We bought two bucks, a Nigerian Dwarf named Riff Raff, and a Nubian named Simon, to be amorous with our does so that we can start the process of kidding and making all sorts of wonderful things with the goat milk. That has entailed additional fencing and shelter building to keep the Nubians and Nigerian Dwarfs segregated. Although I don't do much, if any, of the actual work, I sometimes have to run errands for the boys while they are working. It's a great life, and I'm certainly not complaining, but there are not enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do.
A nice segue here would be to comment on how organization would be helpful in getting all the different aspects of my life to run more smoothly.
And that brings up the subject of this post: sticker organization.
A common thread on the various Facebook groups which deal with both paper planners and digital planners is this: "How do you all organize your stickers?" The various methods should reside in a pinned post in each of the groups, it is asked so often.
For paper planners, the use of a binder with page protectors holding stickers of various types is a very common solution. The page protectors can be easily removed and returned to their place in the binder once the appropriate stickers are retrieved. There are other solutions, of coursse, but this one seems to be mentioned most often, and I found, for me, it was the best option.
Last December a customer asked me if I would make her a digital version of the sticker binder, and I did, but after trying it out myself, I did not find it to be as satisfactory as I would have liked. It took a lot of work, and no matter how many categories I designated for the book, more were needed. I tried to make it cool with hyperlinks leading to the various categories, and I added some optional sections where she could add new categories by filling in blank areas on the page, and linking to those blank pages.
But I just didn't develop an emotional connection with this particular creation.
GoodNotes offers a much better solution within the app, and OneNote works pretty much the same way. I do not use Metamoji Notes, but I bet it and other PDF annotation apps have similar solutions. But I'll talk about GoodNotes because that is the one I'm most familiar with, and users of other apps can see how what I say here might relate to their particular app.
In GoodNotes, documents are organized into categories. And you can combine several categories together into a Master Category.
So I created a Master Category called Planner Stickers. I also have Master Categories for Planners, Notebooks, Bible Journaling, etc.
In my Planner Master Category, I have categories for the planners I design (Grandma DiDi Designs), Tam Spires' Seriously Simple Digital Planners, Sandy Cruz's iPlanner, and categories for other designers I have run into. I love seeing the work other designers are doing, and when some of my customers ask me to create something kind of like so-and-so did, but with "this" instead of "that" and in puce instead of cyan, I can look and see what they are talking about. Plus, I really like using other designers' planners in my own planning sometimes. It's fun.
But this post is about sticker organization. Focus, Grandma DiDi.
Anyway, my Master Category is Planner Stickers.
Under that I have categories for:
*Full Sticker Sets (these are sets designed by others and found on blogs or purchased from shops. They are themed and color coordinated with flags, washi, etc. all wrapped up for a week's layout.
*Decorative boxes: These are boxes I have found useful. Sometimes they are part of a full set, but I've pulled them into this category in addition to the full set category because I use the color a lot, or the design is one that grabs me.
*To Do boxes
*Headers, with words and without
*Flags (including to-do flags, decorative flags, octagons)
*Inspirational/Motivational/Humorous: Several designers do freebies with inspirational or humorous statements on them that really don't fit into a design theme, but are often too cute not to use on a spread just for the fun of it.
Holidays/Seasonal: If Goodnotes would allow a third level of categories, I'd further divide these into categories for specific holidays, but under the current setup, I lump them all together. It's not that big a deal, and if I were really on the ball, I could rename the sticker pages, starting with the holiday. So instead of it saying Santa.jpg, I might rename it Christmas Santa.jpg, and that way all the stickers would be alphabetized if you did a sort-by-name.
Organizing stickers, any way you do it, takes some work. Otherwise, the question of how to do it would not come up so often. However, in my personal experience, I have found using the app's resources to accomplish the task is superior to creating another document.
But the bottom line is that it boils down to personal preference. Other designers are offering sticker organizers for free or for sale, so for those who want something other than the organization options within the apps, there are other choices. And choices are good.
I do recommend finding a way to organize your digital stash, especially if you have tons of sticker sheets and sets and you want to be able to put your finger on a particular one in a hurry. Having some method of organization will make your life easier, and that's why we do this, isn't it?