Reported by Maria del Pinto
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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).
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.
The Carpe Diem planner comes with a horizontal weekly spread, which may not appeal to those who prefer using a vertical weekly spread design.
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.
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.
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!