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Leuchtturm Love Letter Planner Winners!

31 Jan

Last week we started the contest “Submit Your Love Letter to Win a Leuchtturm Planner!” and we received some great entries! Below are the 4 winners of the Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planners. Thanks to everyone who entered! Click here to read all the entries (in the comments).

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway(s) and spread the word! We’ve got loads more giveaways, articles, tips & tricks, etc. on the way, so check back frequently. To keep in the loop, follow us on Twitterlike us on Facebook, subscribe to our RSS feed, and/or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

If you have any ideas or feedback, definitely let us know in a comment on this blog, or you can email us at info@europeanpaper.com!

 

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Submit Your Love Letter to Win a Leuchtturm Planner! [Closed]

26 Jan

Submit a love letter in 10 words or less and you could win a Leuchtturm1917 Weekly Planner!

We have four Leuchtturm1917 Large Hard Cover 2012 Weekly Planner + Notes (5.75 x 8.25) to give away! We have one pink, one light blue, one green, and one black planner so be sure to let us know which color you’d prefer when you enter this contest.

Contest Details:

  • In the comments of this blog post, submit a love letter in under 10 words.
    • Include a valid email address when you post your comment, and which color planner you prefer.
  • Please keep the love letters PG.
  • The love letter must be of your own original work.
  • The deadline is noon on Monday, January 30th.
  • Four winners will be announced Tuesday, January 31st.
  • This contest is open only to U.S. residents.
  • Have fun!

 

The Practically Perfect Planner

10 Jan


For more years than I care to count, I had the messiest planner on the planet. (That achievement did not earn me a single award, however—unless you count ongoing confusion.) I had arrows and scratch outs, pieces of paper stuffed in every corner, schedules taped in the back and reminder notices clipped to pages. It was no wonder I really couldn’t find anything when I needed it or that I ended up missing appointments and other important deadlines.

Then, suddenly, I realized something. I played many different roles in my life: wife, mother and daughter, full-time freelance writer and author, friend, and volunteer. Why in the world did I think that I could keep all of the details that went with each of these in the same planner? I needed separate planners! Since then, I have developed four that I use on a daily basis:

  • Family: This planner has large pages for the month as a whole, plus individual pages for the days of the month. I use separate columns for everyone in my family. I put their names at the top of each column and under them; I keep track of appointments, class and job schedules, and upcoming plans. I keep a schedule of current classes taped in back so I don’t forget which child needs to be in which class on which day and time. Other important papers go in folders as well, such as tickets, invitations, and appointment cards for upcoming dentist or doctor’s visits.
  • Work: My work planner is much different. I use it to keep track of upcoming deadlines on articles, steps involved in writing books, interviews that I am either giving or receiving and more. The days are broken down into individual hours so I can map out each portion of my work day. The back area is used for editors’ contact information,
  • Purse: I keep a small planner in my purse with the bare bones of info in it, such as emergency numbers and major activities coming up. This way, when I run into friends at the local thrift store and they say, “HEY! Let’s have coffee on Friday,” I can quickly check my planner to see if that day is free and if so, what time.
  • Me: I also have a personal ME planner that is designed to be more like a diary or journal than anything else. This is for concerns, questions, worries, reminders—and just thoughts I don’t want to lose.

Along with these planners, I also encourage each of my kids to use an academic planner to help keep track of their own assignments and plans.

Wait a minute. What did I just hear? Oh, that was you. Something muttered under your breath about, “Who has the time … ”  or “Four planners means four times more effort” … (You thought I couldn’t hear you, didn’t you?)

I completely understand your concerns, but what you will find, after a little period of trial and error, is that these planners will actually save you time, rather than take it. By keeping all of your relevant information in a central location, you don’t spent minutes scrambling to find papers, contact information, dates, times or other always-seems-hard-to-put-your-finger-on details. You don’t drive to the wrong place at the wrong time. You don’t miss an appointment and then have to find another open time period to reschedule it. Best of all, you simply won’t FORGET stuff—and that is one of the biggest time wasters of all.

What is the practically perfect planner for you? Consider the fact that it simply may be more than one.  Take a moment to write down what qualities you want in a planner and then start searching for the one that fits that list best. If you’re like me, you may find that multiple planners will keep you more organized than you ever thought possible!

