kitlife 2018 Weekly Planner

Hello planner babes! I hope everyone had/is having a wonderful holiday season! Did you pick out your 2018 planner yet? 🙂 I still have plenty of planner reviews coming atcha! So don’t worry if you haven’t found the right planner for you–chances are I’ll be reviewing it soon. 😉

This Thursday I’m reviewing the new Weekly Planner by kitlife (affiliate link)! Kitlife is known for their Daily Planner, which has been their staple product for a while. The first kitlife planner launched in 2013. Team Kit is made up of three fabulous ladies: Jessica, Jenny, and Liz.

The concept of their planner started as the Daily Life Planner (later the kitlife planner) and was based off of Jessica’s search for a book that could handle all of the things she wanted to track in her daily life. She found that she was using five or six books to track her life and that it wasn’t as efficient as she wanted it to be. She wanted a place that could track wellness, gratitude, her schedule, and more. She mocked up the first design of daily kitlife planner and took it to her friends Jenny and Liz to ask for help further developing it. Team Kit was born.

Kitlife offers three lines of planners. They have Daily Planners ($52), Weekly Planners ($48), and A5 inserts ($16 a Quarter, so $64 for all four quarters). There are also plenty of Planner Accessories, including stickers and clipboard planner covers. I will be reviewing the 2018 Weekly Planner by kitlife.

Function

This planner was designed to allow you to keep everything in one place. It can accommodate your schedule, tasks, gratitude, notes, wellness, and more.

When you purchase your planner you can chose to have a gold coil or a silver coil. As you can see, I have a gold one. The Weekly Planner comes with a pink (blush) cover while the Daily Planner comes with a blue (teal) one. The covers are a thick, laminated card stock and protected by a clear plastic overlay. The first page is a frosted velum over the phrase “life is more than a to-do list.” This is a great reminder to focus on holistic planning as you begin your new planner. You aren’t just tracking a list of what to do, you are also focusing on a number of other things–wellness, gratitude, your schedule, your memories, notes, etc.

Then you get a page providing an overview of the kitlife philosophy. The kitlife team believes in a balanced approach to planning and share their four pillars of a balanced life: productivity, gratitude, wellness, and goal setting. This page also reminds you that “kitlife is a party!” But it wouldn’t be one without you. They give you ways to share your planning process via social media. Lastly, this page reminds you that they have a number of other products designed to pair with their planners.

Then you get your year-at-a-glance page, which includes both 2018 and 2019. Next to that is your page for noting Occasions of Importance, with a lined section for each month. This would be the space to write down birthdays, anniversaries, important upcoming events, etc.

Then you reach your first Quarterly Check-In page. This is something unique to kitlife, where you are prompted to reflect on where you are in multiple areas of life before jumping into the next quarter. This helps you set realistic and relevant goals. Each Quarterly Check-In is slightly different. For example, the Quarterly Check-In before January begins asks you what your New Year’s Resolutions are. You can also record “I’m Loving,” “I’m So Grateful For,” and “For the Quarter Ahead, My Goals Are…” You have a space to write in your Personal Inventory (health), what you are Excited to Experience, and your Reading List.

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Each tabbed divider is in a clear plastic with the first three letters of each month on the protruding tab. The material is flexible but thick.

One of my favorite things about the kitlife planner is the thoughtful cover page for each month. You get a Self-Care Suggestion, where you are encouraged to try a new tool or are given some insight on nutrition. The Icing on the Cake section reminds you to set yourself up for success by reminding you about important upcoming national deadlines (like taxes) or providing a nice recipe for the season, or something else helpful. The Best Time to Buy section gives you some insight into what is usually discounted or priced down during this month. For example, January appears to be the best month to buy gift cards! The Feel the Love section gives you tips on showing yourself and others some affection and appreciation. The Celebrate and Educate section reminds you of fun upcoming holidays and national designations. Lastly, the Snail Mail Challenge gives you a monthly challenge to help you come up with content to snail mail to friends and loved ones. This cover page has the same sections but new information every month, which is delightful.

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Then you reach the monthly spread! You get a Sunday start with this spread, which only gives you numbers for the featured month. No low opacity “1” or whatnot for the first of the next month. Popular holidays are included on the spread as well. You also get (of course) the title of the month and year in the top left hand corner of the two-page spread. You also get a small month-at-a-glance for the month preceding the current on and the month following. Then you have a small lined section for January Goals.

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The weekly layout is a new kitlife layout–they are usually daily girls! The two-page weekly spread is a Monday start. Each day gets the same amount of space allotted to it, which is lovely. It’s a well-organized horizontal spread. Half the spread has six check boxes for a daily list of tasks or appointments. The second half of the weekly spread just has lines for whatever your needs are! If there is a holiday, it will be added in script font alongside the day and date. Then you get a generous lined notes section at the end of the week, which has been kept blank for whatever your needs are.

You also get a lovely quote at the bottom of the first page in your weekly spread each week, as well. These are inspirational and motivational. The weekly layout makes excellent use of the space on each page–you get a clean spread with minimalist yet colorful design accents.

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At the end of each month you get a “Doodle Break” notes page before the next month begins. You can color in the partial mandalas on the lined page, or continue to doodle in the space, or use it for notes. Then you get the next month’s clear tabbed divider and cover page.

There are two unique sections added to the Weekly Planner–(1) Gratitude, and (2) Wellness. The Gratitude section comes first and includes seven sections per page for recording gratitude. The bottom left hand corner of each section has a space for writing in the date. This layout is flexible and functional–you can use it whenever you want to record gratitude (maybe as part of a 30 day challenge?) and skip days without wasting any space.

The Wellness pages are structured with four lined boxes per page. Like the Gratitude sections, there is a space to record the date in the bottom left hand corner of each box. These are also different Wellness-focused stickers designed by kitlife to specifically fit in these spaces. You can record nutrition, meals, fitness, and more. This space could be used for recording meals, calories, exercise, mantras, meditations, etc. However wellness translates for you, these pages are flexible enough to accommodate it.

There are sever add-in options that you can select for both the Weekly and Daily planners. These options include: Notes, BuJo, Budget, Direct Sales, Direct Sales Team, and Teacher add-ins. The kitlife team provided Notes and BuJo add-ins for my weekly planner, which provides plenty of space for taking notes and planning extra stuff that doesn’t fit into you normal spread! You could start a Bullet Journal practice without buying a separate notebook for it, or integrate a BuJo practice into your weekly planner.

Aesthetics/Design

kitlife is based in Orlando, Florida, and their products reflect the bright and happy aesthetic so often associated with the Sunshine State. 🙂 Their products manage to be colorful and bright without blinding you or throwing neon at you, which adds to the cheerful but still sophisticated look of the kitlife planner.

