Long time, no post :) Happy to be here again!
As work gets busier and busier, I find less time to blog but I thought it would be fun to still post from time to time. Today is all about my Spring/Summer setup in my personal size ring planner setup and how I use it.
A personal size ring bound planner is always part of my planner system, no matter how many times I change my mind about how I plan. It's a binder that stays home, and contains all my important information, regarding work and personal life. The guts of the planner usually stay the same and I change the cover every season. I'm currently using this beautiful The Planner Society planner, with a black floral print and light pink interior.
As always, *I had to* decorate the pockets and add a variety of embelishments - this is the fun part about setting up a planner, and what keeps me motivated to open it up and actually plan and organize my life. I used papers and little elements from several The Planner Society boxes, as well as ephemera, stickers and papers from Maggie Holmes (probably one of my favorite scrapbook designers), Prima and Carpe Diem.
I decided to try something different and created dividers using my silhouette machine, with the tabs cut out - I really like how they turned out. I have 6 main dividers: To Do; Social; Personal; Work; Expenses; and Notes. Some of these have sub-categories as well.
The first section is To-Do. I have a running to-do list for each month of the year, usually divided in work and personal related tasks or events. I keep it really simple by using tiny sticker checkmarks and write in no particular order. I also have a monthly view layout, so I can see where certain events fall - I stick tiny labels for color coding, allowing a visual map of each month.
Next is Social, which holds all blog, youtube and instagram ideas or posts in detail. Again, I keep it very simple, with each category on a lined note page.
The third section is Personal. This is a long term planning section, meant to keep record of personal things like wishlists (to go, to buy, to read, etc), as well as health, home to-dos, gift ideas and lists, birthdays and addresses. I keep each section on separate pages, so it's easier to organize.
Next is the section Work, which is one I use almost daily for my business. It is subdivided in To-do list, Payment log, Shop promos, Collabs, Swaps, Customer service and Supplies. I keep shop expenses in a digital file and separate binder, for tax purposes. I made the sub-dividers with vellum paper and cut out the top header section using my silhouette machine.
Another divider that I use almost daily is Expenses. Like all the other inserts, I have designed this to keep track of mostly my online orders but also bills and house expenses. It's very simple but gets the job done! I have also made it available for your personal use :) Click below to download! (please use the acrobat reader to open and print the inserts)
The last section is notes and it works as a brain dump of notes and ideas, it has no real structure and often times I transfer these notes into my other categories.
The back of my planner has a few credit card holders that keep my sticker samplers from different shops, as well as my CC sized mini labels that I use in my monthly view and the little check marks for my lists. And of course, I had to decorate the back pockets with some cute sticky notes, washi holders and little things.
And that is all friends :) I absolutely love how decorative yet functional my planner is and how joyful it is to use it everyday. I meant to post earlier in the Spring but it's better late than never, right? I hope you can still enjoy reading and maybe get some ideas for your own personal planner. I might change the binder for Summer and of course, I'll share with you! Feel free to leave any questions you might have in the comments, and I'll be sure to answer.
Thanks so much for reading!
I can't believe it's 2017 already! Happy new year :)
2016 flew by so fast but it was a great year for Hello Petite Paper - thank you so much for all your incredible support this past year. You are awesome!
I've been so busy with the shop that I find little time to blog but I made it a goal to blog more this year, so I thought I'd start with a 2017 planner lineup and a short video flip through the second half of 2016 in my Erin Condren life planner.
Ok, so lets start with the planner lineup - I have selected 4 planners for this year and each will be used for a different purpose. Four planners sound a little excessive but I need to compartmentalize different areas in my life.
Erin Condren life planner (vertical neutral layout) - this is a no-brainer! I have been using the life planner since 2015 and I plan on keep using it in 2017. If you are interested, I have a review here. This is my catch all planner and serves a weekly planning purpose. I write all major tasks and events in the week, from work to-do's, to house shores. I also use the monthly view for important dates, bills and new collection releases. I love to decorate it every Sunday and it's fun to look back in the year and remember what happened on a certain day. I'm saving my EC planners as keepsakes - can you imagine looking back in 20 years? :)
I also enjoy filming "Plan with me" type of videos and share them on my Youtube channel - below you can watch a quick planner flip through from July to December.
