The Planner Society Kit Review

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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??

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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!)

 

 

Dokibook by Love Doki Review

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While I’m happy with a smaller planner for my bag, I wanted an A5 that I can grab on meeting days, or when I have a lot of papers to carry. I am also very meticulous about my stationary, so I wanted something a little cheaper that I don’t need to agonize over beating up in my bag. A Dokibook seemed like a great solution – they’re adorable and inexpensive, and not too hard to track down. I was a little worried, so I thought I would provide a review for others who may be unsure.

I used this seller on SpreeNow to buy the planner. I hadn’t shopped through SpreeNow before – or, honestly, any other similar shopping service – but I found it pretty straight forward. I bought my item, they confirmed everything was fine with the seller, I paid, they got the item, I paid them for shipping, and I got my order. I had a small hiccup in that one of the items I had ordered was no longer available, but they got in touch and explained the situation to me. Overall painless, though I was a bit apprehensive since I didn’t know what the shipping would be up front. It all turned out fine, though, and I think they were a good option for me. Very clear communication, and lots of guides if you have any questions.

The package arrived from Singapore, with tracking, and was fairly nondescript. A plain cardboard box, that nevertheless is always really exciting when you’re a fan of buying things online.

A cardboard mail box.

The planner was simply bubble wrapped and taped inside.

A bubble wrap encased planner.

It came with five gold embossed dividers, a page marker, and a plastic pocket page that loads from the top.

Gold embossed dividers.

I love the dividers. The tabs are blank so you can fill your own sections in. I usually find any provided tabs useless, as I definitely don’t use both a day and a week view in my planner, nor do I want a birthday section, so this was a nice change.

Gold embossed dividers and transparent pocket.

The pocket page, seen above on the left, is nicely flexible and easy to load. Very nice for loose pieces of paper I need to put away quickly. Or, if you want something a bit more fun, pretty ephemera to paste into your spreads.

A page marker resting on a planner.

The page marker is huge. It’s 7.5 cm wide, and takes up about half the page, but I like the transparent dot design. Being able to see through the marker is pretty important to me, so I’m glad they didn’t load it up with a lot. The white also goes with a variety of colour schemes. It’s made of a great stiff material (does anyone else get really annoyed at floppy page markers??).

Now on to the more critical parts of my review. The Dokibook is very well made – the stitches are even, it’s wrapped with a ring protector, and the materials don’t feel cheap. Having said that, there are definitely some quality differences that you can tell as compared to a higher end brand. I’ll be comparing to my A5 Kikki K.

Inner pockets in a Dokibook planner.

The pockets don’t lie flat. I know that’s a silly thing, but I don’t tend to fill my pockets with a lot. I envy people that can attach clips to theirs, as it looks adorable – I just start to obsess over the indents this causes to the material! I slip things in, and maybe attach a decorative clip to the top of a journaling card, but that’s it. So, the fact that there is some rippling is something that I noticed. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s a fault, but it’s there. (Maybe it’ll help me get over my phobia of clipping cute things into the pockets, though??)

A Dokibook planner atop a Kikki K planner.

The Dokibook is a bit narrower than the Kikki K.

A Dokibook planner atop a Kikki K planner.

As a result of this extra width on the Kikki K, we avoid something that becomes pretty apparent when the planners are closed:

A Dokibook planner atop a Kikki K planner.

The pen doesn’t “tuck in” in the Dokibook. Filling it up with more pages won’t change this, as the divider tabs run flush to the edge of the planner when it’s closed. There’s just no room for the pen, and so it sits outside.

The drama on two planners.

You can also see the thickness of the material when peeking into the elastic slit. The Dokibook feels soft, but it’s made of a thin material with stuffing underneath. The Kikki K does also have stuffing, but the material itself is much thicker.

(I think this is the most stationary geek thing I have ever posted.)

I know the rings are a huge deal to a lot of people, and there’s certainly nothing more annoying than losing pages as you’re turning them.

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The rings in a Dokibook planner.

The picture above is my Kikki K, and the one below the the Dokibook. I would say, therefore, that they’re both pretty comparable. The Kikki K rings that are separate are a bit loose, and when I slip them into place, they stay there until they’re jostled out of alignment. Not a big deal, and my pages haven’t slipped out yet.

With the Dokibook rings, they were positioned like that, and tightly so. It wasn’t a matter of just slipping them into alignment. I followed SpreeNow’s Dokibook ring gap fixing video, and they’re perfectly tight now, with no gap. I’m not sure if all Dokibooks come with such a nice ring mechanism, or if I was lucky. Honestly, without seeing how they hold up long-term, I probably can’t tell you which ring mechanism is superior.

Overall, I’m pretty happy with my experience with SpreeNow, and the Dokibook. It’s a nice planner on which I didn’t need to spend a fortune. It doesn’t quite feel as plush as the Kikki K, but it has all the features I’d want, with very few drawbacks.

A closed planner with a charm and journaling cards.

I hope this review is helpful for those of you considering a Dokibook! Let me know if there’s anything else you wish I’d covered, or how you’ve fared with the Dokibook ring mechanism!

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Please note for the purposes of transparency that the SpreeNow link is an affiliate link. Meaning, if you use it and buy something, I get some points at SpreeNow at no cost to you. I haven’t received any recompense for this review, and my opinions are entirely my own.