While on the hunt for planners with my favorite style of weekly layout (horizontal), I came across the Amy Knapp’s Family Organizer – a simple, affordable planner.
This is not a sponsored post – I purchased the planner myself and all opinions are my own.
- Size: 6″ wide x 8.25″ high
- 18 Month planner
- Coil binding
- Dates at a glance + monthly planning page
- Neutral or colorful inside pages (you pick)
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Monday) horizontal + to do list format
- 2 Page monthly calendar (starts on Sunday)
- No tabs
- Extras pages such as contact numbers, passwords and notes for the babysitter
- Lined notes pages at the back
- 2 sheets of functional icon planner stickers
Price: Approx $15 USD
Let’s take a closer look!
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While the planner is called a Christian family organizer, anyone could use this planner. The only Christian element are the bible references in the weekly spread.
Mentioned in the video: printing tips tutorial
The cover is a very thin material – not cardstock but not plastic – kind of in between. While there are rounded corners I think this will get damaged quite easily throughout a year of use.
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The pocket folder is built into the back of the front cover. There is only a small opening so could get annoying pulling large pieces of paper in and out.
Dates at a glance
I really like this monthly planning page – one of my all time favorite layouts for this type of page!
The monthly calendar starts the weeks on a Sunday.
Holidays are pre-printed and the font is small so it doesn’t take up too much planning space 🙂
I really like the monthly projects sidebar solely for the reason that it’s lined and it has thicker lines to create multiple sections.
Unfortunately this planner does that thing where it splits the boxes into 2 triangles in the space of 1 box rather than restarting the numbering in the top row.
Week starts on a Monday (not consistent with the monthly calendar) with holidays pre-printed on the pages.
I don’t like the dates at a glance box cutting into the to do list space.
The grocery list and menu sidebar are perforated which is a great idea however you’ll need to flick to the next week’s spread to write the grocery list (to keep the menu and grocery list on the same piece of paper).
Saturday and Sunday each get the same amount of space as a weekday 🙂
Quick Reference Pages
Wide spacing between the lines is good if you have large handwriting
This planner includes plenty of extra pages, and plenty most other planners don’t include.
Various functional icon stickers for all the typical things: birthdays, party, travel, dentist, doctor, girls night, vet, school, payday etc.
The stickers peel off very easily from the sticker backing.
There are no tabs in this planner.
I tried various balllpoint, gel, fine tip and marker tip pens – there was some very light ghosting on the back side of the page. I also did some highlighter and stamp swatches. The highlighters also had some ghosting and, as always, the MAMBI stamps bled through the page ?
Pros of the Amy Knapp Planner
- Portable size
- Minimalist color scheme
- Planner stickers included
- Pocket folder
- Plenty of extras pages
- Very cheap
- Plenty of extra pages
Cons of the Amy Knapp Planner
- No tabs
- Can’t fit much in the pocket folder – especially not large pieces of paper
- Cover is thin cardstock – I can foresee this easily getting damaged
- The notes for the babysitter and password log are close together – if you’re leaving the planner for the babysitter you may want to rip the password log page out
Would I use this planner?
Yes. This planner has a good ‘base’ weekly layout – the design just isn’t quite perfect. The dates at a glance calendar is awkwardly in the middle of the page. The perforated sidebars is a good idea however since the printing of this planner is double-sided, you’ll be ripping part of another week’s planning page or monthly calendar.
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