The New Digital Planner | Pixel Planner 2.0 | GoodNotes and More

Interested in Digital Planning? Check out our Pixel Planners for GoodNotes, ZoomNotes and other note taking apps. Digital Planning on your iPad has never been more creative.

It is here! It’s time to share everything about Pixel Planner 2.0 with you! Our new digital planner versions were made after listening to your needs and wants. We love that they are truly customizable!

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Time Stamps

00:00 – Intro

00:34 – What You Need to Plan Digitally

01:18 – What is a Pixel Planner?

02:00 – How to Purchase & Download a Pixel Planner

02:57 – Our Two Options for GoodNotes

03:41 – Non GoodNote Users Files

05:00 – Linking Your Cloud Storage Service to GoodNotes

05:53 – Importing GoodNotes Files After Downloading to Computer

06:34 – Importing GoodNotes Files After Downloading via iPad

07:39 – Which Planner to User Blank or With Inserts Embedded?

08:41 – Pixel Planner 2.0 Features

11:21 – How to Copy or Duplicate Pages in GoodNotes

2:35 – Join the Digital Library + Facebook Group

What is a Digital Planner?

A digital planner gives you all of the creativity you have with traditional paper planners, but digitally. If you have an iPad you can plan just like you would with paper planners.

That means you can have a cute looking planner binder, fun stickers, and write inside it with a stylus too!

How Do You Plan Digitally?

  • You’re going to need a tablet, preferably an iPad. Other tablets may work. Just do your research.
  • Make sure that you have a stylus so you can write in your planner. We love the Apple Pencil with the iPad Pro and 2018 iPad.
  • Then, you’re going to need to install a note taking application. We recommend the GoodNotes app for iOS users (no we aren’t affiliates nor are we associated with that company, we just like the app the best.) Notability is a close second. If you have an Android device you’re going to want to do some research on what to use.
  • Finally, purchase one of our Pixel Planners in our shoppe.

What are Pixel Planners?

When you use a note taking application on your iPad like GoodNotes you can also import documents and other files into it. Pixel Planners are files that you import into GoodNotes that we designed to look like traditional planners.

Pixel Planners are designed to give you the flexibility to customize your planner as much as you can with a digital planner.

We created our planners to have hyperlinked tabs so you can easily jump from section to section without having to scroll through the entire document.

You can rearrange pages inside the divider sections, add new pages and duplicate pages to your needs.

With Pixel Planners you have the ability to be just as creative as traditional crafty planning with our digital sticker files and other fun embellishments.

How Do I Purchase and Download a Pixel Planner?

After you decide which application to use on your iPad (again, we recommend GoodNotes) visit our shoppe at Once in the shoppe you can hover over the menu to the Pixel Planner section.

Note: This video and tutorial was developed for GoodNotes 4. GoodNotes 5 was released in January of 2019 and there are some changes to the format. There are a few bugs in the app and as soon as it’s fixed we will do a walk through video on GoodNotes 5.

  1. Pick the planner color of your choice. We currently have five during this soft launch with more colors coming in the months ahead.
  2. Read the FULL description under the planner to make sure it meets your needs. We do indicate the file space needed so make sure your iPad can accommodate this before trying to download it.
  3. Complete your purchase and then you can download the files you need.
  4. At any time, you can access your past orders by logging into your account by going to the shoppe and looking up in the top right corner (you can reset your password if you don’t remember how to access your account).
  5. You’ll see that we provide multiple types of files and options for your purchase. You only need to download the files you wish to use. Look at the file title to the left of the link for what the file is.

GoodNotes Users

If you use GoodNotes application, you’ll want to decide between the completely blank planner or the planner with inserts embedded into it. The choice is yours. These are GoodNotes optimized files. You do not need to unzip them. Download and install them as is.

Then you’ll want to download the GoodNotes file for the Inserts/Sticker Book. We have separated our stickers into its own book so you can use it as a sticker book for your other stickers or stickers that you’ve created yourself. It has a hyperlinked home button and you can duplicate the pages and change the book title, too. Plus, we have included the inserts for the completely blank planner as sticker files. They are cropped and transparent, ready to place in your blank planner as you wish.

