A5 Planners Comparison: Color Crush vs. Carpe Diem

A5 planners comparison of Webster's Pages Color Crush and Simple Stories Carpe Diem. Learn more details about the similarities and differences of these planners.

Do you ever just get confused in your planner selection?  You stare and you research and you drool over all the planner goodies out there.  (Or is that just me?)

Planner love is real and true and deep.  When you have committed to (or are sucked in like I was by some very well-meaning friends!) to the planner life, it is like your first love.  You walk around with sparkly eyes, giving a cheesy grin to all who pass because you are just that happy in your planner world.

Those incredible feelings of planner obsession love are magical.  You are amped up to find planner peace.  You know that special planner is out there waiting for you, dreaming of the day that you wrap it in your arms and call it by name.  (You do have names for your planners, right?  If not, what are you waiting for?)

As you seek out that Holy Grail of a planner, you will stumble upon different styles, layouts, and designs.  Variety is the spice of life, right?  But, it can be overwhelming.

You want to make sure you wisely spend your money.  You are a bit afraid to commit, like a blind date.  You have heard great things about this special someone but you just need more facts.

My planner friend, have you happened upon the glorious A5 planners called Carpe Diem and Color Crush.  If you have, you may have been like many others who have wondered which one would be suit you.

At first glance, these A5 planners appear almost identical.

Until you handle their exterior and reveal their interior details.  And then, my fellow planner girl, you will discover why you must select one over the other!


A5 Planners Comparison Carpe Diem vs. Color Crush featured

A5 Planners Comparison: Color Crush vs. Carpe Diem

With sincere joy and planner love, I present to you more facts about two very similar yet unique planners:  Webster’s Pages Color Crush and Simple Stories Carpe Diem.

I have an A5 Carpe Diem (CD) which I absolutely adore (but I promise to remain impartial throughout this comparison!) so any CD pictures are from it.  Planner Squad hosted a rockin’ giveaway for an A5 Color Crush (CC).  I will be using pictures from that giveaway here.

And, with that being said, LET’S GET READY TO PLANNER COMPARE!!!  (You are supposed to say that like a boxing announcer-just so you know!)


A5 Planners Comparison:  COST

On Webster’s Pages site, A5 Color Crush Planner Kit is listed at $54.99.  I encourage you to click through and check out their gorgeous pictures and to get more details.(Side note:  I have seen amazing deals on these planner kits at Blitsy (aff).  Sign up to get updates to learn when the next deal will be!)

Simple Stories did not list prices on their site for their A5 Carpe Diem sets.  I have found great deals again on these A5 planners over at Blitsy.

Typically, Carpe Diems cost less than Color Crush.  If budget is an issue, CD will be the way to go!

A5 Planners full backs

A5 Planners Comparison:  FEEL

Are you touchy-feely like me?  Do you have to pick up and feel a product before buying?

As far as how these planners feel, I would say Color Crush comes out on top.  It feel so smooth-like buttah!  Honestly, I could curl up with it and take a nap that’s how much I love how this planner feels to the touch.

Carpe Diem is fine-it just has more of a pleather feel.

I must add that I have absolutely no problem carrying my CD when I am out and about.  I do not worry about it getting damaged or marked up.  I can not say that I would feel that way about the CC (although that could have been because we reviewed one with such a light color.)

A5 Planners Comparison Carpe Diem vs. Color Crush open inside covers


A5 Planners Comparison:  SIZE

A5 Planners Size Comparison chart for Color Crush and Carpe Diem.

As you can see, there really is not that much of a difference in the sizes of these planners.  I did feel like I would have more space in CD.

Here are a few pictures to see for yourself:

A5 Planners comparison of Webster Page's Color Crush and Simple Stories Carpe Diem.
Inside Front Covers of A5 Planners


A5 Planners comparison of Webster Page's Color Crush and Simple Stories Carpe Diem.
Inside back covers of A5 Planners


A5 Planners Comparison:  Decision Making Time!

Basically, both Color Crush and Carpe Diem A5 Planners rock!  They are quality planners with a lot to offer.  I do not think you will be disappointed in your final choice.

CDs are more affordable and have outstanding inserts.  I hear a lot of planner chat about CC owners using CD inserts.

CCs are glorious to touch and their interior storage is fantastic.  Did you see all those extra pockets and clear window?  If you will be using your A5 planner when on-the-go (like a wallet/purse), you will love this feature for your driver’s license and credit cards.

Interior of CD is cloth.  I prefer that feature because it is so easy to wipe clean.  I also am a silver girl so love the silver rings!

Both A5 planners have elastic pen loops which I find extremely helpful.  Inserts are also interchangeable since rings are same size and distance apart.

When you consider all the above features, which A5 planner would be your choice?


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Amy Milcic is a mental health therapist turned homeschool soccer mom to 5 boys. She knows the importance of having the right planner that fits your needs. Amy specializes in planning-on-the-go, homeschool, and sports family planning. Amy blogs at Rock Your Homeschool to share positive and creative approaches to {homeschool} family life.


  1. Angelique says

    Hi Amy! Would you mind telling me the box dimensions from the monthly view page for the individual day? I’m trying to see if my monthly Happy Planner stickers would fit the Carpe Diem inserts but I don’ t have a local shop that carries the CD planner. Thank you!

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