Living in Manila however, doesn’t make this behemoth of a planner easily accessible. Plus, it is priced exorbitantly. There was just no excuse! These planners have garnered a cult following all over Instagram (check the hashtags), Facebook (dozens of groups devoted to the planning community), YouTube, and Tumblr. They’re popular because they’re purportedly worth the $50 price tag with impeccable paper quality, cute colors, and a calendar layout that is just begging to be washi-taped.
They released their latest edition just three weeks ago, with the rose gold variant and at midnight, because I had already done all the research and there was just nothing else to do, I caved (as you do). I had it sent here via my trusty forwarding service and waited. For three weeks. I have never been so excited about planner EVER, and I at least have the Internet to reassure me that I am not alone in this.
For paper fiends out there, here are my thoughts on the 2015-2016 Life Planner.
1. Unboxing is life. Brown paper packages tied up in string? I know what’s better than that—pink paper packages enveloped in tissue and bubble wrap! There is no replacing the balikbayan box smell that escapes the minute you open the lid of this beautiful box. And what’s that? FREE STICKERS! Yes. Free stickers.
2. There was this sticker store in Glorietta I used to drool over in grade school because I could not afford any of the Mrs. Grossman’s imported rolled up stickers. I am happy to say that as an adult, I can now buy all the stickers. ALL. Included in my order were dots for important dates, blank squares because they are pretty, planner headbands that can hold your page or keep the book from opening up, and coil clips—nifty plastic snap-ins that have an adhesive band so you can can turn your planner into a scrapbook.
3. The planner opens up into a very thick vellum page with a gold foil geometric design that’s mimicked on the title page, where you’re supposed to write your name (I usually never do because I want my handwriting to be perfect in these pages and it never is).
4. And here are the pages. You get quotes, a spread for goals, note paper, a monthly calendar, and this year’s horizontal weekly layout. Erin Condren was first known for her vertical columns on her planners. She says she realized this year that “there’s a horizontal girl out there.” While I am a “vertical girl” myself (LOL), I found the color scheme of the vertical version garish and cheesy, so I went with the horizontal for its subtle ombré palette.
The planner has a 12-month option and, for an extra $5, an 18-month option. Natch, I sprung for the 18-month. When in Rome.
5. The planner comes with graphing paper (my favorite!) and yes, more stickers.
7. What I failed to capture on camera were the snap-in clear plastic ruler that comes with the planner that you can use as a bookmark or makeshift washi tape cutter, the fact that the covers not this book can be taken out (so you can buy more covers from them), and that the back cover of the notebook has a lovely periwinkle and gold foil herringbone pattern.
8. You get a Trapper Keeper-ish “Keep It Together” pocket that houses a perpetual calendar, the well-laminated tabs and reinforced inside pages, a zip pouch at the back (very important, IMHO) with … more stickers (!!!), a free coil clip, and cute cards that make for pretty decorative additions to the planner.
I am so happy I bought this planner, because now I can pull out my colored pens and start feeling like a boss about my super organized calendar (and life). I would also like to note that Erin Condren may be some kind of paper genie, because as I started filling in the squares, I scored two new jobs in ten minutes. If you build it, they will come.
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