The Best Planner for 2018

The Best Planner for 2018

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To all stationary lovers all around the world, I’m sure you can understand my excitement when shops start bringing out their stationery for the new academic year. As September is just around the corner, it’s that time of year again for people to start getting their stationary ready for school or even university. It is so important to keep on top of life, to make sure you always reach deadlines on time and to ensure you keep organised and productive. And of course, to help with that a good planner is always essential!!

If I am honest I do have a slight addiction when it comes to buying stationary… I have always loved the pretty notebooks and dainty pencils even when I was little. So much so, it got to the point where I had an entire box of pencils, pens and felt tips, there was over 200 easily. Which was a lot for a little child? As I grew older the collection became more refined, only purchasing good quality pens, ones that enhanced the writing experience and helped me make notes more efficiently. This lead to the purchase of a lot of MUJI pens and notepads over the years. I was introduced to the company from a friend and since then I have struggled to go back to normal ball point pens.

But now that I have left school I felt it was time to treat myself to a very beautiful planner that caught my eye. I felt it was a good time to purchase something of quality without needing to worry about them getting ruined in a school bag. I chose to use this planner as something for home only, something that would sit proudly on my desk that I can flick through to see what my tasks there are for the following days, weeks or even months.

I found this item when me and mum went on a shopping trip to our local Paperchase which is where I stumbled across the book that would be my planner and a life saver for the next year. You may think I’m exaggerating here, but it’s shocking what a planner can do and the positive impact it can have on structuring your day-to-day routine.

Once I saw this planner none could compare to what this had to offer. The way it was designed, the layout and the overall aesthetics made me so happy to look at. I couldn’t just leave this planner on the shelf, it was too nice to put back and walk away from! I did ponder for a while to try to see if there was a cheaper option but no other planner could hold up to boxes this planner ticked. I had never heard of the brand before, which is SHOCKING for me as a stationary lover!! But after doing a bit of research I’m surprised I hadn’t stumbled across them before because their products are AMAZING!!

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For a bit of backstory about the brand Rifle Paper Co. it is a family-owned stationery company who has taken over Instagram and Pinterest by storm. What I learnt about the company was one of the founders, Anna Rifle Bond, hand paints all of the patterns seen on the stationary. It is the little touches like this that makes the company quite special and unique and adds to the whole composition of the planner. On the inside of the planner is a beautiful header for the start of each month or at the beginning of each new tab. I absolutely love this part and it really breaks the book down and makes it more ‘artsy’ whilst keeping it minimal and functional. Which is what I am all about, I may have to try hand painting some flowers inspired by the work of Anna.

It also has a really adorable print on the inside of the cover which continues onto the back page too. In previous years it was a botanical print but this year they went for golden dots which continues the theme from the spiral bind and the details on the front of the book. One other thing to note is the plastic coating on the tabs. If you have ever used tabs to separate things in a diary you will know how tatty they get after a few months of use. So the plastic will really help to keep them in pristine condition for longer. It also makes it easier to go to the month you need to if you’re in a hurry without worrying about damaging the tab as easily. How awesome is that!

The spiral binding means that I can stick in photos and extra pages in without the spine getting too damaged because of the spiral more than compensates for that. There is plenty of space to plan for your day-to-day activities not to mention planning for many months in advance. I also love how there is a quote each week. It is a really nice touch that makes the planner feel so much more personal. I don’t really use the tick boxes as I just list everything I have done that day or everything I have to do with a little arrow which continues the information to the line below it. So it works as a really good bullet journey in a ready made form.

Overall, this is one beautiful planner – the colourful cover with the minimalistic interior contrast perfectly. As I’ve got older, I’ve focused more on quality and this planner delivers on that in every aspect. I was surprised at how well the paper took my MUJI Pens as the paper appears to be quite thin but there is no bleed through from the pens. I don’t think a heavier ink would work as well with this planner but a normal ball point pen and my MUJI’s worked perfectly. Honestly, no image can do this planner justice. It’s absolutely breathtaking in person and the colours are so rich and vibrant.

I have been using my Rifle planner for about three weeks so far and I am really enjoying it. It makes me so delighted to plan my busy weeks ahead and really get on top of things.. The layout can really simplify a hectic life and you can utilise the various page layouts to get the most out of the book. I really like to keep my planner neat so it makes me use them more and be proud to display it on my desk. Which is proudly next to my favourite plants and laptop!

