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Leuchtturm 2012 Planners are available in 3 different planning formats.

Leuchtturm released three planners for the 2012 planning year. In addition to pen-friendly paper and adhesive labels we are accustomed to with Leuchtturm notebooks, the planners feature a few extras that you won’t find in other planners. One of the most unique features is the fold-out project planner in the front of each planner, perfect for scheduling long-term projects.

Each of the planners comes package in the large 5¾” x 8¼” size with hard, black covers, however the 12 month weekly planner is also available in a variety of pastel colors including pink, violet, blue, light blue and green. Here are the basics for each of the 2012 planners:

  • 18 Month Weekly Planner
    Vertical column planning format with an entire week spread across each two-page spread. Planning dated September 1, 2011 through February 28, 2013. 192 Pages of Acid-free, ink-proof paper
  • 12 Month Weekly Planner
    Horizontal planning format with the week on the left page and a ruled page for notes on the right page.  Planning dated January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. 144 Pages of Acid-free, ink-proof paper.
  • 12 Month Daily Planner
    One-page-per-day planning format. Planning dated January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.  353 Pages of Acid-free, ink-proof paper

Leuchtturm's 18-Month, Weekly Planning Format features vertical columns.

The daily planning format is one-page-per-day, with plenty of room for all of your appointments.

The 12-month weekly planning format includes the planning week on the left and a ruled page for notes on the right.

Leuchtturm 2012 planners can be found at JournalingArts.com.

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What’s small, round and yellow with an insatiable appetite? Pac-Man, of course, and he will be your constant companion in your new 2012 Pac-Man Moleskine Planner. You can choose from large and small weekly and daily planners adorned in traditional Pac-Man colors black and yellow. The weekly planners are primarily yellow, while the daily planners are primarily black.

Pac-Man limited edition planners include a band of colorful Pac-Man characters, and address book and a post card.

Both planners feature a debossed Pac-Man game board  accented by Pac-Man in bright yellow on black, or silver foil on yellow. Planning pages in both daily and weekly formats are identical in layout to the classic Moleskine Planners, but the interior features colorful band of Pac-Man characters on the inside of the covers, both front and back. A removable address book continues this theme that wraps around front and back covers.

Pac-Man Daily planners have a black cover and one-page-per-day planning format.

Daily Planners
Both large and small daily planning formats feature one-day-per-page planning. Black covers are enhanced by a bright yellow Pac-Man character on the front and  “High Score” on the back cover. A debossed game board on the front cover adds subtle texture. A classic, black ribbon bookmark helps you find your place.

Weekly Planners
Both large and small weekly planning formats feature one-week per-two-page-spread planning, with a week-to-view on the left and a ruled page for notes on the right. Bright yellow covers are enhanced by a silver foiled Pac-Man character and an debossed game board cover. A bright yellow ribbon bookmark keeps you organized.

Weekly Pac-Man planners feature a week-on-the-left, ruled-page-on-the-right planning format.

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All students, undergraduate and graduate , need a calendar. Why not use one geared towards your college schedule?

The Ciak Academic Daily Planner is dated starting in August, just when school starts back up. This allows you to use the same calendar throughout the school year rather than use one during the Fall semester and another during the Spring semester.

The Ciak Academic Planner has a few extras that other planners are missing such as an Examination Schedule, List of Courses Chart, Consulting Hours page and an envelope style pocket in the back for storing useful notes, photos or other flat items.

In the planning section, each page for Monday through Friday features a daily planning page with 23 lines for organizing your life, while Saturday and Sunday share a page.

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Two new Cahier planners have been introduced to the Moleskine line for 2012. Both planners feature the cardboard covers and thin profile we’ve come to expect on the Moleskine Cahier notebooks, but both planners offer a new planning format.

Moleskine's new Cahier Planners feature 1-week-per-page planning and four new earth-tone colors including mais, ginger, wheat and terracotta.

Moleskine Cahier Weekly Diary/Planner
One Week Per Page, 2 Weeks Per 2-Page Spread
Retails for around $7.00

Each Cahier Weekly planner features 1 week per page or 2 weeks per spread. This weekly planning format is in both the Cahier Weekly and the 3-Piece Cahier planners.

Available in 4 earth tone colors, mais, terracotta, wheat and ginger, Moleskine’s Weekly Diary/Planner features a planning format with one week per page or two-weeks-per 2-page spread. This is great for those of you who have minimal planning needs but would like to see a half of a month’s worth of planning in one 2-page spread. Slim Cahier styling and fewer pages result in planners that are ultra thin, measuring just 3/16″ thick. In addition to the planning pages, the Cahier Weekly planner includes 28 pages in the front of the planner with:

  • a personal data page
  • box style monthly calenders
  • 2012 and 2013 annual planning calenders
  • international holidays chart
  • travel planning and memos chart
  • time zone map
  • dialing codes
  • measures and conversions
  • international sizes

The rear of the planner has 11 ruled pages for notes or sketching.

