As promised, I am here to share my thoughts with you on my new planner for 2014.
I ordered it from Etsy.com from a company called Plum Paper Designs. They have a ton of choices for the cover so you’re able to find one that best suits you. They also have different types of planners: daily planners, family planners, student planners, wedding planners and more. I chose the regular daily planner because even though I’m a student, I use my planner to keep track of everything I need to get done that week, not just work for classes. It took a decent amount of time to arrive, but it was worth the wait. If you want to get to the point and not read the full review, just know this is a great alternative to the Erin Condren Life Planners. The Life Planners cost between $50 – $75, which is crazy, especially for a college student. The Plum Paper Planner only costs $30. Alright, so let’s take it section by section.
When it arrived, it was packaged very well in order to maintain its quality. It came in a foil to protect it from any scuff marks that could possibly occur throughout the delivery process. My face lit up when I saw how beautiful it was, as well as the fact that it’s my first planner I ever owned that was customized uniquely for me.
Here it is without the foil around it. Isn’t it beautiful? It also matches my laptop case I also purchased from Etsy so I’m excited about that.
The cover is laminated, which is great because I am always throwing my planner into my bag and it’s good to know it is being protected and won’t tear or get dirty. I’m not sure, but I have a feeling the laminated cover is a lot easier to clean than just a regular paper cover.
This is how thick the planner is. At first I thought it was really big, but once I saw all the amazing aspects of this planner that are included on the inside, I realized the extra thickness is definitely worth it. Mine is also a little thicker because I chose to add extra lined note pages at the end of my planner. I always like having a plain piece of paper to jot things down on. I usually dedicate one of these notes pages to keeping track of my class absences. Each teacher’s attendance policy is different, so I like to write it down and make a list of days I missed, as well as my reason for missing them. It has come in handy, and I recommend all students should do the same!
The metal coil that they used to bind the planner together feels very sturdy. I can safely say I have no worries about the planner’s pages coming undone or the coil bending and getting messed up.
Finally, let’s dig into the inside of the planner. Here are the gorgeous monthly tabs. They are adorable color combinations and each tab is laminated and not flimsy at all.
Next, we are presented a two-page spread to give us an overview of 2014 in case we need to look up a specific date. As you can tell, they incorporated color into this page to make it more appealing. What is also clever is each color they use here matches the month’s tab color. They definitely paid attention to the finer details when making this planner.
Here is the monthly overview, which you have at the beginning of each month before getting into the weekly spreads. Obviously, my January isn’t very busy since I’m still on winter break and am not working. The monthly view gives you a section on the right that is dedicated to birthdays. I really like this because I can quickly look up whose birthday is occurring during the given month without having to dig through each page until I find it. The spread also gives a place for events, which I didn’t need to use for January, but I think I will use for vacations and spring break, etc. The notes section is a small touch that really can make a big difference. Once again, January is my lazy month so I don’t have anything to write in my notes section.
This is an example of what the weekly pages look like. I chose to have it broken into different sections of my day: morning, afternoon and evening. I think this setup is very helpful when planning my week because I can quickly see what needs to be done at that time of the day while not having to commit to an exact time. It once again gives you a notes section. I absolutely LOVE the weekly checklist on the left. I can write tasks there when I know it needs to be done sometime during the week, but I don’t wanna commit to an exact day.
Here is the only negative aspect of this planner for me so far. You don’t have a lot of room to write because each line is short. Yes, the boxes are big so you can fit everything in, but you can only fit one or two words per line, which I’m not a fan of. My old planner had a weekly layout that I liked:
This is my old planner, just one you can find at Staples that is simple. I do love this planner, but I wish it were more colorful, lively and personalized. But the lines are long so you can write more information in the space if needed.
The divider pages on each tab are also creatively designed. It has a big lowercased letter for the corresponding month. The color of the letter also matches the tab, of course!
Speaking of matching color, each page located in that month’s tab matches the color of the tab as well. It’s simple, but something I really enjoy.
Before the monthly calendar spread, you are also provided a notes page for each month. There are also lined note pages at the end of each month. And yes you guessed it, each page is color coded to match its month.
Toward the end of the planner you are given a page for your contacts as well as a list of major holidays and the dates the holiday falls on for the next three years. Again, it’s the little things like this that make this planner so great.
And if needed, you also are given an overview of 2015 at the end of your planner. I don’t think I will ever need to refer to this page, but you never know.
Last but certainly not least, they include a folder that has pockets in the front and back. That is two extra pockets for me to store useful papers in. I’m not sure what I will put in these folders yet, but once I start classes next week I have a feeling I’ll be taking advantage of this space.
Then this is what the back cover of my planner looks like.
Overall, I am in love with this planner and can’t wait until I actually have stuff to do so I can write it all down and stay organized. The only downside to it is the short lines to write on, but that’s the only aspect of the planner I would change.
I hope this inspires some of you to check out Plum Paper Designs on Etsy and even order a planner for yourself. What’s really cool is that you can choose the month that your planner begins on, and you can purchase extra months as well. So if you decide to buy the planner now, you can customize it to have it start with February.
Have any of my readers owned a Plum Paper Planner before? If so, tell me your thoughts on it in the comments section. I’d love to know what others think of this beautiful planner.