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2016 Quo Vadis and Exacompta Refills

23 Nov


2016 REFILLS in the house! Hurry and shop them before they’re out of stock – they sell out early every year. Enjoy your Quo Vadis or Exacompta refill for 2016 – shop right here »

Sierra Club 2016 Engagement Calendars

19 Nov

sierra-club-european-paper-blogWhether you’re making plans for 2016, or planning gift ideas – enter, Sierra Club Engagement Calendars! They save the day with a beautiful new nature image for every week. Shop them here»
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2016 Datebooks : Start Fresh

14 Nov



2016 is right around the corner, are you ready? Start making plans in your shiny new 2016 datebook or refill right here »
Don’t delay – the most popular styles sell out fast!

Make It A Great Year : Shop 2015 Datebooks

16 Oct



Get ahead of the game and enjoy a fresh start for your new year with 2015 datebooks. Shop 2015 Datebooks here »

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Too early you say? 2015 is around 2 months away! How about these ideas to get your planner engines roaring:

1. Order early – our most-loved planners will sell out!
2. See this planner as an extension of your current planner (if you have any plans in the next three months, it’s a no-brainer).
3. Don’t forget! It’s a great time to round-up birthdays, anniversaries, and vacations with your friends & family.
4. Seasonal reminders : Home maintenance, gardening, back to school – go ahead and jot in reminders & of course, lessons you learned this year.
5. They’re an office essential : Preparing for the big conference or work project launching next year? Set your deadlines, map out your meetings, and fill in notes to keep you and your fellow staff on track.

Save 10% on All 2014 Academic Planners & Refills

10 Jul

If you’re heading back to school and haven’t gotten your 18 month planner yet, you’re in luck! Save 10% on any Academic Planner or Refill now through 7/17, and let these professional organizers save you from the “whoosh” of missed deadlines.
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2014 Datebook Sale Extended! + Shop Refillable Datebooks & Refills

1 Jan

datebook-sale-10-off-blog_01 datebook-sale-10-off-blog_02Happy new year! Ready to start planning? Save 10% off every single datebook, planner, and refill with code NEWYEAR10.
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2014 Daily Datebooks from Moleskine, Leuchtturm1917, Quo Vadis & Exacompta

14 Nov


It’s a perfect time to get a head start on the new year, and choose from the best selection while you’re at it!
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A Paper Lover’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Planner or Datebook : Part 3of3 : Weekly Formats & Cover Styles

13 Nov

Selecting the perfect planner–the right format, size, layout–can be a fraught experience.  Here to simplify the process is Laurie Huff, the guru behind In this 3-part series, she’ll walk us through how to choose the best planner for you.  

In my previous posts in this series I helped you decide which format of planner will work best for you, and what size planner you need. In this post I will focus on different formats of weekly planners, since weeklies are the most popular planner style. I will also discuss different types of covers and how to decide what to choose.

quo-vadis-2014-club-hebdo-56-planner-6.25-x-9.375-pqu4562-2The Horizontal Weekly format is the most basic weekly format. It has the day spaces across the page with Monday through Wednesday or Thursday on the left page, and the rest of the week on the right page. These formats sometimes have a space for notes on the weekly page to add symmetry to the layout. Some examples of the horizontal weekly format are the Quo Vadis HebdoMoleskine Horizontal and the Cavallini weekly planner.

The Horizontal Weekly format is very popular because it is so flexible in its use.  There is no dictated way to use it. You can use the daily spaces for your appointments, tasks, notes, or even sketches. You could also use the planner as a daily diary. The smaller daily spaces are less intimidating than a full daily page, and if you miss a day or two it’s easy to go back and fill in later. Shop all our Horizontal Weekly Planners here.

exacompta-2014-club-visual-planner-6-x-8.25-pqu4202-2The Vertical Weekly format has days as columns, which is useful for seeing your day chronologically down the column. Some planners have timed columns, some lined without times, and some blank. Vertical columns are especially useful for planning how long activities will take, seeing how much time you have between events, or for blocking out periods of time. Another useful feature of days as vertical columns is that undone tasks can be arrowed over to the next day without re-writing. Some examples of the vertical weekly format are the Moleskine Vertical Weekly planner and the Exacompta Club Visual planner.

