Monday, October 17, 2016

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

I loved my 2016 planner, but I had a few issues with it and knew I wanted to change those things for 2017. I knew I liked Plum Paper though, and the price is what I am comfortable spending. There is always a coupon code online, so make sure you google for it (none from me this year, couldn't be bothered) and save 10%, especially because you have to pay for shipping (rude).

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

I got a very similar design - stripes. What can I say, I like stripes. Right off the bat, the 2017 planner is a smidge bigger than the 2016 one, and feels a bit better quality but that could be in my head because it's all shiny and new. I like the font for my name on the 2017 better than the 2016 one.

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)
2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)
2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

You can see in the above photo, I use my planner as kind of like a binder for all the paperwork that I get and shove in my bag. This keeps it all semi organised until I periodically empty it and file things appropriately. I shove all the mail, invitations, handouts, whatever and that keeps it kind of controlled in my handbag and I know where everything is.

The front clear cover feels pretty much the same, maybe a bit better/different (kinda more like something laminated) but the inside cover (where your name/monogram goes) feels a lot thicker. Also, the inside is different.. just a pattern, but still.

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)
2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

The planner starts the same - with an overview of the whole year. I like the 2017 much better. Side note, KC and I were talking about this other day and we don't know if it's an American vs Australian or husband vs wife kind of thing - do you say two thousand and seventeen, or twenty seventeen?

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

Then, the 2016 planner jumped straight into the months. The 2017 planner has the 'special dates' page and then a new page called 'ideas, plans and goals'. The 2016 planner had the 'special dates' page at the back, and I literally never used it (partly because there was a flaw on the page and it annoyed me). I'm more likely to use these now that they are at the front.

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

The passwords and my contacts pages are the same in both planners (in the back), you can add more, but I don't use my planner for things like this.

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

My favourite thing about the 2016 planner was the 'my bills' page, I kid you not. I love using mint.com to track our spending and budgets and all that, but having all of my bills on one page made me ridiculously happy, I have no idea why. June was missing this page which made me extremely cranky, especially because I didn't discover it until June. So that was the first thing I checked in my new planner, they were all there (yay) and it looks exactly the same.

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

My least favourite thing about the planner was the way I had the weekly/daily layouts. I thought vertical would be great, but I discovered I hated it in like .2 seconds. Or more like a week. It's just not for me. I don't like that writing something like 'appointment with Jenni' took up like 5 lines. It made me not want to write things there. 

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

I ended up using my monthly spread more often. I used that mostly for blog posts, but I would occasionally throw things in like birthdays and travel. 

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

The monthly layout in the 2017 planner is pretty much the same, except the birthdays, events etc are not there anymore because of the highlights page (shown further down).

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

Already, I love my 2017 layout more. I can write appointments, birthdays etc and they only take up 1 line each.

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

Something I want to note with my 2016 planner - I don't know how or why this happened, I don't *think* I ever got it wet, but this happened to November & December:

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

It doesn't bother me because I don't use that side of the my bills page, I use the other side, but still. It's kind of a bummer. I'm sure it was something I did though, because it didn't happen to all of them.

One thing I absolutely love about the 2017 planner is this new highlights page at the beginning of the month. I was looking at that on their website and trying to figure out how to add it for like 15 minutes before I realised it was included, ha. 

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

I am horrible with birthdays and remembering them, regardless of whether I do it electronically or paper-ally. I am even worse with all my Australian birthdays, because I will remember the day of in America, and it's already over in Australia - and my Australian friends & family get cranky at me. So I love that I can put the birthdays at the front of the month and organise cards and the like right then and there.

Lets see, what else. I love looking at stickers and such, but have never actually used any. I am definitely going to buy some soon though (I blame Kathy). I use these erasable pens because I make mistakes and change my mind a lot. I am the kind of person that will rip out a notebook page if I make a mistake, and you kinda can't do that with the planner so yes. These pens are the bomb (side note, this is why I love blogging! I didn't even know erasable pens existed until Biana shared them ages ago, and I have been using them ever since. Got everyone at work hooked on them too!). They come in fun colours too, but I am partial to blue, black & red.

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

I have toyed with using smaller planners, but I actually like how big it is, because I am not very nice to my things and a smaller one would get destroyed and bent a lot quicker than a big one. As you can see, the 2016 has a bit of wear and tear, partly because like I said I'm not nice to my things, and also because I smooshed it into a too small bag for a couple of weeks. The corners are bent and the tabs got a little worn as well.

2017 Plum Paper Planner review (and comparison to 2016 planner)

My planner fits perfectly in the side pocket of my handbag. In the above pictures, I have both planners in that side pocket and it looks a bit wonky when undone, but when zipped up it is fine. I love that I can put my planner in it's own little spot. 

