The Planner Society Kit Review

The Planner Society Kit Review header image.

I wanted to do a kit review for the Planner Society for a while now. I’ve been getting this kit for a few months, and every time I was just too excited and tore into things before sitting down to take some proper photos. This month, though, the kit arrived a few days earlier than expected, and I convinced myself this meant I can wait long enough before playing to take some quick photos. Please enjoy August’s Planner Society kit!

Box labelled "scarlet lime Planner Society"

The kit arrived in this adorable box, which is both wonderful and terrible. It’s great because it’s so cute and very easy to open and reuse to store the pieces of the kit while I organize myself, but it’s almost too cute to throw out!

Opened box with text "hello Planner Society girl" written on the inner lid. A colourful envelope is inside.

I love being greeted with “hello Planner Society girl” when I open my monthly kit, but Mr. Martie watched this time and wondered whether there were any sad planner boys out there. I haven’t met any that are vocally into decorating their planners, but surely..??

I snapped this photo without disturbing anything, including the packet of pen refills that sat mysteriously atop. I think this was because I had a loose pen refill in the envelope – this may have been a replacement for a broken packet?

A look inside an envolpe filled with stationary.

This is always the best part – peeking into the envelope! I took this for you even before I started pawing about greedily. I love the colours for this month. Vibrant yellows, greens, and pinks are absolutely my thing, and I was thrilled with the theme.

A pile of stationary items, including a pen, washi tape, stamps, and a colourful clip.

The kit spilled out onto my desk! What would you reach for first?

A pen laying atop sticker sheets.

The pen is always the most exciting thing for me. This month’s design was really cute, though I preferred the previous version of the crown pen, which had a shorter tip. For my tiny hands, the shorter the front part of the pen is, the more control I feel I have. I did appreciate the additional refills, though!

There were five mini sticker sheets this month to go along with a sticker sheet/embellishment album. One of the reasons that I got myself the subscription is to actually learn to use my supplies – so instead of hoarding these they will definitely be used. Having five sheets means a lot of decoration is coming my way!

Journaling cards.

This month’s journaling cards matched the stickers, and I loved the colours. I preferred the rounded corners that came with the kit a few months ago, but I really liked how bright these were. I’ll be rounding and laminating them myself.

Colourful paper embellishments.

The embellishments! I’ll probably laminate my favourites out of these as well, and then use washi to stick them here and there. I really like the fact that the planner girls are purposefully left blank so you can colour the skin and hair colour in yourself to whatever you’d like.

Wooden embellishments.

This month included some gorgeous wooden embellishments. I haven’t used these before, but I think I may add them to a shaker dashboard I’ve been meaning to make from the confetti in a previous kit:

A small pot of spilled confetti atop colourful paper.

This is the confetti from last month, including a little container I wrapped in that month’s washi tape as well. I think this month’s wooden embellishments will really work well with the cute colours in the confetti!

Two rolls of washi tape and a decorative flower clip.

Back to this month’s kit! The clip is from The Creative Bee who partnered with the Planner Society. Love that glitter! I wish the green pieces were laminated, or plastic, because I can see myself creasing those lovely leaves.

This month also featured two rolls of washi; I adore the bright happy yellow floral so much!

Colourful tabs, label stickers, and stamps with the days of the week and numbers.

These are a few of the more “practical” items; tabs, labels, and stamps. The tabs are wonderful, as I am perpetually making a mess of adding tabs to my dividers. I had these in a previous kit and they made things so much easier. I laminated the dividers before adding the provided label stickers, and was able to restick the stickers when I changed my mind, too. Love that!

The stamps this month are also really great for me. They feature a little banner with room for the day of the week and date. It’s frustrating writing the day for every page on printables, so these will help. I’m also really looking forward to using this in my journal! These stamps are really quite tiny, too – almost the same size as regular handwriting.

A pen laying atop colourful sticky notes.

This month’s sticky notes! There’s a good deal of room to do my writing, which always makes me really happy. I’m a stickler for the stickiness of sticky notes (hah!), though – I find that nothing short of Post-Its reaches my high standards. These notes are not as sticky as I’d like; I stuck one to a cabinet in the kitchen and almost lost it in the oven. No issues when sticking them onto paper though – thankfully no curling, which drives me batty! So they’re perfect for your planner, as intended!

A leather album with clip closure.

This month’s “surprise item” was a small wallet for stickers or embellishment. There are 20 pages to slip something in, each page being a little larger than a credit card. They’re big enough for the sticker sheets that came with the kit, but I’ve crammed this wallet full of my embellishments. I used to store those in a larger 4×6 photo album, but found it hard to fish them out of the pockets. Stuffed full like I have it, this little album doesn’t close, but that’s fine by me. It seems very sturdy, and the cover and button are tough. I can see this being a great thing to slip into your purse, too.

A sticky note with writing on it.

Lastly, a quick preview of the pen! As you can see, it does get a little bit scratchy at times, but again, I am a ridiculous purist about these things and have a personal preference for medium tipped pens. The ink is a wonderful dark black.

And, as an added bonus, you can also have the Green Tea Frap recipe that I scribbled above as a test for the pen! See the end of this post for it!

