Laurie Huff from Quo Vadis blog sent a 2017 Plan & Note Weekly Open Format planner for review and it’s going to fit perfectly into my journaling plans for next year.
Some details from the Quo Vadis website:
- Sleek and compact – made for organized note keeping on-the-go
- Open space for planning & notes
- Week across two full pages
- 2017 monthly planning pages
- 12 months – January-December
- Bound-smooth rubberized hardboard covers
- Color binding & match elastic closure (blue, purple or rose)
- Anno-planning for 2017 & 2018
- White 90g paper
- Crisp, two color print – grey & blue
- Tear-off corner opens to week in progress
- Bound in address book
All to the good, but this statement on the inner cover intrigued me from the first word. “Freedom to organize your day. No boundaries. No boxes. Just Open Space.” Exactly! Use it as a planner, journal, diary or all three in the same day.
Form and fit are well-executed. Stitched binding encourages the journal to lay flat for comfortable writing. The desk sized version has a writing area of 13 x 3.5 cm for each day with 5 mm line spacing. The area for notes is the same size and located at the bottom of the right hand page. The lines and details are pale and unobtrusive. Whatever you write will be the star attraction against the soft background.
Confession time. I was reluctant to put a mark on the lovely paper. It seemed a travesty to mar its smooth surface. Consequently, the journal sat on my desk for several days before it met a pen. Ink tests showed no feathering with a couple of nearly imperceptible exceptions visible only under magnification. There was no bleed-through and virtually no show-through except with a Sharpie. (I like Sharpies but cannot figure out where to use them. Suggestions?)
The journal could use a bookmark so I added a book thong that won’t interfere with writing. Yeah, it’s girlie and dangly, but it dresses up the place.
For my purposes, the year-at-a-glance will be for birthdays and anniversaries, the monthly section for appointments and events, while the weekly pages will work as a journal. That’s just one approach. With three calendars, it can be adapted to a variety of uses.
So there you go. Fine form, excellent paper, open format. The worst thing about my Quo Vadis 2017 Plan & Note? I have to wait until the new year to put it to use!
Thanks, Laurie, for the planner and opportunity to review it.
More uses for planners at Quo Vadis blog.