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How I Love My Inkwell Press Planner
Oh man. Welcome, fellow planner addicts. Over the past few years I’ve shared some of the planners I’ve used. Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner, MomAgenda’s Home Office Edition, Target & The Day Designer Collaboration, and on YouTube the 365 Happy Planner. I really might have a problem…but let’s focus people!
So I bought my Happy Planner last year (i think) on Black Friday while I was up nursing Ryan at like 2am. I’ve been using it all year and really liked it. The one downside was the binding. But it’s ok, I’ve found a new purpose for it for my Scentsy business. I had seen so many ads on Facebook for the Inkwell Press planner and really wanted to find out more about this planner. When I found out they were having an imperfect sale (I think Chris told me??) I made sure to purchase one as soon as it went up on sale. The sale had it at 40% off and I seriously have yet to find the imperfect part (aside from the stamp that you’ll see later on.)
So this planner. The reason I really wanted it was that it had a Goals section each month that I felt could tie in REALLY WELL with my PowerSheets. I was already clipping in my monthly tending list of goals in the Happy Planner but this would be one more extra addition. I also have learned I prefer a weekly layout, tabs with the month name on both sides (who knew?) and paper that wasn’t slick. This is SUPER important because I’ve found my love again of writing with colored pens. Oh pretty pretty pens.
While on vacation I received an email from one of the PR firms I’ve worked with asking if I’d like to receive the brand new Papermate InkJoy pens. UM YES. I had already purchased their cousin – Flair – but appreciate the use of an actual pen vs a felt “marker.” The ones I received are the .7mm tip but they also come in .4. I haven’t seen them yet BUT I THINK I NEED THOSE TOO. I like a fine tip when I journal, and like a thicker tip for when I’m doodling. Like with this celebratory banner for a trip to Vegas.
So back to the planner. It has (after the tab for the month) the usual month at a glance spread. I’ve really worked on using stickers instead of just hoarding them. Seriously. I would spend $5 on a pack of stickers and freak out about actually using them. How Ridiculous.
I’m using this planner to tie in basically my entire life. I cannot have different planners for different things because that means I will forget a lot of stuff. I’ve also let go of color coding because I will forget what means what. (although I have started a pinterest board so maybe I’ll use some of those brilliant ideas!) Do you see my use of Stickers??? I’m so proud 🙂
So, a shot of the goal page. Here’s an upcoming one. I’m basically taking what I’ve written out in my PowerSheets and added some others to this section of the planner.
I love how the months have different colors. And I love how there’s always an InkJoy pen to go with it 🙂 This one also has the magnetic page marker from Emily Ley. The Inkwell Press Planner does have a divider but somehow I stuck this one magnetic one out in the future. Not sure why. Maybe because October is my favorite month since it’s our Anniversary and Aubrey’s birthday??
Towards the back there is a section marked Extras. One page includes this shopping gift list. Since the kids are constantly throwing out things they want, I figured I’d note them here for easy reference when family is asking around their birthdays or holidays. (Have your kids seen the Flip-a-zoo commercials?? Last year it was those Zipper pet sleeping comforter things).
Different inspirational quotes. How many of us are holding back due to fears? Please let me not be alone!
My Stickers!!!!! I bought these when I purchased the Happy Planner. I’m so happy (ha!) that these work with this planner too.
Here is my tending list I have clipped to the August tab. I just fold it up so it doesn’t hang out and risk being ripped out while I throw it in and out of my briefcase. Or, by the little hands of Ryan that is now a crawler and is attracted to all my bags and loves to pull out anything and everything.
So earlier I mentioned about the pages. The paper in the Inkwell Press planner is soft and absorbs the InkJoy pen ink well. But someone on Instagram asked me about smearing because she’s a lefty. One of the claims of the InkJoy pens are the lack of smearing. I did a test and above reflects the time from when I wrote test and the seconds before I ran my finger over the ink. I think this is a pretty good testament since I have other planners that would smear no matter if I left 5 seconds, 10, or even longer. But I know these things matter for lefties!
And at the very back of the Inkwell Press Planner is the pocket to store loose odds and ends. I store my checkbook and register (yes, I’m old school. Hush!) and here is where they stamped it Imperfect. Why? I don’t know. But I’m happy 🙂
So overall- I really enjoy the planner. Now, the big question…What will I get next summer???