Planner Academy is a simple & easy-to-follow along video course that shows you how to create and sell your own beautiful planners using Adobe InDesign.
This course is amazing! I can’t believe I found you. I’ve been looking forever for something similar but there’s nothing out there. I’ve been wanting to sell my own planners for a while now but wasn’t sure where to start. After taking this course, I can’t wait to open my planner shop.”  ~Jeannette, past student
“Wow! I can’t believe there are so many free InDesign templates in this course. I love rose gold and am planning to use those as my branding colors too so this is perfect. ~ Stephanie, past student

Become the next Erin Condren

Have you ever thought

“Hey, I could make one so much better than this.”

Or maybe you thought….

  • I really wish they hadn’t squeezed the entire week onto one page
  • Only a shrunk-down version of the Ant-Man could write in lines this tiny
  • This is no longer fits my lifestyle or helps me to achieve my goals
  • Why is there a note about exercise everyday but not a H2O intake tracker?
  • Where is my Notes section?
  • Why did they ruin it with these bizarre colors?
  • Why don’t they offer an option to customize the cover & inserts?
  • Why are the tab dividers so huge?

Naturally, my next step was to create my own

Hiring a Designer came with sooo-o many problems:

  • Exorbitantly expensive | Would I even make back my initial investment?
  • Project Delays | Ummm, thanks for delivering the final design in February after the year has already passed and planners are on sale for 80% off
  • Wrong Design | The final end product looked nothing like I described – was the designer even listening during our discovery call?

But DIY-g it all alone came with whole other set of problems:

  • Canva, Word, Excel and Powerpoint had so many limitations on layout designs and it was frustrating trying to design on them
  • Adobe InDesign was really the only solution that would work but every time I opened it, I was so overwhelmed, I wanted to cry

If you’re on this page (and look! You ARE) chances are HIGH that like me, you’ve discovered the same thing…

  • You’ve got the ideas, but you’re struggling to create the perfect planner
  • What you’ve penciled out on paper looks nothing like the luxurious & high-end beautiful layout you know you can build.
  • Or maybe you’re the exact opposite of that and all of your Bullet Journals are totally Instagram-worthy and now you’re ready to digitize your beautiful designs to share with the world
  • What you need is someone to help you DIY your ideas into something Instagram-worthy
  • You need someone to show you how to do it Page-by-blank-white-page

Amiright? Or Am I right?

Because that’s exactly what I’m here to do.

Hello, there – I’m Lisa, the only self-declared Planner Designer in the world and the #Girlboss behind Pretty Fabulous Designs, where I teach creatives how to create & sell beautiful digital downloads using Adobe InDesign. I’m 100% self-taught so don’t look for some days of yore story about how I’ve been designing with crayolas since I was 5 because I haven’t. I have an MBA + over a decade in Corporate America as an HR Executive but discovered I love creating, crafting and coaching more.

I’m a single girl in San Diego who loves brunch dates and Afternoon Tea outings. I have a serious ice cream addiction and am also a bestselling romance author.

I’ve got the perfect solution for all of that

& it’s called Planner Academy

& it will help you create & sell your OWN line of

drop-dead gorgeous planners, journals and notebooks so you can

Create a side-hustle you love

Have passive income

Become the next Erin Condren

Be known as a PlannerBoss

And that looks like

  • More Profit because money loves beautiful things and so do potential customers (ever paid more to get it in Rose Gold than standard-issue black?)
  • Less Frustration never stare at a blank page again (I have soo-o many templates to share with you!)
  • More Confidence always know exactly what you’re doing every time you open up Adobe InDesign (No more fear)
  • More Time want a list of pre-approved vendors you can trust, pre-made templates that you simply edit and step-by-step instructions on how to do just about everything – of course, you do. The word “research” no longer applies to you.
  • Save Money Designers charge between $200 – $750 / hour, you’ll never have to pay a designer again because you are the designer!
  • More Sales A huge part of being a PlannerBoss isn’t just creating them but knowing how to sell them – craft your future in the PlannerBoss Business Plan Template

And you literally don’t have to take my word for it…

Student Love

“Your tutorials were so easy to follow. Thanks for making this so painless.” – Clare, past student

“I’m so excited about my Etsy Shop. This is a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to make my own planners but never knew how or where to start. Thank you so much for this course. I couldn’t have done it without you. – Kelly, past student

“I can’t tell you how grateful I am that you made this course. Everything makes so much sense the way you put it together. No one else out there helps with this.” – Stacey, past student

 

So what exactly is the Planner Academy?

