Last year I won a QuoVadis Hebdo planner from Exaclair and found it very useful in keeping track of up-coming events and appointments. In particular, the amount of space for each day was a good amount for me, I liked the nice paper, and found tearing the corners off each week to be a handy way of opening up to the right spot in the planner. A few times I used the month-at-a-glance pages but not the year-at-a-glance page. Although I was charmed by the inclusion of the maps in the back, I never referred to them. My planner is just not the place where I go to look up that type of information. I also never used the booklet in the back to store addresses or to make notes as have other places for that.
Because I quite liked the Hebdo, my first thought was to buy a new insert as the reusable cover is one of the bonuses of this planner. However, the refill was just too expensive for me so I started looking around for an alternative. I came across a 16-Month Engagement Calendar from Peter Pauper Press (an American family business around since 1928) on sale at my local Coles book store and decided to try it for 2019. It is smaller than the Hebdo but I think will be adequate for my needs. Instead of tear-off corners, this one comes with a ribbon bookmark to keep your place. The paper is creamy and not quite as smooth and thin as the Hebdo. It has two small year-at-a-glance calendars (2019 and 2020) as well as very small monthly calendars at the bottom of each week. This one also has room for addresses and notes at the back which again I probably won’t use. I do like the elastic band closure and the neat pocket inside the back cover. Unfortunately as it starts in September 2018, the first quarter of it will be a waste as my current planner goes to the end of December.
The unattributed quote on the cover is apparently from the book Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey whose cover features some ripped abs with the tag line, “the soccer world’s bad boy is her new coach”. How did the “she believed she could so she did” quote end up with 334,000,000 search results on Google? I’m not sure but it really seems to have struck a chord with the Pinterest crowd. The cheery illustration around the quote does appeal to me, especially the little bicycle at the bottom,and I like that the year is labeled on the spine.
Hopefully this calendar will be as handy as the one I used last year.
If my new planner was a person it would be a woman who holds it all together but likes a touch of whimsy. Unfortunately, she only has a year to live so is so wants to fill her weeks with as much fun as possible.