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I love pocket planners, but most don’t include a usable monthly calender along with the current week. This has always frustrated me, so I created a set of small Monthly Calendars that are available as a free download at www.journalingarts.com.

The Monthly Calendars measure 4¾” x 3¼” and were designed to fit into Moleskine, Ciak, Cartesio, and Rhodia planners and will also fit into the back envelope for storage. Use one as a bookmark and you’ll always have your month to view where you need it.

Each season is designated by a color and design. The free downloads are in color, but will print beautifully in black & white on your laser printer. A download of matching photos is also available that you can use on the back of your calendars or alone for a colorful pop.

The free download of lined Notecards was designed to fit on the back of the calendars, but can be used alone for adding Notecards to your planning. You can print these out on the backside of your calendars by printing on both sides of your paper. The Notecards, Photos and Calendars were designed to line up properly when printed on both sides.

Free Notecards download can be used alone or with the Monthly Calendars for additional organization.

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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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Which planner do you prefer, a paper calender or an electronic calender?

A friend of mine recently alerted me to an article in the New York Times about our society’s continued move towards an electronic lifestyle that outlined some of the pros and cons of paper and electronic calenders. Where do you stand on this issue? Do you prefer a paper planner, an electric planner or a combination of both?

Check out the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/fashion/calendar-wars-pit-electronics-against-paper.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=style

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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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The Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper is in full swing at Diane’s Pocketblonde blog. Be sure to check it out for this month’s best review on pens, pencils and paper.

For those of you who crave information on the latest journals be sure to check out these journal and planner reviews.

Why keep a journal? Well, Snarky’s Machine has a list of 10 reason’s why you’ll be cooler if you do.

Chris of Pens’nPaper reviews the 2011 Exacompta Prestige Journal 21 Daily Planner and includes lots of pictures of all the extras that come with this planner (for the picky at heart, it’s a treat!)

Zequenz Notebooks, which are as flexible as kittens but easier to write on, gets a great post at Journaling Arts.

Lauren, formerly of Pennington-on-Paper, has a new blog (unhalfbricking) and an introspective post on journaling that’s a lovely read.

Katie of Orange Circle Studio sent in this introduction to the new Edgewise Journals.

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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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