The Planner Academy uses video lessons and usable, editable templates to walk you through how to create and sell your beautiful planners using Adobe InDesign- features that will help you create beautiful, modern and clean layouts for your planner pages.

This course will only teach you how to use Adobe InDesign features that are specific to the needs of your planner layout(s) and nothing more – learning absolutely every InDesign feature would a complete waste of time and way too overwhelming.

Instead, you’ll receive simple, easy-to-follow tutorials on the basic functionalities of InDesign and how they can help you create layouts like annual, monthly, weekly and daily layouts as well as trackers and shopping lists.

The best part…

You’ll never have to rely on a designer again.

With the Planner Academy, you’ll learn how to  can create & sell BOTH digital & printed

  • Planners
  • Journals
  • Notebooks
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks (Coming Soon!)

This Is a Hands-On Design Course

This is not a fluff course that tells you the what without the how to trick you into buying 1-1 coaching or design services.

I walk you through exactly what to click, when to click it & where so you can be fully functional & operational on your own

What’s Included

    • 15+ Hours of easy-to-follow video tutorials, broken up into 7 core lessons, plus a video reference guide to look up specific tutorials quickly
    • 50+ page Workbook
    • 11+ InDesign Templates that you own! yYou can edit & use as your own in your business right away – it’s a completeley planner…that you make your own (a $XXX value)
    • Free access to my mini-class: Noteworthy Notebooks (a $79 value)
    • Quarterly live Q&A webinars with me to review or clarify any content & learn new tips or tricks + access to all previous Q&A calls (group?)
    • 24/7 lifetime access to every piece of content + any future updates (to help you stay current?), all housed in a members-only website so you can learn at your own pace and access anytime moving forward.

Bonus Content

  • 2 Branding Guides Workbooks to determine the look & feel you want your company and your products to have, including a special section on Personal Branding

  • 4+ hours of Beautiful Branding Training course + Color Psychology to help you choose colors that sell

  • Photoshop Template Branding Identity Kit + Mood Board

  • 20+ Pre-Approved Vendor Recommendations for services, tools, manufacturers and materials

  • 2 Bonus Interviews with an expert on

    • How to Sell on Amazon

    • Working with Overseas Vendors via Alibaba

What are these templates you speak of?

First, let me reassure you that these templates are not available anywhere else but in this course. You cannot purchase these in my Shop or on my Creative Market Store. They were made exclusively for this course alone.

You can create an entire planner from these templates and be ready to go tomorrow with your new shop. There are currently over 8+ InDesign Templates with more being added in the future.

What’s covered in the course?

Module 1

Welcome & Orientation

Module 2

Core Design

Module 3

Design Supplementals

Module 4

Print & Production

Prerequisites + Foundation

We’ll layout the tools for success and recap the FREE Planner 101 + InDesign 101 courses that you have access to. I’ll introduce you to the 30-Day Fast-Track Challenge so you can be up and running in one month with a new Etsy Shop. And we’ll of course walk you through everything you have access to and what to do next.

Checklist | Prerequisite List & 30-day Quickstart Guide

InDesign Tutorials

Create all of your core planner pages that users expect to find in every day planner they pick up. These lessons are broken down by layout type (Annual, Monthly, Weekly & Daily) and then further within each of those layout sections, they are broken down into even smaller modules. These lessons are all quick + straight to the point – short 10-15 minute videos so you can learn at your own pace, when you have time. You’re busy, I’m busy so let’s just do this.

