Personal Planner Setup

I have been a part of the planner community for two years now and I feel that as I am evolving as a person, my planner needs are as well. I love my Happy Planner due the flexibility and the discbound system. I like being able to have in as much or as little as I want at anytime and add to it as I please. In adding a new planner to my rotation, one thing that I needed was the flexibility to do just that, which is why I decided on a binder style planner.

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2017 Planner Set Up

Welcome to another post here on the blog. I hope that you’re enjoying the new look of the blog and I can’t wait to share more content with you guys. In this post I’ll be hearing my planner set up / line up for the new year. For the past (almost) two years I’ve been using one planner, a Happy Planner. It’s actually the 18 month ‘Good Things Are Going to Happen’ edition. I just addd in 2 additional months to begin in May of 2015.

This year I’ll be starting my year off with 5 planners. Yes, 5 planners. Each serve a different purpose. Each item was featured in my Planning for 2017 series here.

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Successful #ChaoticXMASGiveaway & Planning for 2017 series!

I am beyond thankful and grateful for the success of my first giveaway, #ChaoticXMASGiveaway. I began blogging in 2010 as a music blogger and I have evolved as a writer and a person pouring my heart into Chaotic Critic. I knew that I wanted to do a giveaway. I had been talking about doing one for years now yet I always found an excuse for why I couldn’t or shouldn’t do one.

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Planning for 2017: Personal-Planner Vs. Purple Trail

Welcome to another edition of my Planning for 2017 series. In this edition I’ll be sharing a battle of the brands with Personal-Planner vs. Purple Trail. I reviewed each planner separately so be sure to check out the series here.

Disclaimer: Both planners were sent to me for review for this series. All opinions are my own.

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Planning for 2017: Personal-Planner.Com

It’s PLANNER SEASON! I mean, isn’t it always? Welcome to the latest series here on the blog, Planning for 2017. In this series I’ll be sharing some planner reviews with you guys, putting some to battle against each other, and then tying everything up with an ultimate guide. So, who’s ready? Check out my entire Planning for 2017 series here.

First up, PersonalPlanner.Com. Here’s a coupon code valid until 11/14/16: C-HAOT-IC16.

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Planner Gift Guide For Beginners

If you are a planner addict trying to pass on your obsession to your friends, what better gift to give than a planner package. The following items are all that are needed to get create a new planner addict. If you have a friend that is interested in what you obsess over yet doesn’t know where to start, this package is a simplified way to show them yet not overwhelm them.

The basics to the planner gift guide for beginners are:

  • planner
  • pens
  • washi
  • stickers

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Sounds pretty basic and generic, but if you’re a planner addict you know that those four categories are extremely broad. Let’s start with planners. I currently use the Me & My Big Ideas Happy Planner, but there’s the Erin Condren Life Planner, Plum Paper Planner, Filofax, and many more. The key to purchasing the planner for a friend would first be price. You don’t want to waste your money on a design they wouldn’t particularly use. Ask them and show them options before making a purchase. Whether it’s vertical, horizontal, hourly, or a personal size, you can find a planner for that. Keep in mind the future planner not so much your personal preference.

If they are into vertical I’d recommend either the Happy Planner or the Plum Paper Planner since they are cheaper yet offer similar details like the Erin Condren Life Planner. Yet if you’re a planner addict, an EC planner addict in particular, then you can easily give a planner away without breaking the bank. Click below to purchase the planners mentioned:

Next up are pens. A lot of buzz worthy brands in the planner world range from Staedtler, Sharpie, Papermate, and Frixion. Simply put, you don’t need a fancy pen to get to planning, but I personally would not recommend the Papermate Inkjoy (100 1.0M). Instead, I really like the Papermate Flare pens because they do not bleed through and there’s a great color selection. Click below to purchase the pens mentioned:

Washi is a really easy one. There’s so many that you can buy, but I think that for a beginner a role of washi in multiple colors, not so much print, would allow them to create different designs. In addition, they’ll really get a feel for the product. Washi is great and easily removable. There’s thin washi, thick washi. Giving a variety to a planner addict is ideal, but a tube of washi similar to what’s sold at Michaels would be ideal. If you can’t get your hands on a tube you cold give  a set of thin along with a design you know they love. Below are links to some of my favorite styles of washi:

Lastly, STICKERS! Now this is where it can get overwhelming for a beginning yet an addict becomes a hoarder. I would recommend buying stickers from local Michaels, AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, Five Below, Dollar Tree, etc. Buy functional stickers along with stickers they can use to decorate. When buying washi, you could even go as far as buying stickers to coordinate with the washi you picked out. Don’t go too crazy, just give them options. The cheapest route to go is if you can get your hands on any of the Darice/Creatology $1 sticker books. Great for decorative purposes.

You can also gift them an Etsy e-gift card with lists to your favorite Etsy shops and stickers you’d think they like. This time of year it’s hard to get stickers by the date, but as a new planner they should get a feel of what type of stickers they’d want to get. Below are 5 of my favorite etsy shops:

When it comes to packaging this, I’d suggest a nice gift bag. It’ll be big enough to fit the planner along with a clear storage box to hold all the washi, stickers, pens you purchased them. To add the final touch, decorate a layout or two to show your friend different ways to decorate. As one of my friends called a planner a “glorified sticker book,” you can show your friend just how functional it can really be.