Your planner comes lovingly packaged in a bright pink keepsake bag, which I love.

The kitlife Weekly Planner measures 8.75″ x 8.5″ x 0.95″, which is a deviation from the ever-popular 7″ x 9″ size while still being close enough to feel familiar. It’s surprisingly light for how big it is.

The cover is a blush pink with the decorative title “keeping it together” against a soft pink ikat pattern. Centered at the bottom of the cover is the brand identification “kitlife planner” along with the year that planner covers “two thousand eighteen” and the planner edition you have “weekly planner.” The binding is a sturdy spiral coil in a brassy gold and keeps the planner together without difficulty.

The back cover doesn’t have a clear protective cover over it (although you can buy one from the online kitlife shop), but is rather a flexible gray. The website for kitlife (kitlife.net) is centered on the bottom of the cover.

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The inside back cover of the planner has the “Proudly Made in America” designation as well as a disclaimer regarding the health suggestions throughout the planner.

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Each month has a different color scheme. January was yellow, February pink, etc. The colors are a bright watercolor design without being too saturated, which has a nice effect on the weekly pages. You get a pop of color and you get months organized by color but you aren’t tied to an overwhelming amount of it.

The cover page for each month includes icons for the various sections–a cupcake for “Icing on the Cake,” & etc. Headings are in a sans serif all-caps font and text is in a serif font. For big blocks of text, serif fonts are usually easier on the eyes. This is helpful for the reader. 🙂 The title part of the cover page has the month in all caps sans-serif font with the year in script below it. There is also a colorful circle with the number of the month (06 for June) in it above the month’s title.

The tabbed dividers are a misty plastic that add to the sturdiness of the planner without adding to the weight. They are flexible and easy to navigate. They are actually quite versatile because they allow the planner itself to be physically flexible but also structured.

The lovely ladies at kitlife sent me some extras as well! I received one of their new clip covers in Sunset & Seashells, a sample set of their sticker sheets for the Wellness section, and a planner dashboard with pockets.

The clip covers are new this year and feature a myriad of cover options. In the past, kitlife has had one or two options for the entire planner (Festival versus Classic, for example), but they are really changing it up this year and releasing more options for customizing your planner. 🙂 The clip covers can be inserted under the plastic overlay and let you “showcase your own unique style.” The Sunset & Seashells cover, for example, is “vibrant and colorful for the mermaid in all of us.” These clip covers feel like a thick laminate cardstock, although they are a more flexible material (think Plum Paper covers). Clip covers are $7, or $9 for options with foil detailing. I found that the clip cover is pretty easy to install and I haven’t yet had any problems with it falling off.

The stickers I received are a mixture of Nutrition Trackers, Fitness Tracker, Calls & Follow-Ups, and Social Media Tracker. These stickers are designed and sized to fit in the Wellness section and help you organize your space.

ThePlanner Dashboard ($7.50) is a misty plastic that is designed to fit wherever you need it in the planner. It pops in and out easily. Two thin plastic pockets (one on each side) can hold scraps of paper, receipts, notes, cards, etc. They are pretty tight so they can’t fit too much, but will do in a pinch if you’re on the go. I’m not the biggest fan of the dashboard because of how much it sticks out of the planner–I would rather have something that clips in without being longer than the shape of the book.

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Overall, this planner is packed with helpful information that helps to guide you through each month of living your best life. The Weekly spread makes maximum use of space while still showcasing kitlife’s unique and cheery aesthetic. The planner is comprehensively designed to fit your life in one book, and the thoughtful recommendations each month and sections for Gratitude and Wellness are lovely touches. If you want some color in your life, this planner provides it without overwhelming you. You can pick up a clip cover that fits your aesthetic best, from floral to minimalist. The font choices throughout are balanced and tasteful.

Fit

Pen test!

kitlife uses a 70 lbs. paper, which feels smooth and holds up remarkably well to most of my pens. The Sharpie Permanent Market shadows but doesn’t actually bleed through, which is stellar, and the Stabilo Boss Highlighter ghosts. Otherwise this paper held up against most of my pens without feeling too thick or heavy. I wouldn’t recommend using markers on it (you can see some ghosting from the Erin Condren Medium tip marker), but otherwise from ballpoint to rollerball, gel ink to felt tip, this paper can handle it all. A+!

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This book is delightfully floppy. You know that feeling when you pick up a book and it just feels so satisfying flopping back and forth in your hands? The kitlife planner feels like that. The thick card stock-ish covers keep the planner light and easy to carry while the overall book is a large enough size to fit everything you need in it.

I would recommend this planner for anyone who wants a floppy, flexible book to carry around with them. If you want a sizable planner but don’t want it to weigh a ton, this is a good option for you. If you prefer a planner that can hold up to, well, life, then the kitlife planner will last you. Its malleable structure means that you can toss it in your bag without fear that you’re breaking the coil or denting the cover.

If you are a student, this planner would be great for keeping track of your daily homework and also for planning ahead for exams and papers. There is plenty of space to do this and the planner is a colorful beacon that will remind you to consistently use it. If you are a person who wants your life to be in one planner, one place, then the kitlife planner might be a great weekly option for you. This planner would also be great for someone who is new to planning and wants to see how it might work for them. It’s a flexible layout with guided content to help you settle in.

If your days are relatively routine and you don’t want to be writing “Work” in most of the space for a daily schedule, then the weekly planner might be a better option. This planner might also be a great option if you like to use both digital and paper planning tools. Keep your schedule on your phone? Great, this planner will help you fill in the rest.

I think this would be a great planner for managing your household. I also think this would be a fantastic gift for that recent college grad starting their first job or living on their own for the first time. It will help you develop a habit of tracking multiple areas of your life.

I would not recommend this planner for someone who wants a strictly minimalist planner or is overwhelmed by having too much content in a planner. This is not a bare bones planner and is most effective when its content is utilized. I also wouldn’t recommend this planner to you if you want a book that you can bring into the office and take detailed notes in–there are notes pages but if you have meetings every day that you need to take com,prehensile notes for, then I would suggest a different system for you. Lastly, this is a colorful planner, so if you aren’t into that then look elsewhere.

Loves

I love the shape and flexibility of this planner. I’m a huge fan of floppy books in general and really like that this planner has that feel to it. I love the monthly cover pages that give you seasonal updates and recommendations–this feels like a really thoughtful section to include in a planner and I love that intention behind it. I love the Gratitude and Wellness sections that give you a space to record those two very important things without making you feel bad for missing a day. I love that there are add-ins you can select to make your planner a little more personal. I also love that this planner has a spiral coil. 🙂 I love the Quarterly Check-In pages to help you stay on track, and that each day in the weekly spread gets equal space. I’m also a big fan of weekly spreads that give you a space with check boxes and a space for whatever else you need.

