All the Beautiful Planners & Journals of 2018

Beautiful Planner and Journal Covers
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2018 was abundant with beautiful planner and journal covers. Exquisite pieces from Chic SparrowFoxy Fix, Filofax, Van Der Spek, and Gillio were all the rage. As a result, social media feeds overflowed with examples of their beauty.

Each planner and journal cover brought the promise of pages to be filled with wild and wonderful ideas. And each new piece of leather brought the aroma of the heavens and intoxicating textures with it. If you’re  seasoned collector or new to this world, it doesn’t matter because the experience of a new, high-quality cover never gets old. 

I remember each and every unboxing of a new leather journal cover, or traveler’s notebook. The way the wrapping crinkles makes your fingers tingle in anticipation. Then the heavenly scent escapes its packaging and envelops you. Your fingers glide over the cover taking in all of the pebbling and veining inherent to the leather. Only a child with a bountiful Christmas morning haul understands the feeling that a stationery connoisseur gets when unwrapping a new cover.

As the year comes to a close, let’s pay homage to all the beautiful planner and journal covers of 2018 because 2019 promises to bring so many more!

Nineteen Collections to Keep in 2019

My Collections

One habit that nearly all planners and journalers seem to agree on is keeping lists, or collections as bujoists call them. In this post I’m going to share the 19 lists I will be keeping in my own bujo in 2019. I hope you find inspiration in these collections for your own planners and bujos in the new year.

Why You Should Make and Keep Collections

Collections provide limitless benefits from stimulating creativity to helping you determine your values and goals. They serve as a record of your memories and things you don’t want to forget. Of course, the benefit reaped from any given collection depends on the collection itself. For example, a list of TV shows you’ve watched may not yield the insights you need to finish your project, but it will probably be fun to make. Comparatively, listing your biggest accomplishments from the year might give you new insights about your life and its direction.

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Instagram Perfect Planners and Planner Envy

Instagram Perfect Planners & Planner Envy
Social media is flooded with images of planner and journal pages as works of art. There is a pervasive sense of something lacking and envy among planner and journal keepers.

Planner and journal pages that are gallery-worthy works of art are all over social media. Whether your planner or journal is a homemade bujo, ring planner, or simple Traveler’s Notebook, you’ve undoubtedly come across versions of it on Instagram and other social media that made you feel like yours is inadequate. They might have even left you feeling envious of the social media version.

The planner and journal worlds have exploded in recent years and collided with the scrapbooking and art journaling worlds. It’s an exciting time in these communities with so much creativity flowing. But there is also a pervasive sense of something lacking and envy among planner and journal keepers.

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#OneBookJuly2018

By now you’ve probably heard of One Book July – the planner challenge started in 2014 by Rhomany of Rhomany’s Realm, Carie Harling, and Miss Vickybee. The challenge was a call to planners to set aside the chaos that much of the planner world found (and still finds) themselves in when it comes to the search for the ever-elusive “planner peace,” and embrace one book for all planning without switching systems.

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Welcome to A Printed Life

Welcome
Welcome – I’m so happy to see you! Since you’re here, you probably have some familiarity with my Etsy shop or are active in the planner community. Either way, great! This site is all about the ways that pen and paper can be used to enhance your life: from documenting your days, loves and dislikes, wins and losses, to how to organize, plan, and journal. I want to dive into all of it with you. I hope that these pages inspire you on your journey to make yours a printed life.