Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012 Date Book

With 2012 days away, have you purchased your date book? I have stayed loyal to my absolute favorite date book in the entire world: Gallery Leather. The first year I had ever heard about it was 2008 and since then, it has been my go to date book. I actually found my first one at T.J. Maxx, but haven't seen them there since 2008. Thus, I've resorted to shopping online from their website. They have several different size options and many different color options and they are all bound with leather making them very durable and clean looking. The first year, the one I found at T.J. Maxx was the pocket weekly planner and in high school that was all I really needed. Now that I'm becoming a "big girl", I have been using the Large Leather Weekly Planner. This year, with me being almost on my own, and almost having my very own job (fingers crossed!!), I have decided to order the ring bound planner!
I got this in the exact color above called Orchid, but the color is much more pink in person and less deep than the color in the above picture. I've also had the violet shade which is a really deep purple which is also another great color. I've never seen any of the other colors in person but I'm sure some of them are a bit different from the pictures on the website because the above orchid looks much different in person.
Here are three from past years-- I can't seem to find the last one. Anyways, see how the orchid shade is much more pink? I've added fun stickers but for the one that I just ordered, no stickers will be added since I will have it for years.
The only thing that bugs me about the design is that it has no pockets. I had to construct make-shift pockets because I'm no good without them. I keep extra sticky notes and loose scraps of notes in these little pockets.
This is the month at a glance-- Obviously I never use this section. Seeing my month laid out in front of me is far too overwhelming.  I like to take it one week at a time.
This was a slow week for me. It has a thin silk string to hold your place but I use 2 binder clips as well and clip a to-do list on the binder clips so my to-do list doesn't clutter the pages. I love the plain set up. Nothing like the Lifeguard Press agendas that have illustrations and stickers, etc all over. Back in high school, I had a Vera Bradley Lifeguard Press agenda just like the Lilly agendas that they have today and I hated it-- It made me get ADD looking at the illustrations and all the distractions all over the pages. I personally need a clean, open design with nothing  but necessity. I also don't like date books that are organized from August to August (school year planners) because unless you are a student or teacher, the rest of the world doesn't operate by semesters so I'm trying to get myself used to January-December schedule before I graduate and move into the "real world".

I can't wait to see the ring-bound one in person (If you can't tell, I get overly excited by organization). I'll let you all know how I like it! What date book do you use? Have a fabulous day! (I was not compensated in any way for this post).


Portuguese Prepster said...

I had used a Lilly Agenda for the past two years and was tired of how heavy it was to carry around so I switched to a Gallery Leather planner as well and I love it!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

My orange Graphic Image pocket planner is ready to go! Best wishes for 2012. xx

Jamie said...

It's almost the new year!

Kelly said...

I usually get a fun one from Barnes and Noble, but I really want to get a "grown up one"! I may check these out! I'm completely addicted to my planner - if I forget it, I feel completely lost!

Anonymous said...

Smythson (heart)featherweight usually but it has been dying under the pressure in previous years - beautiful not enough space!

Grace said...

That's so classy looking! I use a Lilly academic one, but it's kind of starting to fall apart.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I've got my planner and I'm ready for 2012!!! I always have to get one with pockets too.

Sarah said...

This is such a great post! I need my planners to look clean and without distraction too. I'm definitely going to look into the brand!

Preppy Girl Meets World said...

I used a pocket sized Lilly one for the past two years. I got one for this year as well but then I got a personalized Erin Condren one for Hannukah which I love, so I have switched over to that.

notanymore said...

I don't even bother trying with date books anymore.

I never made it past January.


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