5 InDesign Templates | Annual, Monthly, Weekly (2) & Daily

InDesign Tutorials

Create all of your add-on pages for your Academic Planner, Business Planner, Fitness Planner, Spirituality Planner, Wedding Planner, Travel Planner and more. This module is the one that is constantly being updated & added to with new designs and layout for each of these different Planners With A Purpose. Create grocery shopping lists, goal setting worksheets and more.

6 InDesign Templates | Grocery Shopping List, Goal Setting Worksheet, Holidays, Advertisements, Front Cover, Back Cover

Vendors + Suppliers

We’ll go through all the pros and cons of print vs digital as well as helping you decide on Print-On-Demand vs Mass Production using an overseas vendor in China and whether to go Wholesale vs Retail. A guest expert will go through how to set up FBA Fulfillment By Amazon & how to work with overseas vendors on Alibaba.

1 Swipe File | Quote Request Email Templates for overseas vendors

Module 5

Sales & Marketing

BONUS 1

Beautiful Branding

BONUS 2

Noteworthy Notebooks

BONUS 3

Photoshop Tutorials

Business Plan (Coming Soon)

Get the basics setup so you can start selling tomorrow. I’ll share all of my favorite tools, tricks and tips for selling planners. We’ll take the best of everything and learn how to apply it to planner sales. We’ll go in-depth on sales opportunities unique to the planner industry such as selling at the Pinners Conferences & other craft shows, Black Friday sales, getting into major retailers, consignment options, what to do with dated planner inventory after January 1 and getting into subscription boxes. I don’t hold back…you get the entire 411!

Workbooks | PlannerBoss Business Plan

Color Palettes, Logos & more

Determine the look & feel of your entire branding package and your planner collections. This is a standalone course on its own that will serve as not only the foundation for determining exactly what your branding, logo design and colors should be but provides an editable Photoshop Template for your Branding Identity + Mood Board.

Photoshop Template | Branding Identity + Mood Board & 2 Workbooks |Branding Foundings & Branding Identity

FBA + Alibaba

Feeling overwhelmed when thinking about doing Fulfillment By Amazon FBA? Or worried about purchasing in bulk from overseas vendors in China via Alibaba? Hear from an expert Amazon seller and how she stocks her shop with Alibaba products, repackages and brands them and then sells them on Amazon. Yes, you could use this lesson to learn how to sell anything, not just planners!

Bring Your Own Laptop

Have you met Daniel Walter Scott? If not, you’re totally missing out. He’s an Adobe Certified Training Instructor who has put together an amazing collection of tutorials that will teach you everything and anything you need to know about any of the Adobe tools. He’s provided some Photoshop tutorials to help you edit the Branding Mood Board.

Create + Sell Stickers

SOOO many of you have asked, “How do you make stickers?” “Which printer is best?” “Where to find sticker paper?” I have alllll the answers and I want to share them with you. It’s super easy to make some basic stickers & start your own sticker shop. It’s a great way to ease into the planner world and/or supplement your income.

Buying Guide | Best Tools + Supplies for your sticker shop

Noteworthy Notebooks (Coming Soon)

Want to sell sidekick notebooks as an additional line of revenue or an accessory to your shop? Better yet, you can appeal to the Bullet Journal crowd or Travelers Notebook Aggregators.

Template | Dot Grid, Lined Notes and Branded Blank Pages

Sample Lesson | Weekly Layout

Like all tutorials, this one only shows you what you need to know in Adobe InDesign and nothing more.

But the Planner Academy is more than just these 5 Core Lessons

But the Planner Academy is more than just these 5 Core Lessons.

