Get Organized with the Whitney English Day Designer // GIVEAWAY

August 15, 2014Holly Sosa

I was not financially compensated for the following post. Day Designer was provided by Whitney English. All thoughts, opinions, & ideas are my own. Thank you to Whitney English for partnering with me. And thank you readers for supporting the brands that support this blog & my family.

By now you all know how absolutely obsessed I am with organization, stationery, & my yearly planners. Recently, I contacted Whitney English & asked if she would allow me the honor of introducing my readers to her gorgeous Day Designers, or DDs for short. For list makers like me, the DD is the perfect daily planner to keep track of your appointments, schedules, daily meals, & much, much more. I am one thousand percent in love with my DD & I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to share mine with all of you.

I am a busy Mama, blogger, columnist, & weekly contributor over at, so it’s safe to say my days are sort of all over the place. There are some days where all I do is clean & fold laundry while there are other days that I have a Google Hangout meeting with a sponsor, a mandatory Twitter party, two deadlines to meet, & my normal Mama duties on top of it all. Thanks to my lovely & perfect Day Designer, I can keep track of all of those commitments, duties, chores, & more, all in one beautifully designed planner. 
As a blogger, I like to use my monthly spread to plan out my blog posts for the month. This is where I can see my entire month’s work at a glance. I work as a Netflix Stream Team member, a weekly contributor for, I have my own blog where I post daily, & often times have sponsored posts with specific deadlines that I need to meet. Having it all at a quick glance makes it easy on me to be able to commit to additional sponsors that month or to tell a sponsor when their post will be going live on my site. Having this monthly spread also allows me to plan ahead & prepare for the entire month & brainstorm ideas for future months.

On my daily pages, I can get really in depth with how I need to plan my day to maximize my productivity. Here is where I can list the top three things I need to accomplish that day; I can write down any meetings, Twitter parties, appointments, or deadlines I may have; I can write out my trusty to do list; there is even a space reserved for dinner that day. I especially enjoy the, “Daily Gratitude,” box. I’m a huge believer in gratitude being the key to happiness. It’s a great reminder to slow down for a few minutes each evening to reflect on what you were grateful for that day. As you can see, mine range from silly things like an ice cold beer to bigger things like my kids & step-kids.

For planner newbies, my advice is always to think of ways to make your planner work for you & your life. Make your planner work for you & if there is something you need or that it’s lacking, make it yourself! I created my own insert using sticky tab labels, a hole punch, & a pair of scissors. This allowed me to be able to clip in my daily cleaning calendar for easy reference. Even better, I can move it with me each day since it’s removable. You can find the below cleaning calendar in a free printable over here.

As you can see, I enjoy decorating my planner with stickers, quotes, colorful pens/markers, & washi tape. This helps me to channel my creativity while also activating areas in my brain to help me remember things that are important. My planner time is my me time & I enjoy making it into a media diary as well as a practical agenda to keep track of my life. It’s so much more than just a planner to me. It’s where I design my days, track milestones, & look back on fondly in later years.

Whitney recently release some limited edition DDs for the upcoming 2015 year & now I have all the jealousy over everyone who is getting theirs. This floral one is stunning & makes me wish I had waited just so I could have featured this lovely!

Unfortunately, all of the August 2014 – July 2015 Day Designers have been sold out & can no longer be purchased. Fortunately for you OHD readers, I have one to giveaway! Eeks, can you even believe?! To enter, use the form below. Be sure to complete listed tasks for additional entries. The giveaway will close on August 23rd, 2014 at 12:01AM & the winner’s name will be displayed on the form below within 48 hours of closing. Good luck & happy planning!


  • Paige

    August 16, 2014 at 4:59 AM

    Your decorations are gorgeous!!! You’ve inspired me with new ways to use washi tape. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Holly Sosa

    August 16, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Thank you, Paige! I’m glad to have been able to inspire you in some small way!

  • Amanda

    August 16, 2014 at 6:29 AM

    I love seeing the check off list because I like to cross things out!

  • Holly Sosa

    August 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    As do I, it’s such a good feeling to cross items off your list, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping in!

  • Jessica

    August 16, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    LOVE!!! I’ve recently become OBSESSED with the planner craze >.< This is adorable!!

  • Mocksoup

    August 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I admit that I am more of a disc bound diva but this planner is intriguing me. I really want to like the Erin Condren but I am not sure it’s for me. This one looks very interesting!

  • Holly Sosa

    August 17, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I’m a planner whore all the way! Ha! Good luck!

  • Holly Sosa

    August 17, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    I enjoy being able to list everything I need to with my Day Designer. 🙂

  • Leone

    August 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I really like the planner and the you you use it. Hope i can enter from the Netherlands

  • Kimberli

    December 6, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    LOVE your planner with washi tape to decorate, gorgeous and very inspiring! I just got my 2015 Day Designer last week and it looks like my favorite fine tip pen will bleed through the pages, so I’m on the hunt for what type of pen works…what pen(s) do you recommend? Thanks in advance!!

  • Holly Sosa

    December 6, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I use a Pilot G2 & it works nicely in the Whitney English!

  • Kimberli

    December 7, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Thanks for the quick response! I’ll definitely pick some of those up!

  • Sara

    January 18, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    How did you attach the cleaning schedule in to your planner? What did you use? I know this post is old but I love the le pen brand of pens and have been using them with the day designer for years!! Love them, they come in all kinds of pretty colors! I love all kinds of printables if anyone has any other ones that work with the day designer I would love them! Thanks so much!

    1. Holly Sosa

      January 18, 2015 at 2:06 PM

      Sara, I used an Erin Condren coil clip to attach it in, but you can find loads of tutorials on YouTube for making your own coil clips!

  • Whitney

    June 1, 2015 at 3:01 PM

    Hi Holly –

    Love this post – Thank you for showing us the wonderful world of your planner! I’ve looked, and can’t find it, but do you have a more detailed post showing how you use your monthly spread/view as your general blog calendar?

    If not, would you consider writing one?



    1. Holly Sosa

      June 2, 2015 at 3:07 PM

      Hi Whitney,

      I would love to, however I’d need a new DD since this one is now totally used! If you’d like to collaborate again, I would be honored! Love your planners! You can email me at


      1. Holly Sosa

        June 2, 2015 at 3:08 PM

        test test test

        1. Whitney

          June 3, 2015 at 2:53 PM

          Hi Holly,

          I’m not that Whitney – LOL – Just another blogger out there looking to be more organized!

          I actually use the Design Love Planner 🙂 – I was thrilled when they moved to a 6 month version of the planner!

  • Danielle

    March 18, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Hi Holly!
    I just found this post on pinterest, hopefully you see it! I see you put washi tape on the ends of your pages and the design looks so pretty when the planner is closed (your last picture). I just did it on one page but it took me SO long to just do the one. Any advice on how you did yours, did it take you a long time?
    Thank you!

    1. Holly Sosa

      March 18, 2016 at 2:19 PM

      It takes some time the first few pages until you get the hang of it & then it goes by quickly. You really do need patience to do them all! Ha!

  • Emily

    August 15, 2016 at 6:24 AM

    Hi Holly,
    I was wondering what type of colored pens you’re using? And also is there a tutorial on how you did the washi tape anywhere? Thanks!

    1. Holly Sosa

      August 16, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      Hi Emily! I’m using Papermate Flairs, a longtime fave of mine! You can purchase them here (affiliate link):

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