Moleskine's new Three-Piece Cahier Planner.

Moleskine Cahier Three-Piece Diary Planner
Both Weekly and Daily Planners and a Memo Folder
Retails for around $15

For those of you who need more versatility in scheduling, check out Moleskine’s Three-Piece Daily/Planner. This planner set has both weekly and daily planners and a memo folder with an elastic strap to keep it all organized. Even though it contains three pieces, the entire set is surprisingly thin, measuring just 3/8″ thick, which is comparable to Moleskine’s pocket-sized, soft cover planner.

This planning set includes 3 pieces, a weekly planner, daily planner and a memo folder with an elastic strap.

Unlike the rest of Moleskine’s planning line, these planners are stripped down to the bare essentials so only the planning pages and a few ruled pages are included. There are no monthly calenders or travel charts. This results in a surprisingly thin profile even when all three pieces are together.

The 64-page weekly planner has the same planning format as the Cahier Weekly Planner, 2 weeks per-2-page spread and includes 9 ruled pages for notes in the back of the planner.

The daily planner has undated 1-page-per-day planning, enabling you to fill out the day and month you desire. Because there are only 64 pages, you won’t be able to use daily planning pages for the entire year, but for those days where you have a lot of scheduling or if you have a class schedule that repeats. Perforated pages allow you to remove the daily planning pages and insert them into the weekly planner for reference.

All three pieces store compactly and are held together with the elastic strap on the memo folder.

To order the new Moleskine Cahier Planners or other great Moleskine planners, visit my eBay store here: Moleskine Planners.

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Moleksine's new Cover Art Planner illustrated by Sergey Bakin features an embossed, copper foil design that wraps around both front and back covers.

Moleskine’s newest Cover Art Weekly Planners have arrived! Cover Art illustrations by Sergey Bakin and Mattias Adolfsson add an exciting look to the planners while giving you world-class planning at your fingertips.

Mattias Adolfsson's line art illustration add a touch of whimsy to the droll subject of planning.

The covers are adorned with illustrations both front and back. Each Cover Art Moleskine Planner comes with a ribbon place holder and a pocket on the inside back cover for holding for holding photos, tickets, notes, etc. An address book keeps your contacts close at hand. Dated January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012 with a horizontal planning format across each 2-page spread.

Both small and large planners feature classic, Moleskine, horizontal weekly format with a week spread across 2 pages.

Sergey Bakin
Sergey Bakin is a graphic designer and artist from Russia. His work combines emotions with graphic solutions. View his gallery on the Behance Network here: http://www.behance.net/Tween

Mattais Adolfsson
Mattais Adolfsson is an illustrator from Sweden. He spends every little piece of his spare time drawing. Learn more about him on his blog here: http://mattiasa.blogspot.com/

You can find the Moleskine Cover Art Planners at Journalingarts.com at this link: http://journalingarts.com/moleskine-planners/moleskine-cover-art-planners

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For those of you in the US looking for a 2011 Leuchtturm planner, you will have just one choice this year, the Master Book Daily Planner.  According to the distributor, they are in the process of some slight redesign and will be offering the full line of planners for the 2012 planning year.

Leuchtturm's Master Book Daily Planner is large. It measures 8¾" x 12½".

If you must have a Leuchtturm Planner for 2011, the Master Book Daily Planner will be your only choice unless you are willing to order from a non-US vendor.  To help you decide whether it’s right for you, I have put together some information and photos to give you a complete look at the planner. If you think it is a planner you would like to have, email me at Cynthia@journalingarts.com or leave a comment. If I have enough interest, I will stock some at journalingarts.com.

Box-style monthly calendars for 2010, 2100 and 2012 are in the front of the planner.

The Master Book Daily Planner is a big planner. It measures  8 ¾” x 12 ½” x 1” thick and tips the scale at 3.25 lbs. It’s a little large to lug around with you, but it you prefer to keep your planner on your desk, you might find it to be quite useful. The large size gives you large type and well-space lines which is a relief if you have large hand-writing or have trouble reading small text.

A spreadsheet-style project planner can organize your complicated long-term projects.

