For the love of paper planners...

I am a paper and pen kind of girl.

I have been for as long as I can think of.

As much as I love technology and will play with my iphone/ipad/macbook all day- a digital calendar is virtually useless to me. I use it to check if my husband is working on a night I want to make plans and to let him know where I'm running off to... and that's about as far as that goes.

There's just something about actually writing something down that is far more rewarding to me than typing it. I remember it more and for me personally, that makes it mean more. It makes it special.

So I'm well aware people have noticed my planner pictures on social media... I have a love for planners and I'm tired of hiding it! I keep getting questions about it and in order to enlighten you all and possibly bring you to the dark side, I wanted to put together this little post.

There's so much you don't know.

  • Paper planners are nothing new. I can remember oogling my mom's DayRunner since long before I knew what the hell you were supposed to use it for.
  • There are various types of planners! The options are endless. From binder systems like KikkiK or Filofax, to spiral bounds like Erin Condren, InkWell, or Day Designer, to totally customizable traveler's notebooks like Foxy Fix or Chic Sparrow. And believe me there's a rabbit hole of infinite other companies if you start looking.
  • Planners are wildly popular right now! I'm talking- every crafty company around is jumping on this bandwagon to cash in on this business. You can find planner accessories just about anywhere you go.
  • Though some people love to keep it nice and simple with just pens in their planner, there's been an explosion of sticker companies that cater to the planner community. From decorative weekly spreads so each week can have a separate and cohesive theme, to functional stickers that serve as reminders for anything you can think of! Literally anything. I'm not kidding. A quick Etsy search will open the flood gates.
  • The planner community is also a very smart ass, no nonsense bunch. There are planner covers and stickers out there that reflect that in all it's glory. There are copious "no adulting" stickers to cover things you have planned but realize just won't be happening.
  • People use planners for anything from the general planning to goal setting, or memory keeping to journaling. There's really no wrong way to use it. It can be very much like scrapbooking and it's a perfect outlet for creative Type A's.
  • If you only have one, you're probably doing it wrong.
  • If a planner girl has planner time written down, yes she's busy. Don't even ask. Planner time is serious. Especially when there's wine in the house.
  • Don't even get me started on planner clips...

That covers most of the basics. Should you choose to join the planner community, this should be a solid jumping off point.

Proceed to Etsy and Google with caution...

You have been warned.

Happy planning!!!*

(*I cannot be blamed for any excessive spending I may have just caused some of you...)