Kate Spade personal planner - Besides weekly planning, I need a space for long term to-do's, record keeping, home and business management along with other aspects of my life that can't be organized in the EC planner style. I usually have a personal size planner to keep record of my finances, health, goals, meal planning, wishlists and traveling info. I also keep important information regarding my business, such as customer care, promos, collabs, swaps and ideas. This is probably my most important planner, although I don't share it too much due to its content. I'll end up changing the planner itself according to season and just swap the inserts, just because it's fun!
Webster's Pages travelers notebook - I love this book! It serves a creative purpose more than a planning one, although I do plan my sticker collections in here. I use it mainly as a creative brain-dump and a brainstorm tool. It's always in reach - as soon as I have an idea I doodle or write it down. I also like to keep a small to-do per collection, so I can focus on what I have to design. I currently have 6 notebook inserts, most of them full of doodles but also two dedicated to lettering - something I really want to get back to on a daily basis!
The Happy Planner - This is the last planner in my lineup. I've been using this planner for a while and exclusively for memory keeping. It's undated and similar to the EC but with more white space available and a simple layout. I love to doodle everyday about what actually happened or how I felt, which is something that doesn't happen in any other planner I own. It's my time to relax and reflect about that day, while being creative. I wrote a blog post all about it here.
I absolutely love planning and keeping pretty planners is one of my favorite hobbies. Sometimes I struggle to balance pretty with functional but I think I have found "planner peace" for now . I tend to see everything around me as groups or categories, so I find that keeping separate planners for different ends, has helped me keeping my life organized. As I said, for now, this is my planner peace but I'm sure it will eventually change, I'm always looking for the next great thing - right now I'm looking into travelers notebooks for daily planning in bullet journal style. If I end up with a setup I like, I'll be sure to share it with you ;)
Thank you so much for reading - feel free to ask any questions!
Long time, no post, but today I'm back with something exciting - the new Erin Condren Life Planner for 2017 just arrived! Yay! I know you probably have seen a billion posts and videos about the new planners, but this is my review and personal opinion - hope it helps you in any way! You can see my review for the previous version here.
EC released some new planners this year, with two new color schemes, one colorful and a neutral. I really appreciate that they designed a neutral planner, as I use a lot of stickers to plan and having a neutral base would match anything, so on launch day I ordered that one, in the vertical layout. I've tried the horizontal before but vertical is my favorite!
I selected the rose gold coil that I've been eyeing since last year and I was a little nervous to see how it would look like, after reading and watching some horror stories about the coating flaking off. The coil arrived in good condition overall but where it was bent to close the last ring, it has some chipping. As a jewelry maker, I know that if you bend a coated metal the top layer will most likely flake, so I was ok with that. Hopefully it doesn't flake anywhere else! To go with it, I got this beautiful floral cover, customized with my name. I really love how the colors complement each other so well.
So let's talk about the interior!
Above you can see the vertical weekly layout, which is exactly the same for all the months. The only thing that changes each month, are the colorful flags, matching the new colorful scheme. I really like that little color pop, it can serve as a color guide when decorating. I'm not a huge fan of the black top headers, I think they could have started with a dark grey instead. A black header will most likely show under a lighter sticker - maybe some white out will come in handy to hide it, I know it will bother me! The thankful thought box also changed, for the better, in my opinion - it's much lighter and pleasant to look at.
They kept the lined note page at the end of each month and the quote in the begining, with a new watercolor design that matches the monthly colors in the colorful version, which I really like (just the design, not the actual printing quality, but let's talk about it in a second)! The monthly tabs remain laminated but they're all black and simple.
Now, here's the section that REALLY disappointed me - the monthly section. The layout is pretty and clean, I love the fonts and simplicity but the printing quality is just terrible. All the lines are pixelated and blurry and that is just not acceptable for a company the size of EC! What were they thinking to allow it to go into production like this? For a planner at this price point, it's just simply disappointing.
