Friday, August 12, 2016

Brush Dance 2017 Live With Intention datebook and Hairbrained Schemes weekly planner

It's that time of year again: The Brush Dance datebooks and weekly planners are now shipping!

Many thanks to Brush Dance for providing these planners as samples to review.

First up: the Live With Intention date book by artist Renee Locks.

I've had several of the Brush Dance datebook titles over the years but this is my first year with Live With Intention. I love the colorful art and inspirational quotes.

The Brush Dance datebooks measure 6.5 by 8.5 inches and have spectacular, thick paper so you can use your fountain pens happily.

Inside the front cover there is a handy pocket to keep papers, receipts, tickets, invitations, etc. Every month has a tab with a new image and quote.

There are monthly grid calendars embedded in the weekly pages.

There is a week per page with the days as blocks. Holidays are printed in the day spaces.

At the end of each month there are several pages for Notes where you can track your goals, finances, plan events, journal, etc.

At the back of the book there is a tabbed section with more pages for notes.

You can see all the Brush Dance datebook titles here. They are all beautiful and filled with inspiration!

A couple of years ago, Brush Dance came out with their (now very popular) weekly planners. The weekly planners are smaller than the datebooks at 5 by 7 inches, and are very slim and lightweight so you can take your planner with you everywhere. There are loads of titles available. This one is the Hairbrained Schemes weekly planner.

As with all Brush Dance products, the paper is excellent and a joy to write on. Inside the front cover is a place to write your contact details just in case.

Next are reference calendars for the current year, and a list of holidays.

Next are monthly planning pages for the current year.

The weekly pages have an efficient design to give you maximum writing space each day. Holidays are printed in the day spaces.

Next there are monthly planning pages for the following year.

There are several pages for Contacts.

And there are several pages for Notes.

At the back of the book is a reference calendar for the following year, and some reminders to live life in the moment and live mindfully.

It's a very comprehensive little planner! It's such a handy size, and very portable

Brush Dance also has a huge selection of beautiful and inspirational wall calendars in Large and Mini sizes.

You can see all the beautiful Brush Dance products at Be sure to follow them on Facebook too!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

August to August Calendar Organizer by Mixed Role Productions

Here is a great planner that somehow I have not reviewed before! The August to August Calendar Organizer is now in its 30th year of production and is going strong!

The August to August Calendar Organizer is a weekly + monthly planner that allows you to plan through the entire school year and summer, into the beginning of the following school year. It is designed for students, teachers, parents, and anyone who runs on the school year.

The planners are made in the USA with 100% post-consumer recycled paper. The planner measures 5 3/4 by 8 1/2 inches and is lightweight to go easily with you everywhere in your bag, so you can plan on the go.

It's hard to find photos online of all the great features of this planner, so I will walk you through the book and show you them all!

Photos are my own, published with permission from Mixed Role Productions.

I'm not normally an orange person but this Pumpkin color spoke to me! Part of the fun every year is finding out the new cover colors, which vary each year. In addition to Pumpkin, the other colors available this year are Ocean blue, Crimson red, Jade green, and Licorice black.

The cover is laminated for durability and so you can wipe it clean. The corners are rounded so it goes in your bag easily, and the metal coil binding is very sturdy.

The first page has a place to write your contact information just in case.

Next there is an 18 month overview with reference calendars, and spaces to plan or track whatever you need for the whole 18 months.

Next are July and August monthly calendars, oriented so you need to turn the book to write in the day spaces. This orientation gives you more writing space in the days.

For every month there are pages for notes and for keeping track of your finances.

The weekly pages have big day spaces with nothing extraneous to take up valuable page space. The days are timed to the hour to help you plan your schedule. There's plenty of space to write your schedule at the left of the day space and your to do list at the right. US holidays are printed in the day spaces.

The unique lettering throughout the planner is hand-lettered, as described in this interview. It's labor-intensive, but customers enjoy the unique look so much they are dedicated to continue it!

After August's weekly pages are the monthly pages for September: Special occasions and events, the monthly calendar for September:

...a Notes page and your Finances for September:

Then the weeks resume. Weeks are not broken! Yay! (I can't stand it when weeks are broken by the month pages. I need to see my entire week on the page spread!)

The pattern of monthly pages embedded in the weekly pages repeats all the way through the end of August. After that there are monthly calendars for Sept-Dec, so you can plan all the way through the end of the year.

After that there are reference calendars for the following 18 months, and a page for notes:

There is a very handy graph page with 35 squares down and 21 squares across. Then there are several pages for contacts.

And there are several notes pages.

At the back of the book is a double-sided pocket, and a clear plastic page marker.

Below you can see how to use the page marker. You can use it at the top or bottom of the pages. For some reason I turn my pages from the bottom.

The August to August Calendar Organizer is available from Mixed Role Production's website. They have excellent customer service and I highly recommend them!

They also make a January-start version of this planner with all the same features. It is due out in early September and will be available on their ordering page. Warning: they sell out quickly!

Mixed Role Productions ships all over the world! You can contact them to ask about international shipping rates. 

You can find Mixed Role Productions at and be sure to follow them on Facebook too!

 I purchased this planner with my own money. I am not affiliated with Mixed Role Productions and I did not receive any compensation for this review. I am just a satisfied customer!

Monday, July 18, 2016

WeekDate 2016-2017 Academic year planner

Anyone who has been reading my blog over the years knows I have a special love for WeekDate planners. You can see all my posts on WeekDate planners here, scroll down to read them all.

A few years ago, WeekDate came out with an academic year version of their genius Only Write It Once system. The WeekDate planners have an amazing way to write all your weekly recurring events only once, and see them all the time alongside your daily specifics. More on that in a sec. Let me walk you through the book.

