Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Plum Paper Planner + Coupon

I'm ready to start planning for 2017 - are you?

dog nose sniffing Plum Paper planner fall leaves

Disclosure: Plum Paper offered a small discount off of the planner I purchased in exchange for my honest opinion. We only share information that we feel is relevant to our readers, and all opinions expressed are our own. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a few pennies to help maintain this blog.

While technology has forced us all to take a giant leap forward, the trend now seems to be simplifying, unplugging, and getting back to the basics in many areas of our lives. Planning and keeping track of our hectic schedules is no exception.

I have always used a paper planner (and have many different sizes and styles from over the years), but I've watched many of my friends and colleagues transition to digital calendars over the years.

I just can't grasp the concept of trying to plan this way. I need to write things down, highlight them, check them off, or cross them out. For the past couple of years, I've used a At-A-Glance Weekly / Monthly Planner. It's small, simple and met my needs.

However, with all of the beautiful options out there, I decided to up my planner game for 2017. I looked at several brands, including the Happy Planner, Lilly Pulitzer 2017 Daily Agenda, and Erin Condren planners.

After hours of consideration, I finally decided to with a 2017 Plum Paper planner. I liked how there were a lot of ways in which I could customize my planner, including several add-on options.

Building your customized planner is a simple process, and the website walks you through each step.

plum paper planner and dogs

Here's what I opted to go with:
  • 7" x 9" size ME Planner
  • Cover Pattern: unfortunately, I don't see my cover choice offered on the website anymore, however there are a lot of nice options
  • Personalized Cover: photo of the Lapdogs & my name
  • Layout: Horizontal 2 - Two sided days
  • Inside Details: 12 months, beginning January 2017
  • Extras
    • My Home planning section
    • Blog planning section
    • Tabbed To-Do list pages

I really appreciate that they offer so many add-on planning sections, including home, budget, meal, fitness, blog, direct sales, baby, wedding, and classes. I opted to include just two - blog and home - however you might find a use for several of these!

When the planner first arrived, I was a little worried about the "glossy feel" of the pages (this paper is so smooth... like butter) and wondered if I was going to end up with an ink-smudged mess. However, after a quick post on social media, I received several tips on the best types of pens to use in my gorgeous new planner. I've already picked up packages of Sharpie Pens and Paper Mate Flairs, two inexpensive options mentioned multiple times.

plum paper planner

While I wasn't sure I wanted to go so "crazy" with stickers, I quickly began drooling over so many fabulous planner's social media photos. This has led to a small stash of planner stickers, which I'm sure will grow in the months to come. Although I don't plan to go quite as crazy-beautiful as some planners do, I would like to give my planner a little pizazz. (Buyer Beware: once you hop on etsy and start searching "planner stickers," your shopping cart will begin to add up quickly)

Plum Paper ME Planner Features
  • month & year at-a-glance pages
  • monthly highlights pages
  • monthly notes pages
  • double-sided pocket folder
  • durable aluminum binding coil
  • durable mylar coated tabs
  • paper weight: 70lb text
  • tear proof & water resistant cover with a clear plastic protective sheet
doberman mix dog with plum planner

What is your planning style? Do you have planner goals for 2017? 

If you're ready for your own Plum Paper planner, you can SAVE 10% off with coupon code LAPDOG10 thru 11/30/16.


Hindy Pearson said...

This post couldn't have been timed better! I'll be soon starting to look for my 2017 planner. I'm quite particular about the style, so I tend to settle for what's in the shops so I can see what it really looks like. I think this year I may change things up a bit, because I'm loving the ones you're highlighting.

Three Chatty Cats said...

I haven't tried the Plum Planner before, but it looks awesome! I already have my 2017 planner, but I may look into this for the future!

Unknown said...

They say geniuses are messy and disorganized. I use that to explain my complete lack of skill in these areas. I should probably invest in a planner!

Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them said...

My planning is done online. I rely on spreadsheet & Word formats I've created for myself. This one is really pretty & seems very useful though. I do still like using a wall calendar, with Husky photos, I use that along with my digital calendar - I just love looking at the photos, LOL!
Love & biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

Raising Your Pets Naturally with Tonya Wilhelm said...

As I'm looking at my incredibly messy desk, I realize I need to find a solution. I'm just not good at staying on track....maybe this would help.

Unknown said...

This sounds like a great planner option! I've been struggling finding something that helps me to keep track of my posts and my work obligations. I will probably investigate these planners in further detail to add to my organization regiment!

AmyShojai said...

I could spend hours and lots of $$ shopping for office supplies.

Rosa Doodle said...

I love paper products. Last year I bought a passion planner and now I'm hooked. I just ordered one for 2017. This sounds like a great option though!!!

LaylasWoof said...

I love planners like that - they make life so easy - thanks for reminding me to get a new one for 2017

Unknown said...

such a great way to stay organized!

M Dawson said...

People are too quick to dismiss a paper diary or calendar but we have at least two on the go. Short term stuff and reminders on the phone too. Blog stuff goes in the diary planner so I would give these a HUGE thumbs up!

Thanks for some terrific clear images of the Planner too.

Kia said...

This planner looks awesooome! I'm still trying to decide if I'm going to get a physical one or not.

Kelsie - It's Dog or Nothing said...

I am a planner ADDICT! I'm still trying to decide on my 2017 planner - side note, can't believe it's time to think about that already!

Unknown said...

Honestly, I don't know how people use digital planners. This planner looks awesome! So much room for notes. You definitely made me want to re-evaluate my set up!

Tenacious Little Terrier said...

I like all the customization options. Did you know there are planner supplies subscription boxes?

The Daily Pip said...

LOL. I have barely started my 2016 planner, just kidding, not really. I'm not very organized. I need to do better.

Sonja of MontecristoTravels said...

Totally dropped paper a while back now. Smart phone only. But I miss doodling. I guess that is why I took up Zentangle. :)

Sweet Purrfections said...

Even though I depend on my computer and phone for appointments, I do have a paper planner I use for blogging.

Alastriona, The Cats and Dogs said...

That is really neat

M. K. Clinton said...

I love that and wish that I used a planner. I bought one last year in hopes that I'd fill it with inspiration. Instead, I use my desk calendar to keep track of everything. These planners are soooooo cute!

craftymrs said...

Thank you for the coupon code! Just in time for my Christmas shopping!

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