You can be very productive with just handwriting and text in your digital planner, but with stickers things get a lot more fun.
Stickers can be sourced from many places. I recommend legal channels like printables, digital planning stickers, and graphic resource sites. Please be mindful of copyright restrictions.
The stickers that you can purchase from Tiny Pixels, Big Plans come in a zip file, and are one sheet or several sheets of transparent PNG files. The transparency allows you to easily crop the stickers without remnant background pieces.
To unzip a file on the iPad, use an app such as iZip. Alternatively you can download files to your personal computer, unzip them there and then email them to yourself. You will want to end up with PNG files either saved to your camera roll or in your Dropbox.
Tap the link to download these stickers. There is a transparent background that we want to make sure to keep. Save the image to your camera roll by resting your finger on the image and choosing Save image.
Open up your planner sample in GoodNotes if you haven’t already. Find a nice clear spot to work with – maybe erase the scribbles from the previous tutorial if you have them.
There are a few methods to get your sticker page into GoodNotes and it depends on where they are saved and which method you find the most intuitive.
You can long press on the planner page with the lasso tool selected and choose Image, and then navigate to the location (probably the camera roll if following this tutorial, perhaps Dropbox if you are working from files that you added from there)
You can view the stickers in the Photo app and click the share arrow, and then copy, and then paste into the GoodNotes screen (this works particularly well in split screen)
You can click the cross in a circle, then Add /Image and choose the location.
Your stickers should be selected when they are added to the page. Drag a blue handle until the numbers are the size you want them. You can resize smaller or larger as you desire, although image quality may degrade if you go too large. If they were not selected, rest your finger on the image and choose Edit to bring up the blue corner dots.
With the sticker sheet now resized, lasso a section with the lasso tool, tap within that circle and choose Copy, and then Paste. Paste the image 12 times by resting your finger anywhere outside the blue dashed line and choosing Paste.
Rest your finger on top of one image. Make sure it is not selected with the lasso (tap elsewhere on the screen if it is)
Choose Edit, rest your finger again, choose Crop. Draw around one number, either freehand or rectangular. Press Done to continue.
Repeat these steps until all stickers are isolated. This is all a bit fiddly, but if you copy and paste the stickers to a sticker album or blank page somewhere in your planner, you will never have to do this again.
I made this tutorial and stickers in September. I have just noticed that although I attempted to provide the numbers for one week, there is no September 31st in existence. I have also added a 24 that will not be used in this particular week. That was clever of me. With some very careful cropping you will be able to isolate the 1. You can crop closer and closer until you trim the excess parts away. My real number sticker sheets in the store have numbers 1 to 31 included.
Play with the positioning of the stickers, make them larger or smaller, try layering them. If the wrong one appears on top, you will need to cut and paste again in the order that you want them on the page. One of the most important things in digital planning is to keep playing and experimenting, see what works and what doesn’t. Eventually your fingers will know all the steps to take and you won’t need to think about it.
If 2 or more of your images get stuck together and you keep grabbing the wrong one, rest your finger on the image and press Edit, which will allow you to move it out of the way.
Now, for fun – take a photo with your iPad or phone and add that to your page!
Keep playing, keep experimenting, and be sure to check out all the stickers I have on offer.