Planner Review | Inkwell Press | 2016

I’m back with another installment of my annual planner review series, this time sharing an up close look at the beautiful Inkwell Press liveWELL planners.  This super stylish line is designed specifically to help “empower women to feel organized.”  It includes two weekly planner versions as well as a newly expanded line of beautiful matching accessories.  Let’s take a look!

All image sources that are not originally my own photos are from the links provided below.

 inkwell press planner review 2016

I ordered both the Classic and Flex versions of the liveWELL planner early on launch day, which was a good thing because the entire line sold out quickly, a true testament to this company’s popularity (see below for restocking information).  The classic version includes a vertical style weekly planner.  The flex features a horizontal weekly planner.  All other elements of the two available versions are identical.  Both planners measure 7″ wide by 9″ tall with monthly and weekly calendar spreads for 2016 (12 months only) and retail for $54.

inkwell press covers 2016

There are four cover designs offered for both the classic and flex styles.  You can purchase the classic style planner unbound as well.  The flex style is available in A5 size pre-punched inserts.

inkwell press planner cover 2016

The liveWELL planner comes with a hard cover that is coated in a matte laminate for durability.  The wire-o binding allows the planner to lie flat when open at any page.  Inkwell Press planners are printed on deluxe 140 GSM paper (roughly equivalent to 100 lb paper), which ensures a top notch writing surface with no bleed through.  They come with a built-in elastic closure.

inkwell press tabs 2016

Mylar coated tabs mark off each month as well as the extra bits included in the front and back of the planner.

inkwell press interior front 2016

The front of the planner includes a cover paper page and a removable snap-in ruler/bookmark.  There are several yearly planning sheets, including an important dates section, two goal worksheets, and a 2016 at-a-glance calendar.  The 2016 monthly and weekly calendars follow.

inkwell press planner back 2016

The back of the planner includes a few extras as well, including a gift list, travel record, books to read and movies to see, monthly bill tracker, and 2017 year-at-a-glance calendar.  There are also several pages of graph note paper.

inkwell press folders 2016

A double-sided folder sits at the very back of the planner, as well as a slip pocket on the back cover for storage.

inkwell press month 2016

The month-on-two-page spreads feature an alternating color palette, room for notes, and next month’s at-a-glance calendar.  Space is maximized to make room for lots of writing.

inkwell press classic week 2016

The classic style planner features a vertical weekly calendar orientation with equal columns for each day of the week.  The columns are lightly lines with three shaded boxes at tthe very bottom of each for visual planning.  A “Notes” column on the righthand side allows for equal spacing of the days.

inkwell press flex week 2016

The flex style planner features a horizontal weekly calendar orientation with equal space for each day as well as a “Notes” area.  Each day’s section is lightly lined with three shaded boxes, just like the classic version.

inkwell press mission board 2016

A vision board and note lined note page sits between the monthly and weekly calendars for each month.  There are two sheets of lined note paper included after each month’s last weekly spread before the next month’s tab.

inkwell press accessories 2016

Inkwell Press also offers accessories to complement their beautiful planners, including a planner stamp, pencils, sticker sheets, and beautiful sewn journals.  They also carry a range of meal planners, fitness logs, and notepads.  The Fall Mini Planner is a great tool to test out their flex style calendar before committing to the full size planner.   I think it would be wonderful if they offered this option in both calendar versions for the new year as well.

I go over the Inkwell Press planners and accessories I purchased in more detail in this video if you’re interested in a closer look:

It’s giveaway time!  Inkwell Press is very kindly offering an amazing prize for one of you!  The Inkwell Press Giveaway will run until Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  One person will win a package that includes a liveWELL Planner (winner chooses their favorite style & cover), fall mini planner, a set of pencils, stickers, stamp and a sewn journal.

You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widgets posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways).  I’ll announce the winner on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.
Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

The only aspect of the liveWELL planners that I am not personally fond of is the use of wire-o binding, which tends to bend more easily than other spiral styles in my experience.  Inkwell Press uses a heavy duty wire-o, which hopefully reduces the likelihood of damage.  Aside from that, I think the planners are thoughtfully designed and extremely well made.  Their website is very thorough and easy to navigate.  They provide great informative videos for each of their products.  When you purchase a liveWELL planner, you recieve a series of videos via email to help familiarize you with your new planner.  The Inkwell Press customer service and shopping experience is exceptional!

The liveWELL planners and accessories by Inkwell Press are stylish and functional.  This is a great planner for you if you’re looking for something feminine, but are not interested in whimsical designs or bright color palettes.  The polished look and emphasis on functionality makes for a beautiful planner that can suit a variety of tastes.

The 2016 A5 inserts will be available for purchase again on October 28 and the bound planners on November 12.  Use code PRETTYNEAT at checkout to save 20% on all liveWELL planners.

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Inkwell Press liveWELL planners.  Many thanks to Inkwell Press for offering the generous giveaway prize and discount code!  I’ll be back with one more planner review in this year’s series.  I’d love to know if you use this planner and what you think of it if you care to share.
Happy Planning!


* Inkwell Press is very kindly offering the giveaway prize.  All other items shown were purchased by me.  This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *


29 thoughts on “Planner Review | Inkwell Press | 2016”

  1. Jen, I love your planner overviews! Would it be possible to make the up close pictures bigger? When you put them together in a collage it makes it difficult to see the details. Thanks for considering the format change!