Here you can see a closeup on some of the year overview and goals, where it's all so pixelated, just like the monthly overview. They actually have a disclaimer saying they're not "responsible for errors or changes". I really hope they can fix this issue and come up with better printing quality for these pages in the future, or EC and I will have to breakup! :(
Some other design changes include the double sided pocket divider, which have a cute new look, with a scalloped pocket and the new mid-century circle pattern. Another new feature is the dry erase boards on the back of each cover, where you can write with the special markers available on the EC website. I didn't get any of those (or any other new product they released), I just don't see me using them. They have also updated the built in sticker sheets, with new color schemes and flag shapes, which I like and have previously used a lot in the monthly view.
Finally, the "keep it together pouch" is no longer attached to the back of the planner, which is awesome, as it doesn't bulk up the book. As usual, it comes with some freebies and extras, like this adorable mini sampler sticker book, with gold foiling. It also comes with a long coil clip that you can stick to the pouch (or anything else) and add it to the planner, along with some compliment cards and two 20% off coupons. I really like this pouch and the new zipper closure, way easier to work with than the older version - I might use this pouch to keep stickers!
Overall, I'm pleased with how the planner looks and I'll use it as my main daily planning tool but I'm just disappointed. I think it's unacceptable to pay such a high price point for a product that lacks quality, even if it's just a few pages.
If you're an EC fan like me I'd still recommend getting it but if you're just starting out planning or you don't have a big budget I'd say there are better options, like the Happy Planner!
If you decide to get one, you can use my referal link to take $10 off of your first purchase and I'll get $10 credit too :)
I hope you enjoyed this first impression review and let me know your opinions or if you got one as well! As always, thanks for reading!
Vanessa ~ ♡
Long time, no post! I've been very busy lately with Hello Petite Paper but I'm back today to share my thoughts on the MAMBI Create 365, Best Days planner, and how I've been using it.
I have purchased this planner a few months ago, after seeing so many beautiful layouts on the Happy Planner. I went with the undated version just to try out the system and ended up using it for memory planning/keeping! The Best Days set comes with this beautiful laminated black and white cover, with cute heart hot pink discs, along with a sticker set, page flags and 3 magnetic bookmarks.
I really like the overall design style - although it looks a lot like the Erin Condren layout, it feels fresher and it's more customizable. It has 12 undated monthly paper dividers with laminated tabs (4 color schemes) that you can label with the stickers that come with the planner - these stickers can be used to add dates to the daily pages and they feature decorative and functional designs, including gold foil ones).
The planner features laminated pockets in the back to keep the stickers. The little sticky notes come in a punched cardboard that can be attached to the binding discs. On the start of each month, you get a page for little things/goals for the month to come, a monthly view and then some note pages in the back.
Since I'm using my ECLP for my functional daily planning, I decided to try out memory planning/keeping on this one. I've been doodling and writing things that happened or my plans for the week. I mainly use sakura microns and tombow brush pens, directly on the paper, with some washi and stickers here and there. I don't use any functional stickers - this is mainly a way to relax and to reflect on the day, even if nothing special happened! I think it's fun to look back and see what I did on a specific day. Sometimes our fast paced life turns into a blur and I honestly can't even remember what I did two days ago! And this is the perfect excuse to doodle everyday, which is something I just love to do! :)
So, let's talk pros and cons!
1. Paper - smooth and thick, way better than EC! Almost zero shadowing;
2. Removable pages - you can take them in and out or add more pages, makes it easy to work with;
3. Price - you can get these for fairly affordable prices, compared to everything else available, and they're easy to find (you can fin them online here or here if you're in Portugal/Spain);
4. Layout - clean and simple, easy to customize;
5. Cover - double sided, super sturdy and interchangeable;
5. Accessories - a wide and affordable range, with super cute designs!
1. Discs - although they're cute and versatile, they sometimes tend to catch on the pages;
2. Structure - not sure if it's just this version, but it feels a little wobbly because of the discs and I wish the monthly dividers were laminated like the tabs;
3. Hole puncher - if you need to add more pages and you want to customize the planner, you're required to have the specific hole puncher for this planner - I believe MAMBI now offers one in their line.
