Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Alternative Decorative Planners: Assorted Spreads

Long time no planner post! For the past few months, since my last planner-related post, I've been keeping my planning mostly in Instagram rather than posting them here monthly. I might come back and do another planner related post here soon (the reason why is at the end of this post, stay tuned!) but for now I thought I would dump some of my favorite planner spreads from the last few months.




I started out the new year with this black and gold layout, made goth with some gorgeous black/gold foiled skull and spiderweb washi tape that I found on Etsy.



The next week I tried out some vibrant, acid greens and found that I absolutely loved them to pieces. This colorscheme is going to make a comeback for sure.


Next is the first of several black and red themes that I've come to love lately. In this spread I didn't want to use too many full boxes, so I played up lots of smaller stickers and washi tape to make a cute vampire themed look.



For Valentine's Day I went a bit softer and more feminine with this burlesque style spread in pink and brown. I loved this a lot just to look at, even if the week was fairly unproductive.



Next up was another red and black vampire themed week. This week was a mash of many different sticker kits all together (you can see the different styles of checklists that I had), so I'm kind of surprised it turned out as well as it did.



This week is another favorite that I wasn't expecting to like as much as I did. It's a Sally theme from Nightmare Before Christmas and it turned out bright and fun and I'm very fond of it. The yellow washi tape on Saturday and Sunday is a favorite of mine.


This week was galaxy themed and I'm pretty fond of how it looks, even if I had trouble writing on some of the stickers because of the the dark pattern.


This week was roughly circus themed and another black and red spread. I really liked it because I started to play with the layout of my spreads which is something I will probably do more of in the future...



Lastly, this week's spread is another black and red one with lots of different sticker kits. Near the bottom you can see that I've started a graduation count down sticker sheet, which should be fun for the rest of the month.



So, the reason I might make more planner posts in the future is that I will be switching planners after I graduate in May! I just don't think I need all of the space that this above planner, the Erin Condren Life Planner, offers, and I would like something that I can take with me on the go. 

The planner I bought is a black, personal-size Filofax (found on eBay for a steal, since brand new Filofaxes are steep.) 

Yes, I know it doesn't look small in comparison but that's because the binder is larger than the inserts. The inserts themselves will be roughly 3.7" x 6.7", in contrast to the Erin Condren whose pages are 7.25" x 9.25." It'll be nice to have a planner that I can slide into my purse for a change. 

Binder styles have a lot of different ways to decorate them. You can design and print out your own inserts, buy or make dividers out of whatever scrapbook paper you want, insert charms or decorative paper clips, and a whole host of other things. I'm especially excited for all the planner accessories which will come around during the Halloween season. 

I'm probably not going to make the switch until after graduation so I will be posting more pictures of my Erin Condren planner spreads on my Instagram @theeverydaygoth if you care to have a peek.

Have any of you started using a planner in the new year? 

24 comments:

  1. I joined the goth planning club back in January. I picked up one of Evil Supply Co's week view planners, and did a little bit of customizing. Each month gets its own color of Halloween washi tape, and I've been using a cute set of Halloween stickers to mark concerts and club nights. I use my big set of Stabilo pens to color code everything, so work and personal stuff is all separated out. I'm not sure if I'd ever have the dedication to do big spreads like you do, but I really enjoy seeing your weekly layouts on Instagram!

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    1. Goth planning group sounds awesome! Do you have a link?

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    2. I don't know if there's an official group out there, I just follow the goth planning tag on Instagram/tumblr. A proper group online would be neat, since the goth planning thing seems to be picking up.

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    3. Thanks! An online group would be great, maybe a fb group?

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    4. We should absolutely make a facebook group!

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    5. If you make one, I'll definitely join!! I'd make it myself, but I don't think.I'd make a good admin being so busy at the moment.

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  2. Hello!
    I love you so much as you have decorated your planner, I have started this year with a Filofax Personal Strawberry, your decorations will be my inspiration because I have no imagination.
    Next year I would like a Happy Planner, I hope to be able to buy her, here in Italy they have a very high price.
    Now I follow you on Instagram!

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    1. Thank you for following me!

      I'm sure your planners will look absolutely great!

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  3. I prefer my planner more simple but there are so many wonderful spreads in yours! Especially I do love the galaxy themed and the one which has a bit softer look!

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    1. I've been appreciating bullet journals and other simple planners a lot lately, too! They have their own charm.

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  4. I love your planner spreads- so inspirational!!

    I am going to be planner hunting soon, as my current one runs out in July and I would really like to try the evil supply co. planners but my current one is small and easy to carry around so it's a tough choice...

    I'm definitely going to start treating myself when I see cool washi tape though in preparation for whichever planner I do decide to buy!

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    1. What size is your current planner? I found the Evil Supply Co. one very small and portable, even just a little too small for all the things I need to do in a day!

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    2. My current planner is about the same size as the evil supply company notebooks. I've just ordered myself a paperchase planner because I decided I'd prefer a ringbinder style this time so it would be more customisable. I ordered the smallest size so it would be similarly portable! I do struggle for space, but I have tiny handwriting so it's normally ok!

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  5. I got a planner a couple of weeks ago. Been using it mostly for storing magazine articles and other stuff.

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    1. Nice! I love the different ways people use their planners.

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  6. :-D I currently am fighting to get away from papers to a planner again... yours does look so beautiful!

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  7. This looks like a pretty interesting idea and it looks really great. I love the cute vampire themes the most. Adorable. :3
    I don´t have a planner yet, but after seeing this, I really want one. :D

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    1. I would recommend it! Even if you don't want to go full-out with stickers and washi, they're quite helpful (but the stickers do help keep things interesting!)

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