Friday Blogger Tuck-ins

6 Jan

1 –> Troy [Penpalling-Dad] takes an honest examination of where he’s at, planners over the years, and organization for 2012 in his post Getting Organized for 2012! Glad we could help with the spark.

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2 –> Leigh Reyes shared some lovely fountain pen images from her blog for enthusiasts to use as wallpaper. Check out her post, Fountain Pen Wallpaper for 2012, for the downloads.

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3 –>  Both the Missive Maven and the Misty [Pen Thief] had great blog posts about how they log all their incoming and outgoing mail. Both are definitely posts to read if you’re looking to increase the amount of mail you send & receive in 2012, not to mention if one of your resolutions had “organization” in it! –> Missive Maven’s post 2011: A Year in Mail, and The Pen Thief’s post Mail Log 2012.

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4 –>  Julie O [Pen, Paper … Whatever] crafted a wonderful blog post called Welcome to 2012 filled with pen, paper, and ink community references. Check it out for a list of forums, blogrolls, pen clubs, and more.

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5 –> The boys over at FPGeeks.com showed off a neat Moleskine hack for those more interested in a pen case. Here’s the main image (on the left), but click over to their site to see more. If you’ve never heard of FPGeeks.com, read this post first to get properly introduced to their style: BLACK Noodler’s Ahab Prototype Found in Local Bar.

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6 –>  It looks like Margana [Inkophile] is putting the Moleskine Pocket Weekly Planner + Notes she won in one of our past giveaways to good use. Hop on over to her post – A Moleskine Planner Is Reporting For Duty – and join the conversation.

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7 –> Since this is our first Friday Blogger Tuck-ins post in the new year, we’ve got to include some resolution posts! Millie [Ms. Logica] recaps how she did with her 2011 resolutions in her post My 2011 Resolutions Review. Rhodia Drive asked what were your Favorite Rhodia Products of 2011. Scribbling Glue jots down 7 Projects to Tackle in 2012. And Stephanie [Biffy Beans / Rhodia Drive] describes her Manifestation List for 2012 (instead of a ‘resolution list’).

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As we mentioned in our last Friday Blogger Tuck-ins post of 2011, we’re moving the pen, ink, and notebook review links to another day as there are so many of them! Be on the lookout for them either Monday or Wednesday of next week … we haven’t decided which yet. Let us know what day you prefer in the comments! Happy New Year to everyone!

10 Uses for Last Year’s Planner

3 Jan

Most people stick their old planner on a shelf, wait a couple of years, and then toss it out. If that works for you, go for it! But if you want to try something different with last year’s planner, consider one of these 10 suggestions – all with minimal DIY know-how required.

  1. File it. Okay, so some people do need to file their old planners. Before you do, though, make it useful. Label the spine with the year. Mark pages that had important events or critical phone numbers. Make it navigable before you stick it on that shelf, and it’s more likely you’ll actually reference it in 2012.
  2. Make a secret box.Love the pretty cover of your 2011 planner? Use it! Flip open the front cover. With a straightedge and a pen, measure out a square on the first page of your 2011 planner leaving at least a half-inch margin the whole way around. Use a razor or X-Acto knife to cut out the square (through all the pages).
    Planner party decor.

    #3: Planner party decor.

    You now have a secret trinket box that will look pretty on your desk or nightstand.

  3. Planner party decor. Coat the pages with colorful or glittery paint. Once dry, shred and use as confetti.
  4. Gaze at your year as a decorative paper wreath. Follow this simple Book Page Wreath Tutorial with your planner pages to create chic decor out of 2011.
  5. Day planner to art journal conversion.Without having to rip, cut, or shred the pages, your planner can be the base for a fabulous art journal. Create works of art on each page using images from magazines, stamps, paint, decoupage, or whatever your preferred medium.

    The easiest DIY project ever: Turn your 2011 planner into a coloring book.

    The easiest DIY project ever: Turn your 2011 planner into a coloring book.

