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Monday, December 13, 2010

Moleskine planner combinations

I have so many 2011 Moleskine planners by now, I've been thinking of ways to use more than one at a time.

First, the players.  You may have seen my reviews of the following 2011 Moleskine planners, but in case you haven't, here they are again:

2011 Extra Small Daily and Weekly planners

2011 Large hard cover Daily and Vertical Weekly planners

2010-2011 Large Weekly Notebook

Here are some interesting combo possibilities:

Large Daily and Extra Small Weekly:

The large Daily planner could stay on my desk and record all my daily details, and my Extra Small Weekly could be my go-everywhere planner with the week summarized at a glance.  If I need to take them both with me, they both fit nicely in my Rickshaw Bagworks Daily Planner Moleskine folio.  Look how the Extra Small fits perfectly in the smartphone pocket!  (I've shown it sticking up for the photo but it actually fits all the way down in the pocket.)

Alternatively, I could use my Extra Small Daily planner as my satellite to jot down details on the go, while my Large planner (whether Daily, Vertical Weekly, or Weekly Notebook) stays home on my desk.  The Extra Small Daily is tiny and can go everywhere with me, but each daily page is still plenty big to write details.  Here you can see my Extra Small Daily with my Vertical Weekly.  I love this photo!

Another option is to use my Vertical Weekly with its big week view layout along with a Moleskine cahier notebook to keep my lists in.  This has the advantage of allowing my weekly schedule and lists to be visible simultaneously with the books open next to each other. This would be a great option for having loads of space to write each day and also to have loads of space for my weekly lists. I could date the cahier pages "Week Of..." to keep track of what tasks I did when.

Here you can see my Vertical Weekly with my large Cahier (with my Life Is Good sticker on the cover).

Because my Rickshaw Bagworks Classic Moleskine Folio is designed to hold the large Moleskine journal (which is thicker than the 12 month weekly planner), the folio can hold the weekly planner with the thin cahier notebook on top of it.  Zip and go!

I like all of these ideas!


  1. Hey Laurie,
    Did you consider using one of your Moleskines for your children? I’m thinking the hard cover Large Daily might make a cute memory book for a child. I don’t know how old they are, but believe they are school-age. You or they could journal a few sentences each day, it’s where party invitations could go, cards they receive, ticket stubs to movies, cute things they said that day, height/weight info, etc. Their little drawings or pictures could be pasted down too. Or maybe you already have a scrapbook for them. I didn’t for my DD, and I recently started her on a similar journal/planner/scrapbook. Finally a place for all the little “magical” bits of paper!!! And an awesome way for kids to begin to journal. She esp. loves decorating it with little stickers.

  2. Stefee that is a great idea! Until this year I had been using a large Moleskine day per page as my journal (which I did for 2 or 3 years in a row) and I would write my own stuff and also cute things the kids did and said, which I later compiled into their own separate journals that I started when each of them were born. I like the idea of sticking in those meaningful little scraps of paper! Great idea. :)

  3. This is a bit off topic, but I read your blog and enjoy your reviews and thought you might be able to help. I am looking for a planner which has a literary theme. I can find lots of reading logs, but thats not really what I want. It is as a present for a friend, and I would like a nice diary for her. Any ideas?

  4. Hi Nellie,

    Thanks for reading my blog, I'm glad you like it! Sorry but I don't know much about theme planners. I do remember seeing a literary theme planner in one of the bookstores, I think it was Waterstones? That was last year though so I don't know if they are making it this year. I seem to remember it was Waterstone's own brand, and was a desk size planner.

    Does anyone know any more about literary-theme planners? It sounds like it would be a really great gift!

  5. Nellie,

    I'm not sure if you'd have access to these or not but they are available online on Barnes & Noble website -> Barnes & Noble Desk Diary Calendar. I saw these in the store awhile back and when I read your comment, they sounded perfect for what you are looking for. I was interested in getting one just to read it! (I already have my planner set for 2011.) They have softcover versions (saw red and teal online) and hardcover (black).

    Here is the info copied from website (hopefully it is ok to do this):
    The 2011 edition in the popular Barnes & Noble Desk Diary series celebrates Classic First Lines chosen from a diverse selection of classic and modern novels, short fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. This handsome, richly illustrated planner provides a convenient weekly agenda format, monthly calendar grids, and a year of fascinating literary lore in a durable, handcrafted binding.

    Savor opening lines from dozens of famous works of literature, accompanied by brief descriptive texts about the works and their authors. Also included is a literary quiz, lists of prize-winning novels, a supplement of classic world maps, an essay from the Barnes & Noble Review, and other special features.

  6. Oh wow! That's perfect - thanks! I will see if I can order internationally, if not, I have a friend in US who often orders things for me then sends them over.
    I knew you would have a good suggestion :)

  7. While I have multiple notebooks for various uses, I think having more than one datebook/calendar is asking for problems. For me, having everything in one place is key. I've been using a pocket Moleskine for the past five years. It provides a good combination of portability and permanence.

    I really enjoy your blog!


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