Plannercon Europe Haul

I bought my ticket for Plannercon Europe the day they went on sale (apparently I was the 17th person). From that day in April I’ve been saving funds knowing full well I would be splurging on all manner of goodness at the event. Luckily I was travelling by Eurostar so was limited only by my physical strength.

 

Carpe Diem – personal planner, post its, bookmarks and stickers

Leuchturm – two dot grid notebooks with names embossed for free

Erin Condren – large hardbound planner, coiled horizontal planner and accessories pouch

Gillio unveiled their new products at the event and I couldn’t resist their undyed range so I bought the A5 undyed appunto. I can’t wait to see how this patinas over the coming months.

 

Technically, not at Plannercon, but I did place a custom order with Van Der Spek for a Standard with 30mm rings in Forest Croco with Acacia insides, which I collected from their booth.

 

This is so much more stunning in real life than these photos do it justice. As a surprise gift Van Der Spek gave me a matching pen case which was incredibly generous of them and had me standing in such stunned silence I can’t even remember if I thanked them. So thank you Van Der Spek.

They also gave us a 15% discount coupon which I used to buy an A5 Touch Me in Grey Blue. I just love the ring size and feel of this – like a mature Malden.

I also couldn’t resist this Gillio medium Compagna in Yale Blue and I chose Gold Rings to match that gorgeous inside leather.

Finally, I have been a huge fan of the Filofax notebooks since we received one in our goodie bags at Plansterdam last year. I have since bought a couple and I use an A4 notebook for work. I was delighted to receive another A5 in our goodie bag this year but that didn’t stop me picking a couple more up at the Filofax booth.

I also bought the A4 folio cover in The Original Dark Aqua leather. I thought I’d use it for work. I plan to do a separate post about the Filofax Notebooks before the end of the year.

I did buy from all the Etsy sellers but started using all that loveliness before it occurred to me to take photos.

Obviously we were also throughly spoiled by the generosity of contributors to our goodie bags. There are plenty of videos on YouTube if you want to see what we got.

If you’d like me to write a post on my Plannercon Europe experience let me know.

First Look at Limelife Planners

I love my Erin Condren planners but at the same time I’m on the look out for a cheaper alternative, of the same quality.

I heard a lot about Plum Paper Planners since they are cheaper, much more customisable and purported to have better customer service. They don’t usually ship to the UK, but a custom sale is possible although shipping is ridiculous ($43 for 1 planner & $78 for 2-7). To be honest, having seen photos and YouTube videos about them, they strike me as more muted and the laminated sheet over the cover makes it feel less impressive. I don’t know, perhaps if I lived in the US I’d give them a try but I can’t see that they’re worth the $70 I’d have to pay. [EDIT – shipping to the UK is now £12.96 which makes it much more affordable – perhaps I’ll put it back on my list of potential planners to trial]

I then heard of Limelife planners, available here,

 

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which seemed quite similar to Erin Condren with some of the customisability of Plum Paper Planners. At the time the shipping to UK was $18 flat rate but I think that’s changed now. The basic calendar which has a monthly lay out is $35 and then you can pay for add-ons like weekly layouts, notes pages and menu plans. There wasn’t much information on the interwebs about these planners but I thought it was worth giving it a shot. I really liked the idea of the monthly layout with additional notes pages as a present for my sister. They also come in an unbound version

Limelife plannersAt the moment, they don’t have a huge number of cover options.

Inside LimelifeInside the planner is a year at a glance and important dates (for US folk) followed by a perpetual calendar. Each month has a tabbed divider which is nice but it does mean the last week of the month is under the following month’s tab. There are notes pages on the back of the monthly spread and the last page of the weekly spread, so plenty of writing space. At the back of the planner are some more note pages. I also bought a folder add-on but had to rip it out because the buttons made writing uncomfortable.

Weekly LimelifeBoth the monthly layout and weekly layout start on Sunday, which is hard for me to get used to. This alone would prevent buying a weekly layout add-on in the future. Also, although each daily section has a good amount of writing estate I do think the Wednesday is thinner because of the way the holes are punched. You can also see this on the year at a glance page.

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Unfortunately I chose the floral cover for the planner with extra notes pages and, as you can see, the pattern covers alot of the writing space. I didn’t feel I could give this as the gift I’d planned.

Taking shipping out of the equation, to get the Erin Condren-esque weekly set up in the Limelife Planner comes in at $47. Erin Condren is $50, has better paper quality, feels more substantial and looks better quality. Overall, I’d prefer to pay the additional money for the Erin Condren, even with the higher shipping rate.

The basic Limelife Planner comes on sale at various times in the year. I think they’re due to be back on sale in October.

 

Planner Review – First Look at Limelife Planners

THIS IS A COPY OF A POST WHICH WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ON STATIONERYBYDEFAULT.COM

I love my Erin Condren planners but at the same time I’m on the look out for a cheaper alternative, of the same quality.

I heard a lot about Plum Paper Planners since they are cheaper, much more customisable and purported to have better customer service. They don’t usually ship to the UK, but a custom sale is possible although shipping is ridiculous ($43 for 1 planner & $78 for 2-7). To be honest, having seen photos and YouTube videos about them, they strike me as more muted and the laminated sheet over the cover makes it feel less impressive. I don’t know, perhaps if I lived in the US I’d give them a try but I can’t see that they’re worth the $70 I’d have to pay. [EDIT – shipping to the UK is now £12.96 which makes it much more affordable – perhaps I’ll put it back on my list of potential planners to trial]

I then heard of Limelife planners, available here,

 

IMG_0861

which seemed quite similar to Erin Condren with some of the customisability of Plum Paper Planners. At the time the shipping to UK was $18 flat rate but I think that’s changed now. The basic calendar which has a monthly lay out is $35 and then you can pay for add-ons like weekly layouts, notes pages and menu plans. There wasn’t much information on the interwebs about these planners but I thought it was worth giving it a shot. I really liked the idea of the monthly layout with additional notes pages as a present for my sister. They also come in an unbound version

Limelife plannersAt the moment, they don’t have a huge number of cover options.

Inside LimelifeInside the planner is a year at a glance and important dates (for US folk) followed by a perpetual calendar. Each month has a tabbed divider which is nice but it does mean the last week of the month is under the following month’s tab. There are notes pages on the back of the monthly spread and the last page of the weekly spread, so plenty of writing space. At the back of the planner are some more note pages. I also bought a folder add-on but had to rip it out because the buttons made writing uncomfortable.

Weekly LimelifeBoth the monthly layout and weekly layout start on Sunday, which is hard for me to get used to. This alone would prevent buying a weekly layout add-on in the future. Also, although each daily section has a good amount of writing estate I do think the Wednesday is thinner because of the way the holes are punched. You can also see this on the year at a glance page.

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Unfortunately I chose the floral cover for the planner with extra notes pages and, as you can see, the pattern covers alot of the writing space. I didn’t feel I could give this as the gift I’d planned.

Taking shipping out of the equation, to get the Erin Condren-esque weekly set up in the Limelife Planner comes in at $47. Erin Condren is $50, has better paper quality, feels more substantial and looks better quality. Overall, I’d prefer to pay the additional money for the Erin Condren, even with the higher shipping rate.

The basic Limelife Planner comes on sale at various times in the year. I think they’re due to be back on sale in October.