2016-2017 Happy Planner Review
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So my lovely husband was able to get me one of the new 2016-2017 happy planners at Hobby Lobby Yesterday so I figured I’d go ahead and do a little review. When I was doing the research to see which one to buy I had a hard time figuring out what each one looked like on the inside.
The planner that we decided to go with was this one called ” Enjoy the Little Things” which I feel is an important thing to remember and one that I sometimes forget. This planner was made by Me & By Big Ideas along with Sugar & Type. I love that the cover is nice and simple and it comes with the gold rings which my last Happy Planner has as well.
This planner has a Currently page for each month were you can add in important information as well as a little bit about your life that month for memory keeping. My current Happy Planner is “Every Day is a Gift’ and focuses more on upcoming events rather memories from the month. The entire Happy Planner line is designed to be a planner but also has a heavy focus on memory keeping and this is evident in these pages. Across from the Currently page, each month has a card stock page with an inspirational quote or print and a think laminated tab. (Laminated tabs were introduced soon after the first Happy Planners came out.) Sadly I got first one before the switch and man, let me tell you, the lamination is going to come in handy.
Sadly MAMBI did not fix one my biggest gripes with pervious planners. In the monthly view the planners have a Sunday start to the week (like a regular calendar.) However, in the weekly view the week start with Monday. This is difficult and annoying for many of us, especially for my husband who’s workweek is Sunday-Saturday. (Yes he has a Happy Planner, more on that in a upcoming post.) I also run into problems in transferring information as they don’t line up. But anyways, as before the weekends are highlighted on the month view and there is lots of space to fill in events. I do love that both Saturday and Sunday get their own box. In my Kate Spade Wellesley planner they share a box which is annoying.
Ok, on to the week view where we have my favorite change. No more Morning, Afternoon, and Evening boxes! Now I know that MAMBI came out with undated planners without the dates back around Christmas but I didn’t get one because I am lazy and would have screwed up the date placement. I am so glad MAMBI listened to this and got rid of the boxes. I had been using stickers to relabel the titles but then I got lazy again (big surprise) and started just knowing what the boxes were without the stickers. Now that they are gone we’re good to go. This planner features black lines between the boxes. Other planners in this line have thicker pastel boxes. I opted for the simple black. Also, in this planner the dates are in pastel semi circles on top. Others have brighter colors, again this was a personal choice.
In this planner each month has one color for the accents. It is used as the weekend color in the monthly spread and as the dates and weekend color in the weekly view. In this planner the designers made some color choices that I don’t love, but will be able to deal with. For example, December 2017 is pink. Pink? Yes. Luckily I will probably be on to another planner by then, but still!
Overall I am happy with the planner purchase and look forward to using it come July. Have you purchased a new Happy Planner? Do you plan to? I wanna know! Let me know in the comments or tag me on instagram! @_amberdowns
IInterested in teh Botanical Gardens planner? Check out a review at Kell of a Good Time.
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