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Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner 2016 | Review

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner

All items discussed in this Simple Stories Carpe Diem review were purchased by the author. Some links in the article may be affiliate links that pay a commission to support the operation of this site when readers make a purchase. Thanks for supporting us!

The A5 planner world has a new player for 2016 with the introduction of the completely customizable Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner. The new A5 planner features a six ring metal binder with interior pockets.

The A5 size is new to the company, which previously produced their planners in a 6″x8″ three ring size that was the same as their SNAP album line. The new Simple Stories Carpe Diem A5 binder size is 8” w x 9.4” h, and it has a depth of 1.375” inches with six metal rings. The insert page size is 5.83 x 8.27 inches (around an A5 Size).

Back View of the Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner Book Box

The Basic Simple Stories Carpe Diem Boxed Package Set cost is around $40. The planner comes with the following:

  • 12 Monthly Calendar Pages
  • 12 Monthly Tabbed Dividers (each with its own design or saying)
  • 72 Weekly Inserts
  • 1 Acetate Dashboard that has a really pretty silver Foiled Saying
  • 7 Assorted Cute Inserts

The Simple Stories Carpe Diem planner comes with monthly inserts that feature a month across two pages. This provides plenty of room for recording data – or decorating.

Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner Month on 2 Pages

The Carpe Diem planner comes with a horizontal weekly spread, which may not appeal to those who prefer using a vertical weekly spread design.

Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner Weekly Layout

While not included in the basic kit, Simple Stories does have daily inserts available for purchase via their website and other retailers. The daily pages are great for using as a journal.

All of the Carpe Diem planner pages are undated, so that you can get started at any time you want. I really like this feature because some months are busier than others, and I don’t have to feel so guilty if I leave blank pages with the undated version of planners.

Simple Stories offers a large selection of additional inserts for the Carpe Diem planner which are available via retailers and the Simple Stories website. These add-ons make it easy for the user to customize the planner to suit their own lifestyle, and they include:

The add-on selection on the website and at my local craft store was pretty impressive. They even have cute magnetic page clips available for purchase as part of the planner’s collection!

The Carpe Diem planner binder’s cover is made of split leather-like material that contrasts beautifully with the fun pokadot fabric interior. In the interior of the binder there are four pockets on the inside of the front cover, and then one pocket on the back that contains a really nice notepad.

Simple Stories Carpe Diem Planner Inside Pockets

The rings on my planner work perfectly and make it super easy to add and remove inserts in this book. The rings are about 1″ diameter.

Simple Stories Carpe Diem 1 inch Ring size

I have noticed that the rings on my planner are a bit fragile, however. I recommend that if you use this type of binder, definitely make sure to open the rings using the tab at the top and bottom of the spine as they are designed to be used. Do not pull the rings open because it will break the spring that makes them snap close.

This type of binder planner is great if you like the ability to customize your planner. I also like to only keep three months at a time in my planner so that it does not get too heavy. Having a binder system (versus a spiral bound) allows me to remove or add pages wherever I need to. I loved this planner so much that I purchased three different colors so I will be able to change out my planner covers to match my mood or shoes!

If you use a similar binder system, we would love to hear what you think are some of the pros and cons of using binder systems. Share in the comments below!

How to Choose a Planner for the New Year

Reported by Maria del Pinto

2016 Daily Planner Collection and Review
2016 Daily Planner Collection

In choosing a Planner for the New Year, there are a lot of considerations you have to make in how to choose a planner that is right for you. There are so many choices out there, so I thought I would give a brief review on some of the planners I own to give you some insight into just a few planners.

2016 Daily Planners - Spiral Bound Planners Review
2016 Daily Planners – Spiral Bound Planners Review

The first thing you need to consider while shopping for a planner is what style you like and can work with. There are many types of planners, however below is a list of just a few:

  • Spiral Bound Planners
  • Disc Bound System
  • Binder System
  • Hand Sewn Planners
  • Midori Style
Spiral Bound Daily Planner vs. Non-spiral Bound Planner
Spiral Bound Daily Planner vs. Non-spiral Bound Planner

Additionally, here are some questions you may want to ask yourself when considering a planner:

  • Do you like a plain planner or a fancy planner?
  • Do you want a customized planner or not?
  • Do you like tabs or not? Do you like your tabs laminated? Do you prefer them to stick out beyond the cover or not?
  • Do prefer a planner to lay flat or not?
  • Do you like ring binders vs. spiral binders? (The metal spiral allows to book to lay flat which makes it easier to decorate and write in)
  • What quality of metal do you prefer the spiral to be made of?  What size of spiral (these do very according to the size of the planner and any add-ons you may request for the planner).
  • Do you prefer the disc bound system and the ease of customization that they offer?
  • Do you like diary style planners?
  • Do you want the ability to customize your planner?
  • What types of covers are you attracted to (card stock, leather, plastic, etc.)?
  • Do you prefer a horizontal or vertical weekly layout?
  • Do you prefer a Monday or Sunday start on your weekly layout?
  • Do you prefer a month on two pages or all on one?
  • What size squares do you want on your monthly pages?
  • What type of paper quality do you want in a planner?
  • What size do you want your planner?
  • What is the ideal weight you would like in a planner?
  • What are the ideal dimensions you would enjoy in your planner?
  • Do you want a colorful planner or a simple black and white planner?
  • What are you going to use the planner for?
  • Do you need an inspirational planner or one geared to a specific purpose?
  • How much are you willing to spend on a planner?
  • How portable do you need your planner to be?

As you can see, there really are a lot of variables involved in choosing the perfect planner. Personally, my biggest consideration is what I intend to use the planner for.

I purchased each of my planners for a specific purpose, which is why they vary so much in price and style. I have found that I prefer my pages to lay flat while I write, so most of my planners afford me the ability to do that.  for those that do not, I use clips or elastic to hold the plages in place.

I personally love planners and already have six of them for 2016. Currently, I am lacking a “Hobonichi” planner but I have high hopes that I will get one soon. Hobonichi Planners are great for those of us who are list makers. In the mean time, I will do a short review on the ones I have right now over the next few weeks. So I invite you to come back to this blog to read my brief informative overview of each planner and see some of the details each planner offers.

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After labeling everything and customizing the cubbies to fit my stuff (love the adjustable shelving!), I left the Workbox open for at least a month.

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