To sum it up, I really love this planner! It's perfect for what I'm using it for but I can see it working for just regular functional planning. If you're big on decorative stickers, you'll find a lot of choices on the MAMBI range and etsy carries a lot of cute handmade stickers, specifically for this size layout.
If you're looking to get one, go ahead, you won't regret it! If you love vertical layouts but can't commit to the high price point on the Erin Condren life planner, this is a great alternative.
So, that's all! Phew! :) I hope you find this review/overview helpful and let me know if you're using one and how you're using it! If you'd like to see more of my layouts on this planner, follow my instagram, I post one once a week.
Thanks for reading,
Today I want to share with you my favorite supplies for journaling and lettering, from pens to notebooks! I absolutely love to doodle and write on my journals, both personal entries and Listers Gotta List prompts, and I have tried many supplies over the years. I have received several requests to share my current favorites, so here they are in detail :)
Lets start with the most frequent question - what pens do I use?
My all time favorite colored pens, to use on any paper, are the Uni-Ball Signo gel pens, in the Angelic color line. These are pastel pens, with a white ink base, so they really pop on darker paper. They are very opaque and very smooth, easy to work with and fairly affordable. I usually get them locally in Portugal but I also like to purchase them from JetPens or Amazon.
My favorite white gel pens are also from Uni-ball signo. I really like both the regular size (which I believe is 0.7) and the broad version, with a 1mm nib, perfect to cover larger areas. Again, these are very opaque and smooth, perfect for colored paper. You can also use them to correct little mistakes!
Still within the gel pen category, the Sakura Candy gel pens are my favorites, along with the Uni-ball Signos. They are very comparable and come in similar colors, although some are even brighter and more saturated. They're about the same price but I can only find them online, along with the Uni-ball ones.
Another one of my favorites are brush pens. I have recently got more into them and tried several. The Tombow dual brush pens are perfect! I have the set pictured above (Retro) and the Pastel set, although they come in several different colors.
They have a fine tip marker on one end and a felt tip brush on the other. They are rich and saturated in color and easy to work with, with the pointy brush allowing both thin and bold strokes. They're also blendable but I haven't tried too much of that yet. I get them from JetPens, Ebay and Amazon, just like most of my pens.
The Akashiya SAI watercolor brush pens and the Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen Soft, are also my favorites!
Unlike the felt tip Tombow dual brush pens, the SAI pens have actual brush bristles and the ink resembles watercolors. They have rich beautiful colors that are slightly transparent, so they allow layering. They can also be mixed with water to create different effects - they're very unique and easy to work with!
The Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen has a shorter, smaller brush tip, similar to felt. It has a rich dark pigment and I really like to use it for smaller lettering and details.
For non-brush pens, I enjoy having the Stabilo point 88 pens. They come in a wide color variety and I like to use them for doodles and detailed creative lettering, as they allow precise thin lines, with awesome color saturation. These might bleed through thinner paper, so keep that in mind! They're very similar to the Staedtler triplus fine liners.
The Sakura Micron pens and the Pilot Hi-Tec-C are my favorite fine point pens, and the ones I use the most on my lettering pages. They're amazing to create details and to doodle. They come in a variety of point nibs, with 005 and 003 being my favorites! The Pilot Hi-Tec-C is a 0.3 point and it's the thinner point nib I have!
Finally, for coloring and lettering supplies, I love my Pentel water brush. It has plastic brush bristels but it work just as well as a regular brush. It might be tricky to control the water flow at first, but it becomes a very convenient tool to have. I like to use with with my trusty Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolors - they're very afforadable and reliable.
Now lets talk notebooks! I currently have 3 "travelers notebooks", although none are actually from Midori. I got these 3 from Aliexpress but I have 2 new ones on the way, from different etsy sellers, that I'll review soon, if you're interested. All of these Aliexpress covers came with notebook inserts, and that allowed me to try notebook styles I'd probably never knew existed.