Typical of Leuchtturm notebooks and journals, the paper is ink-proof, so if you use fountain pens or other wet pens, you will be very pleased with the paper. You won’t have to worry about bleed through, show through is minimal and there is little or no feathering. The paper is heavier than most and appears to be consistent with other Master Book journals, which is 100 gsm., although it is not marked on the planner or the label.

Keep track of holidays around the world with the International Holiday chart.

The planner includes a variety of pages, but not so many as to overwhelm you. In addition to the daily planning pages, you will find monthly calendars for 2010, 2011 and 2012. Vertical planning pages for 2011 are 3-months-per-page and give you plenty of room to plan for the long-term. A 2-page spread includes International Holidays and there is a convenient project planning spread which is designed like a spread sheet. At the end of the planner, 20 plain pages are available for note taking, sketching or pasting memoirs followed by an expanding pocket for stashing things.

Vertical, monthly planning calendars are good for organizing trips and holidays.

The daily planning pages are clean and simple, printed with subtle gray ink. Sixteen spaces represent hourly time slots and have ample room for even the most detailed plans. The hour time-slots are designated in 24 hour time using small text, but the ink is pale, so overwriting the time slots with your own times would be no problem. A large blank area for notes is below each planning area if you need more room. At the bottom of each 2-page spread are 6 box-style monthly calendars, including the past month, current month and 4 months ahead at the bottom of each 2-page spread.

Each daily planning pages consists of sixteen planning slots, an area for notes and 6 months of box-style calendars.

There is a lot to like about the Leuchtturm Master Book Daily Planner if you don’t mind having a big planner. If you try it, you might like it and decide that bigger really is better.

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Contact Keeper

Contact Keeper comes in three sizes, pocket, medium and large. Please note that while the stitching on the Keepers appears red in the photos, it is black. For some reason my camera saw the stitching as red.

For those of you who take notes, have a lot of business contacts and use a daily planner, you might want to take a look at Contact Keeper notebooks for an all-in-one solution. Three sizes of notebooks offer a unique storage/notes combination to keep your contact information for future reference.

These three review copies were given to me by the nice folks at Contact Keeper to review here. I will be giving them away at the end of the work week to three lucky readers. Just leave your comment at the bottom of this post no later than 8:00 PM EST on Friday, September 10th. I will choose a winner using True Random Number Generator at random.org, with the first to reply being number one, and so on. I will contact the winner via email. If you win, you have until Friday, September 17th to claim your prize or I will choose another winner.

Contact Keeper

What’s Included

While the sizes are different, they each have common features. Each is made from what appears to be a vinyl PU or another man-made material that is smooth to touch and feels similar to fine leather, especially the largest notebook. The edges and corners are all stitched with black thread even though it appears red in the photos. There is an elastic strap on each model to keep the notebook closed.

The medium and large Keepers include ring binders on the inside for easy addition and removal of pages.

Medium and Large Keepers

The large and medium-sized models include ring binders along with 30 contact pages, each with a single business card slot. There are also three additional pages with multiple slots per page for contacts that don’t require an entire page of notes. This gives you a total of 42 contacts in the large notebook and 39 in the medium notebook. If you need more pages, you can order additional refill kits online at ContactKeeper.com. There is also a Receipt Envelope, a Business Activity envelope and 15 leaves of ruled pages for additional note taking.

A Receipt Envelope and a Daily Planner are found in both the medium and large Keepers.

A four-year calendar and a four-page day planner are included in the large and medium-sized models, but if you intend you use it as a planner, you will need to order more planner inserts. I can’t tell from the site if you can order these individually or if they only come as part of a set, so you will need to contact the folks at Contact Keeper if you want additional planning pages.

Full page layout includes a slot for your business card and plenty of lines for notes on both front and back of the page. additional pages in the back have multiple slots per page with reduced room for note taking.

Large pockets on both front and back covers of the Keepers offer a convenient space to slide papers along with small clear pockets to slide one of your own business cards. If you need to keep a pen, there is a narrow pen slide on the inside front cover. The large Keeper has one unique feature; a large clip on the inside of the back covers that acts as a built-in clipboard.

The medium and large Keepers have a clear pocket for storing your business card that provide easy identification. A clear pocket on the spine can be used to label your notebook in case you use several for different purposes. Large pockets on both front and back covers store papers, notes, photos and other items.

Daily Planning Pages

A four-year calendar and daily planning pages for scheduling. With only four pages for planning you will need to order more planning pages if you intend to use this as a planner. As-is, it may be useful for occasional seminars or workshops.

All of the Keepers, including the small one, have an elastic strap to keep the contents compact, however the pen slide is only available in the medium and large Keepers. The pen slide is narrow, so if you have a high-end pen or mechanical pencil that has a larger diameter than the typical office pen, it may not fit. My Tombow Ultra did not fit.

