So, despite being a tried and true through and through, Filofax girl I ventured in to the unknown and bought a Mambi Happy Planner 365 because I found one lonely on a shelf at Hobby Lobby that just happened to be black and gold and I, of course, had a 40% coupon on my Hobby Lobby app. Fate, it seems, brought us together. Well I brought her home. I paged through her. I scoured pinterest for more hours than I care to admit. I kept bringing her to my desk to work on only to get lost in Pinterest planning again. It seemed like such a daunting task to decorate this thing with so much open space… and it was only a couple days in to July might I add. I thought maybe I should pack it in and raffle it off because it was too much planner for me. Did I really just say that?!? Everyone is or has headed down the Erin Condren road and we’re somewhat outnumbered it seems on Pinterest these days. Filofax who? I am in full support of those who uncoil and put in to their Filo’s though. 😛 I just can’t commit that much money to an ECLP when there are Filofaxes out there I don’t own. Plus, HAVE YOU SEEN THEIR UPCOMING RELEASES??? Check here and here!
Well I finally ended up taking on the challenge and came here to share with you hours of work. 🙂 This thing epitomizes the phrase “planning to plan” but, lord, was it therapeutic and fun to see the outcome… Hope you enjoy!
I also photocopied the inside planner pages and laminated them to use as a guide for my layouts when I was planning! #ingenius
Then here are some shots from the inside…
At this point I really should have taken a picture of my desk to show you the absolute chaos I was working in! #madscientist #laboratory 😀
I would like to throw out big thank you to all Pinteresters around the world for inspiring and sharing your creativity for everyone else to see. I would also like to thank a couple bloggers that I searched out for inspiration and spent hours on their YouTube channels watching them create!
– Belinda Selene
IG: @planwithbelinda YouTube: Belinda Selene Blog: Belinda Selene
– Inspired Blush
IG: @inspiredblush Youtube: InspiredBlush Blog: Inspired Blush
– Charmaine Dulak
IG: charmainedulak Youtube: Charmaine Dulak Blog: Love, Charmaine
IG: @andreamarieYT Youtube: AndreaMarieYT Blog: AndreaMarieYT
Thank you to everyone out there in the planning community!!!!
So my final verdict: Incredibly therapeutic and fun to work on. It is literally like a blank canvas which is awesome and dangerous for hyperfocused individuals like myself! Definitely not practical enough to carry around as an everyday planner due to it’s sheer size and I am not sure how the plastic rings would hold up with bouncing around life by your side day in and day out. But all in all a lot of fun and I will definitely be getting lost in this thing when I need some me time. And for the price, well, it’s cheaper than therapy! 🙂
P.s. Sorry for the lighting… even with sunlight you have to depend on lamps in my house. I am working on getting a better lighting set up!