Planner Review | Day Designer for Blue Sky | 2015 – 2016

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.

day designer blue sky planner review 2015 2016

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:

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 daily planner

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.

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 interior

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.

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 daily calendar

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.”

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 weekly calendar

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.

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 casebound planner

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:

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 gold stripe

❊ Day Designer Gold Stripe Weekly/Monthly 6 x 8 Planner $16.99

❊ Day Designer Gold Stripe Weekly/Monthly 8 x 5.875 Planner $12.99

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 rugby stripe

❊ Day Designer Rugby Stripe Monthly 15 x 12 Wall Calendar $14.99

❊ Day Designer Rugby Stripe Monthly 22 x 17 Desk Calendar $14.99

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 peyton

❊ Day Designer Peyton CYO Weekly/Monthly 8.5 x 11 Planner $16.99

❊ Day Designer Peyton CYO Weekly/Monthly 5 x 8 Planner $12.99

❊ Day Designer Peyton Weekly/Monthly 10 x 8 Planner $16.99

❊ Day Designer Peyton CYO Weekly/Monthly 3.625 x 6.125 Planner $9.99

❊ Day Designer Peyton Monthly 11 x 8.75 Wall Calendar $8.99

❊ Day Designer Peyton Monthly 22 x 17 Desk Calendar $14.99

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 pink trellis

❊ Day Designer Pink Trellis Stapled Monthly 8.5 x 11 Planner $12.99

❊ Day Designer Pink Trellis CYO Weekly/Monthly 5 x 8 Planner $12.99

❊ Day Designer Pink Trellis CYO Weekly/Monthly 3.625 x 6.125 Planner $9.99

❊ Day Designer Pink Trellis Weekly/Monthly 8 x 5.875 Planner $12.99

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 blue geo

❊ Day Designer Blue Geo Stapled Monthly 8.5 x 11 Planner $12.99

❊ Day Designer Blue Geo CYO Weekly/Monthly 8.5 x 11 Planner $16.99

❊ Day Designer Blue Geo Weekly/Monthly 10 x 8 Planner $16.99

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 pink blue

❊ Day Designer Weekly/Monthly 8.5 x 11 Planner in Blue or Pink $16.99

❊ Day Designer Weekly/Monthly 5 x 8 Planner in Blue or Pink* $12.99

❊ Day Designer Casebound Weekly/Monthly 8 x 10 Planner in Blue* or Pink $19.99

❊ Day Designer Casebound Weekly/Monthly 5 x 8 Planner in Blue or Pink* $15.99

day designer blue sky 2015 2016 target

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.
Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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.
Happy Planning!


 * 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. *


22 thoughts on “Planner Review | Day Designer for Blue Sky | 2015 – 2016”

  1. Hi!! A another great video and I just love the planner that you have shown us …they all very nice !! and thank you so much for sharing 😉

  2. Hey Jen,

    If you are going to do “planner month,” please do something original instead of just boring planner reviews. There are AMAZING ladies out there who do creative content. Check out:
    Rachel Dunaway

    Coupon to Provide just posted the most fabulous video on how to make your OWN planner covers! No EC affiliate links!! 😍 👍

    1. It’s great that you have found other people you enjoy watching if you don’t enjoy my reviews. I share what I like in the way that I like just like other people do. With so much great content for viewers to choose from out there, it’s nice as a creator not to have to try to please everyone and instead just share genuinely. Thanks for sharing a couple of great YouTubers for us to check out 🙂

      1. I enjoy the planners i am just getting into them.i use a filofax as you cant get planners in my small town in england.

  3. Fantasti reiew!
    Really enjoyed watching the review on the video!
    always a pleasure to watch the presentations.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  4. I love our videos and how extensive u are about products I value our opinion. Congrats on our baby. God bless u n our family.

  5. Hi Jen! Thank you for reviewing a planner in the lower price range- I think it’s a great option, like you said, for people just starting out using a planner or students, or heck, just people on tight budget! Well done, as always!

  6. I so hope I win. I have been looking for a good daily planners that is not so expensive. Thanks for everything Jen.

  7. Hi Jen!

    Just curious, are you doing any knitting (or planning on knitting) for baby girl? Hats and blankets are a great place to start!


    1. I actually talked about this in my last pregnancy update video – I wish there were more hours in the day for knitting, but right now I’m prioritizing making my online content. I’m so fortunate to have already received so many beautiful hand knit gifts for Baby Girl. She’s going to have plenty to choose from 🙂

  8. Love the planner reviews! I would recommend doing Passion Planner 🙂 it’s a cool start up by college students that’s been around for a few years…very affordable for students

  9. Thanks for the review Jen. I love the first few pages with all of the goal setting etc. really liked the smaller tabbed one, a lot of the smaller ones don’t have tabs so that is a fab feature. Thanks for the chance to win too xx

  10. Jen, many thanks for the comprehensive planner review (and of course the opportunity to win said planner!)

    I am new to the world of planners but I do love writing copius amounts of lists in my A4 notebook! Planners however would probably keep me much more organised. I know vertically planning would be best for my style, but its finding the right entry level planner in the large size to meet my needs. I think this may be it. I will look to see if it is available in the UK (if of course I don’t win lol)

    Thanks again, TC,

    Mary X

  11. Hi! I really want the daily edition that you have pictured above (blue) but I cannot find it anywhere. Do they not make this particular one anymore? =( Thanks!

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