Last year, I switched from my Erin Condren Life Planner to an Inkwell Press liveWELL Planner and I’ve not looked back. I’ve always had a planner (as far back as highschool) and I used to buy cheap planners (or even got the promotional planners that companies would give out for free) and then spruce it up with photos and other decorations.
My planners always functioned as hybrids – part planner, part journal and somewhere in my parents’ basement should be (I hope!) a bunch of old planners with tons of sentimental value.
I was an ECLP fan for three years, but got tired of the “flashy, bright colors”. When it comes to colors, I am more of a fan of “muted, pastel” colors, so no wonder I fell in love with the Wood Chevron Inkwell Press planner instantly!
Inkwell Press is a family-run, small business and last year was the first year that they came out with their planners. There were only four (I think) covers available and I was a very happy first time customer and supporter of Tonya’s business.
This year, her business has really taken off. She came out with new planner covers and other products and people have been going crazy. When she first launched the planners for 2016, she pretty much sold out within a couple of hours! CRAZY!
Things are a little nuts right now. I’ve waited for a second round of re-prints (relaunch was two weeks ago) and was a little scared that the planners have become so exclusive that I wouldn’t get my hands on one for the new year. That would have been a real bummer. I wish I could tell you “go get a planner of your own!“, but the 2nd round of planners was – AGAIN! – sold out within a couple of hours. I was lucky to snatch one up again (and I don’t know what I would have done otherwise!), but only because I was on the computer right when the relaunch started.
Isn’t it pretty?
I know many people were disappointed, some even angry, but everyone has to keep in mind that this is a small, very young business and that nobody was able to anticipate the growth that Tonya’s business was to experience in just one year. Tonya has done her best to be as open and transparent about every single step along the way and I am just so excited for her success. I’ve heard that there will an “imperfect planner sale” happening in January (?) and there is a Facebook group marketplace.
Here’s a comparison between the 2015 and 2016 planner. The new planners are a little smaller and lighter and they didn’t offer any personalization this year (but from what I hear there are plenty of Etsy shops that offer decals for a reasonable price).
Are you a planner person? Which planner will you be using next year?