One of the great things about the planner community is that there is a planner for every life stage a person goes through. I have evolved in the type of planner I use. In college, I purchased my first planner, a Filofax Travelfax. I bought it in preparation for my junior semester abroad in Europe. It wasn't meant to keep my schedule or todo lists. Its only purpose was to hold my travel documents, passport, credit cards and cash. And I absolutely loved using it. It's patina still looks beautiful. However, it is pretty fragile now. It is made of pigskin leather. Pigskin??? I don't hear of planners being made with that anymore.
In my early twenties, my father purchased the Daytimer Planner system for me to use in my first job out of college. It was professional-looking and the leather was cowhide. I used this system for years. Eventually, though, I required a larger format for day-to-day use.
Since then, I have used a number of planners - Filofax, Gillio, Van der Spek and now L'Agenda Moderne. Each planner has its unique look and feel. And I try and change my planner every 2-3 months so that most of my planners get use. I also just like change. Using a new format and new inserts makes me happy. But I have to be particular because I only use a fountain pen, and I find that the Filofax inserts don't hold fountain pen ink very well.
My daughter, Parker, is almost 18 years old. And she is a creative soul. Last year, she used a bullet journal as her planner for school. But this summer, because of her busy and fragmented schedule, she recognizes the need for a more structured look and feel. However, being 18, the luxuriousness of Gillio, Van der Spek and L'Agenda Moderne seemed inappropriate. I believe those are brands you purchase once you are making your own money and can reward yourself. So, when I was introduced to the Cloth & Paper brand, I thought this may be a perfect set up for her.
The above planner arrived in my monthly subscription box from Cloth & Paper. If you're not familiar with the service, you can subscribe for a monthly delivery of stationery, pens or both stationery and pens. I am registered for the stationery and pens package. This black, vegan agenda arrived last week. It came with July inserts, stickers, a pen holder (the clever device you see above) and a bunch of gel pens.
The inserts are cleanly designed. And the format works perfectly for Parker. And the pen holder, while not my style, is edgy and unique - perfect for an 18-year old design student.
So, most of June's package went to Parker. But that's okay. I'm thrilled she enjoys using a paper planner. And I'm looking forward to seeing what fun goodies arrive in July!