You’re also getting all of this bang for your buck:

  1. Private Forum Group Get access to the private forum where you can chat with fellow Creative Entrepreneurs, stay in the loop with the course and ask me anything
  2. 30-Day Quick Start Guide Want to be up and running by this time next month? No problem – follow my 30-day execution plan and have your beautiful planners, your store and sales rolling in right away. This course will pay for itself.
  3. 11 InDesign Templates Jump start your planner business with 11 fully functional planner pages you can start selling now
  4. Sticker Mini-Class Need an additional revenue source? Get access to my popular mini-class: Create & Sell Planner Stickers. It’s a fun easy-to-follow class that teaches you everything you need to know to start your own sticker shop
  5. Quarterly Q&A Webinars Join me live and get all of your Planner design and production questions answered. Plus get access to all previous sessions.
  6. 24/7 Lifetime Access & Updates Never have to worry about rushing through the material before it expires & learn at your own pace

Enrollment Options

Two different options are available for you

    • Core Modules
      • 15+ Hours of 7 core lessons
      • 50+ page Workbook
      • 11+ InDesign Templates
      • Private discussion board
      • Quarterly live Q&A webinars + past recordings
      • 24/7 lifetime access + future updates + templates
    • 5 BONUSES
      • Photoshop Template Branding Identity Kit + Mood Board
      • 20+ Pre-Approved Vendor Recommendations for services, tools, manufacturers and materials
      • 2 Bonus Interviews: Alibaba + FBA
      • Mini-Course #1: Noteworthy Notebooks
      • Mini-Course #2: How To Create + Sell Planner Stickers
    • Includes everything in Core PLUS
      • Etsy Kickstarter Package
      • Completed 2019 Planner you can start selling TODAY
      • Done-For-You Graphics & Branding
      • Etsy Shop Banner
      • Facebook Cover Art
      • Facebook Posts
      • Twitter Cover Image
      • Pinterest Pins
      • Instagram Posts
    • $199 Value

Let’s share the love

For each new student that signs up, I’m donating $25 to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) that aims to put a stop to animal cruelty and save lives.

By investing in the Planner Academy, you’re not only investing in your future but also helping to rescue & provide veterinary care for countless animals in need.

You don’t need any experience of any kind to create your own Planner Empire

Yep, that’s right. You don’t need a BFA in design, a love for Photoshop or extensive bookbinding knowledge

Planner Academy teaches you everything you need to know

Here’s how it’s gonna work

Step One | We’ll build your branding together – we’re talking logos, branding colors & tagline

Step Two | We’ll teach you the bare minimum you need to know to design beautiful layouts in Adobe InDesign. Wanna skip this step – no problem! As a fail-safe, you can simply use the templates I give you as your own!

Step Three | We’ll determine the best business model for you – whether it’s digital downloads via Etsy, FBA, Drop-Ship Printing or Bulk Overseas Production

Step Four | We’ll set up your online shop + get you connected with customers

How does that sound? Easy peasy, right!

Don’t worry – I’ll be with you every step of the way, holding your hand, guiding you through the process & cheering you on.

Don’t worry – I’ll be with you every step of the way, holding your hand, guiding you through the process & cheering you on.

Don’t believe me? Check out some student love notes from others who’ve worked with me…

By the end of this course, you’ll have a drop-dead gorgeous Planner Empire your friends will drool over, your relatives will be impressed with and your future customers will brag about + Instagram the heck out of!

Your planner will be the star of someone’s next Plan With Me video

How long does the course take?

You’ll have immediate lifetime access to the entire course as soon as you purchase, so you can work through all the material at your own pace. On average, it takes students about 5-6 weeks to complete all the lessons although some crank it out in a week or two. AndBut you can definitely fast-track yourself and enroll in the 30-day Quick Start Challenge and get your planners and planner store up selling within a month! which kicks off on the 1st of every month (earlier I believe you mention they can begin it anytime of the month?).

Can I use Canva or Microsoft Word instead of Adobe InDesign?

You could but do you really want to? All of the design lessons in Planner Academy are taught in Adobe InDesign because I want you to be able to create beautiful planner layouts that make people say Wow & InDesign can help you do that!

How much is Adobe InDesign?