Nopes

I wish that there was a clear plastic protective cover on the back of the planner because I like things to be even. I also wish there were a couple notes pages included in each monthly section instead of the Doodle Break page, which is already covered with a design and thus not as effective a notes page as it could be.


There you have it! My (belated) review of the 2018 kitlife Weekly Planner! I hope you enjoyed it. 🙂 This is a new product so I would love to hear your thoughts or answer your questions–leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Right now, there is a New Year’s Sale on the kitlife planner (Daily and Weekly), so go check that out if you are interested in this planner! 🙂

Until next time!

xo
Ara

Commit30 2018 Planner

First things first–Merry Christmas Eve, to those of you who celebrate! 🙂 Happy to have you joining me for this Sunday’s blog post! This Sunday I am reviewing the 2018 Commit30 Planner, which was kindly sent to me for review. As with all my reviews, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Commit30 was launched via successful–very successful, reaching $70,511 out of a minimum $10,000 goal–kickstarter in 2015 by couple Jenny & Will. Founder Jenny was diagnosed with cancer at age 23, which she beat (Go Jenny!), but it changed her perspective on life. Life is short and we only have one. She realized that her dreams were continually being pushed to a “someday” list by external factors and that she couldn’t be the only person who felt this way. She decided that she didn’t want to spend time doing things she didn’t love, and that “someday” would be “today.”

Jenny and Will now run three business and are raising two children in a place they love, which means that how they spend their time every day is crucial to their quality of life and the success of their ventures. As Jenny says in their kickstarter video,

You’ll never change your life until you change how you spend your time every day.

The ethos of the Commit30 Planner is that you can commit to anything for 30 days. The design reflects this, and asks you to commit to forming a habit, starting a routine, making a change, trying something new, or whatever it is that you are trying to bring into your life for 30 days at a time.

The Commit30 Planner comes in varied cover colors (Classic Black, Gold Rush, Power Pink, and Boss Blue) and two sizes (Compact and Deluxe). Both planners are usually $40, but the Compact planner is currently on sale for $29.99, while the Deluxe planner is on sale for $34.99! They also have a Fitness Journal, a PDF version of their planner, and an Un-dated planner. I will be reviewing the Gold Rush Limited Edition cover in the Deluxe size of 7″ x 10″, which runs from January 2018–December 2018.

Function

This planner was designed for segmented functionality. The idea is that every 30 days you will recommit to making a change in how you spend your time, which results in a more fulfilling life.

The first page of the planner is the nameplate page, which gives you a place to put your name, contact into, and what you want to do this year, as well as the Commit30 social media information. Next you get a simple title page for the planner. Then you move into your 2018 and 2019 year at a glance pages. I like the way they’ve organized this because you have each month laid out (2018 on one page, 2019 on the other) and then a list of the U.S. holidays. Under that is a dot grid space for any notes.

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Then you move into the 5 steps for making the most out of your Commit30 planner. Step 1 is “my vision” and asks “What do I want this year to look like? To feel like?” You get twelve unique circles to fill with your vision for 2018: physical health, marriage/partner, pure joy/fun, mental health, family/friends, adventure/travel, spiritual health, career, community, personal growth, home, and finances.

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Step 2 is “my monthly goals overview” and prompts you to use the detailed goal setting page for each month to set your twelve main goals for the year. This is something you could try to do all at the beginning, or tackle each month. I recommend taking it each month at a time–set aside some time to review your vision circles and then think about your focus area each month. You can always flip back to this page and fill them in as you go!

Step 3 is the rest of the planner–“my daily action steps.” The planner suggests that you plan out your days the night before to better set realistic and achievable goals. This page shows you the intention behind the weekly layout, from daily focus to notes. We will get into this more when we look at the weekly spread.

Step 4 is to “track each day.” There is a monthly checklist for tracking if you kept up with your goal for the month that you can use to follow you progress. Step 5 is to “share your goals”–you can share with friends and/or family to help build accountability, or you can share with the online community using the #commit30 hashtag.

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For January specifically you get a page where you can brainstorm, write about, or map out your 2018 goals. The rest of the planner has a notes page (also in dot grid) for the page next to the monthly inspirational message. Each month starts with a quote or saying picked to motivate you. These messages are very direct and simple and designed to give you gentle encouragement as you work though the planner.

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At the beginning of each month you get a two-page goal setting spread. It starts with your big, overarching monthly goal. Want to work out three days a week? Quit a bad habit? Implement a new routine? Whatever change you want to focus on this month, write it in the big circle. Then you get six smaller circles to mapping out action steps. It’s okay if you don’t use them all. Maybe you only have two or three action steps! That’s okay. As long as your steps are bite-sized enough to accomplish, they are entirely at your discretion. Then you get a space to reflect–did you reach your goal or not? Why or why not? You can rate your effort and then jot down some next steps. Maybe if you didn’t reach your goal your next steps are to try again with some adjustments. It’s okay to fail as long as you move forward with new information/lessons learned. ❤

Then you get a page for your monthly checklist/tracker. You write out what you are committing to (putting it into words cements it better in your mind) and list a reward for yourself. Maybe your goal is to lose 10lbs that month and your reward is a new workout outfit, or a manicure. It’s good to give yourself a reward for your hard work, because sometimes changing a bad habit or building a new one can kind of suck at first. Incentivize yourself! Each day you successfully work towards your monthly commitment, you can check off the comparable day of the month.

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Then you reach the monthly spread. You get reasonably sized rectangles for each day of the month, as well as a Monday start. The date for each day of the month is in the upper left hand corner of the box. Holidays are in small type in the upper right hand corners. There is a small section in the left hand side of the spread to reaffirm your commitment for the month. Beneath that is a long column for Notes that bleeds into the rest of the page space. I think that the Deluxe planner size uses its extra space for more dot grid notes but otherwise doesn’t differ in overall dimensions for the actual calendar. The benefit of this is that you get a LOT of notes space with each monthly spread. There is a consistent flag in the bottom right corner of each page that reminds you which month you are in.

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The weekly spread is the meat of the planner. Like the monthly spread, you get a Monday start. You get a focus box at the top of each weekly column where you can write what you are committed to. Maybe it’s an action step towards your goal, or maybe it’s just reaffirming a new habit you are trying to create. Then you get three boxes that you can break into sections however you please. There are appointment numbers on the left hand side of the spread for each page that you can use as times of the day if you want to have an hourly approach, or you can ignore it or cover it up with washi and break your boxes into different types of sections. The appointment times go from 5–7, and don’t include “am” or “pm” so they are up for interpretation. The bottom of the columns includes three boxes that you can use–much like InkWELL Press Planners have. These could break into top three tasks for the day, appointments, meals, or whatever else you would like to use them for.