These are the notebook inserts that I use and like the most - they come in different sizes and styles. I have the black paper (similar to cardstock), plain kraft, grid craft, white blank (slightly yellow-ish) and white grid. I'm not sure exactly about the paper weight but they're great quality and thicker than regular copy paper. The shadowing is minimal on the lighter ones and they can take watercolor pretty well. The black paper is thicker, and it's my favorite for gel pens - the colors really pop but sometimes they transfer to the opposite page , when the notebook is closed, so keep that in mind. To me, the only downside is the staple binding on some of them, as I find stitched binding sturdier. I usually get refills in different sizes from this seller on Aliexpress, for very affordable prices and free shipping (they might take a2-3 weeks to arrive, but they're so worth it!)
My other all time favorite notebooks, are these Slim Kraft notebooks, from YozoCraft. These have beautiful covers, stitch binding and the plain kraft paper is awesome for any pen, except fountain pens, which I find get a little scratchy sometimes. They're just $1.75 and measure about the same as a personal size planner.
And that is all! I tried to give as much information as I can but you can also look up other reviews on youtube - it might be a dangerous enabler tho, so be carefull :)
I've filmed a quick flip through of my Listers Gotta List notebook pages, hope you like that! :) If you'd like to see my lettering pages, please go to my Pinterest album, where I have them all together.
I love trying new pens and different lettering styles, so I'm sure I'll have to update this post sometime in the future. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll try my best to answer!
Thanks so much for reading,
Hope you had an amazing Christmas, filled with joy! My Christmas was spent around family, enjoying our time together and making memories - I feel truly blessed and thankfull for that :)
Santa was very nice to me this year - among other presents, I got these 3 beautiful planners! A5 Kikki-K ice blue, a personal dokibook in mint with gold polka dots and the cutest dokibook pocket planner, that will be used as a wallet and daily to-do or grocery list. I'll have a review on each one as soon as I have them set up - can't wait!
Below are the 2 previous weekly spreads on my Erin Condren planner, that I hope to keep using in 2016.
During the Holidays, I took some time to finally finish a new sticker collection, that I've been working on for a while. As you know, I create every single element in all of my stickers, so it's quite a long process! But it's worth it, when I get the amazing feedback from you guys :) The new Bloom collection is now available at Hello Petite Paper (use code letsbefriends from 10% off!). I'm currently working on new planner covers and dashboards, stay tunned!
Right before Christmas, my partner and I celebrated our 10th anniversary. We spent a few days together in the romantic Sintra village, just a short distance away from our hometown, Lisbon. If you ever visit Portugal, Sintra is a must visit place, with so much to see - everywhere you look there're beautiful castles and monuments, mysterious houses hidden in the woods and gorgeous natural scennery.
We stayed at the Challet Saudade, a renovated 19th century house, right in the village. It was such a nice surprise to find this place - from the beautiful vintage decor, to the amazing view and nice staff!
While in Sinta, we also re-visited an unique palace, the Quinta da Regaleira. It has a mystical vibe, with intricate series of undergound caves, lakes, wells and sculptures, all surrounded by beautiful gardens and luxurious woods. If you ever visit Sintra, don't miss this place! :)
This will be my last post for 2015 - what a great year it was! I just wished it lasted longer. I can't wait for what 2016 will bring, we can only make it a great one!
I wish you all the best in the new year and thanks so much for all your incredible support!
Can you believe December is here and 2016 will start in just some days? Time flies for sure but I'm so ready for Christmas and the festivities :)
Last week was so exciting - I was invited to create the monthly freebie for the Listers Gotta List challenge and that was so much fun! Then later on the week, I got an overwhelming response to my black friday sale - thank you so much for your support, on both Hello petite Paper and Petite&Co!
I'm currently working on getting all orders out, while dealing with a cold - it's not Fall for me without getting sick haha :)
The last week of November looks very Wintery on my planner, with the Winter Wonderland collection on - I could not help but to use all the snowflakes :) I filmed a short plan with me video, hope you like it!