Non GoodNotes Users

If you use another application for note taking on your iPad, you’ll find PDF versions of our completely blank planners and our planner with inserts embedded into it. You simply import these into your application as is. The tabs are hyperlinked.

You’ll also see that we have included a PDF version of our sticker book that is blank for your use. Finally, we have made our Inserts as PNG files that are zipped as well as our stickers that are zipped.

We recommend downloading your zip sticker and inserts files on your computer and then unzipping them and placing them on a cloud storage app like iCloud, DropBox or Google Drive to access them on our iPad faster. It can be cumbersome to unzip on the iPad but it’s possible. Look for our tutorial on the blog.

The Hex Codes

And, for all users, we have included a PDF instruction and hex code file. If you use an application like GoodNotes that allows you to enter color hex codes for your pens you will want these to match your planner.

Once again, download ONLY what you need!

So How Do You Install a Pixel Planner in GoodNotes?

The biggest misconception people have with the GoodNotes file is that because it has .zip after the filename is that they need to unzip it.

This isn’t true! It’s actually a file. And that means once you download that file you import the file as is. No unzipping needed! In fact, if you do unzip it that usually gives you a messed up set of files that you can’t do anything with.

You can download the file via your computer and place it on a cloud service. Or you can download it directly on your iPad. Let’s talk about how to install via those two options.

Linking Cloud Storage

By linking a cloud storage to GoodNotes, you can quickly import and export documents from and to your cloud folder. It also enables you to activate an automatic backup which will keep copies of your files safe.

GoodNotes supports: Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and OneDrive

  1. To set up a linked storage option in GoodNotes, tap on the + icon in the main screen, then Import. You’ll see a section called “Not Linked Cloud Storages.” Choose one.
  2. You’ll need to login to that account to grant access.
  3. Then, in GoodNotes, look at the bottom right where the link for OPTIONS appears. Click it and choose Settings/General.
  4. Here you can activate the cloud storage accounts.

If You Download Via Your Computer

  1. You will need to unzip the files and then place them on your cloud service you can then move over to your iPad.
  2. Open up the GoodNotes application and choose the + icon at the top left of the category you wish to place your planner in.
  3. From here a pop up menu will let you choose IMPORT. Depending on what linked cloud storages you have setup, locate where your files are stored. We use Dropbox, so we would choose Dropbox for our option.
  4. In the next panel, locate the file in that storage area and click on it. This will automatically bring it into your GoodNotes application. Now you can start planning!

Install After Downloading Via Your iPad

We recommend going to your shoppe account and clicking on the download links from your order there. Sometimes we do update our files and we cannot update links that go out in emails (which we note in the product descriptions and mention on social media). This is a guaranteed way to get the most updated files. But if you don’t have that option, you can still do it via your iPad.

  1. When you click on the download link for the GoodNotes planner, it will open up in your browser and probably show something like, File Can’t Be Previewed. If you have the DropBox app it may open through here as a preview to show the file.
  2. No you don’t need Dropbox. We host our files in our account and giving you the download link.
  3. Don’t worry if it shows that message. You’re still on the right path!
  4. With the file selected look at the top right of your iPad screen for the three dots (ellipsis). Click it and choose “EXPORT” from the pop out menu.
    In the next pop out menu choose OPEN IN. This will give you another pop out menu where you have the opportunity to choose which application to open the file in, in this case we choose GoodNotes.
  5. This will then go into the GoodNotes application where you can get started.

Pixel Planner Overview

Two Options

As we mentioned, our planners come in two options, completely blank and with inserts already embedded.

So which one should you use?

The blank planner allows you to place files inside it that you create or download that we offer in our shoppe, or that you might have from another designer.

The blank planner lets you use it in any way you want.

There are some cons to this method, however.

For example, when working in GoodNotes, when placing our month calendar Inserts PNG file into the blank planner you might run into some selection issues. Let’s say you start adding stickers and other things to your month calendar, there is no way to lock down the calendar only in the GoodNotes application. Therefore, selecting and moving the images (or stickers) means it will select the calendar in the background. That can be a pain.

So maybe this doesn’t bother you. Great!

