After feeling like I’ve done just about every layout in every style multiple times over, I went in search of some new supplies and came across the Speedy Stencils. I previously used one of the weekly stencils for this spread and liked how it turned out, so purchased a few more collections from the same brand.
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The Sunny Streak Speedy Stencils Collections
I found these stencils on Amazon. I’m always a bit sceptical about the quality of stencils but this brand has more than 1,000 4 / 5 star reviews for these stencils so I figured they must be good. Here are the layout options on offer:
- Weekly Layouts #1
- Weekly Layouts #2
- Weekly Layouts #3
- Monthly Layouts #1
- Trackers and alphabet stencils
- Health and fitness
- Time saver stencils <— these are my favorite
The stencils are about $13 USD per set on Amazon.
I purchased the weekly layouts # 2, time saver and monthly layouts # 1. I also purchased their functional planner stickers bundle. I’m happy with the quality of those stickers, so are going to purchase the minimalist planner stickers bundle as well.
48 sheets of stickers (12 types x 4 sheets of each type)
I chose this set because it has a variety of layouts that I consider the ‘basics’ that could be used multiple ways, and a few more unique layouts I’d probably never have created by myself.
The material is bendy plastic but actually stays in place when ruling up spreads (you could try a little bit of washi tape to help keep them in place too). I purchased some other stencils in the same Amazon order and they were all this bendy, so I guess that’s just the standard for stencils unless you pay a fortune for acrylic or metal ones.
Some of the layouts have 2 stencils (left and right page) and others you can mix and match, or do the mirror image to create the second page.
The proportions of the writing space in each section of the stencil were enough, and the stencils maximised the page.
The gaps in the stencil are enough to fit a 0.7mm pen. I made all of these spreads with my Frixion erasable pens.
These are some of my favorite stencils ever! I’ve tried the Ink by Jeng row and columns stencil, the Moxie Dorie ruler stencil and the Sunshine Sticker Co guide (all of which are tools to help you set up spreads and avoid counting the dots). Out of all of those, the Ink by Jeng is still the best in my books, but since it doesn’t seem to be available anymore, these stencils from Sunny Streak come a close second.
I combined a few elements on the stencil to create this monthly overview page. I was going to do last month, this month and next month’s dates at a glance calendars but the boxes are too small to write the dates in (about 3mm), so I turned them into habit trackers instead.
The arrows / chevrons on this stencil are a bit narrow, I struggled to fit a 7mm pen in the gaps (out of all the stencils I purchased from this brand, this only happened with that one section).
It’s difficult to find stencils that are appropriately sized for A5 notebooks. These are 5.7″ x 8.25″ and say they are sized to fit in A5 journal. However depending on the dot placement and how close they are to the edge of the page, you might find it doesn’t quite fit perfectly.
I used the Kmart dot journal for these spreads (cheap $4 notebook that’s 5.75″ wide x 8.25″ high).
The flags don’t come with this stencil set, I used a stencil of another brand but you could easily hand draw them too.
Depending on the layout you’re using, I found that the gaps for some of the boxes didn’t quite line up with the dots on the page. I usually outlined a few and then shifted the stencil and used the same boxes (making sure to lift it off the page and put it back down, not slide the stencil, otherwise the pen ink may smear). While this seems annoying it actually doesn’t take that long and I’d prefer to do that than have a few wonky boxes.
To avoid colors smudging or staining the stencil, I gently wipe the excess ink off the stencils with a tissue after use.
Do I recommend these stencils?
Yes. While the quality isn’t perfect (bendy plastic and not all boxes line up perfectly with a 5mm grid every time), it’s on par with the quality of other stencils I’ve tried. The gaps in all of the stencils except those tiny arrows are large enough for a 0.7mm pen. The proportions of each section on the stencils are good, and you can mix and match elements of different stencils too.
The monthly calendars in particular, saved a lot of time instead of having to count out dots, and the time saver stencils will come in handy.
It’s a shame the stencils don’t come in a larger 7 x 9″ size version too!
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