For the past 2 years I have been using an Erin Condren (EC) Life Planner (ECLP) as my desk/home planner. I typically use this planner to recored everything as and when it comes in and its my main organisational planner.
Every year in June EC release their new planners and even though I have 6 months left in my current planner I always lust over the website and new designs. The one thing that holds me back is the price and the fear of customs fees, the planner in itself is an investment but if you get clobbered with customs then it works out quite a hefty fee.
So this year I started looking at other options, I really wanted a UK company as I love to support UK businesses, I had a list (the irony I know) of things that I wanted the planner to have: Disk bound (so that I can add and remove pages and can also have it laid flat and open on my desk), Be pre dated so I didn’t have to date it myself, Include all the holidays, Have monthly pages, weekly and extra note pages, Have some kind of decoration on the pages so that I don’t feel the need to add stickers etc 🙂
I can’t remember how I stumbled across Box Clever’s “Busy Days Planner” but as soon as I found it I knew it was a serious contender for my 2018 planner and the more I looked into it the more I loved it. I had a few questions that I could not find the answer to online and I couldn’t find any “unboxing” of it. I knew a lady had won one at ScotCon so I reached out to her for the answers and also emailed Box Clever Press. This resulted in my being RAK’d the planner for the lovely lady and also Box Clever Press sending me a planner to unbox and review which is amazing. I plan to use one as my every day planner and the other as a blog planner, they will both be well loved and well used 🙂
Each month starts with a tabbed page that you can fill in your goals, and on the reverse is a “Hopes, Plans, Dreams” page, I love the idea of this and can’t wait to flick back over these pages to see how my goals change and how many of them I reach by the end of 2018!
The monthly overview page is big and roomie, the boxes are a lovely size to write tin and the week starts on a Monday so no need to redate it! There is a notes column down the side and too at the top of each page to add notes/quotes or decoration! The weekly pages are horizontal and split into 3 nice size boxes each day. There is a “theme” for each month and this runs right through the month.
Busy Days vs ECLP:
The paper in The Busy Days planner feels thicker than my ECLP but I know EC have changed their paper this year. I tested bleed through in the video and there was only a slight shading on one of the pens I used which is fantastic.
ECLP is quite a bit shorter that the Busy Days and they have utilised that space really well by giving you lots of room on the monthly page and also by having the larger header section on the weekly pages.
The covers on the Busy Days planner is very thick and cannot be personalised, I made my own using some laminated DSP and an ARC punch and it works perfectly. I have spoken to Box Clever Press and they are working on a range of accessories at the minute and from what I’ve heard its going to be a ver exciting release. They currently offer a punch, washi and sticker pages.
I love that I can add and remove pages from the Busy Days planner and this was the major selling point for me, I usually hate change and it takes me a long time to transition over but I’ve not looked back and my ECLP has sat gathering dust since I transferred everything over!