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Review: Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

Last week, I posted this on my Instagram and Facebook and got a few positive feedback about the planner I’m using…

Guess which one among the six planner options I ultimately chose?

If you think it’s Design Your Life’s Back to Basics planner, you’re right! I was planning on buying it myself, but when my group of friends’ gift exchange came up last Christmas season, I decided to have my Secret Santa buy it for me lol! Thank you, Hazel, for fulfilling my wish!

As I mentioned, I got quite a few comments on both my Facebook and Instagram posts about the planner I am using. A former professor of mine even commented on how rare it is to find planners with vertical orientation. Actually, that’s perhaps 85% of the reason why I chose this planner. At first, I really wanted the Limitless planner. I loved its classic black cover and I think it really fits me. Even now, I still think it’s very pretty.

However, I will not be using the cover to plan, right? The actual planner pages are faaar more important than a pretty cover. So far, I’m loving my Back to Basics planner. I’ll show you why!

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

Barely a week since I started using it and the cover is already dirty. I accidentally placed it over a piece of paper with wet marker ink…

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

Happy to have big writing space again. Here the planner page compared to a personal size planner insert from my Kikki K!

A pocket plus the set of stickers the planner comes with

Opposite side of the pocket page with moooore stickers plus some Instax photos and the page for personal info

Back to basics!

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

Contacts, obviously 😀

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

I already edited the planner “manual” with my own legends and codes, but the personalization really is up to you

It also comes with this bookmark which you can use as a ruler

2017, 2018, and 2019

List-gasm! Two pages of lists <3

I’m loving this “Last Time” page. What better way to track haircuts and dentist appointments!

The “Monthlies” page. I don’t have regular monthly appointments or events so I’m using it for bill tracking

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

A sample of the monthly planning page. I love that it has a “Pending” section for tasks you weren’t able to accomplish last month

Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

And a sample weekly planning page. Vertical orientation FTW! Here’s how I’m using the divisions: first row for personal stuff, middle row for Yuri stuff, and the third row for work-related stuff.

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My 6 Initial Choices for My 2018 Planner

I finally found some downtime! I am actually on vacation — have been on vacation since the 23rd of December actually and I don’t need to be back until January 3rd.

Everyone who knows this thinks I’m very lucky. Well, I am, not everyone is given a full 11-day vacation by their employers. But the truth is I have only been able to rest for one day, Christmas day. The rest of my “vacation” was spent working on other projects + chores. I haven’t gone to a single reunion or outing… I couldn’t even catch up on blogging duties!

At least Christmas is over. I love Christmas with all my heart and I am very grateful for Jesus’ birth, but celebrating Christmas as a mother is plain exhausting. I still don’t know how I was able to manage to get gifts for everyone haha!

Now that it’s almost 2018 — woah, wasn’t it just 2015 yesterday??? — I am off to a new personal agendum: a new planner! The tangerine Kikki K ring binder that Job gave me last year (I bought it myself, he just gave me the budget lol) is still pretty as ever. I am amazed that it still looks beautiful when I used it every single day.

However, I am not someone who can use the same planner two years in a row. After two years of using ring binders (Webster’s Pages and Kikki K), I am itching to try a new planner system. So I’m keeping my Kikki K for future use and decided to just get a new planner to scratch the itch.

I already have my 2018 planner with me. A big thanks to my Secret Santa, Hazel, for fulfilling my wish! But before I reveal it, let me show you the planners that made it difficult for me to choose just one. Here were my initial choices for my 2018 planner!

(And no, I never planned on getting a coffee shop planner since I can’t tolerate coffee…)

1. Keepsake Planner from Filed

Via Filed website

I have never had a planner from Filed despite it being popular among people I know. My bestfriend George, in particular, gets it every year and loves it. So I decided to try it and see for myself. I waited for them to officially release their 2018 planners, and when they came out, I decided I wanted the Keepsake planner.

Buuuut I never saw a single mention of trackers, which are very essential to me especially the finance trackers. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I checked. It’s not in their website, not in their Facebook page, not even in reviews. The planners are relatively cheaper, but I cannot give up my non-negotiables. Maybe next time!