I’m a fan of the Planner Society kit – it’s a kit with a broad range of items, and many of them feel “practical” in making my planner work for me. They’re beautifully designed, and the quality is high. The kit comes to around $45 CAD including shipping, and for me, it definitely makes sense. It’s much cheaper than ordering similar items separately, or buying the pieces at Michael’s. I also love the fact that the creator posts sneak peeks throughout the month on her Instagram. Getting these sneak peeks sustains my desire for acquiring new craft items, and has definitely helped keep the craft budget in check! (That and the fact that I promised myself not to set foot in a Micheal’s while I’m subscribed to the kit! So far so good!!)

Are you subscribed to any planner kits? Which are your favourites??

martiesig

 

 

 

Martie’s Melty Matcha Mix:

Blend the following:

1 cup ice

1 cup milk (I use So Delicious soy milk)

2 teaspoons vanilla matcha (I get mine from DavidsTea)

2 teaspoons of pure matcha (Again, DavidsTea!)

1/2 teaspoon agave or honey

120 mL vanilla ice cream

Enjoy! (I tend to like my matcha drinks fairly light on sweetness, so this may not be to everyone’s taste!)

 

 

#washiwednesday Collection!

I’ve been busy with work lately, but thought I’d put up a few of my Instagram photos for #washiwednesday! It’s always a gorgeous tag to peek at, and a lot of fun to take photos for! All the tape below is from Michael’s, except in the last image – which is a bonus peek at my whole collection!

Gold, pink, and mint washi.

This roll is probably my favourite! It’s light and delicate, and the mint brings the colour scheme in my teal planner to a more pastel realm! I’ve also snuck in two tapes from different sets!

Rainbow watercolour washi stack on a desk.

Whenever I have a really busy day, I tend to turn to these rainbow watercolour tapes. They’re really vibrant and make a task list much more cheerful! (They seem to get used every weekend…!)

White washi with green leaves surrounded by fresh lavender.

I think these two tapes were the first I got at Michael’s. They’re so delicate and beautiful. I’ve used small snippets of them to create stems for punch-cut flowers.

An irregular stack of colourful washi.

And this is just a stack of colourful silliness. I tend to save these for special days, such as birthdays.

Washi tape in a box.

And this is the box that I’ve allocated for my washi! I’m limiting myself to what I can fit in here, and no more! It’s getting tricky – I could probably still pile some on top of the rolls and manage to close the lid…..? (Most of those are from Micheal’s, but the majority of the second row from the bottom hails from Tchibo years ago, and a few on the bottom row I got from online stationary shops.)

Thanks for reading! I’d love to hear about your favourite washie – if you have photos, even better!

martiesig

Dressing up your planner with… Stamps!

Dressing up your planner with... Stamps!

I love decorating my planner! A pop of colour or a fun shape, something to brighten up the list of tasks. I figure if it’s fun to look at, I’ll be more likely to look at it more often!

There are lots of choices out there – journaling cards, stickers, stamps, decorative tapes, adorable paperclips and magnets..! It’s hard to narrow down what you want on your page. I like to keep it simple, otherwise I lose track of the main goal of my planner – the things I’m planning to do!

A decorated monthly planner page, and some ink pads.

This is an example of my monthly pages. I decorate each month differently, and use these pages for tracking my personal development goals. I have a small glossary, and put down a coloured whorl if I accomplish a goal, or an “x” if I don’t manage. With some goals, like keeping my daily journal, I allow myself to catch up a few days later. Others, like keeping a reasonable bedtime, sadly don’t allow for catching up!

<img class="aligncenter wp-image-110 size-large" src="http://martie.party/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/image-3-1024×683.jpeg" alt="A sheet of clear stamps on a monthly planner page." width="780" height="520" srcset="http://martie.party/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/image-3-1024×683.jpeg 1024w, http://martie purchase viagra online in usa.party/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/image-3-150×100.jpeg 150w, http://martie.party/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/image-3-500×333.jpeg 500w” sizes=”(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px” />
The stamp sets I’m using are a spring set that I found a bit ago at a Michael’s. They’re from Recollections, and I was drawn by the lovely rainbow print on the backing paper. Pictured is the first set I got – it’s versatile in the size of the stamps, and seemed like a great way to perk up my planner (or decorate note cards, since I don’t thank myself on a regular basis!)

A sheet of clear stamps on a monthly planner page.
I returned a few days later and, having enjoyed the first set so much, I snagged these two as well. I love the feathers on this one! The arrows are great for dividing pages and paragraphs.

A sheet of clear stamps next to a planner.

This set will probably be a bit more useful for notecards than planners, but the smaller pieces are great to use as shorthand for some repeating tasks. The little party banner fits perfectly under the date on my weekly pages to highlight special days!

Three stencils and some ink pads.
Each of the stamps came with a stencil that I haven’t used yet, though they’re giving me ideas!

A planner page titled "entertaining checklist," featuring colourful stamps and an "Easter" heading.
Paired with my ridiculously bright and colourful inks, these stamps made this Day Designer entertaining checklist that I used to help plan Easter dinner with my family a lot of fun to look at!

How do you decorate your planners? Are you a fan of cluttered and colourful, or more subdued?

Thanks for reading!
martiesig