The left hand column of the page has two task lists, one for “Life To Do” and one for “Work To Do.” You get 7 check boxes for Life To Do and 8 for Work To Do. This helps you separate your work and personal life, which can be helpful if you have trouble separating them or if you find that your work life takes over everything else. Then you have a generous space for notes, half of which is dot grid and the other half is blank.

After all your calendar pages, you get a 6-page spread for future planning in 2019. It’s very comprehensive and, while small, has a lot of space to write stuff in, especially if you use a thin pointed pen! You get two months per page, and each spread includes a small dot grid notes section.

Then you get a generous Notes section with 29 dot grid pages. How you use them is entirely up to you!

Aesthetics/Design

The Commit30 planner has a very clear aesthetic.

The Deluxe Commit30 planner is 7″ x 10″ and weighs about 21oz. It’s book bound with a flexible PU vegan leather cover and elastic closure. Using environmentally friendly materials is a point of pride for Commit30 and they use FSC certified paper stock. The limited edition covers have a complex design that reminds me of early 1990s street art murals with overlapping big, soft curves and shapes. The Gold, Blue, and Pink cover options are metallic and have a slight shimmery sheen.

The back cover doesn’t have artwork on it and is just a plan, metallic gold with the Commit30 logo centered at the bottom. It’s a very light and flexible book and a good size for having plenty of writing space as well as portability.

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The planner is about 3/4″ thick and includes an elastic closure band and curved edges. There is also a single black ribbon to help you keep your place, which I always appreciate!

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There is a pocket on the inside back cover. Lined with a linen-like material. Also when I received the planner it came with a welcome card and a complimentary sheet of stickers, which are pretty cute!

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The entire planner has accents in this golden British khaki color. The color is a little greenish, goldish khaki–it’s a bit difficult to describe. It is an earthy color that could be representative of the environmental values of the Commit30 company. It is used consistently throughout the planner, so if you want the Commit30 planner you should probably be cool with this color theme.

Commit30 also uses one font! They do it all with a semi bold sans serif in a consistent weight. The heavier weight of the text helps juxtapose the darker khaki color.

Overall this planner has a simple, unisex aesthetic that makes balanced use of minimalist black text and white space–although I wouldn’t call this a minimalist planner. The thematic color is heavily used throughout the planner but still balances well with the other minimalist choices. I think the size is fantastic and both portable and spacious.

Fit

Pen test!

This paper is a “super smooth high quality, ink proof paper–about twice as thick as a standard sheet of printer paper to limit ink bleeding from fountain pens and permanent markers.” The paper is 100gsm and a slightly textured smooth paper. This paper handles ink very, very well. As you can see, the permanent Sharpie barely bleeds through. There is just the slightest shadow for the rest of the pens. You can throw any pen in your arsenal at this paper, although I wouldn’t recommend planning in Sharpie permanent marker. A+ from me!

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I would recommend this planner to anyone who wants a unisex planner that is simple but highly functional. If you are trying to instigate change in your life–which is of course the #1 way that change happens–then this is a great planner to help with your efforts. I would recommend this planner to someone who wants to develop new habits and routines–especially if you are going through a large transition in 2018. If you’re starting a new job and want to change up your routine to adapt to a new schedule, then this planner will help you take it one step at a time.

If you want a portable planner that isn’t super small, then this planner would work for you. Especially if you have larger handwriting and have trouble squeezing it into small spaces. The 7″ x 10″ size makes this planner a great choice for carrying around while still getting plenty of real estate for writing things down. I would recommend this planner for students who are juggling school and a job, as it will help you keep your eyes on the prize, as it were. It’s also very light so carrying it around everywhere likely won’t feel burdensome to your back.

I’ve seen a lot of people use this planner as a fitness planner. It’s format would work great for a health and wellness planner with monthly goals and a flexible weekly spread where you can keep track of meals and exercise. Commit30 also has a Fitness Journal which specifically focuses on using the Commit30 method in a health-focused way.

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The nice thing about this planner is that the Commit30 system is flexible enough to work for anyone, whether your goals are situated around fitness or travel, personal growth or college, building a career or refocusing on your dreams after retirement. It’s a system that invites change and helps you ease it gently into your life. It’s a pretty versatile planner and can fit into multiple lifestyles.

I would not recommend this planner to anyone who doesn’t like the greenish gold khaki color used throughout it. You can’t escape it, so if you don’t like it, look elsewhere. I would also not recommend this planner to anyone who something extra to keep track of in your planner and prefer a simple and minimal spread with little to no goal setting. This is a goal setting, goal crushing planner, so if that isn’t how you like to plan or what you want to use your planner for, look elsewhere

Loves

I love the flexibility of the Commit30 planner, and how its system helps you introduce change into your life in manageable chunks. I love the overall ethos of this planner, its functionality that encourages you to do better and return focus to your dreams. I love the 7″ x 10″ size of the planner and how light and portable it is. I also love the paper that this planner uses–it’s smooth but handles ink better than most planners I’ve reviewed. I think that with the current sale price of $29.99 for the Compact planner and $34.99 for the Deluxe that you are getting great value for your product. It will definitely hold up for you during the 2018 year.

Nopes

I am not a fan of the color scheme–the greenish gold khaki color just doesn’t do it for me. I think it’s a little too dark in some places to easily, visibly write in unless you’re using a thick pen.


There you have it! My review of the Commit30 Planner for 2018! Do you use this planner or have any questions I didn’t get a chance to answer? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

You can follow the Commit30 planner journeys via the hashtag #commit30 on Instagram and beyond for inspiration and a better idea of how others use their Commit30 planners.

Until next time!

xo
Ara

2018 STIL Design Love Planner

STIL is a small independent design studio based out of Vancouver, BC, where founder Marissa designs minimalist products to help you live an organized life. She proffers a delightful collection of accessories, as well as two lines of minimalist but detailed planners. Marissa started STIL in 2014, bringing her experience as a photographer and graphic designer to develop a line of products that help women live intentionally. She created her first planner in 2013 as a hobby because she didn’t see something that she liked already on the market. People started telling her that they wanted one, so she made a few as Christmas gifts. Then she opened an Etsy shop and tried selling her planners there. Quitting her full-time job, Marissa had 1,000 of her planners manufactured and sold them all within the first four months.

After taking a year off to rebrand and name her company–she settled on STIL because,

There’s a Dutch design movement called De Stijl that uses a lot of primary shapes and colours, and black and white, which is literally everything in my life. So I decided to use the German word for style — Stil — and used it in a way that essentially means a way of living.

and reopened in 2016 with a fresh new line of planners.

