Getting Organized

Planners are essential, & I’ve never shied away from spending a good buck because hey, it’s something that will last me for an entire year – I jot down inspirational quotes, doodle on the sidelines & well, I’m not so awesome with the scheduling stuff but it does help me keep organized, somewhat. So I couldn’t contain my excitement when my 2011 Kate Spade Calender arrived

As with every planner, I buy them about 1-2 months before the next year so I have time to leisurely doodle or paste cute stickers randomly all over it. Last year I went for a very plain, minimalistic planner. But I’ve decided to return back to the colour madness that I love so much, & the wonderful illustrations inside the Kate Spade planner met my expectations perfectly

This Kate Spade calender can be found on Fredflare at $22USD, (before 30% off fredflare discount ongoing now) <– hence my reason for buying it from Fredflare instead of the Kate Spade website (:

Even though I’ve already started doodling in it, I’m not finished with it yet – then again I won’t be finished with it til the end of 2011 because I love sticking in random tickets of the various concerts & events I go to in the course of the year on my planner.. but I’m sorely tempted to get these super cute stickers from Paper Exploits

These stickers can be purchased for $4 USD on her etsy store here & the set comes with 2 each of each design. I definitely favour stickers with white backgrounds because they blend in better with the planner

Another planner I was considering was Beth Jones’ Styit!

The cover didn’t impress me at all, but its content certainly did

Besides the spacious squares for monthly planning, Stylit has pre-sketched nude undergarments to assist the fashionista in her outfit planning

Besides these pages, the planner also contains travel pages, as well as doodling/notetaking pages. It can be purchased from her etsy store here for $25USD. However, I decided against this for several reasons: (1) I still don’t like the cover [even though I probably could dress it up with wrapping paper..], (2) I’m starting on my first fulltime, permanent position next year, this planner would be too distracting, (3) Kate Spade won me over with the mess of colours.

As an avid scrapbooker who loves the beautiful mess of scrapbooking, I was also leaning towards this Vintage Scrapbook

Isn’t it really pretty! I just love the colourful tabs at the side & the whole “handmade” feel to it. However, I felt it might be too bulky for daily use, even though I’m not a fan of the tiny purse bags, but this would seriously weigh down my bag, particularly since I like to add on & stick things inside, which would further add to its bulkiness.

It contains several doodling & note taking pages, & even an envelope to keep & organize small items/slips of paper. I really love how each month’s “theme” is quite different from the next. this can be purchased from lovecreationgirl’s etsy shop here for $23.50 USD. I do feel inspired though to add colourful tabs to my Kate Spade planner. I’m also tempted to try patterning my pages as shown above, but that’ll be quite hard work so I’ll leave that for the holidays :)

For those who’re into really tiny and compact planners, check out mod86designery, who has a super cute range of mini planners for the girl who loves small purses. Here are some of my favourite picks from the store:

Each of them retail at $15 USD at her etsy store here

Tips for getting a great planner

  1. Find one with a design & a layout that you really like – if you want to be able to stick to scheduling and penning down your thoughts and events on a daily basis, having a planner that makes you feel happy/looks aesthetically pleasing goes a long way in helping you keep to that resolution.
  2. Space! Know yourself. What kind of spaces do you like? Lined spaces, blank spaces, boxed spaces, rectangular spaces… each planner is different and unique from how it demarcates different days of the week/months. An avid sketcher & scrapbooker, I like blank pages in between months so I can sketch & paste in magazine cut outs for inspiration
  3. Accessorize it. use a clip to attach a sticker sheet at the back so you can “dress” up your organizer, sketch or even highlight important things
  4. Colour code – important events, school/work events, meetups with friends etc. so it’ll be easy to tell at a glance what type of activities you have for the day. This will help you decide what you should wear for the day, whether you should pack in accessories to change your outfit from “work” to “a night out”.
  5. Be practical. Think about your daily habits. Are you the type who carries a large tote? or a smaller purse? Pick your organizer based on your lifestyle and preferences.

About ruth

whimsical, nutella-obsessed, shopaholic, bookworm. A huge fan of fantasy novels, she sees the magic in everything :) Life is too short to waste time feeling miserable. Serendipity!

Posted on November 10, 2010, in 2011, Life and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Hey Ruth, thanks for sharing my stickers! :] The organizers you’ve shown here are lovely– I, too, never shy away from paying a pretty penny for mine (although I will still hem and haw about it!). :]

    – Kelly

    • it was my pleasure! i love surfing the web for inspiration & your stickers just popped out at me because it’s so rare, finding paper crafts that one can easily stick onto things these days. the mass production of plastic stickers = non environmentally friendly because they’re less biodegradable (relative to paper products)

      I hope you do come up with more paper crafts soon now that thesis is over! haha :)

  2. omg they look so pretty! i would love to get a new planner but the one u got me still has lots of mileage left lol

    • haha but you can accessorize! I use these for inspiration – get kelly’s stickers! or do some drawing etc. I’m gonna add tabs (as seen in the vintage planner) to my katespade planner coz i really like the idea :)

  3. hwy, thanks for sharing! good stuff :) I also like to accesorize my organazers, but thank you for the ideas! :)

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