It is that time of year… the time I like to call planner season. I have deemed this proclaimed season the time of year when many of the planner companies are releasing their planners for the upcoming year and announcing any changes that will be made.
I use a bullet journal, as I’m sure most of you know by now. I know that most of you that don’t bullet journal probably think all I have to do is pick out a simple notebook, but there is so much more to it than that.
I decided a while back that I want to use something other than a Leuchtturm to plan in for next year. There is nothing wrong with a Leuchtturm and it is arguably still the best notebook for the job. It is the staple of notebooks for bullet journaling. But, I can be a bit ADD about my planners and it’s time for me to try something new.
I ordered the Hobonichi Cousin Avec in July and have been trying to find a way to bullet journal in it. I like it. That Tomoe River paper? Oooooh, baby! It makes my fountain pens sing! I also like the month-on-two pages format. However, I feel a bit boxed-in by the one-page-per-day format and the Type A in me is having a hard time ignoring those numbers on the tops of the pages.
I have been waiting quite impatiently for the Hobonichi announcements about the changes to their planners for 2017. Much to my disappointment, the changes that I was anticipating were not made, and I don’t know if the Hobonichi is the right choice for me.
I’ve been eyeing the Stalogy 365 Days Notebook as an alternate option. It’s a nice, clean notebook that still has the Japanese feel to it, minus the Tomoe River paper. The paper is better than the Leuchtturm, though, in regards to fountain pen use (and I know all of you are using fountain pens after my last post, right?).
There are a couple of other notebooks I am considering, but the aforementioned are the forerunners. My search for the perfect planner doesn’t end there-I still have to choose a notebook cover.
The notebook cover is big for someone that uses a bullet journal because the cover is a prelude to the planner inside. As a bullet journaler, we don’t get those pretty planner covers as easily as many of the other planner people.
I have a list of potential cover options. I am like the Louis Vuitton desk agenda. Mommy Lhey is rocking hers and I had to see one, so I visited a LV store. I particularly like this style of planner because you can fit more than one notebook inside and it’s a big fat sandwich that you just want to take a bite out of.
I am also looking at the Smythson notebook covers. I LOVE Smythson. However, the covers are expensive and I can’t see one in person. I would want it personalized and then it would be non-refundable.
Etsy has about a million leather planner covers at all price points. My head is spinning and I don’t know what I want.
I made a list, along with a note, about each planner cover I am considering and in no order of preference:
- Louis Vuitton Desk Agenda
- I like this cover, but I feel LV may be a bit too flashy for me. I love all the pockets on the inside and the ability to add my initials. My favorite part is the pockets on the inside.
- Burberry Ziparound Grainy Leather Diary
- Simple, classic Burberry cover. I called several stores in both the US and the UK. The ones that I want are not available at this time.
- Smythson Grosvenor A5 Lippiatt Writing Folder
- Whoa! $725?! It’s gorgeous, though, and matches the bag I just purchased from Smythson. I’m not crazy about the style of the pockets. Initials can be added.
- Smythson Dover A5 Writing Sleeve
- Look at that gorgeous teal! Still a bit pricey and doesn’t have pockets on the inside. Able to add initials.
- Mulberry A5 Notebook Cover in Glossy Pink
- This cover is from 2012 and sold out due to its popularity. I called Mulberry in the US and the UK and it is long gone. Of course, this is my number one choice for a planner cover. I have searched the internet and this item cannot be found. I have been advised to keep an eye out on eBay.
- Mulberry items can be customized, but since I would have to purchase this item used, I don’t know if I would have that option. No pockets on the inside, but I love everything else about it so much that I don’t care.
For all of you out there looking for your 2017 planners, what hurdles have you encountered? What helps you make your final decision each year?
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