The Vertical Weekly format is highly structured and is excellent for very busy people who need to map out their day by the hour. This is especially useful for families managing multiple schedules or students who work a job. The vertical chronological format allows you to see exactly what hours are taken up by classes and work, so you can schedule your study time to make sure you keep up on everything. Similarly, working parents can benefit from seeing the hours of their days so they can meet deadlines and still make it to after-school activities on time. Shop all our Vertical Weekly Planners here

rhodia-2014-pocket-weekly-planner-4-x-6-prh4358kk-3The Week + Notes format is great because it allows lists and notes to be written alongside the weekly schedule. This lets you see what you need to do (on your lists) and when you have time to do it (in your schedule). Week + Notes planners can combine notes and lists with either a horizontal or vertical weekly format. Shop all our Week + Notes datebooks here.   

The Week + Notes Horizontal format is extremely popular, because there are so many ways to use it. The traditional way to use it is with your schedule in the weekly page and lists and notes in the opposite page. But I’ve seen many different uses for this format including uses as a blog planner, a weekly (as opposed to daily) diary/ journal, a fashion diary with pictures stuck into the pages, baby book (recording all those little events in a baby’s first year), etc. There really is no limit to the possible uses.  Examples of Week + Notes Horizontal planners are the Leuchtturm Weekly Planner, Rhodia weekly plannerMoleskine Weekly Planner + Notes and the Exacompta Space 17.

The Week + Notes Vertical format is my personal favorite. I function best with the structure of the vertical daily columns showing me my schedule by the hour, combined with space below or to the side for my prioritized lists (Must Do, Could Do, Ongoing/ Non-Urgent). Seeing my tasks along with my schedule allows me to see where I can work tasks into my schedule and helps me prioritize my time. Examples of Week + Notes Vertical planners are the Quo Vadis Trinote and extra-large Quo Vadis Prenote #24.

quo-vadis-2014-trinote-planner-refill-48-ref.-4801-7-x-9.375-pqu44801-1A final consideration in choosing your planner is the cover.  Here, too, you have multiple options, from basic black to vacation turquoise.  Perhaps more importantly, however, is whether to select a refillable cover or not.  A refillable cover, such as those by Quo Vadis or Exacompta, allows the economic and environmentally-friendly option of reusing your cover and simply swapping out refill each year. This is especially nice when you have a cover you love and can enjoy using year after year (alternatively, you can purchase multiple covers and change up your planner look seasonally or according to mood!)  On the other hand, an entirely new cover and planner may simplify your planner archives.

With all of these planner options, you are sure to find the planner that works best for you!


Meet the Writer: Laurie Huff tests, reviews and designs planners at Over the years she has tried dozens (hundreds?) of planners in search of the “Perfect Planner,” and on Plannerisms she helps others find planners that work well for them. When she’s not writing about planners, she spends every moment she can in the forests of Scotland. Laurie enjoys science and nature, hikes with her family, and reading books by the fireplace.

A Paper Lover’s Guide to Selecting the Perfect Planner or Datebook : Part 2of3 : Size

12 Nov

Selecting the perfect planner–the right format, size, layout–can be a fraught experience.  Here to simplify the process is Laurie Huff, the guru behind In this 3-part series, she’ll walk us through how to choose the best planner for you.  

In my previous post, I discussed various uses for planners and how to determine whether you need a monthly, weekly or daily planner. The next step is to decide what size planner you need.

