Back in the Summer of 2015 I started hearing a lot about planners and after seeing one in real life I bought my first one, it was a spiral bound 18 month Erin Condron one and I loved it. Yes it was big and chunky but I liked the way it was laid out as well as being able to pretty it up by changing covers, adding stickers and snap in to do lists etc. I bought tons of sticks and for the 12 months or so I used it religiously but after a while I started to become bored with it, mostly because I started to feel restricted by the fact that I couldn't actually add any proper pages/dividers/pockets etc. I knew at that point that I wouldn't get another EC one for 2017. The love affair was over and it was time to move on.
I did some research via You Tube, Pinterest etc on the various planners available (boy there are a lot to choose from!!) and having seen a friends Simple Stories Reset Girl one which was ring bound I knew this was the type I wanted to go for. After much debate and thinking I opted for a Heidi Swapp Memory Planner.....and I chose the cream and gold version which you can see below. Its so beautiful inside, Heidi Swapp has the most fabulous style and products, I love her stuff so much. It came with all the inserts you need to get you started, a full diary that you date yourself along with monthly calender's, note pages and some clear pockets that you can add journalling cards, pictures or memorabilia too. I love the flexibility of this planner and I have since bought some more pocket pages and dividers to use and make it look even prettier. I also bought a set of coloured pens from John Lewis and a zipper pouch from Etsy. I love this little pouch as it holds all my pens and stickers and because its on an elasticated band it holds the planner together nicely. There is a link here to the seller I used. My planner lives in a little basket by the side of the sofa and I am forever updating it and adding bits to it - I don't think I could live without it now, I am a planner junkie! lol
I don't just have my Heidi Swapp planner though, oh no....I also have a pocket diary that I carry around with me plus I have a Cath Kidston 2017 dairy that hubby bought me for Christmas. Its not something I asked for, he just picked it out as he knew I would like it and although I didn't think at first I would need it I am finding that it works perfectly alongside my planner for additional notes, reminders etc. To be honest the CK one is being used more as a daily diary and the HS is being used as a more simplified version of Project Life. Anyway they all serve a purpose and I wouldn't be without any of them!!
The latest addition to my planner family is this pink leather ring bound folder that I bough in the Paperchase sale. It came with a 2016 diary but I just binned that as I had other plans for this baby! As I mentioned in a previous post we are off to LA and Vegas later this year, and as is the norm for a holiday like this I usually have a notebook full of all the details along with lists, plans, addresses etc. I take this book away with us and I use it to record our adventures and hold any little bits of memorabilia. However I decided that this time around I would like to do a travel journal/planner, all I needed in addition to the folder were some inserts which I managed to find on Etsy, link to them here.(I do love that site). There were a lot to choose from but once I found the ones that suited me best I promptly set about ordering, downloading and printing them off. All I need to do now is start writing everything up. I am pretty sure that this one will end up on the large side as I plan to use it as a mini scrapbook, I will keep receipts, ticket stubs etc in it and I will probably add a few pictures too.
Do you have any planners? I would love to know what you have and how you use them?
Thanks for stopping by, I would love it if you could leave me a comment and a link back to your blog.
Love and hugs, Jane xx