I have some really exciting news to share on this lovely Valentine's Day...it's twofold, really, because 1.) I am now happy to be a part of the Papertrey Ink family as a member of their Moments Inked Promotional Team (!!!!), and 2.) PTI is jumping head first into the Planning market!
I happen to be mutually following quite a few "Planner Girls" on Instagram so as I'm scrolling through, I see so many different kinds of date books and organizers. Having seen so many on IG, I really wasn't expecting the Papertrey planner to look quite like it does...that is to say, it is THICK! Let's face it, though, it's difficult to do a page-per-day book without some girth so I quickly got over my initial shock once I began to thumb through it. It's thick, but at a 5x7 scale, it's petite, or well, stocky might be more accurate!! But trust me, there is A LOT packed into one notebook-style organizer.
A few things to note before I give you a tour of my favorite aspects:
- The planner itself is spiral-bound with color-coded monthly tabs for quick reference.
- It will retail for $45, which is mid-range, and seems like a great deal to me for all that can be done with it.
- The system has coordinating dies and stamp sets (sold separately) that allow you to fully customize this book to YOUR lifestyle. With the dies, you can add pages, make banners, page flags, and sticky notes. The stamp sets cover pretty much everything you could think of: appointments, reminders, memory keeping, and there's even a set just for bloggers (which I love!). And, of course, there's more to come with future releases.
- The linen pages are not your average planner pages. They are elegant (but not stuffy), yet thin and with a hint of texture. They are a dream to write on--it was difficult to make my first pen mark in this book for fear of interrupting it's perfectly pristine pages!
- If you love color like I do, you will not be disappointed here. Papertrey's colors are saturated and vibrant and somehow all coordinate perfectly with each other and it's no different here in this planner. Each month is a different set of lovely colors which makes it really easy (and fun) to customize the add-ins.
There is a choice of 3 different covers and it's my understanding that more will be offered in the future. I chose the 'Make It Happen' cover because I hope to bring about some positive changes and achieve a few milestones this year. It is also the most minimal cover (lots of white space), which will be my approach to planning this year.
This system is designed to combine all of your current journals and planners into one notebook so as to simplify your life (i.e. minimize). I have tried and bought half a dozen different organizers--for blogging, for my Etsy shop, for family life...I have a big, thick 8 1/2 x 11 weekly planner, I have a smaller weekly planner; I have a thin yearly planner, and I have a couple of planners that are month-by-month, meaning they have 31 pages in them and you buy a new one every month. I rarely have time to write in them all and because my desk space is usually limited to the current project I'm working on, it's difficult to pull each one out, check what needs to be done, and make more notes. It's time-consuming and so they sit, unused. That said, I also don't have the room to keep this organizer sitting open on my desk, but if I am able to pull out just one book and make all my notes in it, then that is much easier than pulling out 5 or 6. (I may hang onto one of the smaller ones for transport, though, because this one is pretty heavy and cumbersome to be carrying around in my purse!)
Here's a look at the month-at-a-glance spread, which I find so helpful when looking ahead. Holidays and observances are noted, and I've decided to lightly color in the number box of each day that has passed so I know exactly where I am in the month and how far away (or near!) my next deadline is. There's room for one or two short notes each day and a sidebar for the major happenings and projects.
And here is the week-at-a-glance. While there isn't a ton of space to write things down (but keep in mind there is an entire page for each day), it's the perfect spot to keep track of the week's appointments and due dates. Each day has a small notes section under it and because there is a blank column on the left page, I can add important reminders there.
My own approach to planning will be keeping it simple--minimal. I'm using the planner to stay organized and on task and if I allow myself to go all out and get crazy decorating it, I don't imagine I'll be very productive in other aspects of my life--which is kind of the point of the planner! But the great thing about this system is that I can still incorporate my beloved index cards into it. I used one of the 'Basic Pages' dies to cut spiral edges along the sides, added a few simple stamped headings, and just like that, I'm on track for the day, the week, and even the month. And because I'd rather not add too much extra bulk to this guy, I don't feel badly at all tossing out the old index cards when my to-do list is complete or long-passed.
These ribbon paperclips are so easy to make and not only keep loose papers contained in the planner, but they also make it easy to flip between today's date and either my month- or week-at-a-glance. I just clip all the in-between pages together for fast flipping. To make them, I cut short strips (about 6") of ribbon and looped them through one end of the paperclip. All set!
One other thing I struggle with sometimes is staying up on Etsy orders and shipping. I always know when an order needs to be shipped, but because I take care to package everything nicely, write a quick personalized note, and add a little extra something to each order, it's not a job I like to leave until the last moment (although, that often happens). So I created some mini white notecards to clip into my planner. Using the "prepare" stamp from 'Planner Banners', I can quickly jot down all outgoing mail that needs tending to so that when I'm ready to go to the Post Office, so are my packages.
I have a goal to start thinking more positively this year and a friend of mine was recently talking about how writing down one thing she was grateful for each day helped her change her negative mindset. My initial feeling about Moments Inked is that it's really upbeat. The colors are happy and there is positivity reinforced on nearly every page, from helpful quotes at the beginning of each month, to a full page dedicated to written goals and creating a productive year ahead, to the daily helpful reminders to be grateful.
Each day is designed with the intention of helping you be the best you can be. While there isn't much room to lay down a schedule of the day's events, if you actively use these key notes, I think you will find yourself feeling better and better as the year progresses. With reminders to be active, drink enough water, be thankful, eat well, be prepared for the next day, and even take some indulgent time for yourself each day, it's a system--when used consistently--that helps you maintain and track your progress. To be completely honest, I am at a point in my life and my career when I need something like this. At the end of the day, this is just a book. But it's what I do with this book--and this opportunity--that will decide if I'm going to feel better about myself in December or if I'm going to disappointed because I still am not taking care of myself the way that I should be. Stay tuned...
There are a lot of exciting things happening on Nichole Headey's blog today, so be sure to pop over there for the grand introduction of the Moments Inked Planner System and to meet the rest of talented Moments Inked Team! Have a Happy Valentine's Day, friends!!
*All Supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted
Moments Inked Memory Planner
Inks: Limeade Ice, Raspberry Fizz, True Black, Aqua Mist Cubes
Stamps: Planner Banners, Posted, Remembered
Dies: Moments Inked Basic Pages
Ribbon: Aqua Mist Twill Tape, Raspberry Fizz Satin Dot
Index Cards, Paper Clips (office supply store)