Today I wanted to share with you all my review of the Me and My Big Ideas Happy Planner as well as my planner for this upcoming year so let’s get started!
In June of 2015, I purchased the all new Happy Planner. One of the great things about this planner is that it runs for a year and a half. So this planner went from July 2015-December 2016…that’s 18 full months! Over the course of the last year I have changed the cover 3 times. I like the versatility in this planner…hence the 3 cover changes. But pictured above is the original cover.
In the spring when MAMBI came out with their new planners I just couldn’t help myself. I had to purchase their “Hello Life” Planner.
This is another 18 month calendar like last year. It runs from July 2016-December 2017.
Now to compare the updates made to this years planner versus last years….
The opening page as basically remained the same. I like to add alpha stickers to mine to spell out my name for the spot where you can write who This Happy Planner Belongs To.
One of the major differences between last year and this year’s planner is that last year the planners didn’t come with a year at a glance page(s) and this year they do. However last year, they did have some on the MAMBI Blog that you could print out and add to your Happy Planner (which I did). So yes, I LOVE this update to the planner.
So the difference between the monthly opening pages has changed slightly. I feel this time around the planner is more about you. I love how you can now list what you are currently into for the month. This to me is a great way for added documentation about your day-to-day life. I would also think this is perfect considering the fact that the happy planner has also become almost like a scrapbook or a companion to Project Life for some planner girls. This year I will be turning 35, and I will be working on a selfie book to document this year of my life so I am excited about this section. With this section you still have the birthdays for the month, important dates and goals as in the pervious planner.
As you see above, the monthly pages haven’t changed and this is good because this is a basic universal calendar page.
Lastly, we have the weekly pages. Only one thing has changed with these. MAMBI has taken off the “Morning, Afternoon and Evening” titles from the strips. I’m happy about this personally, because sometimes the words would still show behind the washi tape. The pages also come with a quote at the bottom of every other week’s spread and the Notes section has remained as well.
All-in-all, I have truly enjoyed the versatility of the Happy Planner. I love how it has grown with me. I love how I can change it to fit my mood for the week. I have used stickers, paint, inks and even magazine pages and actual printed pictures to decorate my pages.
I personally have decided to have my planner run from July-June for each year. I will be using the remainder of the months (July-December 2016) as my blogging planner. I’m going to test it out over these next 6 months with different sections to see if this will work for me. I haven’t had a blog calendar that has worked for me yet, so I have big plans for this one. I will keep you all posted on my progress with that.
So real quick, I will like to show you all how I have decorated my 2016-2017 Happy Planner to work for me.
First, here are some of the goodies I purchased with my Happy Planner.
This is my cover for my Happy Planner. I found this girl on Pinterest and added the words to the pencil before printing her off and laminating it.
Here is the opening page of my planner. I added the rub-on butterfly and plant to bring a little more life to the page.
I found this online somewhere last year and loved it so I typed it up in MS Word with the kiss lips as a backdrop and printed it off to use as my back inside cover for my happy planner.
Finally, we’ve come to the end. This is a mixed media looking piece that I found on Pinterest and I added the Inspire~Create~Dream to the right side of the print before running it through my printer and laminating machine and adding it to my Happy Planner.
Well, that is it for today, thank you for sticking with me through this post. As you can see, I truly enjoy this planner and all it has to offer. What are you all using to organize and plan your days/weeks/months? If you are using the Happy Planner, how are you enjoying it so far? Well, until next time,