Tuesday, January 21, 2020

My New Planner for 2020

Anyone who knows me knows that I'm really particular about things, and that I love colorful design. If I could draw, I'd do a bullet journal, aka bujo. But I can't, though I am artistic and have a great eye. So I've been searching for years to find a day planner design that I love. I've thought I found it a few times, but this year as I was searching for a change, I stumbled across an Etsy shop that has the most beautiful planner insert, or refill, designs I've ever seen! I don't have enough words for how gorgeous Manu's designs are, honestly. It's a shop out of Germany named Manu Design Studio, and she offers printed and printable designs in monthly, weekly and daily formats plus extras like the tabbed inserts to go between them, notes pages, etc. 

Now, something this lovely, and with a change in size from personal to A5, which is unavailable here in the US, I needed a very special planner cover and I knew just the shop because Kecheli Notebook has the most beautiful covers for planners, journals and notebooks that I've ever seen, and since I have one of hers already in the personal size, I know they're also top notch quality, designed with a care for detail and sturdiness. Sezin is truly an artist and it shows, using things like handmade lace and mixed materials. 

This custom cover is exceptional, and she has many lovely new designs in her shop, as well as designs that will work for men and women. No matter your taste, you can find one that works for you, and if it's not available yet then Sezin will make it for you! It was a pleasure to work with her on this custom design, something more feminine than I would normally purchase, but it truly fits my style and that of Manu's gorgeous planner inserts. 

Speaking of personalization, I loved the fact that since it's from her printable design, my daily planner insert pages didn't have days, holidays, etc in it so that I could personalize that as well for the days that I observe with the names that I use for them, and also putting the moon phases in on the days they fall in my time zone since many pre-printed planner inserts don't use EST and often place it on the wrong date for me. They also have holidays that I don't observe, or names I don't use for them, so it was refreshing to be able to completely set this up myself. This year, Manu printed it for me. Next year, I hope to have a printer that can handle higher volume and purchase the printable file and then print my own from then on, though it really was very affordable to have Manu print it for me and it didn't take long at all to get here from Germany.

Speaking of the moon phases, I would be horribly remiss if I didn't mention the moon phase stickers from Julie at Symposi Press out of my home state of NH! You can see her New Moon sticker in the curl of the J for January in the bottom right image, and although I bought her smallest ones so that it rather blended into the design, she has other size options and phase options available. Her stickers are also of high quality, and this is my second purchase from her as well. I tried others last year in my other planner and I wasn't as happy with them as I am with Julie's. She has other stickers available as well, and she dispatches them quickly. 

So, my new planner is an international Etsy collaboration that I customized to my needs and desires, and I couldn't be happier! This is the closest to a bujo that I'll get! All of these shop owners are a pleasure to work with and very sweet, often including extras and doing extra special packaging that you just won't find from large companies, which is why Etsy is where I look first now for such things. 

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