Since graduating high school, I have been on the hunt for a planner to organize my life- from work, post-secondary courses, as well as social and personal activities. I have tried the Personal Planner and Erin Condren LifePlanner (you can watch my unboxing HERE) but didn’t find that the layouts worked for me. I then discovered Kikki-K and loved the idea of a binder style to be able to switch around/ add/ remove pages to make it work better for me. You can watch my Kikki-K unboxing HERE if you like!
The version I have is the large textured leather personal planner in black. The exact one I have is no longer available but the one that is currently listed on the website is pretty similar. The bow is a Kate Spade leather keychain.
On the inside I have a couple project life cards with paper clips from Kate Spade and Indigo. I traced the Kikki K dividers and made my own with scrapbook paper and laminated them and added Project Life cards.
I made my own monogram paper clip with glitter and plain black card stock. The sayings on the journalling card are from a Kate Spade roller stamp.
My first section is “calendar”. At first I tried trimming down my Erin Condren, but didn’t like how large it was inside the Kikki-K. I then tried using the pages that came with the Kikki-K, which were a month on two pages which worked for the summer time when I wasn’t doing as much but once I started back in school it became too much. I then discovered Inkwell Press which is the planner I purchased for 2016. With the purchase of the Inkwell Press 2016 inserts (which fits perfectly inside the large Kikki-K) I had the option to buy a small mini-planner with the remaining months of 2015. You can see my Inkwell Press unboxing HERE. I cut and hole punched the mini-planner to fit the Kikki-K which helped me get some practice with that style of planner and figure out a system that would work as a practice for 2016. The little orange bookmark is from Studio Calico.
My next section is “To-Do” I used the To-Do pages that were included with the Kikki-K and broke it down by different categories, one for school, one for my room, one for my blog and so forth.
The next (and my favourite divider) is social media. To be honest I didn’t do too much in this section aside from follower stat counts and post ideas for Tumblr, my blog, YouTube videos and so on.
Writing is another category that I made. The only pages I had in here were a word count tracker for NaNoWriMo, but as my writing took a backseat for much of 2015 it was a pretty thin section.
Next is finances. I am going to be honest and say all that was in here was a wish list. 2016 is going to focus more on saving and budgeting so that will be something to focus on in my planner.
Health & Fitness is another big thing I’m working on for 2016 but didn’t get much in this planner.
Lastly was notes. I initially had some note paper from the Kikki-K in the back of the binder behind this tab but as the note pad on the bag also says ‘notes’ I felt that was kind of redundant.
The pen I keep in the pen loop is from Kate Spade as well (can you guess the aesthetic I was going for?). I love the snap closure on the Kikki-K, they also offer an elastic closure if you prefer that.
As much as I loved these dividers and this layout, for 2016 I will have to change it to accommodate a years worth of inserts with the Inkwell Press. With just a couple days left in 2015 I am making some tweaks to come as close to “planner peace” as I can, and I’m excited to see where that goes!
Thank you so much for reading this post and stay tuned to see my 2016 planner layout!