We are a month in to 2021 and I am loving my new planner and set up so far. This Christmas I got my dream planner that I have been saving up for over the past couple years and I have been loving using it for the past month. Truly one of my favorite parts of the week is sitting down on Sundays and filling out my planner for the week.
For the past few years I’ve used the Happy Planner, so moving from their disk system to a 6-ring system that’s in my Louis Vuitton agenda took a little bit of time to adjust but I think I’m finally on the right track with it! I’ll probably be adding more to it through the year, and sharing it on my Instagram and LiketoKnow.it, but for right now I have everything I need to make it functional for day to day use that is easy to stick to.
Planner & Inserts
This year I’m using the Louis Vuitton MM agenda in the Monogram print with Cloth and Paper weekly inserts. There is going to be a lot from Cloth and Paper in this post, but there are also so many great alternatives on Etsy and even at more accessible stores like Target and Walmart that I’ll link at the end of this post.
All three sizes of the Louis Vuitton agenda are 6 rings. The MM specifically has 6 card slots in the front cover along with a pocket at the bottom and a full size pocket on the back cover. There is also a pen loop net to the snap closure. If I’m being honest I do wish that it was a little bigger because it doesn’t fit most of my pens, but the Le Pens do fit perfectly in there.
The thing I love the most about the Cloth and Paper inserts is how minimal they are. I love to add stickers and color into my planner so a clean base is ideal. I chose the weekly inserts due to the size of my planner. It’s the MM which equates to a personal size planner and I like to carry it in my bag so I didn’t want anything that would make it too clunky or heavy. That being said, if I had the GM or the desk agenda I would highly recommend their daily inserts because you have the space to fill it up with everything in your mind for the day.
Dividers and Dashboards
I picked up a set of dividers, once again from Cloth and Paper, and two other tabbed inserts which could be categorized as dividers so I’m going to add them here.
The CEO divider tabs (middle) are the main one in the planner that divide my weekly inserts from my lists and projects sheets.
The Today tab (left) is a lifesaver. I put it at the week I’m on in my planning pages. On it I have a post it with my planning “key” which is basically just all the symbols I use in my planner. For the most part it follows the basic bullet journal key. I also have a stack of small post its on it for easy planning on the go and when I don’t necessarily want to commit to writing something in pen in my planner.
The Inbox divider (right) is the very first thing in my planner. Anything that comes up throughout the day that I know I need to add to my planner (ex. appointments, notes, to-do lists) goes on a post it and gets stuck to this page until I get a moment to add it to the right spot in my planner. It really helps with keeping my planer functional and realistic but also pretty and organized.
Stickers, Post-its and Pens
Accessories like stickers and post its are probably my favorite part of my planner. Cloth and Paper makes transparent stickers and post its that I love using in my planner. You can either print on top of them for reoccurring tasks, write on them and still see what’s underneath or put them over writing to make it stand out. I have their flags in dusk and just ordered their new transparent circle sticky notes.
As much as I love all the transparent products, it took a little trial and error to find a pen the wouldn’t smudge on them. Cloth and Paper recommends the Uni Pin drawing markers and they have them in three different thicknesses on their site. For writing on the normal paper I like the Zebra Sarasa Dry pen. I’m left handed and usually smudge the ink when I’m writing with gel pens, which I find write the smoothest, and this pen dries so quick there’s no smudging.
The Tombow brush pens make great highlighters and have great neutral colors along with an array of more vibrant ones too if that’s your thing. I have the Portrait Palette and it goes great with dashboards and post its.
Shop my Products
I know that all these inserts and accessories can get a little pricey, but there are a ton of great options at places like Target, Walmart and craft stores like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s. You can shop some of my recommendations below, but there are also tons of great accounts on Instagram and YouTube dedicated totally to planners and everything that goes with them.