It’s planner review season here at Pretty Neat Living! I am excited to kick off this series with a look at the new collaboration between Day Designer and Blue Sky, two popular planner providers. These affordable planners and calendars come in a variety of sizes and designs ranging from $8.99 to $19.99 and are available online or at Target stores. I have four to share an up close look with you today, but I’m also including photos and links to the other options available on Blue Sky’s website below.
I’d been eyeing these beauties at Target ever since they popped up at my local store earlier this summer and thought it’d be fun to review them since I enjoyed reviewing the original Day Designer last year. The PR team at Blue Sky actually reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in seeing some of the lineup, which of course I was, and they sent me the four pictured above. These planners are dated from July 2015 to June 2016. Let’s take a look at each one a bit closer:
The 8″x10″ gold stripe planner* first caught my eye out of the bunch because it is the most reminiscent of the original Day Designer I am familiar with. It is bound with a wire-o coil and heavy duty sheer plastic on both the front and back to protect the beautiful gold foil design cover.
I believe this retails for $19.99, but I am not certain because I couldn’t find it online or in store.
The interior includes a few pages that appear to be standard across the board with the majority of the Day Designer for Blue Sky lineup. This includes a cover page followed by a two year reference calendar for 2015 and 2016, the story behind Day Designer, a guide on how to use the planner, and four personal goal setting pages. The back features a notes section with lined pages and a list of major US holidays.
The daily edition features month-on-two-page spreads set between day-on-a-page spreads. The wire-o calendars include built-in monthly tabs that are reinforced and laminated for durability. The monthly spreads are lightly lined with major US holidays marked with a small banner, a “To Do & Notes” section on the side, and a previous and next month-at-a-glance in the corner.
Each day of the week is designated its own page with a three column design, including a time stamped “Today’s Schedule” section in thirty minute increments from 6 AM to 8 PM, “Today’s Top Three” and “To Do” checkbox sections, and an area for “Notes.” There are also two smaller blank boxes labeled “Tonight” and “Gratitude.” Each day includes an inspirational quote. The weekend is split on one page with a shortened time stamp “Schedule” section in hourly increments from 6 AM to 8 PM, and areas to plan “Fun Things To Do,” “Weekly Gratitude,” “Next Week,” and “Don’t Forget.”
The Day Designer for Blue Sky wire-bound calendars are more readily available in a weekly and monthly calendar format in a variety of sizes and cover designs. This small 5×8 planner* includes the same standard pages at the front as the daily planner, as well as an identical month-on-two-page spread.
The week-on-two-pages spread includes a horizontal, lined section divided into two columns for each day with checkboxes to mark off to-do’s. Saturday and Sunday share the same amount of space allocated to one weekday.
The same design is available in journal-style casebound style planners, including both 8″x10″ and 5″x8″ sizes.* The interior pages are the same as the wire-bound weekly planners except they do not include the monthly tabs. The casebound styles have a built-in black and white stripe bookmark. The white contrast stitching along the perimeter of the cover is a nice touch.
In addition to these offerings, I thought I’d share pictures and links to the other Day Designer for Blue Sky planners and calendars available online currently. Please note that all of them date from July 2015 through June 2016.
All image sources that are not originally my own photos are from the links provided below:
I couldn’t find the gold stripe daily planner that was sent to me either online or at my local Target, although it’s possible they’re just out of stock right now. I wonder if this design is an in-store exclusive, as there are no daily planners available online in the Day Designer collaboration. I did notice at least one planner (black and white stripe) at my local Target that I didn’t see on Blue Sky’s website.
I go over each of the four planners I received in more detail in this video if you’re interested in a closer look:
I generally like the Day Designer for Blue Sky line and think that the planners and calendars available are a good value for the price. They’re beautifully designed with many size, format, and cover options to choose from. The included calendars are clear and easy to follow. I like how the calendar format stays consistent even in different styles, so you know you’re always getting that classic Day Designer look. The paper and binding qualities don’t quite match up to the original Day Designer, which currently retails for $59 plus shipping, but there are many more options available and at a much more wallet-friendly price point. Taking all of that into consideration, I believe these are a good buy and excellent for anyone wanting a beautifully designed planner at a great price.
It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share the Day Designer for Blue Sky love with you. The Day Designer for Blue Sky Planner Giveaway will run until Friday, October 9, 2015 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. FOUR winners will win one of the four planners I shared in my coordinating video. You will be able to choose which planner you would like in the event that you win when you enter the giveaway.
Please note that the planners provided as giveaway prizes are not in perfect condition, but in the state that I received them. I will be sure to pack them up well for shipping to their new homes.
You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the Day Designer for Blue Sky planner and calendar range. Please let me know if there are any other planners you’d be interested in seeing me review.
* Post contains affiliate and referral links. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were sent to me for consideration. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *