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