    1. I try to include close up pictures of some parts, but the blog gets very weighed down when I put a ton of pictures up so I have to pick and choose a bit. I keep learning and trying new things, though! Thanks for your input 🙂

  2. Hi Jen…..You are looking so beautiful,you are just bubbling with joy. I like the planner reviews,I have always made my own with just a regular notebook and notebook paper and accessories. I have just recently tried making one in the vertical style….so cool…love it.
    I love watching you and your hubby and Winnie….I feel like I am watching a family member when I watch you….you are so good at making me feel comfortable….take good care, Carrie

  3. Love the review! Well-done! I am seriously considering buying the inkwell planner for 2016 – not sure which style, though! Would like to enter for the giveaway. 🙂

  4. Hello Jennifer! I love your reviews on planners, keep making them they are very helpful (and your videos are so relaxing)You really know what you are doing:))) Sending big hugs for little baby girl in the belly:)) Happy planning!!

  5. Hello Jen…love your review. This planner has really nice color that I am drawn to. It would be nice to see some of the details in a closeup, especially for these muted colors. Great review. Thank you!

  6. Hi Jen!

    Check out the video helps Tonya sends when you purchase a planner from her – I found them – and the free printables and the periscopes she does to be incredibly helpful in my everyday life structure.

  7. I really like your review on the planners. This will allow me to see before buying. I have bought planners in the past and they just didn’t work for me and I felt bad about throwing the money away. I think either one of these planners would be perfect for me. I go through phases of using them and then I don’t use them for a while. Thanks again for sharing!

  8. Hello Jen, I wanted to share how much your videos and blog mean to me. I appreciate the work you put into them very much. Several years ago I was in an accident and was bed-ridden for some time. Now I’m slowly making my way through the neglect that is showing in my home. I especially like the organization information. My planner is filled with all sorts of important dates, schedules and routines. It literally helps me through my day. It is based on information I gleaned from you. Thank you so much!

  9. Jen, I love your planner reviews! I’m trying to decide which planner to chose for next year and your blog is my go to site for the most comprehensive information. Would it work for you to do a review on Marion Smith planners? Specifically, the Heart of Gold 2nd Edition A5 Planner. Thank you again for your great work! I appreciate it!

  10. Hi Jen,

    I just love this company. I’m so glad you reviewed them. I think I would have considered them after your review if I did not already have their products. I love the way you presented their information.
    I think I finally found what works for me in planner world.
    I have the Midori Travelers Notebook in the Pan Am blue (and original brown). I ended up using my Gold Kikki K planner for the Inkwell planner A5 inserts. Very nice but even more subdued than the planners you presented. Their paper is amazing. I put the mini-planner in my Gold A5 notebook. (not sure if they still offer them but it fit so I used it). Also think the Inkwell Gold Bound journal is the prettiest thing ever. Shiny. Love their other sewn journals as well as May Designs. And finally I love the acrylic items from Erin Condren. Clipboard and tray. Also love EC’s accessories and the neoprene pouches they have. I got them for my EC Notebooks (Large and Small) which work better for me than their planners. Last longer for my needs. This may sound like a lot and it took a while to get here, unfortunately purchasing a lot of items I did not use, but these are my favorites.
    Midori for travel. Great tactile experience with their leather and how it wears. Inkwell with Kikki K for planning. Inkwell and May Designs for sewn journals. And Erin Condren for acrylic accessories (favorite clipboards) and their Notebooks. It was sort of a Goldilocks experience figuring it out. Too big. Too small. Too much color. Too dull. How do I carry? What do I want on my desk, in my purse, etc. Don’t get me started on pens. Loving Pengems these days but not for, just for everyday. I love me some shiny. Thank you for sharing and exposing me to so many options. I feel I have chosen well. Oh and as an aside, getting into adult coloring books, both of which I have found in May Designs and Midori as well for portability. A whole other world for choosing from Amazon as well. Some are good some are not. Ya Di Ya. Gel pens? Pencils. Crazy but fun. Thank you for what you do. Always appreciated.

  11. Hi Jen,

    Do you know how long the discount code will be active for? They’re sold out now, but I’m planning on getting one and would love to use the code. Don’t see why they’d give you an offer code for stock they don’t have unless it was going to work for a while, but I thought I’d check.

    Thanks for the great overview! I was almost going to by an Erin Condren planner but wasn’t super thrilled about the color palette and overly motivational layer. I love Inkwell’s more subdued look.

  12. Thanks for this Jen. Never seen this planner before and really liked the colour scheme and the goal pages. Definitely one to look for I think. Thanks for all of the detail…really appreciate the time you spend on this kind of video, especially when you are pregnant…I really struggled to get out of bed some days lol! Thanks again xx

  13. I just saw that I won but I’ve been out of town and just got the email. Please tell me I’m not too late to claim this!

  14. If you aren’t using the second of the two InkWell Planners you purchased, I would be happy to buy it from you! 🙂 Thanks for this great review!

  15. I LOVED your post about the Inkwell Press Planner. I’ve never owned one and, in fact, I just heard about them from a friend who absolutely loves her planner. I have been desperately trying to find a 2016 Flex Planner in the Wood Chevron design and I haven’t been able to find one anywhere. If you have any suggestions as to where I might be able to locate one, I will be forever in your debt.

  16. Hi Jen! Love your blog. I am torn between buying the planner bounded or inserts. Do you use more than one planner at a time perhaps one for journaling and another for planning? Or do you stick with just one. Also do you prefer the flex or the classic? Thanks so much

    1. I use one planner for planning and I actually have two other planners I use for journaling purposes (one to track my baby’s first year and the other as a daily gratitude journal).

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