But if it does, we also offer a planner option that has these inserts already embedded into the pages and they cannot be moved around. You can add stickers and notes and move those without it affecting the selection of them.

Use the option of your planner purchase that meets your needs.

Editable Top Tabs

In the GoodNotes versions of our planners, you’ll see that we setup the top tabs of our planners to have editable text. You can make these tabs your own!

You’re going to want to press-hold on the text to change it. Do this on the first open page of your planner before you start duplicating spreads in your planner.

This means you’ll have to paste the top tab text fields fewer times.

Then, make sure that TEXT is chosen on your selection tool and the rest are turned off. Select the text fields and press to copy. Now paste them on the other pages.

While we wish we could have made our month tabs editable, there is no way to rotate text in GoodNotes at this time.

The Inserts/Sticker Book

In the Inserts/Sticker Book for Goodnotes you’ll see that we have all of the inserts that match your planner as PNG files. Select them just like stickers and copy and paste them into your blank planner. Some of these even have editable text fields!

To select stickers from the GoodNotes Inserts/Sticker Book, make sure IMAGES is turned on in your selection tool and the rest are turned off. Then, do a rough selection around or inside our sticker choice. Press for copy and then go to your Pixel Planner. Locate where you want to place the sticker. Press and hold for the paste option. You can also resize via the corners.

You can also click off of the sticker to deselect it and then press on it again to choose other options like resizing or cropping.

When copying our Month and Week Inserts Stickers, you have the option to also copy over the editable text fields. Just make sure you have chosen IMAGES and TEXT in the selection tool. Then select the entire calendar to include the text field.

Now you can press and hold on those text fields to edit them.

But, if you want to use stickers, simply only select IMAGES.

We truly wanted to make a planner to meet many needs. So providing you with multiple options was a must for us!

Why Our Inserts are Blank

When creating our planners, we wanted to make sure we could give you a smaller file size to download. Depending on your device, downloading a large file can be cumbersome. The beauty of digital is you can duplicate pages and add items to them as you need them.

Our month and weekly calendars are blank because so many users like their weeks to start and stop on different days. Some prefer a Sunday start while other a Monday start. This way you can set it up however you wish.

Plus, you can reuse the planner year after year if you like!

And, we made sure our hyperlinks ONLY go to the divider so anything you move inside it doesn’t mess up those hyperlinks.

Duplicating & Trashing Pages

So how do you duplicate or copy pages in the planner or maybe even trash them? It’s super simple and we’re going to show you in GoodNotes as that’s our preferred application for our Pixel Planners.

  1. Open up your planner.
  2. Then, click on the thumbnails icon in the upper left corner.
  3. Click EDIT and then locate the page you want to duplicate (or delete).
  4. You can click TRASH at the top if you want to get rid of it, or to COPY, look at the bottom left corner and choose that option.
  5. After it’s done copying, click on DONE.
  6. Now, click on the + Icon in the thumbnails panel. Notice that you have new + icons before and after each page? Click where you want to place the copied page by pressing the + icon location.
  7. When the pop-up menu appears choose “Paste Copied Pages” and then DONE to close out.

If you mess up your planner, the good news is that you can log back into your shoppe account and re-download your files at any time. Just look for instructions at the beginning of this video.

Just a word of warning, with our Pixel Planners you don’t want to delete or rearrange the actual tabs/dividers. Those are what are hyperlinked and if you move them or delete them you will lose the ability to jump to the correct sections. Only move what’s inside the dividers.

Please note that our planners are PDF files. That’s like creating a paper scrapbook page with lots of layers on top of each other and then taking a picture of it. We put that picture in the book so you cannot move things around once they are on the page. That means the background is what it is. No digital planner designer has built an actual app that would let you do this. They all are creating PDF files similar to this method.

Using Your Pixel Planner

Now you can start getting super creative with your Pixel Planner.

Use the pen tool to write in important reminders.

Add stickers from our shoppe to make your planner spreads look pretty.

Join our Vault to get free files for your planners.

And, watch our blog for tutorials on how to do other things with your planner including seeing how our Pixel Planners Ambassadors use our monthly sticker sets in the shoppe. Let them inspire you!

