If you don't like to read about any planner or stationary stuff, you might as well close this now and reevaluate your life because who doesn't like planner/stationary/craft shizz??
All last week I was so anxious to get my planner; like, why the hell was it taking so freaking long to ship? I drove my husband crazy asking multiple times a day if he received any shipment confirmation and every time he answered "no, not yet", I got irrationally angry at him because I did not like his answer.
After a long week of nothing in my mail box, I left work early on Friday, dejected and sad so I went to Michaels to take advantage of their planner sale (25% off all planner stock). I decided if the planner gods were going to torture me by witholding my planner for another week, I might as well stock up on stuff so that when I do get it, I can jump right into crafting/planner bonerisms. On a side note, did you know that Michaels has really stepped up their planner game? They used to only carry The Happy Planner stuff but now Recollections has a whole freaking 'planning made easy' line which is basically selling every prepackaged planner thing you could possibly need for a decent price. Throw in those coupons/sales and you've got yourself a pretty large pool of planning/craft stock.
But guess what? when I got home, there was a package for me and it was my planner!! I immediately dropped everything and practically ran into the house screaming.
I ordered the personal size Kikki K Pause planner which measures (L) 7.5" x 5.75"(W). This is a pretty significant change in size as compared to my Plum Planner. The binder cover is real leather (very soft and supple), has a snap closure and the rings are tight (no gaps). It came in a gorgeous box with a pretty stationary-patterned tissue wrap.
What came with this planner:
- monthly/meetings/notes inserts but the paper is shit quality that it's not even worth taking pictures and posting about them.
- 1 "to do" pad and 1 "notes" pad.
- really pretty dividers but they were too thin for my liking so they got a run through my laminator to toughen them up.
- extra tab labels in the same interior colour scheme (black, white or mint green).
How I customized it:
Youtube reviews revealed the monthly calendar spread is tiny AF and the paper is so thin you can blow your nose with them so I ordered some monthly calendars from a cute shop on Etsy. Although they were pretty cheap in $USD, in hindsight, I should have just waited because converting to $CAD, it wasn't worth it since our dollar is so shit. It was also a pain in the ass to ship to Canada (seriously, why does everyone hate Canada so much?) so decided to fuck all that nonsense and DIY everything I need for my planner because ain't nobody got time to mess around and waste time when all you want to do is molest play with your planner and you can't because you're cock-blocked by stupid things like shipping ridiculousness. Deciding to DIY this baby obviously meant dropping all other plans/obligations to head to the supply store(s) because priorities.
1) DIY Dashboard.
I really liked the "time to get things done" so I glued it onto some plain cardstock, glued another pattern on the back and put it through the laminator.
I always use sticky notes so I stuck some here for quick access.
2) DIY Dividers.
You need dividers with any planner to quickly access your information. I only kept a couple of the dividers it came with (like the one above) and made the rest using card stock I had. Making dividers means a lot of tracing, cutting, laminating, (hole) punching and more cutting. It's pretty fucking tedious but I actually had fun and I love the designs (especially the soft water-coloured one).
3) DIY Monthly and Weekly inserts.
i) Fold-out monthly calendar:
I like having a full monthly view before jumping into the weekly spreads and since the ones I ordered start in 2017, I had to make my own for the rest of 2016. One problem with a smaller planner is the room you have to write your shit -- which is not much - and since the size of this planner would result in tiny boxes for the calendar days, I figured some kind of extendable or fold out design would work....and guess what? it did!
ii) Weekly inserts, horizontal layout on 2 pages:
Let me talk about the absurd amount of time I spent trying to figure out how to print double sided in the correct orientation using a manual feed. I spent all Sunday in my craft room yelling awful things at my printer when I kept fucking it up. After countless tries (sorry, trees) and many glasses of wine later, I finally got it down, created a "master printing template" (which is pretty much a plain piece of paper with my crass markings and notes all over it) so that I don't have to go through this headache every time.
One more thing -- I made my own page marker because I had some scrap card stock and I just love that cherry blossom watercolour pattern. I glued it onto some thick card stock, folded it in half, ran that through the laminator 2 times, punched it and cut slits through the holes so I can easily move it around without opening the rings. It peeks above the pages to I can quickly turn to the current week.
Plum planner compared to Kikki K personal size:
And I also welcomed this new laminator to my craft space on the weekend. It was on sale so I of course had to buy it. Like labelers make me want to label everything, this laminator makes me want to laminate everything.
So what do I think about the Kikki K? I LOVE IT! it's made so well and although the initial investment was hefty ($74.95 USD), I won't need to spend any more money on planners from now on since I'll be making my own inserts (as compared to a Plum planner that ranges from $45-51 USD yearly).
Do you have a planner? if so, which one?