Hey everyone! Welcome back!
I thought it would be fun to start the month off with a planner post! Since July first falls on a Monday this year, I figured it was absolute perfect timing! As always with these posts, there may be affiliate links as well as special offers and/or promotions. Catch my T&C if you need to for more detail.
For those who may not know, I am a die hard planner girl. I live and breathe planners and all the practical and pretty accessories that come with that hobby. Though there will be more detail below, Plum Paper has been my planner company of choice since 2015 when I first dove into the world of vertical planning. That long ago Plum Paper planner was a ME planner and I loved it dearly. Today, I am using a vertical "just lines" layout.
Back in 2015, when I was on the prowl for a new planner, I started seeing all of these beautiful photos of vertical planners that were decorated. It was the first I had really known of this planner phenomenon. But from the second I saw Lauren of PlanMoshPlan, Kim from Living the Wife Life, and my pal Whiteney, I was hooked and never looked back.
My very first planner sticker purchase was from an Etsy shop called KGPlanner. Today, Kim is running Planner Penny on it’s own .com and I not only use her stickers on every page that I plan, I PR for her as well so be sure to click the button below and feast your eyes on some of the best removable vinyl planner stickers around!
But how did I come to find Plum Paper?
My search began with Instagram. I was using a planning system from Sugar Paper L.A. that I had picked up from Target. Naturally, they were all either monthly layouts or horizontal weekly. As I perused IG for decorating inspiration (remember, I had no idea how to use hashtags to search planner stuff. This was all new to me), I came across the Erin Condren planners and spotted the vertical layout. As much as I wanted something just like that, there was no way I was going to give up my lines. That’s how I found Melanie Plans (Sadly, her account is no longer active) and how she used a Plum Paper planner in a ringbound case.
Needless to say, I was drawn to Plum and never looked back. Oh, sure, I have been tempted and swayed every time I hear about a new planner company or release from one I know. But at the end of he day my Plum always has my back.
The guts of the month:
So let's dive in, shall we?
My Monthly View
The obvious place to start planning July in any planner is with the monthly spread. I have pretty much kept my monthly planner spread to a minimum, focusing on set in stone items that I need to visualize as a whole. Mostly, this includes;
• bills and budgeting
• birthdays and special events
• school and holiday dates
• cleaning (not pictured at this time as I am overhauling my current system)
• appointments and other commitments
• relevant home and family information (my older daughters schedule, my sisters work schedule, etc)
This month I am using mostly the Plum Paper Patriotic sticker set with a few other notables thrown in. I write on the stickers with a fine tipped sharpie and if I need to write on the planner paper itself, I will grab one of my Inkjoy Gel pens (I am loving the new capped pens!)
I honestly do not use my monthly all that much once it has been set up. I do occasionally refer to this area but typically, when I am planning my month, I am also logged into both my online editorial calendar (I use TeamUp) and my digital calendar (I use Outlook). I do use both of my digi-cal’s when I build my weekly plan. Thus, I don’t refer to these pages often in this planner.
Next up… 4th of July Week
You’ll notice here that I have the sidebar and the lower checklist customized. How many times can I say this:
“one of the many reasons I adore Plum Paper is…”
The endless customization options. As this layout is essentialy the most minimalist of all the vertical layouts, the customization was a lot easier to handle. Coming from the Grid layout, where everything was categorized, I wanted to let the flow of the day just happen this summer. But I also knew I needed a space for very specific things. Thus, my choices on the customization.
The next few weeks aren’t as detailed yet - but stay tuned on Instagram for all the updates!
Now, this planner was meant to be a transition planner. I was struggling in the 7x9 M-F Grid layout, although the ability to have things itemized was definitely a great feature of that layout. The start of the year was also when I decided to start tracking more of my mental and physical health and had a shitton of family/life changes happen. So I was not using the grid layout to the potential I originally bought it for. My needs simply changed. So I decided that a good planner to use while assessing everything and reorganizing my life was the Vertical Lines.
Learn more about Plum’s planner add-on’s here.
One of the many (MANY) reasons that I come back to Plum Paper time and again is the vast array of add-on options.
Essentially, add-on’s are extra sections you can choose to have added to the back of your planner. In some cases, there are options to have these pages dispersed at the end of each month. This was the option I went with when I built this planner back in February.
That’s more or less it, at the moment.
I have decided what planning system I will be using for the 19 | 20 school year and will be building and ordering that soon. Hopefully I will have an unboxing post for you to go with it!
Until then, I hope you enjoyed my post on setting up July in my Plum Paper planner. I love sharing my set ups and all the details. If you love posts like these, be sure to subscribe (below) and stay updated when new planner posts come out!
See ya next time!