5+ Reasons Why I Love My Design Love Planner!

Last week, I did a pretty detailed post where I compared 5 different planners, because, well...I love planners.  It's a sickness really!  I figure the best way to cure it is to find THE perfect planner, right?  I mean it has to exist somewhere!  

Well, you guys!  I think I found it!!! The Design Love Planner has just about everything I need and want! I briefly touched on it last week, but I didn't want to go into all the beautiful details in that post.  So today, I want to give this lovely lady her own showcase so you can fall in love with her too!!

We live in a very digital world where everything is online in some fashion or form.  "There's an app for it" is 100% true for just about everything these days!  Don't get me wrong...I LOVE the digital world!  But, when it comes to my schedule and keeping myself organized, a good old fashioned pen and paper planner works best for me.

I think better when I can write it out with my pen.  I like being able to flip through tangible pages.  I love looking over the scribbles and the crossed out appointments, because that's life.  Life is messy and life is constantly changing and I love that my planner reflects this!

I keep all of my old planners and from time to time, I'll flip back through them to see what was going on at the time.  I love being able to see my handwriting and remember past outings or appointments.  Depending on what it was, sometimes it makes me laugh out loud and sometimes it makes me sad.  I love being able to see how things have changed, yet how some things are still the same (very cliche, but oh so true!).

As I've navigated the world of planners over the past few years, I've narrowed it down to a pretty tall order for what I need in a perfect planner.  For me, these include...

  • Monthly view
  • Space to write down my to-do's for each day
  • Somewhere to jot down my appointments & general reminders for the day
  • A place for a few notes 
  • A goal setting section
  • A pocket to hold stamps and other small pieces of paper
  • Monthly tabs
  • Pretty
  • Not too big, not too small...she needs to be jussstttt right!

This doesn't seem like a crazy list, right?  I mean, it sounds like what most planners provide, yet as my post from last week shows...it's a harder task to accomplish than I imagined! 

Until now, that is!  Allow me to introduce you to the Design Love Planner.

I first discovered this planner through a fellow planner addict friend.  She sent me a link about a month or so ago and I was SO mad at her (just kiddin', girlfriend ;)).  You see, I had already pre-ordered a new planner for 2015, so how could I find the perfect one after the fact!  That's like finding Mr. Perfect after he's already engaged.  I knew as I flipped through the images and did a few google searches, THIS WAS THE PLANNER FOR ME! 

At long last, could I really have just found my planner soulmate??

Well, I had to find out!  Fortunately, the other planner company was kind enough to cancel my pre-order and refund my money.  So, I quickly placed my order and {im}patiently waited for it to arrive.  

Since it was coming from Vancouver, there is a bit of a delay (those darn customs!), but it's all worth it, my friends!!!

This planner is AH-MAZING!

Wanna take a peek inside? Yes?  Then let's get right to it (and ladies, try not to drool on your keyboards, okay?!)

5+ Reasons Why I Love My Design Love Planner

Love #1:  The size of this planner is, you guessed it, jussstttt right!

Since I tend to carry a decent amount of stuff around in my work bag everyday, I don't want to have to take up a lot of space with a big, bulky planner.  But, at the same time, I don't want something so small that I don't have any room for writing down what I need!  This one is just perfect and measures in at 5.4" x 7.7" .  She doesn't take up a lot of space, isn't too heavy, and still manages to offer tons of room for writing everything down!

Love #2:  Not 1, but 2 pockets!!  My postage stamps have never been so safe and secure

The inside of both the front and back covers sport pockets for your organizing fun.  The front pocket is a slash style pocket and the back pocket is more of an envelope style.  Perfect for small notes, business cards, or receipts!

Love #3:  The Monthly view

The monthly view is just big enough to write down a few appointments or reminders, but not so big that I'm left with tons of white space so I feel like I have no social life. I don't tend to write down a lot of details on a monthly spread.  This is where I jot down some appointments (hair, dentist, doctor, etc.), if I'm traveling, I'll note the location of where I'll be on the dates, and any other 'top level' information.  I save the nitty-gritty details for the daily pages.  Keeping it rather high level helps me quickly see where I'm booked and where I'm free (perfect when I'm on the phone with my doctor and trying to nail down a mutually convenient time for an appointment!).

My only teeny-tiny complaint is the little bitty months in the bottom corner for the previous and next months.  I have 20/20 vision and no need for glasses and the font on these miniature calendars is so small I can barely make out the numbers.  This isn't a huge deal for me, but just wanted to mention that in case you do make use of these types of calendars.

Love #4:  There are TWO sets of weekly pages

There is one set of weekly pages for your appointments and one for your to-do's.  Thank you DLP people for understanding how my brain works and listening to my telepathic cries for planner help!   First, you have a two page weekly spread with a layout similar to the Erin Condren Life Planner.  The days are separated into three chunks...morning, day, and night.  This was one of my favorite aspects of the EC Life Planner, so when I saw this in the photos of this planner, I was like YES!  

But, wait!  It gets better!  Turn the page and you have a SECOND weekly spread where you have a bullet list for each day of the week!  Squeal!  Genius, genius, GENIUS!! 

Now, I can write down my appointments and general reminders on the Life Planner style pages and keep my ever changing to-do list for the week on the following pages!  This right here was the major selling point for me.  When I saw this, that's when I knew I had to get my hot little hands on one of these bad girls!

I'll put this simply....THIS.IS.GENIUS!!

Love #5:  Monthly goals, lists, and expenses pages

Just when you think this planner can't get any more awesome, or that it can't pack in any more features, you find these lovely pages!  At the beginning of each month, you have a section to jot down your goals, a page to list your upcoming expenses, and a page for your monthly to-do's.  

I LOVE this!!  I don't generally make note of my expenses in my planner, but this is so straightforward, I'm going to start tracking it here, or at the very least jotting down my upcoming bills, to better track where my money is going each month.

Bonus!  Place holder ribbons, note pages, and more!

Seriously...there's MORE!  To keep track of where you are during the year and month, there are TWO attached ribbons.  I plan to use one to mark the current monthly view and one to mark the current week (most likely on the to-do page).  The ribbons are even in two different colors so you don't mix up which one is marking which page.  Genius!!  

I also love that at the end of each month and at the very back of the planner you will find lined note pages.  Perfect for jotting down notes on how the month went as you're going along and overall or random notes at the end!

Another really fun feature is removable image pages to mark the beginning of each month.  These cute pages are so much fun and I look forward to adding these to my pin boards as I finish each month!

I love that this planner is girly, but in a subtle 'grown up' way.  The black, white, and gold is very sophisticated, but the other various touches throughout the planner give it the girly appeal without looking like something a pre-teen girl would cart around in her backpack (do kids still use backpacks these days??).

I can't WAIT until January 1 to start using my planner!  If you're keeping track, the only thing on my 'must have' list that is missing from the Design Love Planner are tabs.  But, that is not a deal breaker since I can easily add some tabs myself.  I have a simple gold tab plan in mind.  Once I add those to my pages, I'll be sure to share it via my Instagram account (so follow me if you don't want to miss it!).

Your turn, friends...how do you keep yourself organized?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Note: I am in no way affiliated with Design Love Planner and they did not ask me to review their planner. I am doing this for no compensation of any kind and merely out of the love of sharing it forward and introducing my favorite things to as many people as I can reach! :)