I think that's about it. From what I can tell, you can buy from Etsy or Shopify, I got mine from the shopify website because it had options that the Etsy website didn't. This post is 100% not sponsored at all. I got the regular sized weekly planner in the horizontal layout. You can use ebates if you buy on etsy.

I obviously loved my 2016 planner if I bought my 2017 from Plum Paper. The issues I had were easily fixed by choosing a different option. I use this thing almost every day, though it might not look like it, so I definitely think it's worth the cost - especially because it's not as expensive as some other options. Of course you can also get a $10 planner from Target, but mine has my name on it okay.

56 comments:

  1. I say a lot of years when I make phone calls at work (part of my job is verifying people's past employments and college degrees). There's a fifty/fifty chance that I will say "two-thousand and eleven" or "twenty thirteen". I was going to order a journal from Erin Condren but I am thinking about getting one a Plum Paper notebook instead. I like their prices better and the larger variety of designs.

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  2. I like a lot of the features you mentioned...most of this is what I look for in a planner. Maybe I should try one for 2017? But I'll probably get sick of it in March and try to justify a new one. Hmmm..decisions.
    And I agree with you on the page layout. I like the 2017 better because I'm less likely to use those vertical pages.

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  3. Omg, I love the monthly highlights page!!! Now I have to breathe and remember, "There's a reason we went digital. There's a reason we went digital." Lol!

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  4. i had the vertical layout and it annoyed me! i hated all that extra space and having to use multiple lines for one event was irritating. right now i'm all horizontal baby, and i will never go back.

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  5. I love how bright and colorful these are! And I agree, I can't use a smaller planner because I would totally destroy it in like 3 mins. I've never tried erasable pens but now I need to go find them! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. what a pretty planner - and love your personalized name on it. i cant use a planner to save my life and have bought many over the years and they last a week max haha. always good in theory but i also loathe planning anything so, that's probably why :) great review though girly!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  7. When you keep buying the same planner that says a lot. I'm enjoying mine right now, but might need to upgrade for something bigger soon. Thanks for the info!

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  8. Oh fun, I like that monthly highlights page too! :) I think the cover definitely looks like an improvement as well. That's awesome. I'm glad that you like your plum planner, and I hope that you continue to. I decided to re-order my ECLP, it's so beautiful, I can't wait to start working on it and to share it on the blog. :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  9. Twenty seventeen for sure. Because now the numbers are higher than say, two thousand nine. When it was 1999 did you say one thousand nine hundred ninety nine? Seems weird to me! Nineteen ninety nine. Twenty seventeen. Just how it is in my head as the numbers have increased.
    Anyway, I love the 2017 one, I totally agree that that monthly highlights page is super convenient. Great addition. I had a plum paper at one point, but I'm using the Emily Ley one for 2017. This has me intrigued though!

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  10. I used a plum paper planner a few years ago and loved it, especially for the price point. I liked seeing how they've improved the quality over the years. I'm using The Happy Planner right now--or rather, it's sitting in my bag because I've apparently gone digital. I do like the idea of writing things down, I just need to be more consistent with it. Loved your in-depth comparison, friend!

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  11. Love how much space you have to write everything in on the day! That's one of the biggest things for me! Those pens are some of my favorites - I love that they erase...mostly because I love the look of pens but hate when I mess up lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  12. Ugh I love me a good planner!!!! This reminds me I need to go ahead and order my next one. I am totally hooked on Erin Condren's planners! These look pretty similar, though!

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  13. This is a great review! I've heard so much about these planners over the years. I caved during the summer and bought an academic year planner from Target - I was so desperate - so I'll be back on the hunt around June next year. Oh, and I usually say twenty sixteen if that helps your debate. :)

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  14. Um, I think twenty seventeen although now I'm really questioning myself?! Gah. I've been electronic for a few years because I don't want to carry the weight around all the time, my phone is always with me anyway, no need to dig around for a pen, or forget to repack the planner when switching bags, plus I can share my diary with S when it's electronic (that was the main benefit really). All that said, S has somehow become unable to see my diary any more and is back to being useless about what we're doing when, and I really miss writing stuff down. I like the look of some of those pages you have and I think they'd be really useful. So... basically I'm torn.

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  15. I love you and your planner love. I have got to get one ordered so I can keep up with my life and not forget things. Because that totally happens. I love the font on your 2017! And ummm it's twenty seventeen. ;)

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  16. I'm struggling what to use for 2017. I've already bought an Erin Condren but really want to bullet journal... WHAT TO DO! Planner problems

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  17. looks great.. you are a woman with a plan for sure.

