It’s no secret, that at lovenotebooks.com we are big fans of Paperblanks, the thoughtful and carefully crafted journals and planners by the Vancouver Canada based publisher Hartley and Marks. This time of year, with the long summer holiday behind us and the kids back in school; shorter days and a change in weather reminds us, that a new year is not far off. In our warehouse we receive lots of planners and we start to think about the possibilities a new year has to offer. A planner is a fantastic tool for capitalizing on those opportunities, luck favors the prepared! A 2015 Paperblanks datebook makes planning ahead easy and is a wonderful way to look back on years past. As you fill your planner, you are creating a shorthand diary of your families life at the same time, without any extra effort.
Paperblanks Planners are pretty, tactile and well made. Paperblanks uses recycled binder boards, paper made from sustainable pulp and uses ethical practices at its factories. All planners are thread bound, which makes the binding more durable and ensures the planner will lay flat. Paperblanks is most famous for its covers, which are imprinted and embossed to look like works of art and ancient book covers, that represent our worlds cultural heritage. The year of the planner is printed on the bottom of the spine, that way it does not interfere with the beautiful cover art and when you store your Paperblanks planner away on the shelf spine out, you can see the year at a glance.
For 2015 Paperblank offers about 70 different planner styles divided over six sizes; Grande, a desk planner 8 1/4″ wide x 11 3/4″ tall, Ultra, 7″ wide x 9″ tall, Maxi, 5 1/2″ wide x 81/4″ tall, Midi 5″ wide x 7″ tall, Slim 3 1/2″ wide by 7″ tall and the Mini 4″ wide x 5 1/2″ tall.
There are three layouts: Horizontal weekly layout with the week over two pages, Vertical Layout with 8 columns over two pages, one for each day of the week and one for notes and a Daily Layout with a full page for each day.
When picking your Paperblanks planner there are a few things to keep in mind. The Grande and the Ultra Format are only available in the vertical layout and the Maxi and the Slim format only in the horizontal weekly layout. The Midi and the Mini are available in the Horizontal Weekly Layout and the Daily page a day layout. Last thing to keep in mind is whether you prefer a magnetic closure or a rubber band closure. The Slim and the Maxi size only come with rubber band closure, all other sizes offer great choices in both elastic band or magnetic band closure.
We find that when picking it works best in this order:
1.Pick Layout first, because that is what you will have to live with every day.
2. Size; based on where you will use the Planner, how large you write, how much information it should hold and how you plan to carry it around
3. Pick cover design .
If you have read this blog post this far, details matter to you. Below you will find more specs on the Paperblanks Planners and images of the various layouts and extra pages.
Paperblanks planners features that you will appreciate all year long are: Thread bound, opens flat, acid free/sustainable forest paper, hi-opaque paper lessens ink show through, memento pouch, two! ribbon place markers, lots of supplemental pages and a removable address book insert. If you are shopping for a Planner the Paperblanks 2015 planners deserve to be on your short list.