The WeekDate Academic year planners measure 6 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches, and are super slim and light so it's easy to carry in your bag. The outside cover is chipboard, which is sturdy but lightweight and gives a firm writing surface even when you are writing on the go.

Inside the chipboard cover is a colorful cover. The inside surface of this cover is where the magic happens. More on that in a mo. This is the Got It design. There are 6 different cover designs to choose from, you can see them all here.

When you open the planner, there is a page for your Personal Info:

Next there is a page with a short explanation of how to use the WeekDate planner, and their Time Tracker with fill-in bubbles to give you an easy visual of where you are in the year, or a countdown to a major event.

Here is the weekly spread. The days are timed columns. At the right is a column for that week's tasks and reminders. At the far right is a flap that you can fold in to mark your current week, and on the lined side write reminders, goals, use as a dashboard for sticky notes, etc.

Below the weekly pages is the inside of the cover I was telling you about before. This area is always visible, even when you turn the weekly pages. This is where you write weekly recurring events: class schedules, activities, meetings, which day to put out the trash, etc. This allows you to see your weekly schedule all the time, so when you turn the pages to schedule something in the future you can see what you already have scheduled and what time you have free.

Every day you look down the column to see that day's specifics and recurring events, so you always know what's going on every day. Note: use pencil on the recurring events spaces! That way you can change it seasonally or whenever your recurring events change.

Embedded in the weeks are monthly calendars with notes pages to write events, goals, notes, etc.

At the back of the planner are annual overview calendars for 2016 and 2017.

Below is another view of the flap that marks your current week. The back side is lined, this side has a reference calendar for the academic year 2016-2017.

This planner allows you to write your recurring events only once, and see them every week. This helps you plan your schedule faster and makes sure nothing slips through the cracks.

I don't have a photo, but you can also take the pages off the spiral and punch them to fit into your A5 size Filofax or Classic size Franklin Covey binder.

These planners are great for people with ADD, working parents, working students, or anyone who is juggling multiple roles. It keeps everything visible all the time so you can easily see what you have going on.

You can see the WeekDate Academic year planners here, and all the WeekDate products here.

Many thanks to WeekDate for sending me this planner as a sample to review!

Monday, May 23, 2016

TOAD (Today Or Any Day) Customized Planner/ Diary

I'm not posting very often here on Plannerisms these days, because I post four times a week over on Quo Vadis blog so most of my Planner Talk goes over there. But every now and then I discover a new planner that I feel compelled to write about. This is one such planner!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with TOAD in any way, and I paid for this diary myself. I do not receive any commissions and I do not represent the company in any way. I am merely a happy customer and wanted to share my experience.

TOAD (Today Or Any Day) is a diary (planner) website in the UK where you design and customize your diary.

You choose everything about it: which weekly or daily layout you want, with timed appointments (and whether you want them to 15, 30 or 60 minutes), or with no appointments. You can choose a week + notes layout, a standard week across two pages, or a week per page. They also have family style formats that allow you to keep track of multiple people each week.

You choose which month to start your diary, and how many months you want in your book: 6, 12, 13, 16, 18, 21, 24 or 36. I chose 21 months for far-future planning!

There are loads of options, go check out their website to see what you can choose. I'll walk you through the planner I created and tell you about some of the options.

I chose an A5 size planner with wire-o binding, you can also choose book-bound. The wire-o bound planners come with a frosted plastic cover for durability.

They have tons of cover designs to choose from. Under the plastic cover you can see the cover I chose: Cover Theme Molten, Cover Design Halcyon. The Molten designs are images of ink and oil floating on water. I think they are all gorgeous, but my favorite color is purple so of course I had to go for this one! You can also personalize two lines on the front and back covers.

I'll walk you through my book. The inside of the front cover has a bunch of time-related quotes to inspire you. There is an If Found Return To page with the story of how Toad Diaries started.

There are several pages for personal information and important contacts:

There is a page with holidays and notable dates so you can write the ones that are relevant to you into your day spaces.

There are year overview pages for the previous, current and future year:

There are monthly planning pages that allow you to see six months per page:

I chose the week across two pages format, but you can also choose week per page, week + notes, timed with appointments, daily, etc.

I chose the diary + journal, which has 80 pages in the back of the book for notes! This is a great option for Bullet Journalers who want to be able to plan and bullet journal in the same book and are sick of drawing their own weekly pages.

The notes pages are NUMBERED and there is a Contents page for indexing!

At the back of the book there are 16 more pages for notes, which I'm guessing must be what comes in the normal (non-journal) diary. There is also a pocket, a card holder pocket, and a ribbon placemarker.

There are some other surprises in the book which I won't tell you about!

I don't know what the weight of the paper is, but it's superb: white and smooth, and on the back side I can hardly tell it's written on, even with my roller ball pens.

I ordered my book on a Wednesday morning and it was delivered the following Monday, which is super-fast delivery, especially for a custom book! I think TOAD ships internationally but I don't know their rates, you can contact them for more info on international shipping.

TOAD also makes dated inserts for Filofax and compatible ring-binder brands in A5, Personal and Pocket sizes.  They also make A5 7-hole inserts for Collins ring binders but I don't know if these are compatible with Franklin Classic size. As with the bound books, you can choose the starting month and which layout/ format you want.

They also make notebooks, but not just regular notebooks. You can choose if you want lined pages, blank, dotted etc or mixed: lined and blank, dotted and lined, grid and blank, etc!

They are adding new features all the time, so check the TOAD diaries website often to see what's new!

You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.