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,
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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