I don’t know about you but I always have to carry around a planner….I have a terrible memory and I am so guilty of scheduling three different things on the same day at the same time. My life would be a total disaster if I didn’t have one.
So in the past I have had a little Target planner. I usually just use the monthly overview section and then I can do a quick look at what’s happening when. But I realized that wasn’t quite working for me. I was using my phone for other things, I had a house cleaning chart on my fridge, I’d printed out a packet of stuff to keep track of my blog, etc.
And a few of my friends introduced to me to the Erin Condren Life Planners. So I checked them out and wow. Just wow. They are pretty amazing. They are colorful, bright and multi-faceted.
As I kept looking, another friend introduced me to Plum Paper Designs. And I stared at the two of them for a couple days, I couldn’t decide. They both did several things that the other didn’t. I really wished I could have customized one to be EXACTLY right but I didn’t have all those options available.
So I ended up going with this little beauty from Plum Paper.
It took about two weeks to process and then since shipping stuff to Hawaii is such a pain, it took another two weeks. I finally got it at the beginning of this month and I’m obsessed. I’m still learning how to properly set it up so I maybe that’s a post for another day!
I transferred everything out of my little Target planner and am all reorganized in this one. My Target planner I could easily throw in my purse and pull it out on a moment’s notice. This planner is beast….it does fit in my purse (Ok I carry a HUGE purse) but it definitely makes it heavy so I haven’t figure that out quite yet. I’ve been just carrying it into places with me, along with my water bottle so I can refer to it if needed.
One main reason I decided to go with Plum Paper over Erin Condren was that Erin Condren was January – December 2015. I ordered my planner in the first week of March. So I was a little bothered by spending $50 (at the time) on a planner where two months were completely useless and by the time I received it, March would be nearly over.
Plum Paper allowed you to choose what month your planner started on and still gave you a full 12 months from then on. So I chose to have mine starting in April 2015 and then I added the option to get an extra three months, so mine goes until June 2016.
There were definitely a few things EC had that I really wanted that Plum Paper didn’t have. One was a cover that you could switch in and out, that’s pretty cool. Another was a zip-lock pocket that you could store things in and it came with some thank you cards and gift tags. I use a bunch (ok 10) different colored pens on my planner to color coordinate certain types of events so having this zip pouch would have been great to store those in. It also comes with a clear snap in ruler to help you figure out what page you are on (aka a bookmark).
Those were some things that kept me going back and forth between EC. Price was one of the biggest factors in my choice of Plum Paper over EC. Plus I didn’t want to waste any months, I think that ended up being my tipping point to go with Plum Paper.
Note there are a TON of reviews out there between EC and Plum Paper, along with videos and more from people who have used both.
The planner itself from Plum Paper was $31 and the additional 3 months added $5. So I basically got $2.40/month with Plum Paper where EC was about $4.16. However let’s call it three wasted months with EC it would have been $5.55/month. That was a big deal for me. I could have waited on an EC planner (they are now selling for $30 because it’s nearly mid April). And I believe in June they come out with an 18-month planner.
Along with my order of a 15 month planner, I added a Blog section, a Fitness Section and a Home Planning section. I am also a major list person so I had extra to-do lists placed throughout the entire planner. And I ordered some extra stickers. So for everything, plus shipping I spent $64.25.
So what exactly did I get for my money? Here’s some pictures inside my pretty planner!
Here’s a view with all 18 of my tabs, 15 months plus Home, Blog and Fitness.
Here is a two page spread of the next years, the next page is the same thing of 2016. Somewhere in here is a list of all the dates of holidays for 2015/2016 also.
The tab for each month is colorful, like so.
And this is the monthly overview for each month.
One really cool thing about Plum Paper that is the different kinds of set ups you can have for your weekly overview. I chose to have each day broken down into Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
Plum Paper allows you to choose this view, or to do a blank list with lines or to have it broken down into 30 minute increments. Or you can choose to not have the weekly spread in it and all and it will just have lined note pages in between monthly views. Check out their Etsy shop to see what each of these options would look like!
Another option, which sounds cool and I would maybe do in a few years when my son is older, is a family planner. It shows the weekly view but it has a section for each person in the family. So you could have all of your stuff, your husbands stuff and your kids stuff with their own fancy little row. I don’t have a need for that right now but I like the idea. Those cost just a little more at $35 for 12 months.
Here’s some other pages from the planner:
And some accessories, stickers (I ordered extra) and a double sided pocket that came with a thank you card and congratulations card.
There’s even more in this planner that I haven’t even discussed! It pretty much has everything I could need in here. As I mentioned earlier, EC came with a snap in ruler and I was definitely wishing I had something like that so I could easily flip to the week I’m on. One of my friends mentioned they had some on Etsy. Another friend found they make a ton of stickers so after so major online shopping I found a ton of fun stuff. I’ll be ordering one of these (and stickers) today!
Do you have a fancy planner? What do you love about it? Contact me if you have any questions about my awesome comment here, fine me on Facebook or follow me on Instagram @theknnlife