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!
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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