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  18. I really love that planner! The weekly page change is great, and I really like the important reminders page. I say twenty seventeen. :)

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  19. This is such a fun planner! I agree that I think vertical boxes to write would be annoying. I like the font better for this year's too. For the record: I usually say twenty seventeen depending on the context!

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  20. Nice! It looks like there are some great changes and upgrades between the two. The covers of the PPs bothered me and the 2017 version looks more substantial.

    The vertical days used to kill me. Nothing fits!

    I say twenty seventeen.

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  21. Two thousand seventeen.

    I do not enjoy vertical boxes. My eyes don't read that way and it feels unnatural. I like my planner but am considering a new one so I have a question...are there a bunch of blank pages to take notes? I'm tired of having 16000 notebooks and never being able to find anything and all the planners I see have like 2 pages for notes. That is not enough.

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  22. I so badly want to be someone who's able to use a smaller planner, but nope. I need the giant ones. I bought one of the small bando planners this year and had basically destroyed it within a week.

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  23. I definitely say twenty seventeen. But now I'm curious if that's weird or not. I had a beautiful (IMO) big planner last year, and was all gung-ho about it for like 3 weeks before I realized it was huge & I don't carry a purse, nor was I willing to start, so I just never had it with me, which really didn't make it of any use. So I bought a smaller one that started in August, and so far so good.

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  24. I like that you noted that the inside cover is different. Yes, it IS just a pattern, but honestly, quality is usually found in the details. It's the attention brands and businesses pay to the "little things" that truly sets them apart from (or makes them weaker than) their competitors. I like the design, and I do like the cover and font of your 2017 much better too. (Also, I say "two thousand seventeen" usually, but occasionally I'll say "twenty seventeen." Never any "and," I don't think.)

    Why you use erasable pens is exactly why I actually can't even use a paper planner anymore, haha. I keep track of/plan stuff that's actually really moveable, like my workouts, daily tasks, client work, family stuff—almost nothing stays where I first schedule it for whatever reason. So I've just had to accept this year that I'm not a paper planner person. I do have a post coming soon though about how I plan digitally and also use a journal/bullet journal mashup type of thing to keep my life in order. But even still, I always love these planner reviews because they're just so pretty, and I love being inspired by other people's methods.

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  25. I got a Plum Planner for 2017. (There's a coupon code somewhere on my site, lol.) I think I'm really going to like it, but this is my first year with one. I got the bills page add-on, too. I love that already!

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  26. And the name on it is what makes it!!! I love the stripes. I'm going to check this out for 2017! (That sounds so far away, but it's really only a couple months! So crazy)

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  27. Ooh, I do really like the monthly highlights and bills pages. I've been using Erin Condren for a few years now and do like it but they are a little pricy.
    I say two thousand seventeen.

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  28. Oh these give my OCD heart a case of the happys!!!

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  29. I need to start using a planner again ... like yesterday! Haha Thanks for sharing this!

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  30. I'm switching my planner this year and I'm a little worried about it... I just don't want to be disappointed. I went with a Start Planner. We'll see. Also, I definitely say twenty seventeen. Mostly because I said nineteen ninety instead of one thousand nine hundred and ninety.

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  31. I've tried using a paper planner for the past few years, but I just can't get myself to consistently use it. I tend to drop more of the info into my phone over anything else. I've heard great things about Plum Paper though, and it looks like it's a great option compared to other more expensive planners on the market.

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  32. I spent a ridiculous amount of money on an EC planner last year and I freaking hate it. I haven't even opened it in months. I couldn't carry it in my bag because IT FELL APART. Never again. But now I'm intrigued about Plum Paper! The bills section is very enticing to me...

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  33. I'm like you and cannot live without a planner, the old school paper planner in my purse. I do try adding reminders etc into my iPhone and they go unnoticed. Never heard of this planner before but perfect for 2017 approaching.

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  34. I'm a bit of a planner addict and these look perfect!

    I say two-thousand-and-sixteen and Jesse says twenty-sixteen so if that's what you and KC are doing it's definitely an American vs Australian thing, haha! Jesse also says the date in the American format when he's not thinking and it confuses the heck out of doctors because they're like "wait.. the third of april... or the fourth of march?".

    I'm a bit bummed that I won't be planner shopping this year as I've actually already got one from Minted as I ordered two last year without dates so I didn't have to worry :P

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  35. I love your new planner -- it is so pretty. And I love how you use it for everything. Also your handwriting is so pretty. Haha, I say twenty-sixteen, so I don't know what kind of thing it is. :)

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  36. Girl, I have never seen a more in depth review of a planner than this one. But I love it! I always try to use a planner and then end up going back to the digital format... 99% of the time I have my phone on me, I'm not as likely to keep a planner around. But. If I had to pick out a physical planner, one with my name on it would definitely be at the top of the list!

