*disclaimer* I am English, I can't write 'color' even though this planner is officially the 'Color Crush Planner' :)
When Webster's Pages, one of my favourite manufacturers of scrapbooking supplies, launched a range of planners I just had to pre-order one. It took a long time to arrive (like months!), which was due to the dispatch date being delayed and the fact that I am in the UK and the package got held up by customs!
I finally received my Colour Crush planner today and I thought I would do an overview for you :)
When you open the box you are greeted by a lovely foiled vellum welcome note, which made me smile.
Beneath that is the planner itself. These planners come in lots of beautiful colours, I went for the light teal but really couldn't decide between this one, the dark pink or the orange! The planner feels a little plastic-y to me but that is probably just because I am used to Filofax Maldens and Filofax Orginals. It's not horrible, in fact I love it, I just want to point out that it's not leather. I love that I can chuck this in my bag and not worry about damaging it. It is very sturdy and has a nice long strap which is definitely a plus if you want to stuff your planner full of wonderful things.
The rings are gold in colour and seem strong, time will tell but I can't see them being any different than those in my Filofaxes.
The planner has a simple secretary pocket on the inside front with a couple of card slots and a pocket. Where this planner really comes into it's own and where it beats all others hands down as far as I am concerned is with the inserts.
As a crafter and someone who *tries* to keep up with Project Life, these inserts are amazing. Not only do they have fantastic colours and designs as you would expect from Webster's Pages, they have been well thought out and offer a plethora of options that I have not seen elsewhere.
The dividers are beautiful which means I don't have to make my own from laminated scrapbook paper as I have done for my Filofaxes.
The inserts (I will get to the calendar in a minute) include note pages for 'Thoughts', 'Ideas' and 'Dreams', there are pages with an area to do a project sketch (think scrapbook layout sketch) that have an area for recording quotes and notes. There is a page with a camera image on it (beautiful!!!) which lists all the days of the month - perfect for jotting down prompts for Project Life. Another section in the planner, under the tab 'Lists to Love' has gorgeous 'To Do' pages for monthly goals and other lists. Let me reiterate, these are not your usual boring planner pages, they are not plain paper, these pages are printed with designs that make it a joy to use and the paper itself is a good weight, and smooth.
Then we have some really pretty pages of patterned paper which you could use to stick photos on and make your very own mini scrapbook, right there in your planner.
The first section of the calendar is a tabulated month on two pages. The actual calendar part of this has been left plain and simple so it is clear to use. The back page (the other side of the second half of the year) is pretty and has another list of the days (another place for Project Life notes, birthdays or even gratitudes), it is entitled 'this & that'. The tabs on the month on two pages area are titled on both sides so you can easily flip back and forth between the months. These inserts have been well thought out.
I am also impressed with the Week Planner (or normal diary) which is a week on two pages. The layout is clean and simple and gives a nice amount of space for each day with Saturday and Sunday having equal space to the days of the working week. There is an area, also of equal space, for notes entitled 'This Week'.
At the bottom of the box is a nice little surprise in the way of a nice little sheet of diary stickers.
I also ordered an extra set of dividers because they are just so pretty. If you go to the website you will see all the colours of the planners and all the extras that you can get for them which include a gorgeous little folio for storing planner supplies that I didn't order.
I would recommend this planner if you are a crafter, you will love it. I also think that any female, of any age, who loves pretty things and scribbling would be thrilled with it. The Colour Crush Planner is both pretty and useful. Well done Webster's Pages, I think this is a hit!
I am very happy with my planner, there is nothing like starting a new year with something exciting to plan it in :)