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Clever Fox weekly planner review

April 29
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Clever Fox recently reached out to me and sent me a notebook and a planner to try out. These items were sent to me as a gift and the post below is my personal opinion and not an ad.

I’ve tried a lot of planners and I review a bunch of them here on the blog. This planner really holds it own as a solid weekly planner in a compact size. If you’re looking for something super portable this might be your planner.

I love the faux leather on this one. It looks and feels great and I love the soft, matte finish. The little engraved fox is pretty cute too. I really like it when planner companies offer understated, neutral options for covers. They are perfect for th workplace.

The paper in this planner is a 120 gsm paper which does not seem to bleed through, even with my Micron pens. (Seriously the best.) This planner is A5 sized which is perfect for your desk or bag. It comes with a pen loop, a fabric strap and three bookmarks.

I was sent an undated planner which makes it super flexible. You can start whenever and take a break if needed. Just be sure to double check when you write the dates in so you don’t mess up! I use an erasable pen for this task just in case. Dated planners are also available.

A trend in planners right now is having a few pages at the beginning of the planner that guide the user to find and envision their goals. Clever Fox does this as well and even includes an area for a vision board within the planner. I love the idea of always having that vision at the tip of your fingers.

One of the aspects of this planner that is a little different than the norm is that all of the monthly calendar pages are are the front of the planner and the weekly pages are in the middle. I can see this being useful but have not used it much. It would be easy to keep one ribbon bookmark in the monthly page and another in the weekly page that you’re using.

The weekly layout reminds me of the dashboard layout of the Happy Planner that I am using. I am finding more and more that this style of planner layout really works for me. A lot of planners seem to focus on each day itself and what you are doing that day, but with this dashboard layout it seems like the focus is shifted to your goals for the week and then a smaller space to write appointments and day-specific tasks. I have a feeling this is one of those things that just kind of depends of each person and their lives and planner needs.

My one big tip with this style of planner is feel free to change the categories on the dashboard. Use stickers to customize this area to track and manage the things that are important to YOU. This may mean added a big grocery list, or a reminder of bills to pay. Maybe you just need a space to write down how you are feeling mentally or somewhere to record workouts.

The best part about this planner? The 60 pages of dot-grid paper at the end. This is perfect for note-taking, lists, or trying your hand at some bullet journaling. My only wish is that the pages were numbered like they are in the dot grid notebook. Maybe next year?

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Clever Fox Dotted Grid Notebook Bullet Journal

April 24
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Clever Fox recently reached out to me and sent me a notebook and a planner to try out. These items were sent to me as a gift and the post below is my personal opinion and not an ad.

I have been wanting to play around with bullet journaling for some time now and have actually had notebooks sitting in my Amazon cart for some time. Of course I never actually got around to order them, but I was thinking about it! I am super excited to finally try this out.

What I love about bullet journalling is the freedom this style of planning gives the user. With bullet journaling you have the option to have daily and weekly pages, or to just create whatever works for you. Although we often think of planners as being a way to track our days, with bullet journaling you have the freedom to track, plan, or organize pretty much anything. Need a place to plan workouts? Try a bullet journal. Need a way to record your child’s food intake? Again, a bullet journal is great. A bullet journal is just a blank notebook that you use as a planner/tracker/organizer. Make it yours.

For this bullet Journal I am using the Clever Fox Dotted Grid Notebook in Rose Gold. Clever Fox sells their notebooks with dot grid paper which is my personal favorite, but you may also like graph paper or traditional lined paper. Do what works for you.

This Clever Fox Notebook is made with thick 120 GSM paper and includes 127 NUMBERED pages. I feel like this would be perfect for a six month bullet journal. The pages are nice and think and my pens don’t bleed through. I love to use Micron pens and Erasable Frixion pens.

With a blank slate like this you can use the pages however you like. I am just dipping my toe into this area really, so I am not an expert, but here are a few tips for setting up a bullet journal, or BuJo.

Create an Index: With an index page you will always have a guide to where your page is. The Clever Fox notebook I am using has numbered pages so you can use those numbers to mark each page. This is a traditional part of most bullet journals and can be super useful.

Have a plan: Although Bullet Journals are flexible, have an idea of what you want before you get started. This notebook has 127 numbered pages, so if you know you want to use this journal for maybe 6 months plan out the space.