Once you’re in the Vault you can also request to join our Facebook Group where you can get help and share your planner spreads with the rest of our community.

Have fun with your new Pixel Planner and thanks for supporting us and helping us build a better digital planner!

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Holly McCaig

About Holly McCaig

Holly McCaig is a 20 year veteran of the design world. With her mark being made in scrapbooking and photography, Holly now educates eager artists how to do lettering in procreate on the iPad Pro. She resides in Denver, Colorado with her two dogs, Lola and Daisy. Visit Holly: Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook | Shoppe


  • Holly Pixels is looking for creative digital planners obsessed with GoodNotes to join our creative planning team or better known as our new Pixel Planners Ambassadors!
  • Yes! New holiday digital planner inserts and stickers for your digital planner is here! You didn't think we'd let this one slip by did you? We did a lot of research and put together a super comprehensive set of planner inserts to fit your digital planners. Plus you get stickers like our adorable decorate a Christmas tree!
  • We sell a lot of really cute covers for your Digital Planners in the shoppe. This is a great way to duplicate your current Pixel Planner and use it for other things. So you could potentially have five planners but only buy one. But the covers make it hard to figure out which one you're opening.


  1. Susan on December 26, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Sorry, new to this system . . . how do I install the planner covers and page separators?

  2. Julie on December 29, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Can I use this planner with one note?

    • Holly McCaig on December 30, 2018 at 11:05 am

      We sell our files as PDF files with hyperlinks. If your app can support a PDF file with hyperlinks then I would say yes!

  3. Mary Beth Boyett on January 1, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I copied new pages just like the video said but then all my copied pages have the month tab the same even though they are in different month tabs. Is there a way to fix this?

    • Holly McCaig on January 2, 2019 at 10:30 am

      Please make sure you are copying pages that are just the two-page paper spreads inside a tab. You would do this for each tab section. If you copy the two-page spreads from one tab and put them in another tab section it will put the other month’s tabs out of order and mess up your hyperlinks. If you need further help you can join our Facebook Group via The Vault Signup on the homepage and share screenshots with us and get support from everyone.

  4. Kim on January 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I just bought a planner with teacher inserts and can’t wait to use it. I teach from my iPad and use GoodNotes so this is awesome! As I’m looking at setting up the planner, I noticed the daily page that I’d like to duplicate also has the weekly plan on it. Is there a file that has two daily plans on it so I don’t have to duplicate the weekly plan every day?

    • Holly McCaig on January 3, 2019 at 7:49 am

      I only sell inserts for the teacher planner. My inserts are like sticker files. You place them into a blank planner, like our Pixel Planners and you can put them anywhere. I don’t sell a planner with inserts inside it embedded like that. I retired that one back in August.

  5. Shani on January 25, 2019 at 12:03 am

    please help…… very new with digital…… i have the GoodNotes 5 and i downloaded the planner in GoodNotes but the tabs are not working…….. what am I doing wrong?????

    • Holly McCaig on January 28, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Hello. I am not affiliated with GoodNotes – we simply give you a file that is ready for Godonotes along with PDFs for other note taking apps. For tech support you will need to contact them. With GoodNotes 5 there are a lot of bugs they are fixing currently so you might want to follow them on Twitter for daily updates to these fixes. You can also join our Facebook Group by joining the Vault (you get an invitation to join via the email you get):

  6. Taitia L. Elliott on May 9, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Hi. I’m new to digital planning and still exploring all the tutorials out there. I’ve noticed that using my iPad 6th generation, I needed a few more apps than I originally had. I have GoodNotes and iZip but think I need a pdf converter app. Are there apps you use that you would recommend to someone getting started? Thanks for all your help!

    • Holly McCaig on May 10, 2019 at 11:57 am

      So you if you want to use GoodNotes for your planner that’s all you would need. We sell a GoodNotes optimized file, meaning we import the PDF into the note taking app for you. You don’t unzip that file, you import it as is even if it as a .zip extension. GoodNotes is a note taking app that imports PDFs, so no PDF converter needed. You would only need the GoodNotes app to use our products.


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