Monday, November 24, 2014

A Plum Paper Designs Planner Review

I purchased the Plum Paper Design Planner with my own money.
I have seen it written that when you start a blog, the next purchase you make is a daily planner. For me that was exactly what happened. I started reading blog posts and watching videos of what planner others had decided to use for the year. Last year, I chose the At-A-Glance daily planner. Read my post here. The key to any planner is to make that planner your own. Which I did, with the use of stickers, post it notes and Washi tape. 

While I love my planner, I decided that for next year, I was ready to move to a bigger planner. After doing much research, I chose to purchase a Plum Paper Design  planner. Plum Paper is a company based in San Diego, California. Along with the Life Planner that I purchased, this company offers planners designed for Teachers, Students, Family, also, Fitness, Meal and Wedding planners.

plum paper planner review

All of these items can be personalized and come in a wide range of design and colors. The planners are sold through Etsy and retails for $31.00 with a $10.00 shipping fee. They ship to U.S. and Canada. This a spiral bound planner with a thick 1 inch metal coil.

My planner starts on January 1, 2015. I am still using my Mead, At-A-Glance, daily planner that I started using on January 1, 2014. But, you can start the planner on any month and they offer an 18 month calender option.
The planner is shipped in a sturdy, heavy weight box. Bubble wrap surrounds the planner. Inside the bubble wrap, the planner is then enclosed in a plastic wrapper, as seen in the top right photograph. A translucent, plastic cover protects the heavy weight card stock displaying your cover design. You can choose from many different designs and colors. You choose what name to have designed on your planner. The first page, upon opening your planner, is the cover page with the design logo and a place to write personal information.

Open to the next page, this displays your year at a glance on 2 pages. The corresponding month and colors are identical throughout the planner. The next page consists of blank note pages followed with the monthly tab page.

The next page displays your month at a glance, on 2 pages. Along the left side of the planner, you have a section to jot down birthdays for the month, an event section and a note section. The large day of the month squares offer ample room to write down important dates. Major US holidays are written in gray and do not interfere with the design.

Following those pages, you open to the week at a glance, on 2 pages. Plum Paper offers 4 different options for the week to chose from when ordering, including  days broken down by Morning, Afternoon, and Evening, days broken down into 30 minute increments, days broken down with just lines, or lined note pages instead of the weekly spread pages. I chose the weekly blank lines. That is what works for me. I think it is fantastic Plum Paper offers 4 options, making the planner work to your specific needs. The bottom of the page offers a 3 point checklist.

The back of the planner has more blank pages for notes, not shown. You are given a contact page and then a schedule for the upcoming holidays at a glance. The last page is a year at a glance for the next year. I love that in the back of the planner you have a folder to hold any important papers or whatever else you need to keep track of. The back cover has the hard card stock covered with, again, the translucent, plastic cover. 

Shipping is scheduled for 3-4 weeks from when you place the order for your planner. Because I chose not to add any extra add ons, or changed anything from the basic planner, my planner arrived in 2 weeks time. 

Customer service is very helpful. I did not specify what name I wanted published on the cover of my planner. I emailed the company and within 2 hours I had confirmation that my request had been duly noted.

– This is a 12 MONTH REGULAR PLANNER that can begin in ANY month you choose.
– Planner Size: 7.5″ x 9″
– Clear Frost Plastic Cover
– Personalized Name on Cover
– Week, Month, and Year-at-a-glance pages
– 2 Notes Pages Per Month
– Contacts Page
– Holidays
– 2 Sided Pocket Folder
– The year on the cover will reflect the year/years of the planner ordered.
(example: A planner from August 2014 – July 2015 will have “2014-2015″ on the cover)

This planner is printed and bound in the U.S.

I hope this was helpful. Please let me know in the comment section below if you have any questions. 

For instructions to make your own coil clips for your planner, click here.
For instructions to make your own planner paperclip bookmarks, click here.
For instructions to make your own stickers , click here.

Now to you-

What is your favorite planner to use?

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