Example:

  • Pages 1-10 index and lists
  • Pages 11-24 monthly spreads
  • Pages 25-77 weekly spreads
  • Pg 78-127 Misc.

Research layout ideas and create a key: Look around on Google, Instagram, or Pinterest and you will find TONS of ideas. Hardcore bullet journalers love to use a key to create a great system of organizing tasks and to dos. Research and create your own.

Be flexible: Your needs may change as you and your style change. Feel free to change your style and layout as needed. Heck, if after two months you have a new plan entirely, get a new notebook and try again. They are fairly inexpensive which is part of the beauty of all this.

A final note: Many bullet journalers are also artists. If you look around on the internet you will see beautiful bullet journals filled with calligraphy and doodles that are amazing. If you have this skill, feel free to use it in your journal but also please know that you can be a successful and great bullet journal user without being an artist. The journal is first and foremost a way to make your like easier and if it also is art that is fine too.

I’ll be playing around with this journal for the next few weeks and I will share my thoughts on the system more both here and on Instagram.

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Day Designer Flagship Planner – review

February 25
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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.

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ThriveSteer Planner

August 23
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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 want to live.

Before the “planner” starts there are several pages of activities to go through. These activities help to sit back and think about what you really want from your life from six core values.

These values are:
Strategy
Congruency
Synergy
Courage
Inspiration
Transformation
To learn more about these areas visit the ThriveSteer website.

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After you understand the core values, the planner has prompts about many areas of your life. Through these prompts you will learn more about what you are really looking for from life as well as create pursuit statements that will help focus your actions over the next year.

The planner then walks you through the steps to make one goal for the year and helps you plan how to get to it. At the end you will have a chance to review what you’d worked on and you should leave the beginning of the planner with a strong sense of what your real goals are as well as how to get there.

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The planner portion itself it fairly simple. Monthly pages are tabbed for easy access and weeks are put together in a simple hourly vertical layout. Both have areas where you can mark the core value you want to focus on as well as space for reflection.

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At the end of each month there is a two page Monthly Follow Up  where you can reflect on the previous month. There is also a quarterly and year end review as well. These include prompts that will help you decide where you were successful and how you might need to change your pursuit statements to better meet your needs.

Overall, this is a high quality planner with unique insight that I have never before seen in this format. The paper is strong and I love that it comes with two bookmarks and a band to keep the whole thing together.

 

If you are looking for a planner that focuses on wellness and goals this one might be for you. Find out more at ThriveSteer.com 

Note: This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and I was given a free product for review purposes. 

 

 

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Agendio Planner

August 9
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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 and I loved it so much I ordered another one for this year.

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I use this planner for work and I use it in an A5 binder so that I can include other papers and inserts in the planner. (Look for A5 binders at Filofax or Michaels.) You can also have yours made with a coil or in a book form. These look nice and professional.

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I have been using a daily planner layout for a few years now and what I always notice is that I don’t use the hourly column.  In my field I don’t have tons of meetings or appointments, and the ones I do have are often the same each week.  Because of this I changed the layout of my planer to just have a small “today” section to record my appointments for the day and then a “tonight” section to jot down evening plans.  Of course, if you need the hourly section, go for it! That is what I love about this planner, you can make it work for YOU.

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Although I love a daily planner for work, you can also create a weekly planner if that is more of your speed. Vertical, horizontal, whatever you want. I saw some where they had the days on the left page and then the right side was for notes and such for the week. Kind of perfect really.

Once you’ve decided on a layout Agendio lets you add in important dates. You can choose from holidays, moon cycles, religious holidays for several religions and more. You can also add your own holidays like birthdays and anniversaries.  Agendio will remember them so you can add them in next year.You can also add reoccurring events like due dates or meetings. A super easy way to ensure things get done.

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One of my favorite parts of this planner is that you can set it to start whenever you want. So many times people decide they need a planner in like April and like no planners start in April so they have to buy one they only have use or wait until Academic planners start in around July.

Want to see my Agendio planner from last year?

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Recollections 2017 zip planner review

December 30
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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)

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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″.

 

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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.

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

 

 

Anyways, on to the money shots…

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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The Happy Planner- This is your year- planner review and flip through

October 25
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I wasn’t going to do a full review on this planner but I had a few people request that I do a flip through of this one so I figured I’d post some actual decent photos here.

