Monday, April 25, 2016

Spirals and Binders and Travelers OH MY!

Spirals and Binders and Travelers OH MY!
choosing the right planner for you

Today I am on Mrs Brimbles blog so click here to go over there after you finish if you would like to see other post and lots of goodies!

Its funny I have always been a "crafter" and moved into a plannerd and the obsession with having lots of planner supplies is in full swing because that is typically how I roll. I go in with all guns blazing when I start a hobby. Much like crafting I had to have all the tools and sometimes would buy something just because I was new and others had it so I surely needed it once I figured out how to use it that is! So now my craft room runneth over! I slowly started mixing in with the planner crowd and less with the crafting crowd. Although my love for both still continues I have found a way to merge the two loves.  I decided to make paperclips and then my obsession with planners and all things planner related kicked in. BOOM i was hooked and BOOM I had an Etsy shop. 

Today's discussion is a bit of a run down of various planners and if I own one I will give my opinion but maybe if you are new it will give you some insight as to what planner would work best for you. Everyone talks about "planner peace" to me this is a fictitious state in which most planners will never achieve because most of us its not so much about finding the one planner that will "complete us" its more of a collection. Much like buying a beautiful designer purse because you just love purses, planners can be that same for many people. You might have the same planner in multiple colors or sizes even. Personally for me I like big planners and I cannot lie! I can't deal with the small ones although I think they are cute and could serve as a wallet and thus be dual purpose. Lets break down the 411 on planners.

These are much like a large notebook but depending on what brand you buy you can sometimes select the layout you want for your weekly spread. I love these planners because I use notebooks a lot to doodle, take notes etc. so my spiral planner is something I can use for all those things PLUS it keeps me organized. I personally love Limelife planners. They have so many different weekly layouts to choose from that you are bound to find what you want. There are add on's such as "meal planning", "social Media"etc. I have both of these add on's in my planner. They now have a teacher planner as well. You can customize your cover and the owner is so sweet even if something doesn't say you can customize it she will go the extra mile to do something requested if she can. I like to support small woman businesses and this is definitely one of them. Also awesome side mark here there is a place you can go to print off a sample of each weekly layout so you could play with it and see if it truly going to work for you. The con is that you cannot remove the pages to decorate or write so sometimes the coil gets in your way. I do like being able to fold it over like a notebook but again certain days of the week are hard to stamp or decorate because you are close to the spiral. Now there are several companies out there selling spirals like Erin Condren, 1407 planners, Plum Paper Planners and more. I have owned an EC and for me personally the Limelife is much better quality and much more customizable. Paper quality is excellent. Stamping in the planner is great because of this. But keep in mind there are many inks that work best when stamping in planners so do your homework on that. I let my daughter have my Erin Condren when I got my limelife so I don't have it here to take a pic.

Most of the sizes are close on these planners. Roughly 7 x 9"
Here are the links to check them out:

Price Points: 
Limelife Planners $55 plus add on's 
Erin Condren $50 and up
Plum Paper planner $31 plus add on's
Happy Planner $24.99 (not exactly a spiral but it falls between spiral and ring)

Ring Binders:
I have owned the daytimes, filofax, webster pages, simple stories, Kikki K ring binders. They come in multiple sizes depending on your needs compact, personal, A5.  I personally am a Kikki girl. All of the ones listed are great planners and many are coming out with so many colors, and designs that I will continue to own them as well! (remember I am obsessed now) My Kikki K is my favorite planners. I only have a small amount of them but the ones I have I love. The quality is wonderful, I love the colors they offer and the styles inside the planner with the pocket configurations. I do love the new webster pages coming out and the simple stories as well so for me most ring binders will work for you it is just a matter mainly of your budget. IF you want leather binders filofax and kikki both have excellent quality. If you are vegan several of the companies have a more vegan friendly materials. Alway check your rings when you get one to make sure they are tight. The nice thing is you can remove the pages to decorate so that the rings don't get in your way. 

Sizes: Compact, Personal, Medium and A5

Price Point: (starting prices can vary depending on size. I will be going by A5)
Filofax $67 and up
Kikki K $70 and up (watch for sales!!)
Webster Pages $45 
Simple Stories $45
**watch for sales and clearances for some great deals on all of them

I always thought that these were more for journals but there are so many people making inserts for them that have more of the calendar aspects to them or other books to track various things. Then you can still get the grid paper notebooks, lined notebooks and you can have multiple books within your cover so you can go to town with this! Its a great item to take with you on trips so you can doodle, journal or keep track of your life. You used to see these mainly made out of leather but now so many companies are making their variation of these. They come in a variety of sizes. They can be called midori's, fauxdori's, sewdori's and many many more! They can be leather, fabric and a variation of faux leathers and materials. They come in various sizes also. You can easily make your own if you watch youtube and also make your own inserts. So this can be a fun project or help if you are on a tight budget. I just bought my first one the other day and it was a fabric one and it is so cute! So you can really show your personality by buying or making one with fabric that speaks to you!

Sizes: Passport, Pocket, Personal, Regular, Wide, Extra Wide
Price can range from $30 and up depending on materials and size. 

I am no expert but hopefully this little run down helps a bit.

Now for a bit of eye candy! Did you know that Mrs Bimbles has a sticker subscription now too! SAY WHAT!! Here is a pic of all the stickers I received from the subscription. I mean what a good variety of stickers right!

Sticker subscription

A5 Planner Box

 Thank you for stopping by and hope you found some of the information helpful!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Kawaii Box Review & Giveaway!!

Kawaii Box Review & Giveaway for you!!

I don't know about you but I love kawaii items. I love kawaii clipart, plushies and all the cute kawaii stationary so when I was given the opportunity to review the kawaii box subscription and I was excited. I want to thank Kawaii Box for allowing me this opportunity!

I will walk you through all the goodies that were in the box and give you my honest opinion of it and also give you a chance to win one for yourself. 

There are several subscription plans ranging for as low as $17.30 to $18.90 so it doesn't break the bank and that includes shipping!! There is a card included to tell you all the items that are included. Here is what was included in the box:
**Korean DIY Stitching Keychain
**Moomin Plushie
**Neko Sticker Sheet
**DIY Bead Bracelet set
**Lucky Baby Sheet Pen
**Funny Forest Greeting Card
**Kawaii Mini Pouch
**cute Bunny Paperclips
**Taiyaki Crepe Charm
**Korean DIY Magic Balloon Set
**Bourbon Petit Green Tea Flavored Cookies

So as you can see that is alot of items!

If you have children I am sure if there is something that is not necessarily for you it would be something they would love. This months box that I received was more for the kiddos than for adults but again the value of the items you get are far worth the cost of the box. 

I can't wait to see what fun my granddaughter has with the little kit to make animal balloons. 

There are two little kits, one to make some jewelry and the other to cross stitch a key chain so you can see this is going to be a fun box for my granddaughter! She will love the cute kitty stickers and the pen and paperclips can be used in her school agenda.
Here you can see the little jewelry kit, an adorable sheep pen, paperclips, a crazy little fish charm and some stickers!

 Also included was some Green Tea flavored cookies. The plushie is also super cute, she can add that to her backpack.  

So as you can see there are alot of fun things in the box. I enjoyed opening it and seeing what all was included and I personally would definitely subscribe. If you want to see some of the past boxes make sure to visit the site, if you aren't sure you want to commit to each month there is a one time option to get the box and see for yourself! Click here to visit Kawaii Box site
Now the great thing is they gave me a box to giveaway to one of you! You do not have to do all the things to enter. Do all of them or do a few. The more you do the more chances you have of winning. So go enter to win!!
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