Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Moments Inked 2016 Planner Review

I am super excited today to share with you my first impressions of the new 2016 Moments Inked Memory Planner system by Papertrey Ink. Each of the Moments Inked Design Team members will be posting reviews this week. If you missed Ashley’s and Suzanne’s reviews from yesterday, I encourage you to check them out. Also, Nichole posted an extensive planner introduction during the December release, which is HERE. You’ll definitely want to check that out if you haven’t already. Last but not least, Audrey is also posting her review today. Lots to see!

I’m thrilled with all the changes Papertrey has made this year! There are now even more opportunities for customizing the planner to suit your own individual needs. 

Here’s a quick run-down of the changes:
  • Choose your format: the spiral bound edition or the binder edition 
  • There are no longer daily pages included in this initial planner. This reduces the bulk considerably and gives the planner a nice, sleek profile. Note: if you loved the daily pages last year, stay tuned for alternative daily page options that will be announced in the near future.
  • Five gorgeous new cover designs for the spiral-bound planner (can also be adapted to the binder version).
  • Metal coil for the spiral-bound format instead of the flexible black plastic coil.
  • Notes pages at the end of each month
  • On the weekly spread, the days are no longer divided into morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • And extra specialty page listing out the specific colors for each month -- love this! (It's the little things!)

And here are some things that have stayed the same
(applies to both spiral-bound and binder formats):
  • Size is still 5” x 7”
  • Same monthly layout
  • Same signature Papertrey color combos for each month
  • Same 70b linen paper
  • Same “extra” pages, including dates to remember, goals, contacts, lined notes pages, grid notes pages, and a year-in-review page.
  • Same durable laminated month tabs

For more detail, join me for a video walkthrough of the new planner. 
(Fair warning -- I'm not the cinematographer that Ashley is! Her video from yesterday is so beautifully done and informative -- a must-see!)

So, let’s talk about that binder! Gorgeous! I chose the Ebony binder to get started, but I would gladly take one of each. They all look so pretty! I’m so impressed with the overall look and feel. Very professional and sophisticated. The features have obviously been carefully designed for maximum functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Outside features include metal corners for durability (and good looks), a simple snap closure in a gold finish to match the corners, beautiful top-stitching, and an elegant embossed Moments Inked logo.

Inside features include a pen/pencil loop, storage flaps/pockets, gold binder rings, and a notepad insert.

I enjoyed using the spiral-bound planner last year, but I do think I prefer a binder system. I tend to want to rearrange/add/subtract somewhat frequently, which will be much easier with the binder format. I also just like the elegance of the binder.

The binder pages are the same for both the spiral-bound and the binder version, so the following applies to both systems. 

I really like that the day columns on the new weekly spreads are no longer divided into morning, afternoon, and evening. As a stay-at-home mom of three busy kids, the weekday evening section tended to be overflowing, while the morning and afternoon sections were often unused. And when does afternoon officially become evening anyway <grin>? I plan to experiment with the weekly spread, maybe divide the day columns into two sections, one for calendar and one for tasks. Or I may divide into categories — family, personal, and blog. Either way, I appreciate the ability to tailor those columns to my needs instead of trying to force things into the morning, afternoon, and evening parameters.

I’m glad to see that two of my favorite features have remained:

1) the motivational quotes at the beginning of each month — what a great opportunity to reflect on an encouraging phrase or quote!

2) the goals page at the beginning. I found myself referring to this frequently throughout this past year to check on my progress and re-focus as needed. Some of my accomplishments likely wouldn’t have happened had I not written them down here. The goals page also, oddly, allowed me to let go of at least one thing that really needed to go. I’ve been trying to do Project Life for at least four years now. Instead of being discouraged by yet another year of “failing” at it, the goals page has helped me realize that it’s time to just let it go. 

I’m very curious to see what Nichole has planned for the daily page alternative. I didn’t use large parts of the daily page regularly, so I don’t altogether mind that they’re gone, but I would still like to include daily gratitude and  simple memory keeping in my 2016 planner. We’ll see what comes out in the months ahead!

Who else was excited that Week One of the new planner has already begun? Here’s a look at the current week (I had to break in the new planner right away!):

I’m planning to continue with weekly Bible verse journaling this year. For now, I’m continuing to use the weekly verse suggestions that I found on the Oak Tree Community Church website.

Conveniently, the first verse, Psalm 119:105, is included in Papertrey’s Light of Life stamp set. I decided to create a lighthouse scene for the Scripture using images from Guiding Lights. Since the darker colors tend to show through a little on the other side of the linen paper, I stamped off once for the red and black.

I shared info about the “books due” flag in THIS POST.

The black divider is one that I used last year in the spiral-bound planner. I die-cut it from a vinyl two-pocket folder that I picked up at an office supply store using the Moments Inked: Tabbed List die. For now, to adapt it to the binder system. I just punched holes in the other side. 

I used the new white Post-It notes (two 3x3 notes) to create a to-do list for the week. The header, lines, and checkboxes are all from the Moments Inked: Posted stamp set. The title is from the Moments Inked: Listed stamp set, and the stars are from the Monthly Moments: Tabbed stamp set.

Once my kids’ activities start up again after the holidays, I won’t have nearly this much real estate for decorating, so I took full advantage of it this week! The New Year’s cluster was done with a bunch of stamps and dies. The product list is for reference and not meant to overwhelm at all! The idea is to use things you already have.

     Christmas Cheer stamp set  (Happy New Year)
     Wet Paint Tags stamp set  (Cheers)
     Moments Inked: Planner Banners (tiniest star image)
     Just the Ticket stamp set and Just the Ticket Border die (ticket)
     Monthly Moments: Year-Round Mini stamp set (hello January)

Sometime last year, I started using the monthly spread as a blog calendar, and plan to continue with that this year. I’ve used a mixture of repositionable Avery circle labels (colored with Copics) and stamped die-cuts using the Monthly Moments: Tabbed stamps and Monthly Moments: Tabbed dies. The tabbed die-cuts are also stamped with a “post live @“ frame from the Moments Inked: Blog Banners stamp set. I suppose technically they are upside-down, but this way they don't cover up the dates!

Last photo for today, I also glammed up the opening title page with some gold adhesive Wet Paint Alpha letters to spell out my name. Swanky!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post. I look forward to sharing more planner ideas throughout the coming year. 
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Bonnie T. said...

I love everything you did with your planner. I am using those weekly verses as well. Unfortunately I don't have the Guiding Lights set. But I used the Lighten Up lamps as an alternative. It's so fun to see everyone's creative planning ideas!

Bonnie T. said...

I love everything you did with your planner. I am using those weekly verses as well. Unfortunately I don't have the Guiding Lights set. But I used the Lighten Up lamps as an alternative. It's so fun to see everyone's creative planning ideas!

Gina said...

Whooo! I love your swanky name in the front!! I'm glad to see you're using Monthly Moments: Tabbed - I was just looking at those for use in my planner (along with all the other Monthly Moments stamp sets). I used Monthly Moments: January for late this week (it's supposed to FINALLY get cold here, and I needed to use "Happy New Year"!) I love how you decorated Jan 1 in your planner! Very fun!!

sandi said...

Love your planner. Beautiful

sandi said...

Love your planner. Beautiful

Unknown said...

As this is my first PTI planner, really enjoyed what you have done with the first pages and appreciate your ideas and plans for how to use in the future. My plan is similar. Your gold "signature" is a lovely, personal touch too.

Tracy said...

loved the video - very clear, concise and informative (2015 goal about making videos - check!) really nice sweetie. also love the stamping in the planner. makes my heart happy