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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 www.BrushDance.com. 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 www.mixedroleproductions.com 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!