I have always loved planners & organisers, I just didn’t realised that there was a community of planner lovers, and how amazing personalised planners could be! Ever since I started posting about my planners on instagram, I discovered a lot of other accounts that post pictures of their beautiful planners. When Kikki.K was having a 30% off everything sale, I grabbed my first Kikki K planner, the pink textured leather personal planner. I was contemplating on buying either the pink one or the mint colour. Mint is my favourite colour, but Kikki K’s mint looks pretty light. Plus, the Day Designer planner that I got as a birthday present from my husband is aqua coloured, which is pretty close to mint. So I decided to buy the pink one, and I have no regrets. This planner is absolutely fab!
During the boxing day sale, I also decided to grab the pocket planner from Kikki K, and this time it’s the beautiful lilac one with gold speckles.
Let’s take a look at all the planners I am using in 2015!
I have wanted this planner for a long time. Whitney English’s Day Designer planner is always sold out (in fact it is sold out at the time this post is written), and the shipping price to Australia is pretty steep, probably due to the weight. That’s why on my birthday last September, I told my husband that I want it as a birthday present. Whet it arrived, it was wrapped beautifully with gold polkadots tissue paper and a thank you note. The cover is beautiful, it’s very sturdy. I love the gold foil letters and gold monthly index, combined with the aqua coloured scallop pattern on the cover. The first few pages of this planner are meant for goal-setting, and the rest are one page a day planner with top three task of the day, hourly schedule and daily to do list. There are also boxes to write what’s due, your dinner, dollars (I am not using this as I’m using a more detailed income/expense worksheets) and things not to forget. You can also write down what you should download at the bottom, but I’m using mine to write who should I email that day, and your daily gratitude.
Overall it is a beautiful planner. However, I’m not going to purchase this again for next year or ever. Other than shipping reason (the shipping to Australia itself cost pretty much the same as the Day Designer!), it’s also because apart from the beautiful sturdy cover that looks very exclusive, the pages are extremely thin. I love to use coloured markers & highlighters when filling in my planner, so this doesn’t leave me a lot of room for creativity. On the photograph above, you can see the red squiggly line I’ve drawn on the other side of the page. Also, I don’t find the goal planners particularly useful. I prefer Secret Bloggers’ Business #blogyeah Blog planner, Kikki K Goals Journal, or my own Colourful Goals Journal.
I can’t say this enough, but this planner is absolutely beautiful. The ring binder is very strong, there are lots of pockets for my beautiful planner goodies and I love the saffiano-style textured leather. Again, the built in pages are very thin, and I don’t really like the design or the off-white paper stock that they use. Luckily this planner is meant to be personalised, and I am happy to design and print out my own pages. I even print my own dividers to suit my needs and created my own cover page to make it look more personal.
While I am using the Day Designer as my day-to-day planning, the pink planner is for business planning. I think of this planner as the reflection of my brain. That’s why there are sections for my shop Pippa Paper, Design is Yay, my cash flow and also other personal things like goal-setting and travel planning. This planner leaves a lot of room for creativity and personalisation, that is why I’m not going to share too much here as I’m going to do a separate planner tour for it. Stay tune!
3. The newbie – Kikki K Lilac Small Time Planner
This cutie hasn’t been modified much because I just bought it on boxing day and I haven’t had much time to do anything with it. But it’s definitely going to be a planner that I bring along with me all the time. The pink planner is too big & heavy for travels!
I don’t have concrete ideas about what to use this planner for just yet, but on the top of my right brain I will definitely have a meal planning section, shopping list, exercise section, birthday list and other informations that I need to use daily.
If you’re wondering what Anna Bond’s Paris illustration is doing there, I bought Rifle Paper Co’s Travel the World Calendar and it came with a preview sheet of all the months. I cut them up and use them as mini calendar, which is perfect for this little planner!
What planners are you using for 2015? Are there any planner brands that you like or wish to try?
If you like this post, you should read and download this printable post: Planner Calendar 2015