A6 Organiser from B&M

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Everyone loves a bargain. B & M are selling an A6 Organiser for £1.29.

The Organiser is a week to view diary in the first half and an address book in the second half and there is also a pen included. The ballpoint pen is also included – which is a neat enough pen – no smudging like you often get with cheaper pens and writes quite smoothly on the paper. Of course you can simply swap the pen out for another if you prefer and the pen loop gives enough to hold most pens.

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Both parts of the organiser slip into the cover which means if you don’t have much use for a written address book you can swap this out and include an A6 notebook instead. Most A6 notebooks should fit but bear in mind that the notebook has to slide inside the cover so some A6 notebooks may still be a few mm too big (like my rosehip notebooks).

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Here I have swapped a Cath Kidston notebook into the cover so I have a diary and a notebook in one organiser which is very handy for carrying about in my smaller handbag in case I need to make notes while on the go. I might even try swapping back to an A6 Monthly Notebook.  It is very easy to swap notebooks around depending on your needs. You might choose a different notebook if you are going out shopping, or going to work etc.

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Visit B&M website to find your nearest store (UK).

Countdown to 2015: Diary Collection

There are a lot of beautiful diary collections out there. Your choice will partially be based on your preferred format (eg. dialy, week to view, Week on 2 pages and monthly (and how much space you need for the weekends), but sometimes it is just the classic look and feel of a diary that wins out.

1. Castelli

I tried a Castelli Notebook for the first time this year and loved it.Therefore it was only natural that I would check out their Diary offerings as well. They are available from John Lewis and are available in a variety of colours and sizes to suit your personal taste.

See: Castelli Ivory Collection

2. Letts

Like previous years Letts Diaries are personal favourites of mine especially for the desk diary option. However, they do a great range of simple and affordable diaries – personal & business.

See: Letts Diaries

3. Moleskine

I have already purchased the 2015 Monthly Agenda Diary from Moleskine as I always find that there are few options for a decent Monthly Diary and I have used this one previously. In additional to their monthly option Moleskine have a full range of daily and weekly options.

See: Moleskine Diaries

4. Paperchase

For simple diary options with a bit of colour and character then look no further than Paperchase for your shopping. These are great for day-to-day diaries.

See: Paperchase Diaries.

5. Filofax

For the diary that you can reuse each year – use a filofax. If you haven’t already got one of these ring bound organisers you can get one here. If you are already a proud Filofax owner and are simply in need of new inserts here are some of my favourite options for 2015:

What will you choose?

Countdown to 2014 #6: The Choice of Moleskine Diaries

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In any given year I usually buy at least 1 Moleskine branded diary or planner.

So let’s recap:

  • In 2009 there was the pocket-sized Moleskine in red which was a week on one page, notes on the other. I used this one when I was a post-grad student which was perfect as the diary/week view keep track of classes and deadlines and the notes page was my to-do and reading list. It acted sort of homework diary. They still sell this popular diary and it can be found on their website here.
  • In 2010 I was drooling over the Colour a month…. and finally bought it when I was in the US in summer of 2010 (but I had to wait until 2011 to use it).
  • In 2011 I had the Moleskine Colour a Month.  (yes I bought it 6 months in advance). Unfortunately, my enthusiasm didn’t last as I didn’t have the inclination to carry around multiple planners (as well as my multiple notebooks) and I was frustrated by only thinking about a month at a time and I didn’t have the need for a page per day. However, you cannot deny how beautiful this planner is and if a day per page is what you are looking for you can grab the 2014 one here.
  • In 2012 there was the Moleskine Monthly Planner which I used as a Blogging Journal / Diary. I used this diary when I was trying to get revamp my blog and get it back on track. That year I also took part in the A to Z Challenge in April and the planner was a great help with that and even featured in my B is for… Blogging post.  You can grab the 2014 Monthly Planner (Large) here.
  • In 2013 I had two. A small pocket Monthly Planner and the 2013-2014 Turntable Planner. I really never got to grips with the turntable style of planner and never used it. However, I did enjoy the lightweight (and smaller) Monthly Planner. I had originally bought it because there was no large Monthly Planners left – however I found that I didn’t miss the extra space and it was much more portable. Pocket 2014 one available here.

So what might I choose for 2014?

Well there are a new collection of professional diaries which I have not seen or used yet – so I might be tempted to try something completely new. There is the Project Planner which is an accordion folder year planner in a moleskine – although as my work is not really ‘project based’ I would fear that it would go unused and the Action Planner may be a better choice with week on two pages in columns which reminds me of my a5 filofax week on two pages column format inserts which I love – so I know I would use it. My only concern is that it is described as extra large – and I don’t really have the need for yet another desk diary.

The alternative would be to consider a 12 month Passion Planner but none of the ‘passions’ really match up with what I want to do in 2014 (and I wasn’t a fan of the Passion Journals).

So once again I think the choice will have to be my favourite – the monthly planner.

Countdown to 2014 #5: The Desk Diary

In 2011 I took a bold choice and changed my traditional A4 desk diary from Letts to a more fun ‘colourful’ Paperchase version. It worked well but it lacked substance and quality and the following year I forego a desk diary altogether. Now 2014 is approaching I have chosen another classic brand for my A4 desk diary: the Collins Debden A4 page per day diary in red.

However, I am disappointed. I seem to have bought the ‘essential’ range diary by mistake and it has poor quality paper. The bleed through of my Stabilo pens is terrible (3/4 pages). So I may be using biro and pencil this year. I am not a pen lover – anything will do – but I do love colour. (Here is a picture of my 2009 Letts Desk Diary – perfect for using with my Stabilo Pens). So the question is – is it just because my diary was unknown to me branded as ‘essential’ or has the general quality of paper just simply gone downhill in 5 years? Or is the quality of Collins Debden just simply not as good as Letts?

We may have to wait till the January Sales and try to pickup a third desk diary and do some investigating. If anyone has bought a Letts or Collins Desk Diary this year please let me know about your paper quality in the comments :)

Countdown to 2014 #2: The Life Book by Organised Mum

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This diary from Organised Mum really is the complete package. There is soooo much organised goodness that it is drool worthy and a contender for this year’s planner of choice. The website sets out the features as follows:

Clever features:

  • A5 in size with hard-backed cover
  • Week-to-view diary that you can use straightaway and lasts until December 2014
  • Traditional diary layout that provides lots of space for appointments
  • Weekly perforated shopping lists
  • Menu planning and to do lists
  • 288 colourful reminder stickers to highlight important events
  • Monthly planning pages so you can see the month at-a-glance
  • Weekly routine pages
  • Yearly planning pages
  • Separate address book that sits neatly inside the diary back pocket that can be moved from year to year to save rewriting
  • Christmas planning pages
  • Summer holiday planning pages
  • Pocket at the back for notes and bills
  • Elastic bandeau to keep the diary closed when you’re out and about
  • Two repositionable clear page dividers

I honestly don’t know what else you might need…. so just grab it now. :)

Well, you might need the family sized Life Book for caters up to 7 people.

 

Student and Academic Planner Countdown

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.

 

2010 Diary: A5 from Funkypigeon

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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.