What size planner you choose is a balance between page space and portability. If your planner will stay at home or work all the time, it can be as big as you want. But if you will carry your book everywhere with you, make sure it’s a size you can stand to carry in your bag or hands all the time. Everyone has their own size threshold. Do you need a book you can slip into your pocket? Do you carry a big bag and don’t mind a large book?

quo-vadis-2014-club-miniweek-44-planner-2.75-x-3.75-pqu4442-1When looking for a planner to take with you everywhere, it’s tempting to get the smallest planner possible. There are planners smaller than your phone, like the Quo Vadis Club Miniweek #44 Planners, which can be great for tossing into a small clutch or suit pocket, making it always immediately available.  But, make sure the spaces are large enough to write in everything you need. I’ve had many a planner fail due to too-small day spaces.

Something else to consider is the size of your handwriting. If you have tiny, neat handwriting you’ll be able to get away with a smaller page size (and therefore smaller book) than someone like me who has large handwriting.

Book size may affect what format of planner you choose. If you need to write lots of details every day and you want to take your planner everywhere with you, you may prefer a pocket size day per page planner like the Moleskine Pocket Daily Planner or Quo Vadis Daily Pocket instead of a desk size weekly planner.

cavallini-2014-keep-calm-weekly-planner-4-x-6-pcv2648-1It is possible to have both portability and a large page space. If you want a book with plenty of writing space that you don’t mind carrying, try one of the slightly larger pocket datebooks, usually about 4 x 6 inches, like those from Cavallini (we love their vintage covers!) or Rhodia. These ones easily fit into a larger pocket or satchel.  Shop all our pocket datebooks here.

Slightly larger still are the large datebooks, which tend to prefer living in drawers, backpacks, larger purses and briefcases.  Most popular of these is the Exacompta Visual Planner and its refills, which allow you to keep the same cover year after year.  We’re also keen on the large Rhodia weekly planner and the Leuchtturm1917 weekly planner.  Shop all our large datebooks here.

moleskine-2014-extra-large-soft-cover-weekly-planner--notes-7.5-x-10-mcx514w-1If your planner will stay on your desk most of the time, the sky’s the limit for planner size. The Moleskine Extra Large Weekly planner and Quo Vadis 2014 Club Trinote Planner both have loads of writing space each week to help you keep up on all your lists and notes.  Shop all our extra large datebooks here.

With such a variety of planner formats and sizes from tiny to huge, you’ll be sure to find what works best for you. Feel free to experiment until you figure out what works.

In my next post I’ll discuss the most popular planner formats and how to use them!


Meet the Writer: Laurie Huff tests, reviews and designs planners at Over the years she has tried dozens (hundreds?) of planners in search of the “Perfect Planner,” and on Plannerisms she helps others find planners that work well for them. When she’s not writing about planners, she spends every moment she can in the forests of Scotland. Laurie enjoys science and nature, hikes with her family, and reading books by the fireplace.

Early Birds, Shop 2014 Datebooks & Get 10% off!

17 Oct


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It’s Book Club Month! How to Find, Join, or Create Your Own…

9 Oct


It’s October, finally.  The swarm of back to school has abated—and perhaps made us a little nostalgic for long ago days of reading lists—and schedules are beginning to settle back into patterns. The weather is turning cooler, and rain pelts the window. In all, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a cup of tea (or something stronger) and a favorite book.  It’s also National Reading Group Month and, we gotta say, sharing the joys of a great book with dear friends is almost enough to forgive the end of Daylight Savings Time.

Are you in a book club already?  If not, why?  Granted, sometimes book clubs get pegged as wine-sloshing gossip groups—we’ve gone to some like that, and they’re great fun—but they don’t have to be.  Book clubs come in every style, from alumni reading groups led by professors, to re-reading children and young adult fiction from an adult perspective, from avant-garde sci fi to military history or memoirs.  Just like there’s a book or genre for anyone, there’s also a book club.

