Last year was the first time I used the Happy Planner, and I absolutely loved it, so I knew I wanted to get another one for 2018. I got the Classic size last year, so this year I decided to go with the large and the mini. The mini was going to be used for work and the blog and the large was going to be more of my “real life” stuff.
That was the plan.
Of course, I ended up changing how the planners were going to be used. Now the mini planner is for work and keeping track of what I eat for my dietitian appointments. As for the large planner, it’s still my real life planner, but I also decided to use it for my blog!My Happy Planners: A Look at Two of My 2018 Planners! #ontheblog #planners #planner Click To Tweet
Let’s start with the mini planner. I chose this fairly simple design, but I liked the message – This Will Be A Good Year. I got a mini planner kit so it came with some additional items to help decorate and set up the planner.
When you open the planner, you see this little pocket. Somehow I ripped it so I did have to add a little tape, but it doesn’t look too bad!
Each month starts with these two type of pages. On the left, you get a section for Birthdays This Month and then a section for Important Dates. On the right, there is a page that includes a fun design/quote.
The above photo is just another example of what the beginning of each month can possibly look like. As you see, it’s different each month.
The mini planner I got didn’t have the months/dates set up because it’s made to start at any point during the year. They gave me silver stickers though, so I put the month in the upper left hand corner on the calendar page, as well as the months on each tab on the right hand side of the planner (the little colored tabs; I added mini stickers to designate each month for easy flipping). Since none of the months are written out, I had to go through the calendar and add all the dates too. I’ve done January – May right now.
After the main calendar, there are little sections for each day of the week to fill up the rest of the month. As you can see, I wrote some of what I ate (days I work are easier to keep track of), as well as some work notes. My mini planner kit included this fun cactus bookmark magnet that lets me flip back and forth between the calendar and the current weekly pages I’m on.
Finally, this is the very back of the mini planner. Another item included in the kit were these cute post it-notes. These are inserts so you can pull them out and put them back. I chose to put them back here next to the Notes page.
My blog/life planner is the large Happy Planner. I actually thought it was going to be the size of my planner last year, but I didn’t realize I had the classic planner for 2017, so this one is definitely larger. I still really like it though! I want to use this planner as even more of a memory keeper this year.
In the beginning of each month, there is a page like the one above on the left hand side. It has a section for that month’s birthdays, a Noted section, a place for Monthly Goals, and then Important Dates (with some automatically added in for you). I love how each month has different colors, but the same set up.
The photo above is the right hand side of the Birthdays/Notes, etc. section. This is obviously for January as well, as you can tell by the color combo.
After the fun photo is the full calendar section. I got the January-December large planner, so it already had the months/dates included. I went ahead and included “life” type of events and appointments in this section.
After the large calendar, there are these weekly spreads with three vertical sections. The top section is used for ShootingStarsMag posts and the second section is used for Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance posts. I like how each weekly spread also has a Notes section on the left hand side, which I have been using! I’m not using anything for the third vertical section (yet) but I’m still thinking of possible uses.
To give you an idea of how the monthly intros change each month, I also wanted to include the one for February. Isn’t it pretty? I like that some of the months have quotes/words, while others are just colorful designs!
There you have it! A brief look at my 2018 planners. I do recommend going to Michael’s to check out the various planners as each one has different designs/monthly intro pages, so it’s good to figure out which one works best for you.
I’ll be sharing a lot more planning posts throughout the year! So tell me, do you have a paper planner? What brand do you use?