I received a planner to facilitate this post. All thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own. Thank you to Purple Trail for partnering with me and thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog and my family.
It’s planner season! For us planner addicts, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! New releases, fresh paper, an entire notebook of possibility right at our fingertips. This season, I was sent a planner from Purple Trail to play around with and share my thoughts. They offer several options of cover type, calendar formats, additional tabs, and so much more. This is truly the planner for personalization and I’m excited to share my little Purple Trail Planner review with all of you fellow planner addicts.
The first customization they offer is for the cover: hard spiral cover, soft spiral cover or three ring binder. I chose a hard spiral cover only because there were more design options, but now that I’ve had a chance to play with mine, I wish I had tried their binder format instead. The spiral is plenty sturdy and superior to any other planner I’ve tried, but because the pages are so thick (creating a more bulky planner altogether), I worry that with regular use it could wear and tear quickly over a binder.
The first few inside pages did not disappoint. A holiday list and calendars for the current and upcoming years.
Next I got to choose my weekly format (they also offer monthly and daily formats): horizontal weekly, vertical weekly, or vertical hourly. I went with vertical hourly and love the format. However, the weekends are squished together in one column. I prefer having an individual column for each, but if I’m being honest, I haven’t needed the extra space after all.
Also offered are colorful or grey color schemes. I went with color because duh! And I went ahead with an 18 month versus a 12 month just because I wanted to jump right in and test out the planner (I got to choose the starting month!). The tabs are the sturdiest I’ve ever felt in a planner and I think they’d have no trouble standing up to 18 months of use. I love the space at the beginning of each month for tracking birthdays, events, and writing reminders/goals.
The additions were my favorite part about creating this planner. I added in a folder and sticker pack. And I got to add in additional pages/dividers based on my needs like a nutrition and notes section (also offered: password list, bill tracker, address book, puzzles/games, fitness tracker, travel itinerary, and several more).
The planners are also offered in two sizes: 6 by 8 inches or 8.5 by 11 inches. I actually prefer a size in the middle, but went with the smaller size so my planner would be easily tucked into my purse or travel bag. Since I do travel with my planner, next time I’d order the binder format or keep it at a 12 month format since the 18 month spiral is quite bulky.
Purple Trail planners offer a wide variety that’s helpful for the needs of most anyone. Since they’re easily customized, it’s a cinch to build a planner that works for anyone. The price point gets a little higher the more personalizations are added and as it’s seen here, mine was over $70. If you’re a dedicated paper planner user, it’s worth it. But if you’re just venturing out into the planner world, you probably wouldn’t feel comfortable paying that. Overall, I’d recommend this planner to fellow planner addicts. It’s been super fun and I’ve enjoyed playing with the format.