Small Keeper

The small Contact Keeper is more like a business card wallet than a notebook. It is sized to fit into your back pocket or purse. With only 2 pockets, an elastic strap and a set of business card-sized sticky notes, it is the smallest and least complicated of the bunch. There is one pocket for your business cards and one for the cards you collect. Notes about your contact are written on the sticky note, and can be applied to your contact’s card for later review.

Note for Artists and Other Creative Folks:

While these are made specifically for business cards and contacts, I can’t help but imagine using them to catalog notes about paint formulas or artistic processes. You could cut business card-sized pieces of your artistic experiments, slide them into the business card slots and keep notes about the process used to achieve the effect or paint color on the card. This would be a great way to keep all of your creative information in one place, handy for future reference.

Remember to leave a reply if you would like to win one of the Contact Keepers. The giveaway is open to everyone around the world and ends Friday night, September 10th at 8:00 PM EST. I will contact the winner via email. If you win, you have until Friday, September 17th to claim your prize or I will choose another winner.

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Daycraft’s Vogue 2010 Planners feature striking, modern designs that are uncommon in the day planner market.  These diaries pack efficient planning layouts, useful accessories and beautiful materials wrapped in a thoughtful, beautiful design both inside and out. The Vogue planners are available in four sizes and two formats, and three different cover designs.

Daily Planner

Daycraft Vogue Planners

Daycraft's Vogue Planners are available in both daily and weekly planning formats in several sizes.

Daycraft’s Vogue 2010 Planners feature striking, modern designs that are uncommon in the day planner market.  These diaries pack efficient planning layouts, useful accessories and beautiful materials wrapped in a thoughtful, beautiful design both inside and out. The Vogue planners are available in four sizes and two formats, and three different cover designs.

Daily Planner

The page-a-day or daily planner I reviewed has 408 pages. It has a flexible, brown, suede-like cover imprinted with an abstract floral that wraps around both front and back covers. A vertical ribbon embellished with a plastic repeat of the floral design adorns the front. At first glance, it appears as though this is an elastic strap, but it is not, although you could slide a piece of paper or notes underneath. While I love the design of the planner, I am not a fan of the plastic charm and I think it would get caught on things over time. Fortunately, it can be easily removed. The daily planning format includes hourly lines for 8:00 am through 10:00 pm in addition to three lines for notes at the bottom of each page.  A small monthly calendar is in the bottom, right corner of each two-page spread.

Daycraft Daily Planner

One-page-per-day planning format has hourly lines from 8:00 through 10:00 pm. Each month is distinguished by a color bar at the top.

Daycraft Daily planner

A monthly overview and lines for notes are at the beginning of each month.

Dayraft Daily Planner

A forward, monthly planning calendars in the back of the planner allow for future long-term planning.

Weekly Planner

The smaller, pink diary has 232 pages and includes a weekly planning format. The cover is flexible and has a spongy feel similar to the cover on the Rhodia Webnotebook. An abstract, circle design has been embossed on the front and back covers. This planner also features a vertical ribbon embellished with a plastic charm. Each two-page planning spread displays one week with Monday through Wednesday on the left and Thursday through Sunday on the right.

Daycraft Weekly Planner

A colorful ribbon and plastic charm decorate the cover of the planner. The ribbon is not elastic and it is only on the front of the cover. Its primary purpose appears to be decorative.

Daycraft Weekly Planner

The planning format is one-week-per-page.

Daycraft Weekly planner.

Each month is preceded by a different color and design and a monthly planning calendar.

Daycraft Weekly Planner

Each month is distinguished by a different color and design.

Daycraft Weekly Planner

The Daycraft Weekly Planner includes beautiful graphics which are perforated for use as notes or labels.

Daycraft Weekly Planner

An address book in the back of the planner is great for storing contacts.

Features

Both planners feature colorful designs throughout the planners with each month having a different color and design that is displayed at the top of each page. Each month starts with a full-page of colorful design, a monthly calendar, lines for notes and a quote. A color-coordinated ribbon bookmark helps you keep you on track.

Small monthly and yearly planning calendars and tons of informational pages are included in the planner. You’ll find information on public holidays, world time zones,  IDD codes, conversion tables, pages for notes and a large address books. Information on Hong Kong banks, airlines, hotels, telephone numbers and rail systems are included, too.

I am unsure if the paper is acid-free or not. The color is fairly bright, but the paper is thin and somewhat translucent. It is on par with the paper in Moleskine’s planners and not suitable for wet pens or markers. It should be fine for those who use ballpoint pens , but anything else has showthrough and a substantial amount of bleedthrough.