  6. The easiest DIY project ever: Turn your 2011 planner into a coloring book. Hand it to a young child along with a box of markers, chalk, or Crayons. They’ll know what to do.
  7. Hardcover hack. Convert a hardcover into a PDA/eReader cover. You’ll need a knife, scrap fabric, a few inches of elastic, and glue. Remove the pages with a knife, but don’t damage the spine. Cut an old t-shirt or scrap of fabric to the fit the inside cover. Set your device on top of one piece of fabric. Stretch a piece of elastic over the device’s corner to the back of the fabric. Secure the elastic in place with hot glue, a couple of stitches, or even a staple. Repeat for all four corners. Adhere the fabric to the planner cover, and you’re done! Just make sure everything is totally dry before you insert your device.
  8. Shred the pages of your 2011 planner and use them as package stuffing.
  9. Great year? Turn your planner into a “Yay, me!” file. Mark all the highlights from your year with colorful sticky tabs. Landed a huge account? Tab the day you scored the client. Received a promotion? Flag that day. When you hit a rough spot in 2012, flip through your tabbed planner and remember all your wins from the previous year.
  10. Bad year? Build an effigy to a horrible 2011. Tear out the pages and toss them into a bonfire or fireplace. Say goodbye to each bad day so you can face 2012 with a clean slate!

I maintain an organized shelf of past planners, all labeled and flagged. Yet, as I compiled this list, I realized that I rarely (never?) reference them. In January, I’m going to create a paper wreath with my 2011 planner, and I converted my 2010 into an art journal. Now that I have this list, I will start finding fun uses for all my past planners that have been collecting dust.

2012 Limited Edition Datebook Winners!

30 Dec

{Drumroll please …} And the winners of our 2012 Limited Edition Moleskine Planner giveaway that started on Tuesday (read the details here) are …

(If you’re curious: We had 33 comments on the original post, and 15 Facebook submissions. So when we chose random winners using random.org it was between 1 and 48.)

Didn’t win, but still want one of the planners? You can find them on our shop! Just click the links:
Moleskine 2012 Peanuts Pocket Daily Planner (3.5 x 5.5)
Moleskine 2012 Pac-Man Pocket Daily Planner (3.5 x 5.5)

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway(s) and spread the word! We’ve got loads more giveaways, articles, tips & tricks, etc. on the way, so check back frequently. To keep in the loop, follow us on Twitterlike us on Facebook, subscribe to our RSS feed, and/or sign up for our weekly newsletter.

If you have any ideas or feedback, definitely let us know in a comment on this blog, or you can email us at info@europeanpaper.com!

Get Ready for 2012 Giveaway! [Closed]

27 Dec

We hope you all had a fantastic weekend filled with family, friends, and food! Now we’re at that odd juncture of holidays and work where no one is quite focused on the daily grind — instead we’re all in a stupor from the sugarplums, massive plates of food, and holiday sweets. But it’s worth it! 🙂

Anyway, we know this is the last-minute panic for all those who haven’t bought a 2012 datebook yet. But if you’re an EPC fan, don’t worry – we’re here to help! We’re giving away 2 Limited Edition Moleskine Pocket Daily Planners – 1 Pac-Man datebook and 1 Peanuts datebook! [So we’ll have two winners.]

Moleskine 2012 Peanuts Pocket Daily Planner on EuropeanPaper.com

The 2012 Moleskine Peanuts Pocket Daily Planner is a limited edition planner commemorating the well-known syndicated daily and Sunday comic strip written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. With a new page per day layout, (and the black hard cover debossed in white with your favorite cartoon character) the 2012 Peanuts Pocket Daily Planner provides planning from Jan 2012 to Dec 2012.

Moleskine 2012 Pac-Man Pocket Daily Planner on EuropeanPaper.com

For the millions of Pac-Man fans, Moleskine released a limited edition 2012 Pocket Daily Planner. The exclusive debossed cover commemorates the vibrant yellow 80’s cultural icon famed for being the hungriest video game hero of all time. Inside is a new page for each day to keep track of all your notes and appointments in 2012.

Both the Peanuts and the Pac-Man Diary / Planners are pocket-sized: 3.5 x 5.5 inches. Like the Moleskine Classic Journals, Moleskine Planners have a sewn binding, acid-free paper, rounded edges, black elastic closure, cloth ribbon placeholder, and a rear expandable inner pocket.