I also like to colour code for the monthly breakdown so it easier to see what you have to do across the month. So driving lessons would be in blue, travel and holidays in green, blog posts in orange and anything important in red. It makes life really convenient and saves a lot of time when you are hunting for that specific thing across the monthly spread. There is plenty of space to get all the information written down so I know I won’t run out of room to write. One thing to note which is my only negative is the cover can pick up a few scratches and marks quite quickly because it is a soft touch matt. I can forgive this planner for this minor fault but it is so cute! But I have no concerns with the durability of the planner as it is made from very thick card with the beautiful botanical print on top. So the book will easily stand the test of time and I will be sure to get full use out of it.

It is not the cheapest diary you will ever buy but it does cover 18 months so do you get a few more months for your money. Compared to some of the other planners out there, this one falls right in line especially when you’re on the hunt for one that is good quality. It falls right in line with the likes of Kate Spade and Mossery which are both amazing stationery brands that are priced fairly similarly to Rifle and Co.  I only wish I had found the company sooner!! If you are interested you can buy the planner HERE.

Here Is Some Stationary That I Love:

This may be my first purchase from Rifle and Co but it is not my last! Which planner is your go to? Have you ever purchased something from Rifle and Co, if so what was your experience with the product? I would love to hear from you.

Adell x

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14 Comments

  1. 26th August 2017 / 5:38 PM

    I love Rifle Paper Co.! And Paperchase! And stationery! I usually buy a new calendar every six months because I have an addiction to pretty paper things. This one you’ve bought is gorgeous! x

    • 27th August 2017 / 11:35 AM

      It really is a beautiful planner I couldn’t recommend it enough. I love Paperchase they have some really stunning items of stationary I have brought so much from them over the years. Wow a new calendar every six months! Which calendar would you say is your favourite!

      • 27th August 2017 / 7:27 PM

        I go through moods with my stationery, hence the quick turnover, haha. Like I was using a small calendar that only had month spreads for the past 8 months because I didn’t need to put much down (and it was sooo pretty!), but I’ve changed to a slightly bigger one now with months and weeks that way I can plan out blog posts. 🙂 I used to like bigger planners while in school/uni, but I just don’t need that much space now.

        • 27th August 2017 / 7:49 PM

          Have you thought about buying a plain planner and getting some wallpaper samples to keep changing up the look of your planner ? Or maybe the Filofax to keep swapping up how you plan and the type of spreads you write on?

          Just a few ideas to keep in mind 😊

          • 27th August 2017 / 10:08 PM

            Oh my gosh! Those are both great ideas. I had not considered a plain planner with wallpaper samples, but I looove that idea. I’ve been collecting scrapbook pages for small flat lays, and they’d be perfect for covering a planner! Thanks for the ideas. 😍 x

          • 27th August 2017 / 10:10 PM

            No problem I’ve done a few wallpaper notebooks in the past just use double sided tape line the edges up perfectly and it’s good to go. Let me know if you do decide to try the idea I would love to see how it works out for you! 🤗 x

          • 28th August 2017 / 3:01 PM

            I’ll definitely take some photos if I end up doing this! 🙂 Thanks again for the idea, Adell. xx

    • 27th August 2017 / 11:43 AM

      Oh Muji is the way to go their pens make writing essays fun! And it just glides effortlessly on the page, I struggle to go back to normal ball point pens when writing with these. They also have so many different pen colours and pen tip thicknesses to cater to your writing needs. I wrote about the pens more in this blog post – Stationary Favourites if you want to learn more about Muji.

  2. 26th August 2017 / 8:23 PM

    eeeek!! That planner is so pretty, It’s almost too pretty to write in! I love that it has a calendar for each month as well as lots of space to write in for each day.

    • 27th August 2017 / 11:45 AM

      Tell me about it, I get so nervous writing in a new planner especially the really pretty ones because I feel like I would ruin the book with my writing! I think the fact there is plenty of room to write in various forms is so important and something a lot of planner miss.

      • 27th August 2017 / 9:11 PM

        I don’t even have nice handwriting so double the fear for me haha! I agree, my current planner has barely any space to write, and combines weekends into one tiny box so I can’t fill my weekends with to do lists. So annoying!

  3. 27th August 2017 / 5:47 PM

    Ohmygod that planner is gorgeous! I had to check out thier site right away and there is so many pretty things I would love to purchase, for example their candles hehe 😍 xx

  4. 31st August 2017 / 4:46 PM

    Ahh I’m dying this planner is perfect! Literally checking out everything they have now!! xx

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