I reached out to Marissa with an interest in reviewing her lovely, minimalist planner and she kindly worked with me to select the right one for this review. While STIL offers other options including a 6-month undated daily planner, we thought that bringing you a review of the 2018 weekly planner would be more timely!

You can find the 12-month weekly planner on STIL for $65, while the undated 6-month daily planner is $45. She currently has a special on her 6-month undated weekly planner$19.95, which is a steal. STIL also has several holiday bundles for sale, which allows you to bundle products for an overall discount. Plus, these goodies ship worldwide!

I will be reviewing the 2018 12-month STIL Design Love Planner in Dusty Rose.

Function

This planner is highly functional and uses a minimalist design to help you simplify and organize your living space, both mental and physical.

When you unbox your planner you get a lovely card of welcome along with a bonus Thank You card that you can send to someone else! The planner starts off immediately with a double-sided folder, which is great for keeping important papers front and center when you open your planner. Adjacent to this is the nameplate page where you can list your name, cell, address, and an optional reward for the return of your planner if you happen to lose it.

Then you move into the thorough introduction pages. You get a page with basic information about your planner and STIL, as well as the copyright. Next to that is a letter of welcome from Marissa as well as a small section about her and her planning process. Then you are provided with a full page of planning tips on How To Use Your Planner. Here Marissa outlines how she uses this planner and what it does for her. You can treat this like an outline of how to approach planning, take the advice and incorporate it into your own process, or glance over it and continue on your merry way. It’s up to you, but this is a very thoughtful and helpful guide.

Then you get a full lined page for recording A Few Genius Ideas throughout the year! And then you get into the calendar pages.

The monthly tabbed sections are, of course, chronological from January–December 2018. Each tabbed page is on a thick, silky cardstock which makes it easy to find and pull open. You get a month at a glance on the cover adjacent to a small but inspirational saying/quote. For example, January’s is “New feels, new chances. Same dreams, fresh starts” which is a lovely way to start the year.

Then you move into three pages of Monthly Goals and Planning before you get to your monthly spread. You have a page for highlighting three goals for the month, along with their action steps, your strategy for completing them, and the date they were achieved.

Next, you have a page for Bills + Expenses where you can keep track of your expenditures and compare spent and budgeted allotments. Then you have a Monthly Planner page for listing goals and priorities, monthly tasks, and important dates & deadlines. These are great pages for helping you set up your month in an organized, thorough fashion that doesn’t feel overwhelming.

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Then you get your monthly spread! The boxes are a good size for the planner and designed in an interesting juxtaposed pattern of clean lines and dotted lines. I like how Marissa has done this because I think it makes writing down events or trips that last multiple days a little easier. The day of the month is located in the top righthand corner of each box. It’s also worth noting that the STIL planner has a Monday start (where are all my Monday start people at!), which means your weekends get to sit together. The margins are big enough to provide some white space but not big enough to do much writing in–because you get your Monthly Planning pages, however, your need for a super packed monthly spread might not be as great. 😉

The monthly title is located twice on this two-page monthly spread, both times in the upper righthand corner of the page. There is a little bit of room in the margin at the top of the pages, but perhaps only enough to record a big event or important date that you must. not. forget. On the righthand side of the spread, you get a Notes column, which is blank. This makes it really easy to use however fits best for you–habit tracker? quotes? tasks? Etc.

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Like the Ink+Volt Planner, the STIL Design Love weekly planner has a four-page weekly spread–Marissa calls these “task-based” and “time-based” sections. I love this approach to planning because it allows you to separate your tasks from how you are actually spending your time. Sometimes I feel strange about writing a task down and then writing the task into a scheduled timeslot because it feels like I’m just writing the same thing down twice. The way Marissa has set up her weekly spread allows you to brain dump tasks first, then look at how what you need to do can be incorporated into your existing schedule.

The first two pages of your weekly spread include 12 spots to write down tasks for each weekday (6 for each weekend day) and a place to record a Memorable Moment. These are set up on dotted lines with large circles for checking things off. Each weekday gets equal space and the weekends share a section.

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The next two pages are your schedule with a Monday start. I like how this planner provides a larger box for your “Day” section and then slightly smaller spaces for “Morning” and “Night.” I’ve often struggled with M-A-E (morning-afternoon-evening) vertical planning spreads because I don’t have equitable tasks/happenings to distribute into the provided spaces. I like Marissa’s thoughtfulness in designing an open space for tracking your schedule and appointments that also takes into consideration that the bulk of your day probably happens between Morning and Night. Of course, this is not the case with everyone’s schedule, but if your schedule falls into this category then you might enjoy the extra space in your days. 🙂

Saturday and Sunday share a column and are evenly divided. You don’t get separate sections for your Morning, Day, and Night for the weekends. This is the overall layout and structure of the weekly planner until you get to the end.

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Once you have finished out December 2018 (you also get the entire week from 12/31–1/6) there is a two-page spread for a 12 Month Review. Here you can rank your overall Goal Achievement Level (from 1–10), record Things I Did Well and what I’m Grateful For, Milestones Achieved, Lessons Learned & Improvements to Make, and Action Steps to Take for 2019. This is a great space to reflect on your year and give yourself a little pat on the back (you deserve it!) before moving ahead to the next calendar year.

Next, you get a page for The Future Goals. Marissa gives you four blank, spacious boxes to write in or brainstorm goals for 6 months into the future, one year, two years, and five years. This is a great space for returning your focus to the big picture–want to have children but not for a year or two? Great, write it down so you remember to start thinking about it/planning it when that time comes closer. Want to start looking for a new job in 6 months? Write it down and come back to it to help you plan milestones in 2019.

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At the very end of the planner, you get 20 pages (10 double-sided) for notes. These are in dot grid format, which is my personal favorite. 😉 These pages are open and spacious–you can use them however you like!

Aesthetics/Design

The STIL Design Love Planner is gorgeous. Marissa had her customers help select the two cover designs for the 12 month Weekly Planners, and they did good. I selected the Dusty Rose cover, which I fell in love with at first glance for its whimsical yet minimalist aesthetic and delicate gold foiling.

The Dusty Rose cover has a sort of painted marbling design that fades into a very light blush pink. Two lines of delicate gold foiling intersect geometrically halfway down the cover and provide an asymmetrical touch to this otherwise balanced aesthetic. On the cover you get the STIL textual logo, which is gorgeously designed and almost blends in with the gray and white marbling, despite being embossed in gold foil.

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The cover is a soft-touch lamination on 2mm hard board, which feels sturdy but light. This is a surprisingly compact planner for what you get at 7″ W x 8.25″ H x 1.25″ D (page size is 6″ x 8″). It feels portable and light. This planner would be easy to carry around without feeling like you are lugging a brick in your purse.

