Some of you may remember that I dappled in bullet journaling for a while. I really enjoyed it at first. It was fun to design my own pages and tweak it however I wanted to if I found that something wasn't working for me. However, it became too time consuming and I found myself getting too far behind and then trying to play catch up. It wasn't as enjoyable anymore and I wasn't happy with how sloppy it was looking because I would try and rush just to get something on paper. I also didn't like how random new lists or my party planning pages would get mixed in with everything else and would end being difficult to find.
I wanted to find a planner that basically had everything already laid out but that I could also customize and add things in where I wanted to.
I looked and looked and ended up narrowing it down to The Happy Planner or the Recollections Creative Year planner from Michaels. I ultimately decided on the Creative Year planner because I like how its' weekly schedules are laid out. The days are horizontal across the page, which is how I would lay them out in my bullet journal, as opposed to The Happy Planner, which were vertical. I ended up buying this rose gold binder and a calendar insert package. The calendar insert came with all of the pages for an entire year and month dividers with tabs, which I love! The pages were blank so I was still able to hand write the months/days and I decorated them with washi tape and stickers to make them pretty. I ended up spending about $40 on everything but I think it's worth it. My only complaint is that it is a little bulky and can get heavy in my purse. Otherwise, this planner is exactly what I was looking for!
|Horizontal weekly layout and space to write notes at the bottom|
|I love the pockets in the front|
|I got a package of stickers by The Happy Planner, which add some color and spice it up a bit!|
|The dividers are so pretty|
They have all kinds of little booklets that you can insert into these binders - fitness, meal planning, inspiration, goal setting - you can customize it however you want. I ended up getting an insert called "thoughts," which just has blank pages so I would have extra pages to write my memories on like I did in my bullet journal. I stick these at the back of each month behind the weekly planning pages. If I have a party to plan I stick those pages in the back of whatever month the party is scheduled for. That way they don't all get jumbled up together in the back of the book.
|The calendar inserts came with this cool little fold out calendar page|
|The binder came with some blank pages, a few dividers and these To Do pages, which come in so handy!|
Mixed in there are also my shopping lists and my "brain dump" pages. They are typically the first page when you flip over a divider so they are super easy to find.
In the very back there are a few extra dividers where I keep my "collections" pages. Here I have Audrey's growth chart and milestones/new words, "Raley-isms," schedules for dance/MMO, birthdays, etc. I'm also keeping up with the details for our upcoming trip to California in a back section.
I absolutely love this planner! I love that it keeps me organized with a laid out monthly and weekly calendar but also gives me the opportunity to customize like a bullet journal. If you're looking for a new planner, check out Michaels stores. You're sure to find something you love!
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