Let's start with the Personal Planner. I originally had some issues with the pages turning correctly, but figured out that the monthly clear dividers weren't punched correctly and had to re-punch them (see pic below) Once I figured that out, they turn like a dream. I have seen many posts on groups I follow on Facebook saying that they also have had issues with their dividers punched wrong.
I had every intent on using this planner in 2016, set it up and took like 2 hours out of my day and added the month and weekly date stickers and everything! (That in and of itself was super tedious! I used some crafting tweezers to place the small monthly dates because my fingers were like fat sausages and I couldn't place them on the dots with the numbers straight up and down to save my life!)
Here is my main issue with the personal planner, I need more space in my planners to write. I had planned on using this as a wallet/planner for my purse and I just came to the conclusion that personal size planners just don't work for me. So I gave this to my oldest daughter to use as a Student Planner for school. She is just as girly as I am and was thrilled when I gave it to her. I know she will use it to doodle and get better use out of it then I would letting it just sit in my closet.
I took measurements of all of the box sizes in this planner and made custom stickers that fit in each spot before I decided to give this planner to my daughter. I figured maybe some of you were going to use this planner for 2016, so I went ahead and decided to do this post anyway.
Here is a picture of the measurements and descriptions of each box that I used to make my printables at the end of this post. Also if you are into sticker making and plan on using this planner, you could make your own inserts and stickers using the dimensions I took:
I have to warn you, this is a picture heavy post...I just do better with pictures then I do at describing things. :)
Here is a look at my monthly set up:
Here is a look at my weekly set up I did:
Not gonna lie...kind of irritated that there is not a pink circle for both of the weekend dates. Sigh....I remedied this by putting Sundays date in the bottom right corner of the weekend box.
The measurements of the Banner Checklists I did made for this planner are .250 W x 1.880 H and they are the same size as the weekly boxes of the Erin Condren Vertical Life Planner. So if you are wanting some new checklists and you use the vertical ECLP, download these and you won't be sorry!
As you can see, the Icon Banners I made fit perfectly right below the date circle right next to where I placed my Banner Checklist, so you could use these here as well as the monthly view.
The heart magnet page marker in the picture is one that I got in a Happy Planner kit and I thought it matched perfectly with this planner, so I gave it to her to use.
The clear pouch in the back is one I made with the We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool out of an old zippered pouch I had lying around.
I also bought a hole punch to use, as the holes in this planner are not the same as a Filofax. HERE is the hole punch that I bought from Joann's. It was originally $14.99, but I used a 40% off coupon and got it for $8.99. (I did get mine from Joann's, but couldn't find the link on Joann's website. I linked one from Amazon.com for you to reference the picture and see what the hole punch actually looks like). WARNING: if you get this punch, punch scrap paper that you don't intend on using first. There is an oily residue on each of the holes that leaks onto the paper when you punch your paper for the first couple of times you use it. Just punch scrap paper until the oil is gone.
I bought the Gold Dot A5 version of the Heidi Swapp pictured HERE to use as my planner in 2016 instead. Oh my gosh guys, this planner is beautiful! I bought mine from a local store in my area for $29.99 and I was so excited to use it in place of the personal size. Some of the words on the pages are embossed in gold and so beautiful! When I bought this kit, it did not come with the dates like the personal size box kit I bought did. You have to purchase them separately. No big deal...I was going to make some. Then I started to turn the pages in the planner and then came the problem! Same issue with the personal size, except for the whole middle section was punched all skiwampus! I was like, "Hell NO! I am not doing this again!" I returned that bad boy and didn't get another one to compare against to see if I just got a dud the first time. So if you bought/buy this planner, you might not have the same problem as I did. The planner is so beautiful that's it might be worth a try going back to see if I just got a dud.
So all in all, here is my summary and my opinion for this post and the products mentioned:
I honestly love the colors and the concept of all of the Heidi Swapp products I have purchased. But at the same time, I have been let down by some of products as well. (I guess that goes for all of us that are searching for "Planner Peace" huh?) I follow Heidi Swapp on Instagram and Facebook and she is so inspirational to me! Her posts are so touching and I want to take pictures and journal because of her. I watched a segment that she did for a local news cast and she talked about her son and his story. She is such an inspiration and chooses to be positive and look for the good in everything, even in tragedy. I really didn't want to write this post, but I also wanted to let you know that you might have to tweak some of the products to make them work for you. Honestly, if I had bought the A5 planner first and not the Personal Size, I might have kept it instead and re-punched the holes in that one, but I had already gone through that with the Personal Size and it wasn't worth it to me to try and make it work.
With all of that said and out of the way, here is a preview the printables I made. You don't have to only use these if you have this planner. These will work for the Vertical Erin Condren as well:
And as always, thanks for your support and for stopping by!
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