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Tabbed pages are printed on a silky cardstock that feels smooth and sturdy. These are progressive notched tabs (not going to lie–I’m not 100% sure what the industry term for this is), which means that December is a full page and each tab above (in reverse from November to January) is cut to provide an easily delineated tabbed section.

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You get a consistent font throughout the STIL Design Love Planner. While the textual logo for STIL is in a serif font and the message from Marissa is in what looks like a slab serif font choice, the rest of the planner (apart from monthly quotes in serif) is designed in a light to semi-bold sans serif. The font choice is also the same size throughout the planner, even on monthly spreads you get the same size for the title of the month as you do for each day and date.

On the schedule section of the weekly spreads, you have a very light gray designating sections as Morning, Day, and Evening. This is easy to write over but appears on every spread as a guide.

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The coil is unique in that it doesn’t run the entire length of the bound book. You get a good inch on either end where there is no coil. This can be helpful when writing in the book because there is less opportunity for your hand to smush up against the coil while you are trying to write. Otherwise, it’s a sturdy white wire-o coil binding.

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Another unique design touch includes these dotted corners for each page of the calendar sections. While these corners are not perforated, they provide a guide for cutting the corners to more easily find your page, if that’s something you would like to do.

Overall, this is a beautiful, thoughtfully designed planner with a minimalist aesthetic that fits both home & work seamlessly. The black and white simplicity of the inside pages simultaneously provides a canvas for organizational methods like color coding as well as the option to keep it simple with black pen. I would feel confident taking this planner into a work meeting, pulling it out on a planning date at my local coffee shop, or snuggling up with it on the couch for a cozy Sunday planning sesh.

Fit

Pen test time!

On the STIL website the paper is described as “70lb bright white paper stock, soft to the touch for ease of writing and minimal pen bleed.” While the only bleed was from the (always, alwaysss) Sharpie Permanent Marker and the inkiest of my rollerball pens (uniball vision), there was ghosting from almost every other pen I used. The pens with the lightest touch were the Pilot EasyTouch F, Pilot Acroball F, and the Pilot Frixion in 05. My Random Ballpoint pen also faired quite well!

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If you want a catch-all planner with a weekly spread that you can assess at a glance, then the STIL Design Love Planner might be the one for you! If you prefer weekly planning but often feel like you have too much to write down for a two-page spread and begrudgingly use a daily planner, then I would check out the STIL planner with its 4-page weekly spread. If you like to see your tasks separated from your schedule, then this planner would be a great fit for you.

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If you like to set monthly goals–not just daily or weekly goals–then this would be a great planner for you. It prompts you to set and reflect on monthly goals without too much pressure. This would also be a great planner for you if you want to start keeping track of monthly bills and expenses but need some structure that won’t overwhelm you.

This would also be a great planner for those of you who like a visual approach to planning (the time-based spread) but also like to write down tasks (task-based spread) because you get both!

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I would recommend this planner to anyone who wants to set goals and keep track of them without goal setting being the primary function of your planner. If you have a big project (work-related or maybe remodeling parts of your home, or even a thesis for grad school) that spans a large amount of time and you want to set realistic goals that you can revisit and be reminded of throughout the year, then this would be a great planner for you.

If you are interested in simplicity and trying to simplify your chaotic life, then this planner will help you organize your chaos into manageable chunks and sections. If you are new to planning and need a functional planner with a helpful guide on how to use it, then this planner will fit that bill.

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I would recommend this planner to career countesses who try to keep work and home demands under control. You can use the time-based and task-based pages in your weekly spread to keep things separate and organized. If you are a domestic diva, then this planner can help you keep a sharp eye on your tasks and how your days are mapped out. If you have a flexible, ever-changing schedule and struggle to keep routines because of external circumstances (project-based work, changing class schedule, etc.) then this planner will help keep you organized and focused on the task(s) at hand.

I would also recommend this planner to anyone who wants a simple, beautiful, and modern aesthetic for their planner. If you are so not into the bright and colorful vibes of Erin Condren, for example, and want a sophisticated and minimalist look for your annual book, then STIL has you covered. (This is fine! Everyone has different planning needs. :))

I would not recommend this planner if you deeply deeply care about which pens you use and need 80lb. paper or you just can’t even. This planner might also not work for you if you extensively use your monthly spread and don’t want to change up how you visually map out your monthly goals and tasks. If you are super rough with your planners and toss them around like yesterday’s forgotten lunch, then I shudder to think what you might do to this beautiful book. This is a portable planner, yes, but I wouldn’t test its sturdiness by tossing it around willy nilly. If you are a big user of stickers and other decoration then this planner is meticulously and purposefully designed and might not be the right canvas for you.

Loves

I love how engaged Marissa is with her customers! STIL planners have a loyal following and are beloved for their design-forward approach to planning and organization. I love love love the Dusty Rose cover–it’s seriously so beautiful. I love the four-page weekly spread–the comprehensive separation of tasks and schedule is calling to me. I also love how Marissa reflexively requests feedback from her customers–having her audience help select the 2018 planner covers is a prime example of excellent evaluation and engagement practices! I love the clean simplicity and design of this planner–it feels like a very intentionally designed product. I also really like the helpful “How To Use This Planner” section at the beginning where you can get some tips & advice from Marissa!

Nopes

I do wish the coil was a little tighter–y’all know I’m not the biggest fan of wire-o binding. Otherwise I wish that the time-based weekly spread didn’t consistently have Morning, Day, and Night written on the pages. Maybe if it was on the first week’s spread as a guide and then blank throughout the rest of the planner, it would fit in with Marissa’s minimalist design aesthetic a little better. But it’s also limiting–while I personally love having a greater amount of space for “Day” versus Morning and Night, not everyone is on a 9–5pm type of schedule. The design might be more inclusive if that space was left blank. Lastly, I think the paper could be a little bit better. I love the bright white and understand that having thinner paper helps to make the planner lighter in weight, but it’s hard to find a pen that doesn’t ghost or emboss.


There you have it, my review of the 2018 12m STIL Design Love Planner! I hope you enjoyed my take on this gorgeous book. 🙂 If you have additional questions, or examples of how you’ve used this planner, leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Some helpful hashtags for further research into this planner:

  • #stilclassics
  • #turntosimplicity
  • #stilplanner

Until next time!

xo
Ara

PurpleTrail Planner

PurpleTrail (affiliate link) is a small company based in the Seattle, Washington area. It was founded in 2007 and has seen a lot of growth since it started as a custom invitation stationary business. I think that custom stationery and invitations (especially wedding-related) are still PurpleTrail’s main business endeavor, but they do offer a lot of paper products in their line-up. Notably, they have an awesome customizable planner line.