The planner I purchased was This is Your Year. This is a 12 month dated planner going from January 2017 to December 2017. The planner retails for $24.99 and is is set to be released in Micheal’s stores in the end of October and on the Me and my Big Ideas website on the 31st of October.

What drew me to this planner was the neutral colors.  I love that there are not colors to work with so I can make the weeks my own without having to work with a pre-assigned color. The current planner I am using. (review here) has colored weekends and date stamps which are nice, but kind of dictate the colors used on the page.

Below I am going to post photos of the pages, dividers, and monthly spreads to give you an idea of the setup of this planner.   Keep in mind that it is only one of several that are being released at this time.

Along with the items The Happy Planner is releasing deluxe covers, snap in covers, deco pens, and other accessories with even more items, including new sticker books to be released in December.

 

It is a great time to be a Happy Planner!

Have you purchased this planner?  What do you think? Is it worth it?

Need a punch?  I have this one and love it!
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Emily Ley – The Simplified Planner review

April 11
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The simplified planner review.  A review of the 2016 simplified planner by Emily Ley.  This is a dated daily coil bound planner like the Day Designer  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 for it. That was, until I ran across an instagram post about putting a Simplified Planner into an a5.  I saw it and LOVED the idea.  It fit perfectly and her pages are perfect.  Because it is early April, I was able to purchase the planner in a boutique for 40% off which was a great deal.  (FYI this planner is currently sold out online but they will be introducing an academic version soon.) I wanted to share a quick review of this planner because I am really loving it and want to share a little about it.

In case you are not familiar with the Simplified Planner, it is the creation of small business owner Emily Ley.  She created her own brand to produce and sell items to help women live a simple, intentional life.  She has been making this planner since 2008.

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The cover of this planner is a nice hard cardboard.  I love how sturdy it is and can tell that this planner is made to last. Each year Emily releases the planner with a few cover options.  The one I grabbed was baby blue with white dots.  The coil is large but sturdy.  I can say from experience that a coil that seems larger than necessary is a good thing because by the end of the year your planner will be so stuffed with notes and papers that it will need all that space.  It is important to note that inside under the paragraph “Caring for your simplified planner,” Emily mentions that the planner is meant to be used lying flat and not folded over.  She also says that it should always be opened and closed from the front cover, not the back.  This is to keep the wire i good shape.

 

Inside you’ve got a sturdy pocket which is the perfect size for many of Emily’s other products.  The front page is set up for your personal info.  Be sure to add your name and some contact information here so that if your planner is lost it can find its way back to you.  Worried about the finder not calling?  Mention a reward!

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Inside there is a super sweet note from Emily about how and why she created this planner.  Have I mentioned how sweet and inspiring this woman is?  I cannot wait for her book to come out.  One the next few pages after the note Emily goes on to explain how to use the planner and great tips on how to plan your life and focus on what really matters in life.  Seriously, this lady is super inspiring.

 

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Each moth includes a monthly view calendar with a Sunday – Saturday setup.  (So many planners put this page as a Monday- Sunday which really doesn’t work for me.)   There are also flags at the top of important dates  with holidays.

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The daily page setup includes two columns.  Today and To Do.  Today is a dated calendar from 6 am – 9 pm.  One line per an hour.  The To Do column is just that.  A place to list you’re tasks with radio buttons to check off once they are completed.  The bottom of the sheet had a large spot for Dinner and Notes.

The weekend is together on one page with a half size untimed Today and a To Do column.   Sunday has a Weekly prep list to help you get yourself prepared for the week.  There is also a section between the days to jot down a happy memory from the week.  This is great for those who save their planners to review later.

 

The paper in the planner is thinner than that of thick weekly planners like The Happy Planner, but it needs to be to be able to fit the entire year into something manageable.

 

Of course, I told myself that I was going to uncoil this planner to place it in my a5, but its so pretty.  Do you have this planner?  Are you considering it?  Are you an Emily Ley fan?

 

 

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Webster’s Color Crush planner review

March 21
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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.

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 (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.

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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.)

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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
Calendar

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Calendar
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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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2016-2017 Happy Planner Review

February 27
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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.

 The interior of the cover has a bold black and white stripes and of course the front page where you can put your contact information in case the planner gets lost.

 

 A new addition this year is a 2 page spread of all the 2016-2017 dates.  This is totally helpful in event planning and a great addition without taking too much space.

 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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