Getting in to one—now, there’s the rub.  If you’re looking for low initial commitment, we recommend checking out your local independent bookstore or public library.  They often host public book clubs, providing the books in bulk (library) or even at a discount (bookstore).  There’s seldom a need to RSVP or register; just slip into a chair to learn about and discuss Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone or Barbara Kingsolver’s latest.   (See our list of some favorite indie bookstores and their reading groups below).tumblr_m9aj35gJcB1qavvdfo1_1280

Other places to try would be that clearinghouse of social groups,, or asking around at your office, gym, place of worship or favorite coffee shop. Someone has probably had this great collective reading impulse already, and it’s fairly simple to join a book club that’s already up and functioning; however, you’ll probably have to RSVP, perhaps provide snacks or take a turn leading, and it’s sometimes more difficult to make schedules align.

And if you’ve struck out at the coffee shop and the library? We suggest starting your own book club.  It takes a little organization, but there’s also a lot more liberty in terms of location, reading specific genres, and so forth. Before you get started, take a few minutes and ponder what you want from your book club: do you want inciting commentary and scholarly contextualization or a reason to catch up over delicious desserts (or something in between)?  To read the classics you only Cliff-noted in college or the fluffy summer fiction you missed?  Do you want to read the collected works of one author? To reunite with old friends or get to know the neighbors better? Where will you meet, will you take turns leading and hosting with other members, and how large do you want the group to be (for meeting in a home or quiet cafe, 6-12 tends to be an ideal size)? Decide if you want refreshments and if they’ll be themed, homemade delectables, or simple cheese and crackers.

When you have a decent idea of what you want in terms of tone and theme, start floating it around your own social group and see who’s interested.  Ask everyone to bring 2-3 book suggestions to a first, organizational meeting.  Set some ground rules about how often (usually once a month) you’ll meet, where, and for how long. Discuss hosting and leading responsibilities as well. Ironing out a schedule can easily be the most difficult part of this process.  Finally, discuss book suggestions and see if a clear favorite emerges for the next text.  If not, take a vote, take turns or even toss them in a hat and draw the first few months’ of readings.

Next thing you know, you’ll be deep into plot points, authorial perspectives and crudités. You’ll be getting to know your books—and friends—more deeply, and what can better than that on a chilly autumnal evening?

To get off to the right start, you can shop book club tools that will keep you inspired, in-sync with your club, and organized. Try scheduling your chapters by due date in a new 2014 datebook. We’d recommend the planner+notes format - dates on the left, your thoughts of the book on the right. If you’d like to keep notes in an exclusive journal, you’ll love Paperblanks journals, with embellished manuscript covers from great authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and other muses. If you’re into more of a polished/professional notebook, we’d recommend the Rhodia Webnotebook, Moleskine Classics, or the Blackwing Luxury Notebook. Of course, to write all your notes, you’ll love the Blackwing pencils, the preferred world-famous pencil of writers for it’s all around grace, smooth lead, and replaceable erasers. When you’re all wrapped up with your book, check out the unique format of the Moleskine Book Journal, an organized way to record your thoughts for an overall book review, with step by step prompts to draw the most out of your experience. To wrap it all up, carry your book club tool kit to your hip book club meetings in this uber-cool Moleskine Messenger Bag. With the right products, every page turn will bring your well-read adventures in your book club to life!

Here are some of our favorite indie bookstores (you can tell we spend more time in the West: what are your favorite East Coast and Southern bookshops?) and the reading groups they support:

Pasadena, CA: Vroman’s Bookstore

San Francisco, CA: Books, Inc.

Boulder, CO:  Boulder Bookstore

Denver, CO: Tattered Cover

Washington, DC: Politics & Prose

Seattle, WA: Elliot Bay Books


Tell us: what is your book club currently reading?

Rhodia Pencils 10% Off with the Purchase of a Refillable Planner

12 Sep


For a limited time, save 10% off Rhodia Pencils when you purchase a refillable Quo Vadis or Exacompta 2014 planner. Ends 9/17.
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