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Day Designer Flagship Planner – review

I’ve been a fan of Day Designer products for years, but I had never owned one of their flagship products, just their Blue Sky for Target line. (Love those.)

This year I finally got around to purchasing one of their flagship daily planners and I love it. These planners come in both regular and mini size and I went ahead and got the mini. Although smaller, it is not too small and is big enough to work well both at home and in the workplace.

One of my favorite things about this planner is the cover. It is a simple yet elegant marble. Other options include classy stripes and florals.

This is a daily planner with a schedule and a to-do list. This is great for busy people who want both to list as well as mark out their day. I am thinking about trying out Time Blocking, so this planner would work great for that.

Each weekday also includes a place to write down your top three tasks for the day, what is due, money, dinner and a reminder. There is also a space on the bottom for notes and a daily reminder. Important holidays are also marked to help you remember.

The weekend is shown on one page with just a daily schedule for each day. This works well to schedule your busy weekend, but not to plan it as much.

I love the gold tabs on this planner, perfect for finding what you want, when you want it. It also comes with a clear plastic bookmark that you can use to mark the day to make flipping directly there nice and easy.

My favorite thing about this weekly view is that weekends are lightly shaded so that when making plans you don’t accidentally schedule a work meeting on a Saturday. The shading helps me keep track of where in the week we are.

This planner also comes with some planning sheets to help you realize your goals and focus for the year. This is always helpful when starting out. One thing I particularly liked was where you could kind of rate yourself in different areas of your like to find both where you are doing great, as well as where you might want to focus some time for improvement.

One of my favorite things about Day Designer is that they have a blank copy of their planner page online for free so you can test out their style and see if it works for you. Find their entire free printable library here.

This planner is the 2019 daily option. Right now they are on a pretty good sale as the year has already started, but if you wanted to wait, new 2019-2020 academic year planners will be out soon.

Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Day Designer. I paid for this planner with my own money, but if you choose to purchase one via a link on this page I will receive a small commission.

ThriveSteer Planner

Created by a therapist, the ThriveSteer planner is designed to be a planner and a life coach all in one. This planner has a strong focus on both helping you plan your day as well as helping you create the vision for the life you […]

Agendio Planner

If you remember, last year I tried out the new Agendio planner. This is a fully custom planer that is printed just for you. You get to pick the layout, sections, colors, headers, and even add events and tasks. That planner is about to end […]

Recollections 2017 zip planner review

Have you seen the new planner stuff Michaels has released this December? THERE IS SO MUCH AWESOME STUFF.  Seriously, so much. The company has released tons of planners, inserts, and stickers under its private label, Recollections.  Some of the hottest new items are the dated zip up planners.  Most of the December released items are undated, which is great for a crafty person w ho wants to add all the dates, but just doesn’t work for me. I am too afraid of making a mistake and somehow missing a meeting because I dated my planner wrong and thought the 5th was a Tuesday instead of a Monday.


Anyways, there are 10 versions of these cute little planners. I got the simple floral one as a gift for a family member but wanted to share it here first with my readers. (SHH)


What I found most interesting when I first opened this planner was that it was not a traditional Personal or A5 size. These new planners inserts are the height of an A5 planner but the width of the personal size planner. This makes buying inserts interesting.  What is good is the ring size matches up with A5 items so you can use the same punch. Michaels does sell a set of additional inserts for this planner size. They are super cute and are for goal tracking, fitness, television, and other fun activities. They also sell cute dividers and folders for this planner.  I have not currently seen any dated yearly insert packs for this page size, but all of the zip planners come with 2017 inserts so they don’t really need more now.  Also, if you have any other personal size inserts they will fit in this planner. They are not as tall, but will fit the rings as well.


FYI:  A5  pages are 5.8″ x 8.3″ and personal size pages are 3.54″ x 7.5.” The inserts that come with this planner are 7.25″ x 3.54″.


My personal size Kate Spade planner with the zip planner inserts. They fit the rings but not the binder.


So although these are a unique size, they are super versatile and the binder can hold several different types of inserts.

The Kate Spade and Recollections planners size by side. (Yes, I totally have lipstick on my planner)



Anyways, on to the money shots…


Is this title page not beautiful?


If you look closely you will see that there is a disclaimer on the bottom saying the company is not liable for any inaccuracies. Have you ever seen that on a planner? I don’t know that I have but it makes sense. A little CYA.


One of the things I love about this planner is that every month has a goals page and a reflection page. This really helps to keep on track and ensure we fulfill our goals. As far as paper quality goes I would say that these are fine. They are not the thickest pages ever, but plenty good enough.


Of course next comes the monthly calendar. I wish Saturdays and Sundays had their own spots, but I totally understand why they don’t on this planner.



Each week has a nice and simple weekly view. There is room for goals as well as extra notes. The week starts with Monday and Saturday and Sunday have their own spots.



Remember the reflection pages i mentioned? Yes, the reflection pages in the Recollections planner. This is what they look like. A great way to jump start each new month. Oh, and every month has its own cute divider but I am not going to show you all of them. Gotta have some secrets. 🙂

This planner can be purchased at Michaels both in store and online. They retail for $29.99 but can easily be purchased for less with a sale or coupon. We currently do not know if this is a one time product or if they will return to the shelves after they are sold out.