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  37. I love posts like this! I'm a Sugar Paper girl because their layouts fit what I need exactly plus they are super cute. But I think it's so fun to hear what other people love in a planner!

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  38. I'm a huge planner geek so I LOVED this post!! Thanks for sharing!
    XO, Jillian
    http://rhymeandreason-jillian.com/

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  39. Love the planner comparison! The 2017 format looks lovely :)

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  40. Oh how I love a good planner post! I bit the bullet and bought one from Bando this year and it's way different from my DIY ones that I was using for the past few years so it took a lot of adjusting to but I LOVE it. Will post a review on it soon.

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  41. I keep a paper planner at my desk too (just Mead from Target) and I'm with you- I prefer the monthly view with the blank boxes. I don't like pre-printed lines! And side note - your handwriting is so nice!

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  42. A good planner make my heart happy! I love this one, it's very similar to the one I currently use. Have you ever used the Erin Condren planner? If so, how do you think they compare, I feel like they look pretty similar. Regardless of planner, I have to have a paper one and I don't know how people don't use a good paper planner!

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  43. I love planners. I did the same thing last year where I had the vertical and hated it. But I did just go to Target and get a $10 planner this year and love it, lol.

    Oh, and I just started using stickers and I love it ;)

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  44. Thanks for sharing the features, it's a good planner, great review!

    NameStylish
    http://www.namestylish.com/

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  45. I think I have like 5 planners right now between finishing up the 2016 ones and then 17-month ones, and I'm good about using them and then I go like two weeks and don't use them at all- it's so bad! I love the look of the one you got for this year-- I can see how the vertical layout would have been annoying with how skinny the columns were. So cool that there is a bill page every month & I like the goal setting circles at the top of the months.

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  46. I think I like all the same features as you do! I splurged and treated myself to an Erin Condren planner for this year and I've barely used it. I too thought the vertical layout would be awesome and more user friendly, but I HATED it. You're right - writing things take up too much room and visually, it just doesn't work for me. I do like seeing my whole month laid out in front me of too. But I will never do vertical again (and the EC one had the times built in which also sucked because again, writing things took more space than was given). I picked up those pens last year when I was in states and I love them too! Also, I say two thousand seventeen...what do you two say?

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  47. Holy shit. This just made me realize how close to the new year we are and that I need to get stepping.... I'm a planner type of girl too. And I also like the bigger ones. I also like seeing the whole month. I really like all the options this one has. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Okay so I JUST bought a new planner like 3 months ago but now I think I need this one haha! I had an EC planner with the vertical layout a couple years ago and I liked it then, but I don't anymore. My newest one has that but I have actually been sticking in weekly lined inserts that I got from Target because that works better for me. I know I looked at Plum Paper about a year ago and I don't think they had the layout that you have so that is awesome that they have it now because that's exactly what I was looking for!

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  49. I say both twenty seventeen and two thousand and seventeen. I love planners. I get bored with them though. I kind of wish I could just buy a planner every six months so I could switch it up!

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  50. I used to LOVE planners but I haven't used a physical one since college. It might be time to bring it back. Love the way this one is set up!

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  51. I always say two thousand seventeen (but now that I think about it, twenty seventeen does make a lot of sense). I need a planner! I've had an EC in the past, and loved it, but it was so pretty I didn't really end up using it that much (dumb, but I didn't want to mess it up, and honestly, my life is not super crazy busy that I fill it up or anything, but I still want one because I always tell myself it will make me a more organized person...cough cough..it hasn't worked yet, lol).

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    1. noooo i'm with you Kelly, two thousand seventeen vs twenty seventeen lol.
      i totally understand - i'm not really busy but a planner totally helped me become a little bit more organised. i wouldn't call myself organised, but definitely more than i was before planners.

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  52. So did you get just the standard horizontal layout or did you add any of the add-ons? I've never used a planner before but life's gotten crazy and I think one would help. But I don't want to invest in the pricey ones when it may not stick. So far Plum Paper is definitely winning my interest!

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  53. I find the paper in 2017 is thinner than 2016.
    I used to use Crayola markers in my 2016 with no bleed thru...not the case with the 2017 calendar paper🙁
    But I do love love the calendar...I just wish the paper had no bleed thru!

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    1. oh no Leslie, that sucks! I have never had any bleed through.. but I only use pens, and not crazy heavy ones. That's really annoying though!

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