It’s $20.99/month for InDesign alone or you can purchase the entire Creative Cloud Bundle and also have access to Adobe programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere ad more. Or you can sign up for a free 30-day trial here which I would suggest activating when you’re ready to start Module Two: Design. (what about the video of how to sign up for free version (some people need this)? Also mention that it’s month-to-month no subscription so they can unsubscribe when not creating- see Planner Camp FAQ’s)

Can I hire someone to make a planner for me?

Yes! I am more than happy to edit + build out a planner using any of my designs for just $197 (hour?)but if you’re in this course, you get a 50% discount off all services, including Done For You (hyperlink to page) &  1-1 coaching (also normally $197 but Planner Academy Students only pay $97) (add hyperlink to coaching page to help sell this). I have also hand-selected a few designers that can offer to make planners from scratch for you. You’ll get access to their information & see an interview with them on their design process once you’re in the course. (read: You won’t have to touch InDesign!)

Do you share all of your vendor names & contact information for printing?

Heck yah! Full transparency. My friends are your friends.

Which templates are included?

The templates include everything you need to create an entire planner

  • Annual layout
  • Monthly layout
  • Weekly layout (2)
  • Daily layout
  • Notes pages
  • Grocery Shopping List
  • Goal Setting Worksheet
  • Front Cover
  • Back Cover
  • Welcome layout
  • How to print instructions
  • Advertisement layout

All templates are provided in standard 8.5 x 11” size but I include a lesson on how to easily re-size these to A4, half-size, mini, pocket or any other size you desire.

 

What if I hate it – can I get a refund?

Do you love planners + love the idea of creating your own, whether it’s for personal or commercial use? Then you won’t hate this course. Seriously – this course rocks! It speaks your language – it’s all about planners, design layouts, printing, production, opening up a kicka$% Etsy shop to sell them in & more. I can’t even image why you’d be unhappy for even a second. & if there’s something missing from this course, you can guarantee that I”m in the process of adding it – hello Noteworthy Notebooks & Digital Planners for the iPad Pro.

You can’t love the course without getting instant access to all of the modules, all of the video lessons, the templates, the checklists, the workbooks and the bonuses so for that reason, I don’t have payment plans and I’m not able to offer refunds due to the digital nature of the course. I want to share everything with you right away, right now.

What happens after I purchase?

  1. You’ll promptly receive an email where you can access the lessons + templates and get started right away!
  2. The downloads you receive will include 11+ InDesign Templates, 3 Workbooks, 6+ Slide Decks from the lectures + a (bonus!) Photoshop template for the Branding Identity Kit + Mood Board
  3. You will be sent an Orientation video + instructions on how to navigate the course.
  4. You’ll also be automatically added to the private forum group to ask any questions
  5. An invite will be sent inviting you to the next Quarterly LIVE Q&A webinar
  6. An optional invite will be sent to you on how to sign up for the next monthly 30-day Fast Track Challenge so you can have your Planner Store up & running by this time next month on Etsy

Choose Your Adventure

READY TO CRUSH IT AND TAKE YOUR PLANNER DESIGNS TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

You’ve watched the Plan With Me videos, seen over a gazillion planner flip-thru’s and unboxings and now you’re ready…

Ready to take your fun seriously + take your #planneraddiction to the next level

Creating a beautiful planner is in your future

Module One Welcome & Orientation

Planner 101

  1. Types of Planners
  2. Anatomy of a Planner
  3. Horizontal vs Vertical Layouts
  4. Kickstarter Funding For Your Planner
  5. Designing Your Layout: Hire a Designer vs DIY

Welcome & Orientation

  • How to use this course
  • 30-Day Quick Start Guide
  • Bonus Module | Beautiful Branding

Module Two Designing Your Core Planner Pages

  • 1 |  Course Orientation, Tools & Important Resources
  • 2 |  Design Tutorial: Annual Layout
  • 3 |  Design Tutorial: Monthly Layout
  • 4 |  Design Tutorial: Weekly Layout
  • 5 |  Design Tutorial: Daily Layout

Module Three Designing Your Add-Ons

  • 1 |  Design Tutorial: Supplemental Sections with Lists, Checkboxes
  • 2 |  Design Tutorial: Interior & Exterior Page [Cover Design]

