If you're looking for an academic-year planner with a colorful cover and excellent design, check out bloom daily planners! They are pretty and affordable, with a huge selection of cover designs that are similar to the cover designs of some planners that cost almost 5 times as much (which I will not name but I think you know what I'm talking about)!
The bloom academic-year planners go from August 2013 through the end of July 2014. They have a week on two pages format with month on two pages grid calendars embedded in the weeks. They measure 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches and are slim (less than 1/2 inch thick) so you can easily carry it everywhere in your bag.
Student Media Group, the makers of bloom planners, sent me four cover designs to review. All the planners have the same features. I will walk you through the books so you can see all the features of these excellent planners!
The cover below is the Floral Stamp design, which (not surprisingly!) is my favorite! I love the colors!
Inside the front cover there is a year at a glance calendar for all of 2013. The Personal Info page has details on how to find bloom planners on their website (www.bloomplanners.com) and on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/bloomplanners).
Next is a list of holidays for 2013-2014, and an excellent page for writing your goals for the year!
Next there are three pages for writing your class schedules each term:
And then there are NINE PAGES for Notes! Hooray! You can write and track your goals, write frequently used contacts or back up the numbers in your phone, note your class requirements, or anything else.
At the beginning of each month there is a full size monthly calendar with holidays printed in the day spaces and an extra column for notes, monthly goals, things that must be done that month, financial totals, etc. At the top of each monthly page there are inspiring quotes from famous women to help motivate you.
The week on two pages spread gives you plenty of space to write each day. There are month indicators at the page edges to help you easily find the month you are looking for. I like the holiday symbols in the day spaces. Below you can see the snowflake on the First Day of Winter:
Below is the Teal Chevron cover design:
The pages inside the Teal Chevron planner are printed with a pink design. I like the lip print on Valentine's Day!
Here is the Avocado Trellis design:
The page colors inside match the cover:
Here is the Mustard Ikat cover:
The pages have a cheery yellow design. Inside the back cover of the planners there is a year at a glance calendar for all of 2014 for quick reference:
The coil binding allows the book to fold back on itself easily to save space on your desk:
I love the gorgeous cover designs! Look through their huge selection of cover choices, and good luck trying to decide on just one!
You can buy bloom planners at www.bloomplanners.com, and at Amazon.com.
**Edited to add: www.bloomplanners.com ships internationally!!
Many thanks to Student Media Group for sending me these samples of their new bloom weekly planners to review!