07.11.2016

Why I Chose The Rifle Paper Co. Planner & Review

I just recently received my new 2017 planner!  Typically I don’t order so far in advance, but I learned from experience last year that the good ones sell out fast.  Like many planners these days, this planner covers 17 months and runs from August 2016 – December 2017, so I only have a month before I can begin using it.  I can’t wait!

After much deliberation, I ended up choosing the Rifle Paper Co. Rosa Planner!

Rifle Paper Co Planner Review www.jilliandanielle.com

I had narrowed my choices to the Erin Condren Life Planner, the Emily Ley Simplified Planner, and this Rifle Paper Co. Planner.

I wanted to cover the reasons I choose the Rifle Paper Co. planner and my initial thoughts on it.  Once August arrives and I begin using the planner, I hope to do an updated review covering how I use it.

WHY I CHOSE THE RIFLE PAPER CO. PLANNER

Originally, I was pretty convinced that I was going to purchase the Emily Ley Simplified Weekly Planner ($58.00).  I love the aesthetic and vision of her brand, and I love the ‘simplified’ idea of her planners.  The reason I ended up deciding against the Simplified Planner was the new design.

This year, their weekly planners are no longer spiral bound, but come in a slim leather bound design.  Spiral bound is essential for me, because it drives me crazy if my planners don’t lay flat!  Also, instead of colorful patterns, the planners now come in five solid colors.

The leather planners are beautiful in a sophisticated way, but removing the spiral binding was a deal-breaker for me.  I still love Emily Ley’s designs and am hopeful the spiral binding will return next year!

*Spiral binding is still available for the daily editions of the Simplified Planner.

In complete opposition to the Emily Ley designs, the Erin Condren Life Planners seemed to contain too many bells and whistles.  I prefer a simple design that I can customize to my needs… the Life Planner was also the largest of the three.  These features, along with the highest price point ($60.00+), ruled out the Erin Condren Life Planner.

This left me with the Rifle Paper Co. Rosa Planner… which was, remarkably, the cheapest of the three ($34.00)!  How did that happen?  I invariably pick out the most expensive option, even if I don’t know the cost!

Rifle Paper Company Planner www.jilliandanielle.com

The Rosa planner is spiral bound (although covered with an outer binding), it has the colorful, patterned cover I was looking for and perfect page layout!  I ordered mine from Anthropologie, but you can also order from Rifle Paper Co.  Anthropologie offered an exclusive early access, so I was able to get mine in June… Rifle Paper Co. orders will not ship until mid-July.

FEATURES OF THE RIFLE PAPER CO. PLANNER

This planner is of good quality, and I am so pleased with it so far!  The paper is a lovely beige color with a tasteful font and simple floral drawings.  Each page of the weekly layouts contains an inspirational quote.

Rifle Paper Co Quotes www.jilliandanielle.com

Nothing is perfect, and the one negative I have discovered with this planner is the paper quality.  This shocked me, because I expected a dedicated paper company to have exceptional paper!  To me the paper seems much to thin… not thin enough for my pens to bleed through, but thin enough that I feel I need to be careful when turning the pages.

The planner met my #1 criteria and lays perfectly flat.  I also love that it comes with a stretchy band to hold the planner shut… no torn pages or lost coupons while in my purse!

Rifle Paper Co 2017 www.jilliandanielle.com

For page layout, the Rifle Paper Company planner contains:

A two page calendar of 2017 & 2018

Rifle Paper Co Two Year Calendar www.jilliandanielle.com

A section for Holidays & Important dates for 2017

Rifle Paper Co Important Dates www.jilliandanielle.com

A section for Notes

Rifle Paper Co Notes www.jilliandanielle.com

A Monthly section, containing a two page spread of each month

Rifle Paper Co Monthly Layout www.jilliandanielle.com

Tabbed sections for each individual month, each containing a two page spread for each week

Rifle Paper Co Weekly Layout www.jilliandanielle.com

A section for Contacts, with room for 18 contacts

Rifle Paper Co Contacts www.jilliandanielle.com

A page with two pockets and a ruler lined edge

Rifle Paper Co Pocket & Ruler www.jilliandanielle.com

So far, this planner seems to have the perfect features for me.  Enough options to be fully efficient, but not overwhelmed.

Once August arrives, I’ll be back with another post about how I use this beautiful planner.

Do you prefer to plan electronically, or are you a paper planner person?  What planner will you be purchasing this year?  I would love to hear!

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Comments

  1. That cover! I love the Rifle Paper designs in general. Also love that it’s spiral bound but not visible until open. It looks like, layout wise, basically identical to the Simplified Planner (minus meal planning square). And you can’t beat that price!!

    Katie @ Cup of Tea

    • jilliandanielle says:

      I’m loving it! I don’t want to wish the month away, but I’m kind of anxious for August to get here so I can use it! Lol

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