Giveaway Details:

  • For 1 entry, comment on this post with which datebook you’d rather win.
    • Don’t forget to include a valid email address when you comment.
  • For a 2nd entry, head on over to our Facebook page and post about the giveaway on our Wall.
  • This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents.
  • You have until midnight on Thursday 12/29 to enter. Winners will be announced Friday 12/30! Good luck!

A Gift for All Year Long

20 Dec

Christmas proves to be challenging for me most years. I don’t enjoy shopping, but I want to give personal and meaningful gifts, especially to my family. I’m a firm believer in organized living, with a little crazy chaos, so planners with my own personal added twists allow me to share myself with my family and give gifts that last all year long.

Consider these creative ways to personalize a planner for someone you love:

  • Pre-date a planner. My elderly father struggles to remember dates so a pre-dated planner that he can keep open on his kitchen counter reminds him of important family days. Since most of my family doesn’t live near my father, he likes to mail cards. A strategically placed note the week before someone’s birthday allows him time to purchase and mail a card, using the addresses I’ve included in the planner. Then a notation on the special day serves to remind him to make a call, if he’d like. My sisters also appreciate the time I spend filling in important dates in their organizers which saves them significant time and energy.
  • Something to look forward to. Like so many other people, my husband enjoys concerts, plays and other special events. As well as pre-dating his planner, I note the details for date nights that I have planned throughout the year. Many tickets may be purchased in advanced, often online, so it’s not difficult to paperclip tickets in the day planner on the appropriate day. You could do this with sporting events, airline tickets, hotel reservations or any other diversions for the coming year. If you can’t afford to purchase tickets ahead of time, you can note the event and purchase the tickets later. You can even surprise the one you love by adding to the day planner as the year progresses.
  • Sentiments mean so much. My daughter thrives on positive messages. She likes to know that she is loved and thought of regularly. Giving her a planner with sweet notes written on different dates throughout means the world to her and provides thoughtful reminders of her specialness. I also include favorite sayings, quotes or verses to encourage her. Using a variety of notes from family and friends turns the planner into a touchstone as she is away from home at college. A gift card to the bookstore or ice cream shop never hurts either!
  • Other unique touches. An ordinary planner can become an amazing gift with a few little additions. A treasured photo secured to the front inside cover and random photos throughout the planner brings smiles 365 days a year. If your recipient enjoys humor, consider adding jokes or comics at different places during the year. An orange and red leaf tucked into the first day of autumn or a child’s school valentine slipped into February can offer sweet surprises to a practical gift.

As with any present, the personal touches added to a day planner can take it beyond conventional and straight to irreplaceable. Imagine one gift that can be adapted to many different people in your life and continues giving throughout the year! It’s a perfect gift.

Finding the Right Planner for You

13 Dec

As the year comes to a close, the organized among us will be looking for new planners (and the unorganized likely will receive planners as gifts). Whether you’re using a planner to remember school assignments or to plan out a busy day at work, there is a format perfectly suited to your needs. Each planner is different because each person is different. Learning about each format can help you decide which one fits your personality and your needs.

Daily Format

For those who like to focus on short-term goals and plot out each day carefully there are daily planners. In these types of planners, you are provided with one page per day. This will give you plenty of room to pencil in all of your agenda items for the day in question. Each page usually contains an hour-by-hour breakdown of the day for the most detail-oriented. If it’s important for you to remember dates, some daily planners come equipped with each day’s number on the page. If that’s not important to you, or you simply don’t prefer it, planners also come in the undated variety.

You might ask yourself why anyone would want a planner that was undated. With pages that have no labeled dates, a planner can become a journal that forces you to stay within the bounds of a year still with 365 pages. In this format, you don’t have to use just one page for each day. Instead, you can use multiple pages for note-taking regarding one very eventful day and then skip days without important occurrences. If you’d rather not be tied down to just one page per day, an undated planner would be a good fit for you.

Daily Planner Suggestions:

Moleskine daily planners come in an assortment of colors and styles. Moleskine’s daily planners also come in pocket size and standard diary size and are offered in many different colors, as well as hardcover or soft cover.