Module Four Producing Physical Planners

  • 1 |  Production Setup: DIY At-Home Fulfillment & Shipping
  • 2 |  Production Setup: Print On Demand, Drop Ship Printing & Overseas Bulk Production

Module Five Your Business Plan

  • 1 |  How To Setup An Etsy Shop
  • 2 |  Design Tutorial: Annual Layout
  • 3 |  Design Tutorial: Monthly Layout
  • 4 |  Design Tutorial: Weekly Layout
  • 5 |  Design Tutorial: Daily Layout

Bonus One | Beautiful Branding

Determine the look & feel of your entire branding package and your planner collections. This is a standalone course on its own that will serve as not only the foundation for determining exactly what your branding, logo design and colors should be but provides an editable Photoshop Template for your Branding Identity + Mood Board.

Includes

  • 4+ Hours of step-by-step video instruction
  • Consolidated Slide Deck of all 3 Branding Lectures
  • Bonus 3-part video on the Psychology of Color
    • What Colors Sell
    • Color Psychology
    • Choosing a Color Palette
  • Consolidated Slide Deck of all 3 Color Psychology Lectures
  • 5+ Resources including where to find Premium Styled Feminine Stock Photos
  • Photoshop Template: Branding Identity + Mood Board
  • 2 Workbooks: Branding Foundings & Branding Identity

1 Photoshop Template: Branding Identity & Mood Board

Bonus Two Fulfillment by Amazon + Alibaba Overseas Vendors

  • 1 |  How to set up your FBA shop on Amazon
  • 2 |  Caveats on working with overseas vendors in China

Bonus Three| Photoshop Tutorials

Determine the look & feel of your entire branding package and your planner collections. This is a standalone course on its own that will serve as not only the foundation for determining exactly what your branding, logo design and colors should be but provides an editable Photoshop Template for your Branding Identity + Mood Board.

Includes

  • 4+ Hours of step-by-step video instruction
  • Consolidated Slide Deck of all 3 Branding Lectures
  • Bonus 3-part video on the Psychology of Color
    • What Colors Sell
    • Color Psychology
    • Choosing a Color Palette
  • Consolidated Slide Deck of all 3 Color Psychology Lectures
  • 5+ Resources including where to find Premium Styled Feminine Stock Photos
  • Photoshop Template: Branding Identity + Mood Board
  • 2 Workbooks: Branding Foundings & Branding Identity

1 Photoshop Template: Branding Identity & Mood Board

Bonus Four Planner Stickers

  • 1 |  How To Start A Planner Sticker Shop
  • 2 |  Best Paper
  • 3 |  Best Printer
  • 4 |  Best Ink
  • 5 |  Sizes + Packaging

Bonus Two Noteworthy Notebooks

  • 1 |  The Notebook Market
  • 2 |  Plain Pages
  • 3 |  Lined Notes
  • 4 |  Dot Grid Note Pages
  • 5 |  Print + Production

Enrollment Options

Two different options are available for you

    • Core Modules
      • 15+ Hours of 7 core lessons
      • 50+ page Workbook
      • 11+ InDesign Templates
      • Private discussion board
      • Quarterly live Q&A webinars + past recordings
      • 24/7 lifetime access + future updates + templates
    • 5 BONUSES
      • Photoshop Template Branding Identity Kit + Mood Board
      • 20+ Pre-Approved Vendor Recommendations for services, tools, manufacturers and materials
      • 2 Bonus Interviews: Alibaba + FBA
      • Mini-Course #1: Noteworthy Notebooks
      • Mini-Course #2: How To Create + Sell Planner Stickers

    • Includes everything in Core PLUS
      • Etsy Kickstarter Package
      • Completed 2019 Planner you can start selling TODAY
      • Done-For-You Graphics & Branding
      • Etsy Shop Banner
      • Facebook Cover Art
      • Facebook Posts
      • Twitter Cover Image
      • Pinterest Pins
      • Instagram Posts
    • $199 Value