Final thoughts

Daycraft’s Vogue planners are beautifully designed, efficient and packed with lots of useful information. The design stands out from the plethora of simple, black planners and would be a good choice for those who crave something unique. The materials appear to be top quality with exception of the paper, which is a bit thin and translucent for my taste. If you are using ballpoint pen or pencil, though, you will be more than satisfied with this planner.

Unfortunately, these planners are not available in the US at this time, so if you want one, you will have to find one from an overseas supplier.

These planners were supplied to me as review samples by Hong Kong-based Daycraft who produces a large line of beautiful diaries, notebooks, sketchbooks and corporate planners. Their products are designed in Hong Kong and manufactured in Dongguan, China by the Tai Shing Diary Ltd.

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Moleskine’s 2010-2011, 18-month planners now feature box-style monthly planning calendars inside their weekly planners. This is great news for those of you who detest the lined, vertical monthly calendars in Moleskine’s earlier weekly planners.  The new style resembles a wall calendar making it possible to quickly view and understand each month’s scheduling. Thank you, Moleskine, for listening to your customers!

Moleskine 18 Month Academic Planner has Box Style Calendars!

Moleskine's New, 2010-2011, 18-Month, Weekly, Academic Planners now include Box-Style, Monthly Calendars. Gone are the tiny, hard-to-read vertical calendars of previous years. Let's hope all of Moleskine's new planners will have this format.

For those of you looking to pick up a new, 2010-2011 Academic Moleskine Planner, they are now available at www.journalingarts.com. For a 10% discount on your order through April 30, 2010, enter discount code SAVE10NOW in your shopping cart and click the Apply Coupon button.

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Moleskine Mini Planners

Moleskine's Mini Planners are new for the 2011 planning year will be available in early summer of 2010. New colors include maroon, sky blue, lime green, navy and dark pink.

Moleskine is releasing several new products this year including a new weekly and daily Mini Planners in a variety of new colors. Sized at tiny 2¾” x 4¼”, they are slightly larger than the X-small Moleskine Volant and small enough to take with you wherever you go. They will be available in 6 colors including black, dark pink, sky blue, lime green, maroon and blue. Retail prices will be $9.99 USD for both the weekly and daily versions.

Moleskine Sky Blue Mini Planner

The tiny size is smaller than the length of a standard pen and will fit in almost any pocket or purse.

Moleskne Mini Weekly Planner

The weekly format is familiar, an unlined, horizontal format. While it is small in size, there is plenty of room for planning if you have only a few appoinmtents a day.

The planning formats are consistent with the mini’s larger cousins in style and layout, just smaller. The weekly format features a week spread across two pages in a open, horizontal format. There are no lines to restrict your note-taking, just blank sections separated by a line for each day.The daily format features unlined, one-page-per-day planning, but it is thicker than the weekly planner and measures nearly 1″ thick.

Moleskine Mini Daily Planner

The daily planning format is unlined and unstructured with one-day-per-page.

All of the same convenience pages are here, too including the Time Zone Map, Travels Planning and Memo, International Dialing Codes, Yearly Calenders, International Holidays, Distances, International Sizes and a small ruler on the edge of a page.

Moleskine Mini Planner pages feature an world time zone map

Moleskine Mini Planner pages feature the same convenience pages you'll find in the larger versions.

There is a change to the monthly planning section in the front of the planner; a box style planning calendar. I much prefer the box format in this planner to the tiny, vertical monthly planning sections in the larger planners. It is easier to see a month’s planning at a glance and less rigid. With any luck the larger planners will adopt this format in the future.

Moleskine Monthly Box-Style Planning Calenders

Moleskine's new monthly box-style planning calenders in the front of the planner give you a view of your month at a glance.

The mini planners have the all the features that you would expect from a Moleskine notebook or planner including:

  • Ribbon bookmark
  • Expandable envelope in the back
  • Elastic strap does a good job of keeping the planner closed an compact
  • Opens flat
  • Protective, oilcloth cover
  • Acid-free paper
Moleskine Mini Planner

The expandable pocket in the back of the planner is large enough for credit cards or business cards.

Final Thoughts

These little planners are packed with a powerful planning format despite being small. There are a variety of color choices to satisfy the urge to have a unique look. The planning formats are classic Moleskine and have enough space to handle all but the busiest schedules. If you don’t carry a planner because you don’t like the extra bulk, you should consider the Moleskine line of Mini Planners. The small size is to that of an iPhone and is as convenient to carry.

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