When it comes to planners, I’ve been a Filofax kind of girl with a side of Kikki-K for a year and a half now. I’ve seen the Erin Condren planners and thought they were cute, but for a while I didn’t get the hype, especially with the $50-$75 price point. To me, paying that much for a Filofax was an investment since you could change out the inserts year after year. Paying that much for an EC seemed like a one time use waste of money (I’ve since seem them in person and realize the value and quality the product is and have been converted!). That was until I watched quite a few Elle Fowler “plan with me” videos, where she decorates her EC vertical Life Planner with a bunch of stickers. It looked like so much fun and suddenly I found myself wanting to decorate a planner with a bunch of stickers like she was! It seemed like the best of both worlds of planning and having a creative outlet all in one.
I couldn’t imagine jumping into an EC and handing over that money. What if I didn’t like the layout? If you’re a serious planner, you know that the layout of your week-at-a-glance is so important and personal. Layouts have the ability to make or break your planning habits. If you don’t like a layout and not feeling inspired by it, chances are you’re not going to use that planner.
Somewhere along the line, I heard about Plum Paper Planner (PPP for short). I had watched some review videos on it and saw that you could not only customize it quite a bit, but there’s a layout choice that is similar the the Erin Condren vertical Life Planner with the “Morning, Afternoon, Evening” set up. The best part is that I saw that it was way cheaper than the EC, plus I searched the internet for a coupon code and got 10% off my order (which was a great motivator to try the product out, if I’m being honest!). I thought about it long and hard and decided that this would be my planner for the 2016 year and ordered it early since I wanted to be ahead of the New Year rush and it takes 4-6 weeks to get to you with the customization.
I ordered the Regular Planner and decided to put my initials on the front cover as well as a quote. In the area where the quote is, you can also have them put your name. I would advise to read the tab Item Details where you will find specific ordering information for customization just to be sure you get what you want.
One of my favorite things about this planner (as well as the EC and Studio C planners) is the colorful tabs and the color running throughout the planner!
Each month is separated by the colorful tabs, followed by a page of notes.
After the notes page, you see the month-at-a-glance with holidays noted. On the left, there’s an area for birthdays, monthly events, and notes.
In the PPP when looking at the week-at-a-glance, if the month is ending that week, it will be gray. The new month will be a different color. The week-at-a-glance colors coordinate with the monthly tab color.
After you’ve picked out your planner and layout, don’t forget to look at the Add Ons section to see if there are any extras that might be useful to you. I decided to get My Home planning section that includes pages such as things to remember, monthly goals, monthly bills, projects, to do, shopping lists, etc.
I love this colorful section for special dates!
The last page is the calendar for 2017. On the opposite page is a double sided pocket to keep loose papers or sticky notes in.
Overall, I love the way this planner is presented and how it feels in the hands. I’m basically chomping at the bit for 2016 to come so I can use it (although there’s really no need to rush the end of the year further)! I do plan on collecting some stickers until then and will hopefully doing some sticker hauls for you guys. I also plan on doing another review on this planner after I get started using it in the new year, so stay tuned for that!
Plum Paper was very kind to give my readers a coupon code for 10% off your order (a one time use code) if you choose to give this planner a try.
Coupon Code: SELLERS10
If you’ve tried this planner, I’d love to hear how you like it!