2. Limitless Planner fro Design Your Life (CNS Designs)

Via CNS Designs website

Design Your Life is another planner brand I’ve been wanting to try though I’m not a fan of their flagship planner. It’s too girly for me and the designs, too crazy. I need something reliable and organized. Good thing they have other designs, such as the Limitless. This year, I found out they’re releasing two Limitless planners, one in horizontal layout and another in vertical hourly. I never liked horizontal layouts — they just don’t work for me — so I was pretty excited to see the vertical hourly!

Well, I tried having a vertical hourly layout in my Kikki K for practice, and guess what. It didn’t work because I don’t have a fixed schedule every day. Also, I prefer bullet marks and ticking them one by one BuJo style. So back to square one!

3. Back to Basics Planner from Design Your Life (CNS Designs)

Via CNS Designs website

I really, really covet the vertical layout of Back to Basics, still from Design Your Life! Unlike the Limitless planner, it’s not hourly so you’re not limited to designing your day by the hour, which doesn’t work for me. On the contrary, the layout is similar to the classic Happy Planner’s and Erin Condren’s. I love being able to divide my day into categories and listing away! Plus, it has all the trackers I need, which is great.

The only thing I didn’t like about this planner is the cover. Boo. It’s not that I hate it, it’s just not me. I really wanted the minimalist cover of Limitless. Hopefully they can come up with a planner that has the classic minimalism of Limitless and the layout of Back to Basics…

4. 17-Month Medium Agenda from Ban.Do

Via Ban.Do website

I love the covers of Ban.Do planners. They’re fun but don’t look disorganized and all over the place (unlike the DYL flagship planners…). I especially like their classic “I am very busy” covers, but their florals are very me, too! The covers look young and fresh but not immature.

I thought I could get past the horizontal layout because of the other features (cool cover, graphics, stickers), until I found out that it also lacks the essential features that I need. It has nice add-ons but none of the trackers that are important to me (as described in number 1). In other words, it’s all fluff. Not to mention it is cheap in the official website ($28) but is so much more expensive when bought locally.

5. Discbound Planner from BDJ

Via I Love BDJ website

BDJ planners were my first real planners. I think I had them from 2012 to 2013? I didn’t know how to make the most out of planners then so for two years, I had planners that were barely used. I considered going back to BDJ this year especially as they came out with a discbound planner. The thing with discbound planners (like Happy Planners) is they are customizable! You can rearrange the sheets, add sheets, remove them… It’s a super idea.

One thing I can’t get past BDJ planners though is how the print looks, I don’t know, washed out? Perhaps it’s done on purpose for the boho vibe, but I don’t like it (I don’t like boho, too). I like my colors vivid and sharp! Also, I’m not a fan of the motto on the cover. What does that even mean?

6. A bullet journal

Via Bullet Journal website

It’s a very first world problem, but choosing a planner is always a dilemma for me. There are non-negotiables and pros and cons and we’re not even talking about the price points yet. For the first half of 2017, aside from my Kikki K, I did BuJo for my work-related stuff. I just used a cheap dotted notebook and it worked very well. Which reminds me, I haven’t even blogged about my bullet journal!

Anyway, yes, it worked for me for the first half of the year. Almost. I think I was able to do it until the first week of June? When the school year was about to start, bullet journalling started to become a lot more difficult than it was without school-mom responsibilities. And when classes did begin, it became impossible. I considered going back to bullet journalling to satisfy my OC-ness, but I remembered that it’s just going to remain impossible for me with all my responsibilities.

Which one do you think I chose?

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What I Got from National Bookstore’s Color and Calligraphy Fair!

Yesterday, I gave you a virtual tour of National Bookstore’s Color and Calligraphy Fair.

Now let’s get to the juicy part: the loot!

All the bloggers and members of the media who attended the fair’s media preview went home with a handful of bags containing gifts from the generous sponsors and the awesome peops from National Bookstore themselves. Here’s mine!

I had to go somewhere so I wasn’t able to open the bags and explore the gifts until later that evening. When I got home, though, I noticed that the bags have been re-arranged. Someone at home obviously had fun looking at the supplies inside (I’m not the only stationery junkie at home!).

Had to return the stuff to their original bags to take this picture LOL! (Look, I have a photobomber!)

Let me show you what’s inside the bags:

Uni

This set of pens from Uni

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My New, Unplanned Planner for 2017!

Kikki-K Tangerine Personal Planner

I used to own a dark pink Webster’s Pages Colour Crush planner.

