Planner Review: 2015 Mint Green Planner

imageHello my lovelies! I’m a bit of a reviewing mood at the moment so expect to see an influx of review posts popping up in the next few days. First up today is a planner review! As you all know I’m a little bit of a planner addict and I wanted to share a little bit about the system I’m using right now. Since the system I’m currently using isn’t working very well at the moment and I will soon be switching to my summer routines and systems I figured I’d hold off on that post. Instead I decided to do a review of the spiral bound planner that I originally bought for 2015. I also want to apologize for the difference in photo editing between the title photo and the following photos. I was having a little too much fun with my photo editing applications and couldn’t get the lighting just right between shots to show the actual colors of things. So the top photo is as close to the original colors of the cover while the following photos are good representations of the colors of the inside of the planner..

First of all, this planner is from Walmart, I got it for around $7.95 or something like that back in December just after Walmart switched in their new yearly planners for 2015. It is a MintGreen brand planner and is made from 60% recycled material and uses soy based ink. This planner is a traditional yearly planner that starts in January and ends in December, which for me a turn off. I’m not big on yearly planners but I was going completely insane without a planner so I decided to try it out.

The cover of this planner is absolutely beautiful, it has vibrant colored flowers on a frosted cover on top of a off white piece of paper and then it’s colorful all throughout.  Inside the cover are the standard personal information, important information, yearly overview, and important dates pages that you can find in almost any planner. It also includes two pages for your schedule with a lot of room to break things down. I simply wrote my Spring 2015 class schedule on one of the pages. A lot of the pages also have inspirational quotes on them which made it easier for me because then I didn’t have to manually write inspiration in unless I wanted to.

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I absolutely love the fact that this planner’s monthly layout is a month on two pages. It has nice sized boxes to write in without it being cramped and there is even a notes section off to the side. National holidays are also marked at the top of the boxes they belong in. I do wish that the boxes were lined though. I can’t write in a straight line to save my life so things got a little messy at times.

Each month is followed by a piece of grid paper and a piece of lined note paper for monthly notes or doodles. I ended up not really using these pages but I enjoyed having the option of using them. It always seems to me that I run out of room for notes in planners like these, but that wasn’t the case with this one.

imageNext up is the weekly layout. For the time being, I refuse to use anything other than a week on two pages. I just won’t. I end up feeling cramped and and like i have to condense everything which is annoying. So when I picked up the Mint Green 2015 planner I was absolutely thrilled to see how much space there was. On one page there is Monday – Wednesday and on the other is Thursday – Sunday. While the splitting up of one box for Saturday and Sunday kind of annoyed me, it wasn’t impossible to live with as those boxes ended up being where I would write my weekly to do lists anyway. The boxes are absolutely huge and I could split up my day by class and have plenty of room to write out my assignments along with any other events that were happening that day.

In the back of the planner there is page after page after page of notes pages, all of which I filled up just because I could. Then there is a contacts section, a resource section with a page to write down login information,  and then it finishes out with a bunch of maps.which I didn’t really need.

In Review:

Pros

  • Colorful
  • Lots of Note pages
  • Huge two page calendar
  • Portable size
  • Week on 2 pages with lots of room to write
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Lots of extras

Cons

  • Paper is rather thin – my Papermate Flair pens bled through occasionally and the pages tear very easily
  • Monthly layout isn’t lined
  • Too many extras I didn’t need or use
  • Yearly Layout just doesn’t work for me

Overall, it’s a great planner for around $8 which seems to be the average for medium sized planners at Walmart. There are a few things that I dislike about it that made it really hard for me to use it, like it being a Yearly layout for example. I prefer to have my academic year all in one place instead of switching to a new planner in the middle of the year. But that’s a personal issues. Ink bleeding is minimal but annoying when it did happen. I feel like some of the extras could have been switched out for more notes pages but if you’re a student in middle or high school those extras could be really useful. I also wish that the monthly pages were lined but again that’s a personal preference.

If I gave it a star rating this planner would probably get a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

I was thrilled with it when I first got it but after using it for several months it just didn’t work for me. So I’ve already started revamping my system and bought a new planner that starts in July that I can’t wait to show you!

Have an awesome day and let me know what kind of posts you’d like to see from me in the future!

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My Dream Filofax

Okay guys, I have a confession.

I am obsessed…..

With planners.

I know it’s awful. It’s an expensive habit and I shouldn’t be so in love with them but there’s just something about them that keeps drawing me in, Maybe it’s the way I can color code everything or the pretty covers or even the different layouts.  i

Okay, there are worse things to be addicted to I know. Today I thought I would share with you what my dream planner/personal organizer would look like with links to some places where you can purchase the products I mention. Note: I am not receiving any revenue from this. I just thought it was fair to link where I found the products.

Let’s get started!

1. A Filofax

Obviously the first thing I would need would be a Filofax or a similar personal organizer. Currently I have a purple Daytimer but due to the nature of the holes it’s not easy to use. I have fallen in love with the Domino Patent Personal Organizer and I am so upset that the USA site is sold out of the turquoise ones. The pine spots Domino is also really pretty but my poor heart is set on the turquoise. It’s bright, it’s fun, maybe a little loud, and it’s just so beautiful. In the picture it looks more mint, but after watching countless YouTube videos and looking at Instagram photos I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a turquoise/Tiffany Blue color and I am in love.  The downside is that Filofaxes are rather expensive, this one being a whopping $35. However, they are refillable and well made so you can use them year after year instead of spending $5-$20 on a planner every year.

2. Colorful Inserts

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Why have boring black and white inserts when you can have these really cute ones? There are multiple places on Etsy and all over the internet that have printables for your Filofax ranging from free to around $50 or more depending on what you get. These ones pictured above are by Stationera on Etsy. You just print them out, hole punch them and voila! You’re ready to use them! And some of them are undated so you just pay once to use them whenever you want. For me, I would like my inserts to be blue and coral, which is my favorite color combination these days. But the owls are just too cute to resist!

3. Pretty Dividers & Dashboard

In order to keep all of your sections separated, you need cute dividers and these coral and blue ones by PlannerMania are just amazing. A dashboard is a piece where you can either keep sticky notes on it or you can leave it blank and just have it as a cover page. I absolutely love this teacup one by MikasMarket.

4. Adorkable Accessories

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Bookmarks, stickers, paperclips, pagemarkers, etc really complete the planner package. These Time To Plan stickers I found at ObsessedWithCute on Etsy for $3.75 and she has a number of other amazing stickers that can go in any planner. This felt coffee cup paper clip is the perfect finishing touch to my dream planner and it can be found on Pigtails and Pockets on Etsy for $3.25

Well there you have it folks. My dream planner in a nutshell. I didn’t mention basic supplies such as pens and pencils because I use far too many different ones to remember where I got all of them. Reminder: I receive absolutely nothing for linking to where I got the products mentioned above. Also, none of the images are mine, they’re stock photos from the stores to where they’re sold.

What about you? Do you have a Filofax or similar planner? How is it set up? Or are you like me and you spend hours setting it up in your head even though you don’t have the physical products yet? Let me know down in the comments or on Twitter/Instagram with the hashtag #TeacupsnDustJackets.

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