Planner Review | Simplified Planner 2018

If you’ve been following me for awhile you know that I just love talking about planners.  Flipping through a beautifully crafted calendar makes my heart flutter!  That’s the main reason I enjoy putting together reviews like this.  What better way to spread the planner love around?  Today I am excited to share an in-depth look at the 2018 Simplified Planners.

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Hello, gorgeous!  These are absolutely beautiful books.  The Simplified Planner is now available in two formats: daily and weekly.  The brand’s focus on “grace not perfection” is compounded by their mission to inspire “women of all ages to build joy and simplicity into their lives through intentional choices, purposeful plans and playful experiences.”  These planners truly reflect this intent in their simplicity, beauty, and functionality,

Both the daily and weekly planners are only available in 12 month calendars.  The Academic Year planners launched in early May.  The calendars are dated from August 2017 through July 2018.  The Calendar Year planners will date from January through December of 2018 and are set to launch on September 6, 2017.

The Daily Simplified Planner is company founder Emily Ley‘s signature product.  The last time I saw one of these was when I posted a comparison review on the Simplified Planner in the fall of 2014.  Fast forward two and a half years: while there are definitely some updates to the physical quality of the planner as well as minor design tweaks, most of the structure of the calendar itself remains the same.

The Daily Edition is 7″ wide x 9″ tall x “1.25” thick featuring a hard cover with gold foil details.  It is bound using gold wire-o binding that match the protective gold corners in their brilliance.  The calendar pages are crisp and vibrant thanks to 70 lb Mohawk Via paper in pure white.  Full month views are marked by monthly mylar tabs in a coordinating color scheme.  The daily pages include one day per page with an hourly schedule from 6 AM to 9 PM and shared weekend pages.  This imported planner comes packaged in a beautiful keepsake box and retails for $58.

The Daily Edition is currently available in four cover designs, all which draw from the same main vibrant color palette that you can see in the monthly tabs.  The planner shown above is the Happy Stripe design.

The front interior of the Daily Edition has a built-in pocket in matching navy and a sheet of colorful stickers.

The first few pages of the planner include guidelines and advice for how to use the planner, a list of 2017 and 2018 holidays, a 2017-18 bucket list, and the brand’s mission statement.

Monthly spread on two pages

Weekday daily calendar on one page

Weekends on a shared page

A note about the binding: I have consistently had issues with wire-o binding across a variety of planner brands, not just with Simplified Planners.  I personally don’t find it to be the most sturdy coil binding on the planner market.  This planner was packaged beautifully in bubble wrap and in its own box nestled under layers of paper in a larger shipping box.  The keepsake box showed no sign of damage but, as you can see, the coil still managed to arrive bent out of shape on one side (it should be a perfect semi-circle).  The planner still functions just fine despite this, but I do try to point out details like this in an effort to give my honest review.

New this year to the Simplified Planner lineup is the Weekly Edition.  Measuring slightly smaller at 6″ wide x 8″ tall x .75″ thick, this beauty is much more portable than its big sister, the Daily Edition.  Just like the daily, the weekly features gold foil details and matching protective corners on the cover.  This hardbound book is constructed with lay-flat binding for ease of use.  I can attest that it actually lies mostly flat even fresh out of the box!  Keeping this in mind, I think that just a week or two of use will help the binding naturally lay flat.

The calendar is printed on the same 70 lb Mohawk Via paper in pure white and includes a sewn in ribbon bookmark to save your place.  It comes in the same four cover designs as the daily edition.  Gold Dot is the design shown in the photo above.

The monthly mylar tabs use the same color palette as the Daily Edition and are cut into the planner pages for a seamless edge.

A pocket is included on the interior front cover with the same sheet of colorful stickers tucked inside to help jazz up your planner pages.

The monthly view is also the same as the daily edition, just a tiny bit smaller.

The weekly calendar spans across two pages with a lined column, checklist, and small area for meal planning indicated by a tiny pot icon for each day of the week.  Weekend days are allocated half the amount of space as weekdays.

Unlike the Daily Edition, which stops at the very last calendar page, the Weekly Edition includes 36 pages of lined notes pages.

The back of both planner formats feature the company’s logo: “A standard of grace not perfection.”

The Weekly Edition retails for $48 and is currently sold out in the Academic Year.  According to the website, this format will not be restocked until the Calendar Year is released on September 6, 2017.  All components of both the daily and weekly editions will be the same for the Calendar Year editions as the Academic Year, with the only difference being the dates of the calendars.

I thought I’d pop in a couple of pictures of the planners stacked so you could get a sense of the size difference.

One of the features of the 2018 Simplified Planners that I am most impressed with is the beautiful keepsake boxes that comes with both editions.  They are not only beautiful ways to preserve your planners after the year has passed, but they’re also quite handy as they come pre-labeled on the spine for fuss-free archiving.

Plus, there’s something extra special about opening up a planner packaged in its own beautiful box.  I think this is a truly spectacular extra touch on the part of the company.

In addition to beautiful planners, Emily Ley offers a variety of coordinating accessories on her website, including pens, page markers, washi tape, paper clips, stickers, and mini notebooks.  She also sells organization aids such as a recipe binder, baby books, the Simplified Journal, notepads, and a Home Base Binder Kit I’m itching to get my hands on when it is restocked.  Office decor rounds out the collection with gorgeous gold accessories, office boxes in her signature designs, and truly beautiful art prints, all which stay true to the simple yet playful aesthetic of the Simplified Planners.

I walk through both editions of the planners in detail as well as the accessories shown above in this video:

I’d like to share the Simplified Planner love with two of you!  The 2018 Simplified Planner Giveaway will run until Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  TWO winners will receive a $100 EmilyLey.com digital gift card.

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.
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I hope you enjoyed this look at the 2018 Simplified Planners.  I’m always interested in learning about and exploring different kinds of planners and would love any suggestions you have for future reviews you’d be interested in.  Please leave a comment if you care to share!

Happy Planning!

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12 comments

12 thoughts on “Planner Review | Simplified Planner 2018”

  1. I don’t have a Simplified Planner but I do own an Emily Ley Happy Stripe Pen that is awesome:)

  2. I’ve never seen this planner before, thanks for sharing. I really appreciate your honest reviews of planners and how thorough these videos and blog posts are! Loving the bright coloured cover and how nicely packaged it is. The weekly edition is also a nice alternative. Will have to have a look at their range. Thanks again xx

  3. Really enjoyed your look at these planners and the coordinating accessories… I’m really liking the bound book trend!
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Just watched the vid. I had seen these planners around and was wondering about them, so thanks for taking the time to review in such detail, Jen 🙂

    I personally find it offputting that the Sunday space is covered in text….. I prefer when Sat/Sun have their proper space on a weekly spread.

    Been meaning to ask you: do you still have your old PO box?

  5. Well, I’m officially addicted to planners and journaling. Is there a support group one can join? My question for you Jen – do you bring your ECLP and EC planner for daily journaling with you when you travel? I often travel for work and I can’t decide if lugging them both around is something I want to do; but, then I go through withdrawal if I don’t have them. Thanks!!

    1. I bring both EC planner journals if I’m traveling for longer than a week. It definitely adds bulk to the suitcase but I like to keep up with my daily journaling and find I fall off the wagon if I don’t bring the planners along. I don’t generally travel with my planner unless we’re going to the family home in Utah for an extended stay.

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