My Life in a Binder

Last week I received an email from my friend Kristin stating the following…“I need to look at investing in a good daytime planner. I’m not tech-y and put all my appointments/reminders in my phone.  I’m old school – need to write it and look at it daily, hoping to NEVER lose it as it contains everything in my life!  I like a size to fit into a mid-size purse. In the past I’ve gotten one at Russel+Hazel and loved it but it was cloth and got too dirty. Thoughts? I’d love to hear if you’ve seen any at stationery markets, have through Brown Ink, etc.” 

Being an old-school daytime planner woman myself, I loved receiving this email! I’m also a  research fanatic when it comes to paper goods so this email sent me into mission mode. And perfect timing too as 2015 winds down and our hungry little fingers are scratching for planners for the coming year! Of course, I could go on and on about why I believe a paper day planner is the only go-to – But today I will simply stay on track and stick with the mission at hand.

First, I do use the russell+hazel day Mini SmartDate system which Kristin refers to…and it carries my life as well! Does it get a little dirty? A bit, but thankfully the Mini Solid Color Binder in gray hides most smudges and I actually enjoy the roughed-up look (plus the store sells brightly colored folders and tabs which freshen up the binder!). However, there are several day planners to select from in all different shapes and colors..

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The Paper Chronicles recently featured the 2016 Edition of Sugar Paper at Target and it’s stunning. These LA gals are Queens of classy perfection as you can see in their designs. Make sure you head to Target November 1st to load up on calendars and accessories for the new year!Target-2016-09Target-2016-04

On the other spectrum of fancy, rumor has it the Smythson 2016 Soho Agenda (specifically in bright yellow) is Sofia Coppola’s must-have for her 2016 planner needs!

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Emily Ley is a one woman, power house in the world of day planners.

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A few years ago I used an older version of her Simplified Planner which, although colorful and well constructed, was a monster to haul. Emily was smart with her revised Simplified Planner being a bit smaller yet keeping the best parts: spiral binding to lay binder flat, attention to detail, quality paper,and ample space to write. Bravo Lady!

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A similarly styled planner – and extremely affordable – can be found at Sarah Pinto.

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Crazy for the Purple Floral Year-Less Planner from Ferme a Papier! (pattern here on Brown Ink!)

2016 Birch Floral Everyday 17-Moth Planner is a beuaty!

The 17 month Birch Floral Everyday Planner from Rifle Paper is both beautiful and functional.

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And sometimes you just need to write out the happenings of each day one week at a time. The Rifle Floral Weekly Planner is perfect for this scenario.

Of course, there are those, like my mother-in-law, who find wall calendars the most convenient and enjoyable way to both view and organize the days and weeks ahead.  I do love a pretty wall calendar not only for the art but also to be reminded what day it is!

Whatever suits your needs it’s out there!! Bottom line, nothing beats crossing off, (with an actual pen), an appointment or date which you were hoping might pass or inking in a birthday, gathering or trip you can’t wait to take place! It’s our lives in one binder. Thanks for the reminder, Kristin, of why daily planners are here to stay.

    4 thoughts on “ My Life in a Binder

    1. Hilary

      Yay to paper planners. The collection you’ve featured just might pull me away from my 20+ year devotion to the Franklin Planner.

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      1. Wendy

        Ooooo…I am honored Madame Hilary (or shall I call you, the chica with the most incredible handwriting on the other side of the Mississippi!).

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