Webster's Pages Color Crush in Dark Pink

Webster’s Pages Color Crush in Dark Pink

Well, I still own it. However, I cannot use it because I accidentally damaged it when I deposited Job’s salary into his bank account — long story, but I’m gonna tell it anyway haha.  There’s a BDO (Job’s bank) in Riyadh but it’s too far from where he lives and, according to him, it’s much cheaper to send his money here for me to deposit than for him to travel all the way to BDO. Very well, then!

I wrote his bank account number in my planner and also saved it in my phone for back up. When I was in the bank, I referred to the bank account number saved in my phone. If you know me, you would also know that I had to cross-check the number with the number that was written in my planner (and then double check it, thrice).

Because I was trying to do everything quickly before the line gets longer, I also  quickly opened my planner… and broke the snap. Huhu!

I tried to get it repaired at Mr. Quickie; apparently, they don’t repair broken snaps. And I don’t know where else to look, so I strategically bemoaned my loss at Job. I especially emphasised the part where I accidentally broke the snap while running an errand for him. He, of course, volunteered to replace my planner. Yay!

(Disclaimer: I am usually not like this. I just really need to use a planner! My friend, George, can testify to this. During the days when I was planner-less, I kept forgetting the things I needed to do.)

I was planning to replace my Colour Crush with another Colour Crush (I function best with refillable binder planners), but changed my mind due to two reasons.

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First, I was afraid I’d just break the snap again — the snap had always seemed a little bit too fragile. It’s safer to assume that all Colour Crush planners are made the same way rather than assume I just had a lemon.

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Second, I wasn’t planning on buying a new planner at all. In fact, since binder planners are refillable, I was planning to use my Colour Crush until it gives up on me. Well, it did give up on me ahead of schedule. Since I was buying a new one anyway, and since I’m planning to use it for a long time, I figured why not upgrade?

So behold, my new planner, a tangerine Medium Leather Personal Kikki.K planner!

Kikki K Tangerine Personal Planner

I bought it secondhand, so the price is roughly the same as a brand new Webster’s Pages Colour Crush. Job actually wondered why it costs lower than he expected, so I told him I didn’t order a brand new one. He was happy, lol!

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Messy Haul Planning Shopping

Messy Haul: Craft Supplies Haul from Daiso and Gaisano Mall

Craft Supplies Davao

Sooo… aside from getting into makeup (here’s my drugstore makeup haul!), I’m also getting into crafting now!

I’m not into all forms of crafting (yet), just creative planning since I’ve always used planners so I’m basically just levelling it up. And wadda you know? It can be very addictive!

As you may know, I operate on a limited budget so bargain finds are a must! I am not claiming to have an extensive smorgasbord of supplies — like what I said, I’m a beginner — and I don’t know the first thing about creative planning so basically I’m experimenting. Okay, more like groping in the dark. Haha! Seriously, though, the stuff I am about to show you are good enough for beginners like me but I’m sure crafting/creative planning experts know a lot more about the brands to buy and avoid.

Anyway, here we go! These are just some of the finds I added to my ~ hopefully ~ growing craft supplies. First up, my craft supplies haul from Daiso. I went into Daiso planning on just buying tissue and paper towels. I went out of the store with some craft supplies, a heart-shaped baking pan (not for crafting but too cute to pass up!) and, yeah, tissue and paper towels.

Craft Supplies Davao

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The Planner Dilemma

I am a little late to the planner game this year.

Scratch that: very late!

The truth is I wasn’t planning on buying a planner this year because my planner from last year is still good as new. This wasn’t the case during the previous years as I’ve been using planners since 2012. But because I barely used my 2015 planner, I thought that buying another planner this year would just be a waste of money.

Certified Positive Planner

This was my planner last year. I loved it but I was too busy to update it.

So what I did was buy a desktop calendar for the planning and a small leather notebook for my journaling. It  almost worked except that the calendar had too little space for all of my agenda and the notebook was a little bit cumbersome to use.

I guess it’s safe to say I’m covered for the year? 😁 #wahm #wahmlife #planner #journal #homeoffice

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Leather (faux) notebook in deep pink in the lower left corner and my floral desktop calendar in the upper right corner

While I still love the pretty calendar and notebook to bits (the desktop calendar shall be a mainstay in my, well, desk while I converted my notebook into a devotional notebook, A Line A Day style), I later on admitted that I wanted a proper planner for 2016.

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