Quo Vadis planners are bound in handsome grained leatherette and come in pocket size as well as standard size. The Quo Vadis planners are also refillable and their pages come from paper made in sustainable forests, making them the best option for the eco-conscious.

Leuchtturm’s daily planner is offered in a hardcover version that boasts interior pages made from acid-free, archival paper.

The Exacompta Journal 21 Datebook comes in a standard size with a soft, leatherette cover. Its pages, too, are refillable and are made from sustainable forests.

Weekly Format

Perhaps, for you, daily planners focus too much on the minutiae of each day. If this is true, weekly planners may be best for you. In most formats, a set of two pages is devoted to one week of the year. These can come in either vertical or horizontal format — a distinction that refers to the orientation of each week’s block of space on the page. Other planners devote only one page to a week, providing for a more compact planner.

Vertical planners with an hour-by-hour breakdown allow you to plan each and every moment of their day. These planners are perfect for the busiest people who need to squeeze every bit of time from each day. If, on the other hand, you need to remember only the most important events of each day—like when big projects are due, or crucial meetings—the horizontal format is more suited for you. This format gives you room to jot down events with accompanying times and locations to remember. If you find that you need to take notes during these events—such as business meetings or college advising appointments—you can choose the planner plus notes format, which is a week on the left page, and lines on the right page for notes.

Weekly Planner Suggestions:

Moleskine’s lines of weekly planners include both horizontal and vertical formats and come in all sizes and colors, as well as both hardcover and soft cover. Moleskine’s weekly planners also come in a cahier (pronounced Cai-Yhay) format, which offers an inexpensive option for shoppers.

As with Exacompta’s daily planners, the weekly planners are all refillable. Quo Vadis, too, offers refillable pages and their planners come in handsome “President” and “Minister” formats.

Leuchtturm’s offering in the weekly planner category is a hardcover, standard sized format with a choice of six colors for the cover. Finally, Rhodia offers its eco-friendly “webplanner” in a small size as well as a medium size.

Monthly Format

If you’d rather have a more long-term outlook, monthly planners are for you. Customarily, monthly planners are laid out with one month per every two pages. These planners can come either in a vertical format, opening like any other book, or in horizontal format that opens in a checkbook format. The large squares of a calendar layout provide ample room to schedule events and take notes in each day’s box. Because these planners lay out the entire month in two pages, they are the quintessential planner to see a large scope of time in a quick glance.

Montly Planner Suggestion:

Moleskine offers a soft cover monthly planner in a large size. This planner is laid out in the vertical style and devotes two pages to each month. Between months there are lined pages on which you can take notes.

No matter what format or brand you choose, a planner is essential for getting your affairs in order for 2012. As for me, though I prefer to take life one day at a time, I find it most convenient to use a weekly format planner with note pages. That way, I can see the entire week on one page and have my cadre of post-it notes plastering the note pages. What kind of planner do you prefer?

10 Winners; 10 Academic Planners … Did You Win?

18 Nov
Moleskine 18-Month Pocket Soft Cover Weekly Planner on EPC

Moleskine 18-Month Pocket Soft Cover Weekly Planner on EPC

The closer we get to the end of the year, there’s always more talk of datebooks, organization, renewal, and resolutions. We want you to be prepared. So we’re giving away 10 Moleskine 18-Month Pocket Soft Cover Weekly Planner to the following 10 lucky winners who will each receive one (1) of these academic planners.

Drumroll please …

Shangching
Troy M.
RachelSkirts
Kyle D.
@FPNOkami
@inkophile
@gourmetpens
Troy P.
Sophia A. R.
Maia D.

**If you are a winner, please leave a comment on this post so we have your email & can get in touch with you ASAP! If you’re not a winner, we’d still love to hear from you 😉**

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and spread the word! We’ve got loads more giveaways, contests, etc. on the way, so check back frequently. To keep in the loop, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, subscribe to our RSS feed, and/or sign up for our weekly newsletter. If you have any ideas or feedback, definitely let us know in a comment on this blog, or you can email us at info@europeanpaper.com!

Check back later today for the Friday Blogger Tuck-ins post.

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