Do you guys remember the beautiful rainbow mug that I’ve been showing a few times on this blog already? It’s so colorful and pretty and always puts a smile on my face.
Well, it’s from Natural Life1 and they have a whole lot of other fun and colorful products (from clothing to decor items to little gifts and stationery), so I wasn’t surprised when I found out that they offer a beautiful (spiral-bound, hooray!) planner. Of course, it caught my attention.
The cover is colorful and very sturdy, which is nice because the planer can double as a writing pad on your lap. The layout is pretty similar to the Fringe planners I’ve been using for the last few years (two-page, two-column weekly layout), and love the whimsical illustrations, so I thought I was going to give it a try for 2024.
The actual planner layout inside is just black and white. As you probably know by now, I prefer a simple layout like that over overly colorful layouts. I’d rather use highlighters and stickers on a black-and-white design.
Every month starts with an inspirational “quote”, which I enjoy. What I do miss a little bit from my Fringe Planner is a monthly planning page (with boxes for anniversaries, birthdays, and to-do lists), but I guess you can write this all down in the monthly overview.
I appreciate the monthly tabs to quickly flip between months, but I usually leave the planner open on my desk. That is why I love the spiral binding which makes it so easy to flip over the pages only use one page at a time.
There are also little quotes on the top of each planning page. For week 1 of 2014, “The move you’re scared to make might be the game changer.” How true.
The paper is just ok. A small complaint is that the printed design bleeds through the pages a little bit – as you can see above – but it’s not a big deal to me. My pen doesn’t bleed through ( FYI, I write with a regular ballpoint pen, not with gel pens or fineliners) and that’s more important to me.
A redeeming feature: there are two pages of cute, coloforul stickers in the back! Who doesn’t like stickers?
And finally, it has a double-sided pocket insert at the back (which I always appreciate because I keep a geometric template ruler and other little pieces of paper in there).
Stay tuned for another planner-related post. I’ve enjoyed Sarah’s, Birchie’s, Julie’s, and Kae’s recent posts about planning (and I even listened to Sarah’s podcast interview with Kae!, which is a big deal because if you know me, I don’t listen to podcasts much), and I definitely have more to say on that topic.
- #notanad, This is not a sponsored post. I have purchased the item(s) with my own money and have not been compensated by the brand or anyone else for linking the websites. ↩︎