Have you met the NEW Create 365 Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas? If you’re a planner nut like me, you’re going to love it. When I first saw pictures of it surfacing on Instagram, I fell in love, and immediately wanted one. This response was very similar to what happened when I first met the Erin Condren Life Planner last year, but I think I was a little more excited about the Happy Planner, if that’s even possible. Part of the excitement was that I couldn’t even get my hands on it right away. This is BRAND NEW.
The Happy Planner was released in April, I believe, but then there was the whole port embargo or something crazy on the west coast, so it wasn’t actually available to ship to stores until May. Luckily, Me & My Big Ideas (MAMBI) has their own online shop, and the planners were available there first. Was I one of the first to order on the very first day? No, but it was hard. I think I waited about 5 days before I took the plunge. I wasn’t sure about buying it, even though I wanted it; I already had an ECLP that’s good through December of this year. But when have I ever let something like that stop me? Yeah. Never.
I couldn’t wait to get it, and it actually didn’t take long to ship, hurrah! I’ve been spoiled by Amazon, and now can’t stand to wait more than 2 days for anything I order to get to me. I didn’t do an unboxing video or anything crazy like that, but here are my first thoughts and reasons why I love this planner.
- It’s so pretty! Love the gold foil, even though I wasn’t sure about it.
- Removable pages.
- Ability to add pages/inserts (oh, the possibilities).
- Interchangeable covers.
- Expandable – larger rings/discs can be purchased, which equals more pages!
- Monthly/weekly views.
- Lays flat.
- Daily morning/day/night divisions.
- You can fold it over on itself, like a notebook.
- Tabs for each month.
- The discs have hearts in the center!
- The weekends in the weekly view are shaded, setting Saturday and Sunday apart from the rest of the week. As it should be.
Love a little less:
- The monthly tabs aren’t laminated, BUT, the front and back covers actually lay over them, so that should help keep them from getting bendy. I may still get tab covers just to be on the safe side.
- No personalized covers unless I make them myself. Don’t think I won’t.
- You have to get a special hole punch in order to add your own pages and inserts. A standard 3-hole punch won’t work (at least not that I’ve discovered).
- It’s printed in China.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love my Erin Condren, and will continue to use it. I haven’t actually used the Happy Planner yet, as it doesn’t start until July 2015, and I haven’t gotten the extension pack with customizable extra pages to go ahead and start using it now, but I will soon.
Overall, I’m really happy with this planner and excited to use it.
I’ll be doing a full-on comparison between the Erin Condren Life Planner and The Happy Planner in my next post, so stay tuned!