Learn to Design Professional Digital Planners with Vectors

Learn to Design Professional Digital Planners with Vectors

I’ve designed several digital planners over the years, trying out different apps and processes, and this is by far the most efficient and precise process I’ve ever tried.  I love the process so much, I decided to create a whole class to show you every step from planning the layout to creating sticker pages in Goodnotes.

In the class, you’ll learn how to design a digital planner using vector shapes in Affinity Designer.  I love using Affinity Designer for creating planners because it is so easy to create precise shapes, space them evenly, and add vector effects to the shapes.  It’s also super easy to add dates to the planner and keep the numbers properly aligned.

You can choose to create either a dated or an undated planner as your class project.  I’ll show you options for both and we’ll talk about the pros and cons of creating a dated vs. an undated planner.


When you watch this class, you’ll get a workbook with planner section ideas and color palettes.  I’ll share with you my finished planner, so you can play around with the links and customizable sections before you start designing your own.


First we’ll look at how to create buttons and icons, and cover ways to add effects like glow, glitter, shine, and shadows.  We’ll cover how to use the precise movement tools in Affinity Designer to create evenly spaced lines, boxes, and buttons.


We’ll look at how to create stickers and custom sections, so you can design a planner that is easily customizable for the user (whether that’s you or your customers!).


In the class we’ll cover every step of the process from planning your layout to creating individual sticker pages in Goodnotes, so you can easily follow along with this class even if you have never worked with vectors or Affinity Designer before.


You can use the planner you create in this class to offer as a free download, sell it on your website or a site like Etsy, or just use it yourself!

All you need to take this class is your iPad and the app Affinity Designer.  You could also use a similar app like Vectornator if you prefer working in a different vector app.  So, let’s get started!

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Combining Lettering and Illustration in Procreate

In this class you’ll learn all the steps for combining lettering and illustration to create compositions that both tell a story and are visually interesting!

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Illustrating with Layered Texture & Color

Learn how to use layered texture and color to add depth and visual interest to your illustrations.  We’ll look at how to create overall textures, how to use texture to create highlights and shading, and how to use single and multi colored texture to bring out warm and cool tones in your illustrations.

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Design a Pattern Collection on Your iPad

Learn how to design a pattern collection on your iPad from start to finish.  I’ll show you options for making your repeat elements in both Procreate and Affinity designer, so you can choose which option works best for you!

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70s Lettering

Learn how to create 70s style hand lettering and decoration from start to finish.  We’ll cover everything you need to know to add the kind of bold color, drastic variation, and playful decorations that were so popular in the 70s and are now popping up all over in the design world on stationary, clothing, home decor.

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Limited Color Palette Illustration in Procreate

Learn how to create limited color illustrations and palettes on your iPad in Procreate.  We’ll cover every step of the process from building new palettes to creating illustrations that are ideal for limited palettes.

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Ink Illustration Techniques in Procreate

In this class, you’ll learn three different ways to use ink lines and dots to add shadow, highlights, and depth to your work.  We’ll look at tons of tips and tricks for hatching, crosshatching, and stippling, and talk about how to add bold color to your linework to add variation and contrast that makes your work stand out online and in print.