(ABOVE) My 2018 planner and cover are just as pretty and feminine as what I chose last year, only this time the colors are understated and muted.
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February 13, 2018 / Video Post Notes
MY 2018 PLANNER, COVER & INSERTS
Why Franklin Covey
I am so excited to be showing you my 2018 planner-calendar and cover. This is the third year I’ve chosen a set from the Franklin Covey Planner Love series, because I’m a big fan of their pretty, feminine, and varied color and pattern choices. Also, even though my planner is faux leather (they were the last two years as well), the quality is lovely. I am thrilled with all of them.
I also found a variety of inserts and accessories from other companies to complete my setup. I hope you enjoy seeing them all.
Thank you again for taking the time to visit my blog!
~ Janis Lyn Johnson
1. CLASSIC-SIZE RING BINDERS
(ABOVE & BELOW) Franklin Covey Planner Love Classic Snap Binder (other colors available; see below).
My binder is in the color blush, is faux leather, and is available in two sizes: Classic, which is what I have (5.5″ x 8.5″), and Compact (4.25″ x 6.75″). It also comes in a wire-bound version.
I continually return to FC’s Planner Love binders because of their feminine colors, the gold rings and hardware, and the quality. This year, the company replaced their magnetic closure with a gold-hardware snap closure. Both versions are available (magnetic version is more limited) and I, personally, like either one.
I prefer the ring binders, because I like to customize my planners with a variety of inserts and note paper.
Franklin Covey Blush, Ivory, Floral, Stripe, and Navy-Patent Planner Love Classic Binders
2. BLACK GEL-INK PEN 3. WHITE CRYSTAL-FILLED PEN 4. MAGNET CLIPS
This black gel-ink pen delivers a smooth, clean line and the rubber grip makes it comfortable to hold. I’ve had the white crystal-filled pen for years and love the look and feel of it. It comes in a set of two (the other one is black), and also is available in two other color-set combinations. I’ve given sets to my husband and other family members and they all love them. It’s such an elegant-looking pen. (You can see a closeup version of mine further down this post.)
As for the magnet clips: These are amazing inventions. They easily clip onto a piece of paper or planner page and, because there are magnets on both sides, will hold several loose notes onto the page without causing any indentations (see below). Absolutely love these things! Also shown below, on the right, is a Franklin Covey Planner Love Pocket Divider. (Scroll below for details.)
Pilot G-2 07 Gel-Ink Pen (Several Point Sizes/Colors Available)
Crystal-Filled Ballpoint Pen (Set of 2)
5. POCKET DIVIDERS 6. TAB DIVIDERS
Every year I order a set of 12 tab dividers and a set of four pocket dividers for my planner. This year, however, for some reason I neglected to order the tab dividers (but they are on the way), so for the purpose of this video I made do with homemade tab dividers. I didn’t want to take a chance of them selling out before I could tell you about them!
I need the tab dividers, because the planner doesn’t come with them. I use them to mark my nine working categories in the back of my binder, as well as three months of my planner (the remaining months of the planner are kept in a storage binder).
I place one pocket divider in front of each of my three planner months and the fourth in front of my working section of nine categories (to store invitations or notices of upcoming events or any other loose papers). They’re so handy and pretty.
Franklin Covey Blush Florals Pocket Dividers (Set of 4)
Franklin Covey Blush Florals Tab Dividers (Set of 12)
7. WEEKLY PLANNER 8. PAGE FINDER
(ABOVE & BELOW) Franklin Covey Blush Florals Ring-Bound Weekly Planner. (ABOVE) Franklin Covey Blush Florals Ring-Bound-Page Finder.
The pages of the planner are a soft, soothing ivory, and each month has a different design. Several months (including March, shown below) also have blush pages. The page finder (shown above) comes with the planner, but I bought an extra one to be able to also quickly flip to another section of my planner.
The reason I keep choosing this style of planner is because I prefer a weekly layout. This one also offers a month at a glance before the beginning of each month–which I so need. I like to be able to see the entire month in front of me, so I know which weeks are full or filling up and which ones are free. This helps me better schedule each week and keep my life more balanced.