PurpleTrail started with a mission:

The PurpleTrail service is based on the idea that we are all different, and there is a designer within each of us. PurpleTrail provides the tools and inspiration, and lets you do the rest.

I wanted to show my audience (that’s you!) a customizable planner option, and so I reached out to PurpleTrail. They generously worked with me to send me a planner of my own design to review. I tried to include add-ons that were unique to PurpleTrail or that I thought were particularly useful so that I could report on this planner accurately. I think I chose a pretty excellent set-up to tell you about.

PurpleTrail lets you choose your own start month, so really you can order this planner at any time. I chose to have a January 2018–December 2018 planner, but you can pick any start month. There are 12-month and 18-month options. You can add up to four add-on sections to your planner as well. I chose: Notes, To-Do List, Appointments, and Games. There is also an option to include a double-sided pocket and/or stickers in the back of your planner. I decided to add both so that I could tell you about them!

There are three sizes to choose from: Tiny (4.5 x 6.25″), 6 x 8″, and 8.5 x 11″. I went for the middle option of 6 x 8″ and chose the Lotus Flower Mindfulness Planner cover design. As this is a customizable planner, the price point isn’t going to be the same for everyone. This means that you can get a planner for as little as $36.95 if you’re going bare-bones in 6 x 8″, or you can spend as much as $86.80 for a 8.5 x 11″ planner with all the options. I’ll go over the choices I made as we explore the planner, but the exact planner I got ended up being $62.75.

Function

The functionality of this planner depends on the type of planner you are. There are multiple layouts to choose from (multiple weekly and daily), several add on options, customizable covers, and more. But whichever type of planner you are, PurpleTrail probably has an option that will fit you. 🙂

The beginning pages include a nameplate page, 2018 and 2019 holidays (American), and 2018 + 2019 year at a glance pages.

The nameplate page is simple, with a “This Planner Belongs To” header and plenty of space to write in your name and contact information. The PurpleTrail logo and website are at the bottom of the page, which means that they do not put their logo anywhere on the cover. The space to customize your cover is 100% yours!

The Holidays page is designed to pack a lot of information in, which it does. You get the holidays and dates for both 2018 and 2019. The page adjacent to the Holidays page is blank–you could put a vision board there, or write in yearly goals, or use that space however you wish! Then you get two pages for your years at a glance, one for 2018 and one for 2019. These are simple and colorful and provide a good spread for those of you who want to know what day your 2019 birthday falls on at a glance (mine will be on a Monday!)

Then you get into your months and weeks. Each month has a cover page with tab attached. The colorful option has a different color for each month, which is featured throughout the monthly and weekly spreads. The cover page includes the month’s name in large, bold text against a background in the color assigned to that month. The page itself is dot grid, which you can either leave blank or use to write in monthly goals, habits, or just decorate.

The back of the tabbed page is just dot grid, which, again, you can use however you please. The tab does not immediately take you to the monthly layout, but to this cover page. Then you get a kind of dashboard for the month ahead with a place to write in birthdays, events, and things to remember.

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Then you reach the monthly spread. The monthly layout is simple with boxes laid out in a 6 x 7 format, which means that the boxes are evenly laid out every month, and the ones that don’t correspond to the dates are left blank. The boxes are perfect squares and roughly 3cm (or just a tad over 1″) in width and height. The righthand side of the spread has a long column for Notes.

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The weekly spread (I chose a different month to show how the colorful layout works) that I chose was the Vertical option. PurpleTrail has several options, however, including Horizontal, Vertical, Vertical Hourly with 1-hour increments, Vertical Hourly with 15-minute increments, Three Section, and Quad.

The Vertical layout has columns of 24 dotted lines and a larger blank space at the bottom of each weekday. Saturday and Sunday share a column and don’t have any blank boxes. This is a simple but effective layout that provides a good combination of structure and flexibility. I personally plan to break the daily columns up into multiple sections. The weekly layouts also begin on the 1st of the month. Notice in the May spread above that there is no date for the column that represents Monday–this means that you get an extra column or three of space at the beginning of each month, depending on the day when that month begins.

Now for the extras! There is quite a list of add ons to choose from (the ones I picked are bolded): Notes Paper, To Do List, Password List, Bill Tracker, Check List, Graph Paper, Important Dates, Address Book, Puzzles & Games, Dotted Grid, Appointment Tracker, Student Check-List, Fitness Tracker, Nutrition Tracker, Account Tracker, Travel Itinerary, and Baby Tracker + Keepsake. Each add on is $3.95, so these can add up.

The Notes add on has a cover page in cardstock, same as the monthly cover pages throughout the planner. Then you just get notes pages with dotted lines, which are a little easier on the eyes than solid lines. This add on includes 24 pages of notes.

The next add on I selected was the To Do List. Again, you get the cover page. Just like the Notes section, you get 24 pages of lists. Each page has four lists, each with 14 lines. There is a low opacity green circle that you can check off to note completed tasks. This is a nice, standard format. I wish that the lists had space for a heading–it would be nice to have a blank space for the top line so that you could “title” your To Dos.

The third add on I chose was the Appointment Tracker. Again, you get the cover page. Since I chose the Vertical layout without hourly slots, I decided to get an appointment tracker to more easily record upcoming medical/dental/etc. appointments because you usually have to make them so far in advance.

You get 24 pages (I sense a theme!), each with four slots for appointments. I really like that this layout has consistent colorful themes but still has a different color for each appointment “box”–it helps to keep things separated. The appointment box has an option to check Medical, Dental, or Other with a blank space to write it in. Then there are sections for Date, Time, Who, Where, Number, and Address.

The last add on I chose was Puzzle & Games! I chose it because I think it’s a unique option. There are 4 pages of sudoku puzzles, 4 pages of labyrinth games, two pages for connect five (two player game), 2 pages for hangman, 2 pages for tic-tac-toe, and 4 pages of other half where you finish a drawing and can color it in. One last page (an answers sheet) is also included so you can check yourself before you wreck yourself.

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One of the options you can choose to add to your planner is a folder and/or sticker sheets. I selected both (a $10 add on cost) so I could share them with you. The folder is a simple but heavy smooth cardstock with two pockets. It’s a sturdy folder and I’m impressed with the quality. Then you get three sticker sheets with lots of colorful fun & functional stickers.

Aesthetics/Design

PurpleTrail has three cover material options to choose from: 10 mil laminate (which I chose), hardcover, and synthetic soft with a frosted cover.

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The 10 mil laminate cover helps the planner keep its shape while also providing protection for the pages. The tabs are covered and by the cover as well, so you get that extra layer of protection. This planner cover has curved edges (less stabby and less likely to get caught on things in your bag). These covers are not interchangeable.

