I wanted to find a planner that basically had everything already laid out but that I could also customize and add things in where I wanted to.
I looked and looked and ended up narrowing it down to The Happy Planner or the Recollections Creative Year planner from Michaels. I ultimately decided on the Creative Year planner because I like how its’ weekly schedules are laid out. The days are horizontal across the page, which is how I would lay them out in my bullet journal, as opposed to The Happy Planner, which were vertical. I ended up buying this rose gold binder and a calendar insert package. The calendar insert came with all of the pages for an entire year and month dividers with tabs, which I love! The pages were blank so I was still able to hand write the months/days and I decorated them with washi tape and stickers to make them pretty. I ended up spending about $40 on everything but I think it’s worth it. My only complaint is that it is a little bulky and can get heavy in my purse. Otherwise, this planner is exactly what I was looking for!
|Horizontal weekly layout and space to write notes at the bottom|
|I love the pockets in the front|
|I got a package of stickers by The Happy Planner, which add some color and spice it up a bit!|
|The dividers are so pretty|
|The calendar inserts came with this cool little fold out calendar page|
They have all kinds of little booklets that you can insert into these binders – fitness, meal planning, inspiration, goal setting – you can customize it however you want. I ended up getting an insert called “thoughts,” which just has blank pages so I would have extra pages to write my memories on like I did in my bullet journal. I stick these at the back of each month behind the weekly planning pages. If I have a party to plan I stick those pages in the back of whatever month the party is scheduled for. That way they don’t all get jumbled up together in the back of the book.
|The binder came with some blank pages, a few dividers and these To Do pages, which come in so handy!|
Mixed in there are also my shopping lists and my “brain dump” pages. They are typically the first page when you flip over a divider so they are super easy to find.
In the very back there are a few extra dividers where I keep my “collections” pages. Here I have Audrey’s growth chart and milestones/new words, “Raley-isms,” schedules for dance/MMO, birthdays, etc. I’m also keeping up with the details for our upcoming trip to California in a back section.
I absolutely love this planner! I love that it keeps me organized with a laid out monthly and weekly calendar but also gives me the opportunity to customize like a bullet journal. If you’re looking for a new planner, check out Michaels stores. You’re sure to find something you love!