Anyways. I hoe you enjoyed this quick little review. If you have any questions feel free to ask them here or, for a faster answer, ask me on Facebook.


review of the 2017 recollections zip planners at michaels. This is a great weekly planner similar to a5 or personal size.
review of the 2017 recollections zip planners at michaels. This is a great weekly planner similar to a5 or personal size.

Emily Ley – The Simplified Planner review

     So as you may know from my latest planner review, I recently purchased an a5 planner from Webster’s Pages.  Anyways, I had planer to used that planner as my work planner, but I had a hard time finding the best dated daily pages […]

Webster’s Color Crush planner review


Hey everyone, I am here with another planner review.  As you may have heard, Jo-Anns craft stores have recently started selling the Color Crush planners by Webster’s pages.  These planners come in personal and A5 size ans figured this would be the perfect time to grab an A5 planner to try it out.  This planner retails for $54.99 in store, but i had  a 60% off coupon so I got a great deal. Keep in mind this is what the TEAL planner looks like inside.  The dividers on the other planners may differ slightly, I have not had to chance to check.

Here is what the display should look like in the store.

My store had the planners in stock but hadn’t yet brought them out to the floor.  My amazing husband was able to flag down a sales associate and get them to bring us a planner from the back.  I went with the teal color but I like the pink and stripes as well.

When you see the planner on the shelf you will notice that it comes in a removable plastic jacket with “Hello!” in gold foil.   This is to protect the planner from the elements of the store and shipping.  From what I have seen, if you purchase this item from somewhere other than Jo-Anns the planner will come in a nice box.


 (FYI:  If you want to zoom in on an image click it and it will open up larger.)

Like many A5 and other ringed planners this planner has a snap closure.


When you open the planner you will notice that there are lots of pockets on the left.  These are deep and look like they’d be great for stickers, notepads, and other smaller items.  They can also hold business cards but they may fall down in the pocket because of the depth.  The bottom pocket has a clear window and would be a great place to hold personal info or cards.  It is also deep but obviously more visible. (Seen below with a standard size business card in the pocket.)


The rings on this planner are a sturdy 1.5 in set.  They meet standard A5 size which will allow us to interchange the inserts with other brands.  (Hello Day Designer Daily inserts!) I like that these rings are large enough to hold all that I need in a daily work planner.  (Basically, alot)


One of the reasons I jumped on purchasing this planner was that it came with so many cute dividers and inserts.  On of those is the first sheet which says “Be Happy Be Bright Be you.”  What a great daily reminder when you open your planner.


The next page is a piece of heavy card stock with a spot to place contact information on the back.  Always something important to have in your planner.


Alright, now we have made it to the tabs.  Like I said, this planner comes with tons of cute extras and these tabs are one of them.  The dividers are labeled; I will give you a list of the tabs and then explain what in in each section:

Write it down
Memory Keeping
Lists to Love
Staying Inspired


Write it down
This section is just for note paper.  The planner came with six sheets of super cute lined paper.



Memory Keeping
This section appears to be for journaling and such. It comes with six sheets titled “A week in the life” with a space for sketches, quotes and memories on the back.



Lists to love
This section comes with six multi use pages.  The front of the pages are for “Plans & do!”  A place to list goals and plans and give them a due date.  This is great for keeping yourself on track.  The back of these sheets are menus.  The menu pages have a small spot for meals for each day and repeats for five weeks.  These would be great for planning dinners for a month but are too small to fill out all meals for five weeks.  An alternate use of this page would be to list breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks for one week.  There is also a shopping list feature at the bottom of the page.


Staying Inspired
This section is filled with 2 copies of 3 double sided sheets with inspirational prints on them.  These are cute but I am not 100% sure of their use.


Here we go, this is the mother load. This planner comes with both dated weekly and monthly inserts.  First it has simple monthly calendars with tabs for each month and notes page. The tab is attached to the dated calendar sheet. The moth view runs Sunday-Saturday and the calendar squares are lightly lined which is great when you have a lot to fill in.  These are especially helpful for me at work when I need to fill in events, staff leave,  and meetings on my monthly view.




After that we get into the week view for the calendar.  The planner came with weekly sheets for October 2015- December 2016.  These dated weekly sheets are divided into eight sections in a horizontal fashion with the first section being notes.  The week runs Monday-Sunday and both Saturday and Sunday get a full section.  I love how minimalistic these weekly sheets are, giving the user the ability to add what they want and not have to worry about extra fluff they don’t need.  Holidays are not marked in either the monthly or weekly view.


The back of the planer has another clear sheet and a nice little “Right Now” insert that can be used to hold your place.  The back cover has a deep pocket which would be great for a notepad.


Final thoughts:

Overall I think this is a great A5 planner for those on a budget but I can see where the binder might not last forever. Attached to the snap comes a little key chain piece and on mine you could see where the pleather was already wearing.  Because this is not real leather I am not sure how long it will last when used daily. Also the stitching feels like it could be a little stronger. Of course, if you don’t feel like spending a lot of money and want to try an A5 or you keep your planner nicely on your desk then they would be perfect.  I am going to look for some A5 daily dated inserts to use with this in July when my current work planner is finished.  Overall I think this is a great, affordable planner and a great way to get into using a binder planner system.  I am super glad that Webster’s was able to team up with Jo-Anns to sell this product locally.




2016-2017 Happy Planner Review

Pssst: Enjoy this post?  Follow me on Facebook for updates on new posts and fun stuff.   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 […]