And because Christmas is a season of sharing, I decided to create a little freebie for all my planner girls! Yay!! :D
It's a Christmas countdown that you can print on sticker paper or regular paper, and put on your planner everyday, until Christmas. It's sized for the Erin Condren planner but will fit any other ones. You need to print it to 100% without margins for best results. I'm already using it :)
I really hope you enjoy it - if you use it, please tag me on instagram (@petiteandco), I'd love to see it! Please also remember this was created for personal use only.
CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE FILES (A4 &LETTER):
Hope you all enjoy the last month of 2015!
Thanks for reading,
Long time, no post - I've been very busy, working hard to come up with new designs for both my shops and getting orders out as fast as I can, so they can reach you before Christmas!
Today I want to share with you my latest planner spread, that features my newest sticker collection Cool Wood. I love these watercolor flowers so much, that I decided to use them again, for a cooler tone collection - hope you like them :)
Besides my own stickers, I also used some from Stick With Me Shop (one of my favorites) and a few from the The Planner Society October kit - I'm excited to receive the November box!
I also used this amazing floral washi, from a shop I recently discovered, CC Share Tape - she offers full rolls or samples, and they're all so pretty and different! I've already ordered several samples! The cute hedgehogs are from another favorite shop, Lora Bailora :)
These are the newly listed stickers at Hello Petite Paper. I finally have some weather stickers available and put them for use for the first time ever! They were designed by my BF, from Le Paper House - aren't they cute?
We are quickly approaching the most festive time of the year and I'm so excited! :) In Portugal we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but we share the thankful spirit! If you follow me on Instagram, you know about my Giveaway - as a small, but heartfelt thank you, I'm giving away a little set of Christmas goodies, that include washi, stickers, a necklace and random little stationery pieces. The Giveaway will end on November 26th and it's open internationally.
I've been slightly lacking with my Listers Gotta List challenge but I'm still enjoying listing!
Recently, I got new pens and I'm loving them! They're the Tombow dual brush pens, in the Retro set. I mostly use the brush side, and although I'm not that great with brush lettering, I enjoy it so much. These are vibrant colors that can be mixed together or faded out with the special clear brush pen.
I also got new gel pens, from the Sakura Candy line. I really like this line and they're so similar to my beloved Uni-ball Signo Angelic line.
As a writing pen, I got a new Frixion erasable pen in brown and again, another great one. I also really like the highlighters from this brand, and I've been using them regularly on my planner :)
I posted a new video on my Youtube channel, showing how I created on of the lists, about my favorite pens :) I might do a in depth blog post in the future, about my favorite Listers Gotta List supplies if you are interested :)
This past week, I added several new goodies to Petite&Co - super dainty earrings and necklaces!
I'll have a Black Friday sale on both of my shops, from November 27th to the 30th. The coupon codes below will be active on the 27th and I'll announce it on instagram.
I hope you can take advantage of the sale :) I know I'm looking forward to these days, as I have a little wishlist going, especially for beauty items from Feelunique, stationery from Aliexpress, Etsy and Mi Tienda de Arte! What are you most looking forward to? :)
I hope you enjoyed reading the (long) post and I hope you have an amazing week!
Thanks for reading,
It's time for another week recap, and what an exciting one!
On Halloween, I flew to Barcelona, to attend Somos Scrap, an international scrapbooking event - it was so much fun! Before we get into that, I have 2 weekly spreads that I haven't shared yet so here they are:
This week I used some of my new Winter Wonderland stickers, along with Maggie Holmes scrabook paper - really loved how the colors turned out :) Besides my own, I also used some stickers from The Reset Girl, HappyCloudInc, StickWithMeShop and PrettyStickinCute (all on etsy, except TRG).
On Halloween week, I used mainly a printable kit from Le Paper House, along with some of my stickers (as usual). It was a kawaii spooky theme :)
Last week I released my December themed kit (on the right) and this week I released the Winter Wonderland collection - I had so much fun designing these, it put me on a Holiday mood for sure! My favorite is the little polar bear and the coffee mugs :) I'm also really enjoying the new checklist style, with a scalloped edge!
