How to Use Digital Stickers for Fun and Productivity

July 26, 2022 5 min read

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Do you love stickers? Who doesn't, right? They're a super fun way to decorate your planner, notebook, or anything else that needs a little bit of personality and flair. But what if you could have all the fun of using stickers without any of the mess? With digital stickers, you can! 


In this blog post, we will teach you how to use digital stickers for fun and productivity.

How to Use Digital Stickers for Fun and Productivity

What is a digital sticker? 


A digital sticker is a PNG file that can be used in a number of different ways. You can use them to decorate your digital planner, notebook, or even your desktop background. They're similar to physical stickers in that they may be placed anywhere, but digitally! Individual PNG files are available, as are sticker books, sticker sheets, collection files, and sometimes JPGs.


They are super easy to use and you can find them for just about any topic or mood. 

What do you use digital stickers for?


Digital stickers can be used for a number of different things! You can use them to: 


- Decorate your digital planner

- Accessorize your digital bullet journal

- Customize your digital notebook

- Track your moods or daily tasks

- Add personality and flair to your digital life

- Create fun and unique designs


Why use digital stickers?


With physical stickers, you buy a sheet, use them once, and you're done. With printable stickers, you can use them more than once as long as you keep printing more.


If you make a mistake, it’s really tricky to remove the sticker and to place it again somewhere else.


However, with digital stickers, you can reuse them as many times as you want! No extra paper. No wasted ink. Much better for the environment!


If you misplace your stickers, you can easily move them without tearing any paper. They're a bargain since they can be used forever and ever.


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How do you get digital stickers?


If you are crafty you can create your own! Most people purchase pre-made digital stickers from a variety of places, like Etsy or RedBubble, but our favorite is right here at Jenily Planners! You can find pre-cropped PNG digital stickers that offer a wide range of designs, styles, functions, and collections to fit any need or preference. Most, if not all, of our digital planners, include a ton of digital stickers as well! SCORE!


Plus, your support means the world to this mama's small business! 

How to Use Digital Stickers for Fun and Productivity


Digital stickers are so much fun to use and in all sorts of creative ways to help us stay organized! You can put them in borders of your digital notebook, on blank spaces of your digital planner pages or anywhere between. The best part about digital stickers is that they make important information stand out more than ever before!  


You can use digital stickers for:


  • Habit trackers
  • To-do lists
  • Goal setting 
  • Appointments and events
  • Birthdays and holidays 
  • Budget reminders
  • Decoration & customization
  • Highlight important information


The options are endless! If you can dream it, you can stick it. ;) 


All you need is a PNG file of the sticker(s) that you want to use and a program or app that allows you to insert images. For example, the Procreate App for iPad has a "insert image" function and you can use that to add digital stickers into your artwork. You could also use the "insert image" function in the GoodNotes App to add digital stickers into your digital planner. 

What you need for Digital Planning

  • iPad (model needs to be compatible with an Apple pencil)
  • Apple Pencil (either 1 or 2 works!)
  • GoodNotes 5 (or a digital note-taking application of your choice like Notability, or Xodo for Android users)
  • A Digital Planner

How to add digital planner stickers to Goodnotes 5


If you purchased your digital stickers from my shop, then your stickers are pre-cropped PNGs that came inside a zip file format. 


This just means that each sticker is in a separate file, called a PNG, with a transparent background - unlike JPG which has a white background behind the sticker. 


Becuase of the transparent background, you can place it anywhere you like – on a white background, colored background, dot grid paper etc. and you’ll only see the sticker design!


You don't have to be concerned about cropping stickers from sticker sheets when working with individual PNG files. You can just save the pictures to a folder on your device's camera roll and then use the image button to add them.


Step 1: Download your digital stickers


After you purchase your digital stickers, you'll be able to download them right away. You may either download the digital stickers straight to your device or download them on your laptop and email them to yourself, then open the email on your device and download them. You could also save them to your favorite spot on the Cloud.


Step 2: Unzip your files


Because you're getting sooo many individually pre-cropped PNG digital stickers, they'' be "delivered" to you in a Zipped file. Here's how to unzip files right on your iPad, if you need help there. 


Step 3: Import your digital stickers to Goodnotes 5


You can easily import your brand new pre-copped digital stickers directly from the GoodNotes app:

  • Open GoodNotes app
  • Tap the +/New icon
  • Select Import
  • Find your downloaded and unzipped file in your Cloud storage or Files app
  • Just click on it to import into GoodNotes! Voila!

Step 4: Adding your individual digital sticker PNGs to your digital planner


First, be sure that your iPad has at least iOS 11 installed and the GoodNotes 5 is up to date so that you can utilize their new Elements feature. 


Then open GoodNotes & your digital planner or notebook to the page you want. 


Next, open Files in split view and find the folder that has your digital sticker PNGs. 


And finally, tap, hold, and drag the sticker you want to use over to your page!


Check out this video tutorial straight from the GoodNotes team.

Using pre-cropped PNGs so your digital stickers saved so much time because the cropping is already done for you! Could you imagine cropped hundreds if not thousands of stickers before you get to use them?!


With all of the amazing possibilities for fun and productivity, it's no wonder that digital stickers are becoming so popular. If you're looking to add a little more fun to your life or want to find a new way to be productive, we highly recommend giving digital stickers a try. 


If you're ready to take your sticker game up a notch, head over to our shop and buy yourself a set of digital stickers today!


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