I have decided to revive an old blog series which I started in 2010 where I have a closer look at some of the diary options for the upcoming year. However, this time I am taking a closer look at some academic / student planners or diaries which run from 2013 to 2014.
But first… what makes a good student planner? In my previous post I explained what I learned from my original homework diary and what stayed with me beyond my school and university years. In my opinion a good student planner needs:
- a pretty and functional cover that looks good and is hard-wearing;
- sturdy binding – I don’t have a preference as long as it lasts;
- timetable pages;
- a clear week view with some extra room for doodles, to-dos, and habit development; and
- key dates / holidays.
The rest of the week I will be putting a few of my favourite academic diaries under the spotlight in this year’s countdown to the new academic year.
I’ve mention Funky pigeon before with regards to Christmas Cards. But yesterday I got an A5 Diary from them:
Basic, professional looking diary. I choose dark red with cream pages from their selection of colours. The layout is a day-a-page, with small time notations, and with space for notes at the bottom. There is also a small monthly calendar at the top of each page so you can plan ahead. Has both a ribbon marker and tearable corners, so you can choose you own method of marking the page.
There are loads of extra information in the diary including:3 year calendar, notable dates, planner, conversions, holiday planner, UK mileage, travel information and international information. At the back to the diary there is the usual space for accounts, addresses and general notes.
Great diary and I’m loving the cream pages. One negative is that fountain pen goes through the paper a bit.
Funky pigeon is currently doing a giveaway of a free pocket diary until 31st on the blog / twitter (same style as my A5 diary). Make sure you check it out.
National Trust Desk Diary 2010: £13.
I originally spotted this National Trust Desk Diary in John Lewis. The beautiful cover photo caught my eye immediately and it became a contender for one of my 2010 diaries. Each month there is a different stunning photograph of a National trust property – very similar in style to the amnesty international diary.
However, when I went to check out the website I was amazed by the selection of diaries (and calendars) available. The most notable being the similar pocket diary (£7). The site also features the previously mentioned Sarah Raven Diary (£13).
(Photo Credit: National Trust Website)
(Photo Credit: Amnesty International UK website)
Another gorgeous diary. Beautiful colourful and vibrant photographs of people, make this a charming 2010 diary. The photos act as month dividers to the A5 sized diary. The cover is made from recycled leather and is a mottled black colour, but a smooth feel. There is also an elastic band that wraps tightly round the book (across the centre rather than down the side).
Available at the UK Amnesty shop for £9.95 (although I originally saw it in the Shared Earth shop).
A couple of the cute finds on Folksy found in the Stationery section, which could be possibilities in my choice for a new diary:
2010 UK Diary with inspirational quote on the front by Edith Lovejoy. A5 in size.
£12.50 (£1.90 Shipping).
From Dolly Dearest:
Cute, page-a-day diary with big bow.
£5 (£1 Shipping).