I was super pleased with how my cover choice turned out–the colors are bright and gorgeous and the font came out crisp and clean. PurpleTrail has a very immersive and detailed customizer, and I was able to write whatever I wanted as well as removing the quote that originally came on this particular cover design. PurpleTrail has so many designs to choose from–you can easily spend a long time picking out and tweaking your options. PurpleTrail also has an account system where you can save the designs you create–whether you are half-way through or completely done. There are a number of font choices and add-on images/quotes (think planner-y clip art) that you can play with. I definitely spent some time exploring different designs before I fell in love with this subtle but gorgeous Lotus Flower pattern.

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You can also play around with the back cover of your planner–I decided to keep it simple but you could easily add a quote, picture, etc. here to further personalize it and make it your own. The binding is a metal coil and is more flexible than, say, an Erin Condren coil would be (it doesn’t feel as stiff, rather) but is still sturdy enough to handle the book you create.

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Now, if you’ve followed me here on plannerisma.com or over on my Instagram account, you know that I looooove a thick planner. There is something so reassuring about the bulk of a thick planner, I don’t know what it is. I am very pleased with how much content PurpleTrail is able to fit into their planners. Their planner has a nice heft while still maintaining portability with its size. I really like the 6 x 8″ planner size–it’s a little smaller than the more common 7″ x 9″ planner size, but the extra inch makes this book feel so much more portable.

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The tabbed pages are a thick card stock, and the tabs themselves are coated in plastic laminate. They are a white background with colorful text, as each month is represented by a different color. It’s a clean look and makes it easy to find your place. I really like that the tabs are wide–they are durable and strong and pleasantly layered.

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I loaded up on PurpleTrail stickers because I wanted to see how they would work in the planner and check out their quality before I recommended them. The sticker pages included in the planner are great and cover a lot of activities: work out, sportsing, party, holiday, date, list headers, etc. There are also stickers for birthdays, bills, errands, and more. The stickers have a certain stretchiness to them–they are easy to work with and feel durable. They are a glossy coated material so they will not tear easily.

I got the vertical layout, and noticed that the banner stickers fit perfectly on the page. I love the idea of using the vertical layout to create multiple columns, each with their own applicable heading, so I thought these sticker options were great.

This planner sticks with a sans serif font choice in multiple weights. If you choose the colorful option (versus neutral), you get a planner organized with color. Each month has a different color that is represented in the weekly and monthly layouts in the heading, days of the week bar, and the actual lines of the monthly layout.

This planner is also a little different from most in that the dates are in the lower right-hand corners of the daily boxes. I like this because it lets you evenly fill out your box from the top-down without running into a number.

I love these little birthday cake stickers, but unfortunately, they take up most of the monthly layout’s daily box in 6 x 8″ planners. That is definitely worth considering when you look around for stickers or use the PurpleTrail ones.

Fit

Pen test time!

Honestly, the Sharpie Permanent Marker (as always) had a little bleed through, but no other pen is visible once you turn the page. This paper is no joke, and handles highlighters, inky pens, and felt tip pens like a pro. I personally enjoyed writing with the Pilot G-2, Le Pen, and Papermate InkJoy the most on this paper.

The paper in this planner is very high quality. PurpleTrail uses an 80lb. writing paper that is bleed resistant and textured in a smooth matte finish. The paper is a joy to write on, and as you can see from the pen test, is resilient against most of the pens in my arsenal.

This planner would be a great fit for someone who really wants the most customizable cover options ever. If you saw the “PLANNERISMA” on my cover design and gasped because you would love a cover with your own name/tagline/etc., then this planner is definitely worth exploring. I highly recommend taking some time to investigate the PurpleTrail customizer. 😉

This planner would be a great fit for someone who wants a quality book on a budget–if you are going for a bare-bones options. The $36.95 price tag for a 12-month planner that you can customize is a pretty good deal. The planner does get more expensive as you add stuff to it, but this actually makes for a pretty accessible planner option for multiple types of budgets. If you don’t care about all the extras, then this planner doesn’t force you to have them.

 

My husband launched into the Sudoku puzzles! Unfortunately, he used pen for the first one!

 

I recommend this planner to those of you who want a thick planner that’s still easy to carry around. The size really is fantastic for portability without giving up too much space on the page. This would also be a great option with the Puzzles & Games addition for those of you who run lots of errands with or without children. While you’re waiting, work on a Sudoku puzzle. Let your kids figure out the labyrinths or occupy them with some of the simpler games included in this add-on. Even though I chose to have this planner start in January 2018, I’ve been carrying it around to occupy my husband with the Sudoku, which he immediately took to. Not that my husband is a child, but if it worked on him… 😉 (Pro tip: bring a pencil!)

PurpleTrail offers lots of different layouts, so different planner babes are going to prefer their planners set up differently. I do think that for those of you who need to maintain a strict and busy schedule, the Vertical Hourly in 15-minute increments is something that you don’t find often but would be especially helpful. I can just see a massage therapist loving that layout for keeping track of a busy day of appointments, for example.

Personally, I think that this planner is a fantastic size, but if you are looking for lots of room to write then you may want to consider the 8.5 x 11″ size. This planner is great for a light, compact, but functional option that you can fit your life into. I hesitate to do my standard I wouldn’t recommend this planner for beause there are just so many options that PurpleTrail has for you. There is a school add on for students, a baby tracker add on for new moms, & etc. But if I had to say then I probably would not recommend this planner for someone who wants a lot of content but is on a strict budget. $36.95 gets you the 12 months, but if you want all the bells and whistles then it can add up.

Loves

PurpleTrail has a cover customization plug-in that really lets you go to town with what you’re creating. You can do so much with their customizer. Although I did not deviate too far from the design I chose, I was incredibly impressed with how much control the customer has over how they want their cover design to look. I also love the bulk of this planner! It feels great to hold and carry around without being too heavy. I also love the coil–much stronger binding option than Wire-O, in my opinion. I have also never seen a Puzzles & Games section in a planner before, and added it because I thought it was a unique option. It isn’t even January yet, and already this section has been well-used!

Nopes

I think that the printing could be a little bit crisper. I also wish there was an option for an elastic closure, even as an add-on, to better keep the book together when you’re carrying it around. I will probably use one of my Erin Condren elastic closure bands for this planner.


There you have it! My review of the PurpleTrail Planner! If you like the look of this planner, I have a surprise for you! My contact at PurpleTrail (shoutout to Josh!) was kind enough to provide me with a discount code for all of you! You can use the code Plannerisma10 at check-out to get 10% off your PurpleTrail order! 🙂 Just go here to start.

Anything I missed that you want to know more about? Do you have a PurpleTrail planner set up in a different way? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Until next time!

xo
Ara