Some of you may remember my post My Ideal Planner where I speculated on what might be my ideal planner for 2011. I received a lot of great planner suggestions from people in the comments. One of those very nice comments was from Zed who said, "Laurie, I swear by Paperblanks' Dayplanners (I'm a sucker for anything beautiful). Have you considered any of their books?"
Here was my reply:
"Zed, I agree the Paperblanks planners are beautiful. But, (and I am going to sound like a major snob here), I don't like that the covers are fake. I don't want a book that looks like it's leather-bound but is actually a paper cover. I'd rather get a real leather-bound book. Or covered in Sari silk, or Moroccan or whatever. That sounds horrible but I'd rather have the real thing or not at all. And, they don't have a vertical weekly + notes format."
Chris, who works for the publishers who make Paperblanks planners and notebooks, noticed this comment and very graciously emailed me. First, he pointed out that Paperblanks actually does sell a vertical weekly planner with notes space on the weekly pages, in Europe, which I had not been aware of. This version is not available in the US because the horizontal format is much more popular there.
Second, he very kindly offered to send me some Paperblanks planners to review here on Plannerisms. And of course I happily took him up on his offer! Thank you very much Chris! He sent me a weekly planner with a beautiful purple cover, and a daily planner with the leather-look cover that I was so quick to diss in my comment.
here). I have to admit this cover looks really darn cool:
Both of these planners are the Midi size, approximately 4 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches, which means they are very portable. In fact, in my opinion this is the perfect size for a day-per-page planner. It has plenty of space to write each day, but the book still fits into just about any bag.
The daily planner has a day-per-page format on the weekdays, with Saturday and Sunday sharing a page:
Both books have loads (LOADS) of features including notes pages and current year planning calendars:
Both planners have TWO ribbon placemarkers, so you can keep your place in your daily and monthly sections.
Click here for the Paperblanks website to see their products and find a retailer near you. See their planner selection here and browse the interior pages of their planner formats (daily, weekly etc.) here.
Many thanks again to Chris for sending me these planners to review! I have to admit the covers are beautiful, the books are well-made and have loads of great features. Now I finally understand why these planners are so popular!