9. STICKY NOTE SETS
I specifically searched for sticky notes in the colors of ivory, white, and blush with gold foil and was thrilled to locate these. I placed several in my binder and left the others in their respective containers. The Kate Spade set is gold foil on an ivory paper, and the laminated-cardboard storage container is adorable with its gold-foil leopard spots. The MultiBey set is in the colors of pink and peach blushes with gold foil on white paper. This storage container is hard plastic, so will last for ages. Love how pretty they all look in both my planner and in their storage containers. Also, they’d make adorable gifts for a girly girl.
10. DASHBOARD 11. WASHI TAPE
(ABOVE & BELOW) Franklin Covey “A Few of My Favorite Things” Dashboard and similar washi tape here, here.
I discovered this invention called a dashboard about two years ago. It’s a laminated, firm cardboard insert that is perfect for attaching sticky notes or inspirational cards and other fun ephemera. I use washi tape, below, which is a pretty and repositionable tape, to attach items that aren’t stickable otherwise.
12. PLASTIC POUCH & SLEEVES INSERTS 13. BINDER CLIPS
This set of five inserts is wonderful for corralling so many pretty and useful things. I use the zipper pouch for storing clips, washi tape, ephemera, extra pens and stickers, and the sleeves for displaying personal photographs and inspiring pictures from catalogs and magazines.
As I mentioned in #3, this pretty, white crystal-filled pen comes in a set of two (the other one is black), and also is available in two other color-set combinations. My husband and other family members to whom I’ve given it also say they love theirs and still carry them. (They were gifted to them about four or so years ago.)
Crystal-Filled Ballpoint Pen (Set of 2)
Franklin Covey Plastic Inserts Value Pack (Set of 5)
14. STORAGE BINDER
(ABOVE) Franklin Covey Storage Binder-Case.
This Storage Binder/Case is what I keep my extra calendar/planner pages in (past and future). I only keep three months of my planner in my Classic Binder at a time. The rest of the planner pages are stored in here. (It comes with pre-printed labels.)
14. REMOVABLE TAPE
(ABOVE) Scotch Removable Magic Tape (.5 inches x 36 yards; without dispenser).
This is the tape I use as clear labels for my pretty tab dividers. The tab dividers do come with labels, but those are more permanent than I want. I will use my tab dividers for years to come and want to be able to change what label I place on the laminated tabs. Both ballpoint pen ink and permanent ink work well on this tape. (I used a ballpoint pen, and waited for the ink to dry before touching them.)
I ordered the tape without a dispenser and simply placed it in a regular Scotch tape dispenser I already had.
(ABOVE & BELOW) Franklin Covey Planner Love Blush Florals Notepad.
Although my planner did come with several lined pages with pretty, coordinating patterns on them, I also bought a lined notepad to keep in the back of my binder for quick and easy access. On the front of each page is this floral pattern, while on the back are pink stripes down the spine of the page.
MY BLOUSE, JEWELRY & MAKEUP
EARRINGS: Satya, Old / BRACELETS: Satya Pearl and Semi-Precious Stone Stretch Bracelets.
MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (All Natural/Organic Ingredients)
FACE MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Face Lotion / LIPS-EYE AREA MOISTURIZER: Nourish Organic Shea Butter (under eyes, top of cheekbone) / FACE MAKEUP: Zuzu Gluten-Free Dual Powder Foundation D-7 and D-24 (applied with BareMinerals Flawless Application Face Brush; also available here) / CHEEKS: Gabriel Apricot Powder Blush, applied with EcoTools Cruelty-Free Stippling Brush / LIPS: Zuzu Luxe Dollhouse Pink Lipstick and Zuzu Luxe Uber Lipstick / EYES: Gabriel Charcoal Eyeshadow (applied with brushes from EcoTools Cruelty-Free Six-Piece Eye Set) / LASHES: Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water-Resistant Mascara in Abyss.
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