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Over the summer I was facing a major challenge: Handle all the schedules. And do I mean A L L the schedules. Not just a school day schedule but two school schedules, two children’s activity schedules (these girls do so much!), a teenage non-drivers social calendar, my own social agenda, my work schedule. I could go on. I stared at these pieces of paper and scraps with dates and times all over them and decided that I was overwhelmed. Worse; I was overwhelming myself!
Let me say now that this is going to be a pretty photo heavy post. I’ve spent several hours framing these pictures and doing my best to show off my JAKAGO in the best possible light while also allowing you to see exactly how I make it function to fit my every day needs. I also want to say that there are some photos on my social media channels of my second folio, which is from Target and has been discontinued. It will not appear here. Lastly, these opinions are my own. Please see my disclaimer for further information on afflinks.
All that out of the way, let’s get started!
First up, let me show you the outside:
Amazon describes the fabric as … “waterproof fabric, portable and durable, which well protects items inside from damage , on the top has a carry handle, easy carry and convenience “ … and it is in fact that. I cannot count how many times I have gotten caught in the rain (more recently, snow) and used my folio as a hat. No joke. The material is also very durable in general and I have not seen any wear or tear despite the hard use this baby gets. I legit throw this thing around a lot. I grab the handle and toss it in the car, or when I come home and dump my bag, it plops out with a great thud.
I have also stuffed this folio to the brim of nearly busting the zipper and still not a sign that it’s been abused in so many ways. On any given day this folio has had paperbacks I am reading, hardbacks I am studying, my very large hardbound journal, my budget planner and monthly calendar, meal planning materials, pens, papers, clips, water bottles, my car keys, food, money, you get the idea. I stuff my stuff to max out my areas of focus. Not a stitch out of place.
Featured Planning Supplies:
I’ve gone ahead and gathered some tools to help make this post as effective as possible in showing you just how much space is actually in it. I was quite shocked to find it so packed with areas for organization when it arrived. The other items featured below are from my favorite planner companies and I want to give a shout out to them here before we go on.
Stickers are from PlannerPenny.
I have never said this before but it was the stickers that started my planner obsession. I ordered from Etsy, a little shop then called KGPlanner, and started setting up my 2015 planner (a Sugar Paper L.A. I had bought on the cheap frog Target). I loved those stickers. Today I use a different planner and KGPlanner is now Planner Penny. Use code ELLE15 when shopping on the .com for a discount!
Planner from Plum Paper
I you have been around the EAE for awhile, you know that I have been a die hard Plum girl since 2015 when I ordered my very first vertical planner. It was a customized ME layout and I have been hooked ever since. I’ve posted about my planning styles here on the blog before, and although that has changed many times since 2015, my planner company choice will always be Plum!
Notepad from Plum Paper
New to me this year, I usually host this notepad here in my JAKAGO folio anyhow. I use this as an editorial at-a-glance desk calendar each week to help me keep focus on my business tasks (especially now that I am offering services again!). I use a daily notepad on hectic days when I don’t take my planner ot and about with me as well.
Lifestyle Journal from Plum Paper
By now you have figured out that Plum Paper rules my world. I’m not going to keep going on and on abot why you need to head over, right now, and order yourself a new planner. I am going to say that if you send me your email address with “plum offer” in the subject line and you are new to Plum, I will send you an email back with a discount code for 10% off your order!
So the shell o my en is actually from a three pack of Dollar Tree fountain-style pens that I spotted, loved the colors and promptly purchased. However, I am not a huge fan of the ink they provide. A few twists and pops later, I now have my favorite Inkjoy Gel pens (blue) ink container snuggled into my Dollar Tree pen shell. Win win!
Let’s take a tour of the inside now!
My Jakago padfolio unzips to reveal a long, shallow zipper pocket at the top. Halfway down there are three more pockets; one with a Velcro cover. On the other side, theres slots to slide papers and what not, and then two more pockets, one see-through mesh. Pretty basic, right?
I only took photos of how I use my Jakago for planning and as a planner folio. However, I have gutted it in the past to hold my tablet and phone, a few needed cables and USB drive, my external hard drive and a bunch of documents and files I needed for what I was doing. I have also packed it with my medical crap that I sometimes have to take on consultations (I bought a smaller folio to keep all that together full time now). I have used this folio to hold just my work planner/notebook and all that goes with it (again, I bought another, dedicated, folio for that). I have used it to hold all my monthly budget and finance stuff (and again, I bought another folio - it’s an addiction. Screw apps. There’s a folio for that!)
Ready to see?
I warned you we were going to be heavy on the photos!
So what do I really think?
There’s a reason I keep buying these folios. They are absolutely amazing. I barely touched on the what and why above when describing the different uses I have for them. In truth, there are a bazillion ways you can use these folios in every day life.
As an example, I also have one that I use for daily life. Inside it I keep pens, sticky notes, a small charging cable, highlighters and note pads. I carry my personal brainstorm // goal setting sheets (an add-on offered by Plum here as well so that I can see them. I’ve bee known to have at least one magazine and my journal inside also.
How I use it? All of my days gatherings live here. Receipts, notes, mail, kids school papers. If it is from TODAY, and I need it, it is in this folio. (as the end of the day I file into my mini file envelope and then at the end of the month, everything in that file gets shredded or filed permanently in my year-to-date file)
Why it works? Because everything I need from my daily planning page to the magazine clipping of strawberry-lime mohito recipes is in there. I can find it no matter where I am because it’s in the damn folio - now all over my desk/table/chair/floor/washer or dryer/litter box. It’s in the folio.
I hope this post has been most helpful. If you have any feedback r questions, leave them in the comments. Feel free to reach out to me anytime by email or join the Plum Paper Buddies group on Facebook for even more crazy things I do with my planner.
NOTE: Posts from the PPPB group often inspire me to post detailed reviews such as my JAKAGO padfolio. Don’t hesitate to drop a suggestion or flat out ask me to talk about something if you think you will find the information useful. Grab some coffee and chat all things planners with me!