stickers that are most used and purchased. 😉

Our friend Catherine over at does a great job of breaking down the shape tool on YouTube. Definitely check it out below!

Tips for Designing Shape-Based Stickers: A Recipe for Success

  • Mix and match shapes: Combine multiple shapes to create intricate, layered designs that captivate the eye.
  • Use lines and curves: Add lines and curves to your shapes to create movement and depth, bringing your stickers to life. Sometimes just making the line on the shape a different color from the fill has a huge effect.
  • Experiment with colors and textures: Play with different color schemes, gradients, and patterns to add personality and flair to your designs. Use those layer tools! Add depth (my fav), to any shape to make it unique.
  • Keep it cohesive: Aim for a harmonious balance of elements, ensuring your stickers look cohesive and visually appealing.

Sticker Sets: Coordinating Shapes for a Cohesive Look

Creating sticker sets is an excellent way to bring unity and style to your digital planner. Design sets with a common theme, color palette, or shape, giving your stickers a consistent look and feel. Your planner will thank you for the extra touch of organization and pizzazz!

Embrace the world of shape-based stickers and watch your inner designer soar. With a little creativity and a lot of fun, you’ll be crafting delightful stickers that bring joy to your digital planner and beyond!

Filling Your Stickers with Life: Solids, Gradients, and Patterns

Solid Colors: The Power of Simplicity

Never underestimate the impact of a solid color! While they may seem simple, solid colors can be incredibly effective in conveying a mood or making a statement. Experiment with different hues, shades, and tones to find the perfect match for your sticker design. Remember, sometimes less is more when it comes to creating visually striking stickers.

Gradients: Adding Depth and Interest

Take your digital planner stickers to the next level with gradients! Gradients add depth and interest to your designs by blending two or more colors in a smooth, seamless transition. Use them to create a sense of movement, and dimension, or even to mimic natural elements like sunsets or rainbows. This is where those layer tools come into play. The possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild!

Below you will find the sticker templates that have had color added for a light pink tone planner. Stickers are a fun compliment to the planner. The joy of using master pages for stickers is that you can change the color and special effects easily for all stickers of that kind.

Colorful Sticker Templates Created With Affinity Publisher 2.0
Transform your sticker templates using fun colors and gradients in Affinity Publisher 2.0 – brighten up your digital planner!

Patterns: Bringing Fun and Personality to Your Stickers

Patterns are the life of the party when it comes to sticker design! From bold geometric shapes to whimsical doodles, patterns add an extra layer of fun and personality to your creations. Explore different pattern styles, sizes, and colors to find the perfect fit for your stickers. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and mix unconventional patterns for a truly unique look. We love to look at They have a tool that lets you create custom patterns from your own design or someone else’s.

Is it possible to create these in Affinity Publisher? Well yes, but we are all about using the tool that saves us time, so CreativeFabrica it is. 🙂

Unleash Your Creativity and Share Your Sticker Masterpieces

Showcase Your Sticker Creations: Share the Joy

Now that you’ve learned how to make digital planner stickers with Affinity Publisher, it’s time to share your masterpieces with the world! Show off your creativity and inspire others by posting your sticker designs on social media, sharing them with friends and family, or even selling your creations online.

Join a Sticker Community: Connect, Learn, and Grow

Immerse yourself in the vibrant sticker community by joining online forums, Facebook groups, or Instagram communities dedicated to digital planner stickers. Connect with fellow sticker enthusiasts, share your designs, and learn from the experiences and expertise of others. This is a wonderful way to grow as a sticker artist and make lasting connections with like-minded creatives.

Keep Pushing the Boundaries: Explore and Experiment

The world of digital planner stickers is vast and ever-evolving. Don’t be afraid to keep pushing the boundaries of your creativity by exploring new design techniques, experimenting with different styles, and staying up to date with the latest trends. Remember, the sky’s the limit when it comes to your sticker designs, so let your imagination run wild!

By unleashing your creativity and sharing your sticker masterpieces, you’ll bring joy and inspiration to others while continuing to grow and develop as a digital planner sticker artist. So go forth, create, and conquer the world of stickers!

Exclusive Resources to Boost Your Sticker-Making Journey

Affinity Publisher: Shortcuts to Create a Dated Planner

Elevate your digital planner game with our course, “Affinity Publisher: Shortcuts to Create a Dated Planner.” This comprehensive course is designed to help you master the art of creating dated planners using Affinity Publisher. Learn valuable tips, tricks, and shortcuts that will have you crafting professional-quality planners in no time.

PlannerPizzazz Planner Creation Checklist: Your Free Ticket to Planner Perfection

Don’t miss out on our free opt-in, the “PlannerPizzazz Planner Creation Checklist.” This handy checklist is your ultimate guide to creating beautiful and functional digital planners. With step-by-step instructions and expert advice, you’ll be well on your way to planner perfection.

Coming Soon: Swift Sticker Magic

Get ready for an exciting new addition to our lineup of resources: “Swift Sticker Magic”! This mini-course, coming soon, will teach you how to create a GoodNotes Sticker Book for all your fabulous sticker creations. Stay tuned for more details and prepare to embark on a mesmerizing sticker book journey.

With these exclusive resources in your arsenal, your sticker-making journey will be a breeze. Harness the power of these tools and resources to create stunning digital planner stickers that dazzle and delight!

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