As I mentioned earlier, I spent Halloween at Somos Scrap in Barcelona, Spain, and I got to meet creative girls like Lora Bailora (love her washi) and Amy Tangerine (love her paper designs). It was really fun to watch them creating live and to chit chat a little. Thanks to Amy Tangerine, I finally got a Pentel water brush and I'm loving it! I also was super happy to win a calligraphy stamp set from Lora Bailora, from a little raffle she was offering :)
Barcelona has several little stores that offer scrapbooking and planner goodies, so I had to get these - a cute penguin washi, several mini ink pads (loving the versafine) and an icon stamp set, perfect for planning. Thankfully Spanish is very similar to Portuguese, so I can use the word stamps too :) The wonderful mechanical pencil set and tissue paper are from Tiger.
I took my traveler's notebook with me during this short trip and I immediatly used some of the goodies purchased at Somos Scrap, like the Dear Lizzy serendipity stamp set and ephemera, by We R Memory Keepers. The water brush come in handy too :) I later added some bits and bobs from our trip.
We wandered on foot around Barcelona, enjoying the nice weather, little streets and major attractions. It's a vibrant, beautiful city, with so much to see. Click the "Read More" below, to see more photos from our trip.
Are you still there? :) Sorry for the long post, I had so much to share. Hope you enjoyed reading and I hope you have a great week!
Thanks for reading,
It's time for a new planner review! I just got a new planner from Forever New and I thought I'd share my opinion on it.
It's the Matilda Medium size 2016 Diary, with a beautiful floral print in pink and lilac. It's gorgeous! I've seen some pictures online and loved the looks of it, so I had to find it!
It's a faux leather planner, in a personal size. It feels sturdy, yet it's not bulky and the exterior has canvas texture. The silver tone rings are strong and on the smaller size, measuring just around one inch in diameter.
Inside, it's a beautiful nude color, with a very slight golden sheen, almost invisible but creates a really nice effect. It comes with six credit card slots and one larger secretarial pocket behind, while the back is plain. I really like the magnetic closure but would prefer if they left the little golden brand tag out of the front - not a major thing, but I'd prefer a plain front. There's also one pen holder that works perfectly!
The inserts are divided in calendar, contacts, birthdays and "things to do", each divider with a laminated tab, and several alphabetic dividers for the contacts section.
The calendar inserts are for the 12 months in 2016, starting on Christmas 2015, and they come in a horizontal layout. Throughout the planner you'll find random cute little quotes - I don't know if I'll use the calendar inserts or not, as I'll mainly use this planner with my own inserts, for meal planning/tracking. However, I know I'll use the "to-do" inserts, as they are lined, with a little check boxes.
The paper is on the thinner side and the dividers are made of cardstock. These are all black&white, with the little dots and cursive lettering being their main design feature. It's a simple, yet cute design, that'd be easy to decorate, if you're into that :)
Forever New is an Australian based clothing and accessories shop that ships to selected countries. They have several other planners, in different sizes and design, and some are on my wishlist already!
Shipping was incredibly fast to Portugal (shipped the next day and for a very reasonable fee), and although it went through customs, I didn't pay extra taxes. It came in a simple mailer, with a plastic sleeve and cardstock ring guards. The packaging could be better but it arrived in perfect condition, no flaws at all!
Overall, it's a great planner! The gorgeous print is the main reason why I got it but I'm pleased with the quality and design, considering the affordable price ($35AUD or $25USD). I'd say it's very similar, quality wise, to my macaron planner. It'd be perfect for anyone and I recommend it :)
I hope this review was helpful - if you have any questions please leave it in the comments. i'd love to know if you have this planner or if you are considering getting it! I can't wait to set up this pretty!
Thanks for reading!
~ ♡ Vanessa
Hello and welcome! I'm Vanessa, the creator behind Petite&Co and Hello Petite Paper. I like to blog about planners, lettering, stationery, jewelry, food, traveling and more!
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