The Blue Sky Planners have simple, functional and affordable layouts making them a good option if you don’t want an expensive fancy planner. They come in multiple page sizes, the biggest being full page size (US Letter 8.5″ wide x 11″ high).
- Size: 8.5″ wide x 11″ high
- Wire binding
- Frosted cover
- Dates at a glance
- Neutral inside pages
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Monday)
- 2 Page monthly calendar (starts on Sunday)
Let’s take a closer look!
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Like with most of the Blue Sky Planners, it has wire binding with a thin cover protected by a frosted cover. I prefer frosted covers to laminate as they’re more durable.
Approx 1cm thick – very thin!
Week starts on Sunday which is not consistent with the weekly spread that starts on Monday.
One thing I wish more planners did – lined writing space on the monthly calendar!
Unfortunately Blue Sky do split boxes rather than restarting the date numbering on the top row 🙁
Starts on Monday (not consistent with the monthly calendar)
So much lined writing space for each day <3
The lines are 5cm apart (closer together than most planners)
US holidays are printed on the weekly spread but in small font so it doesn’t take away planning space.
Dates at a glance
For whatever reason, the Blue Sky planners typically include a random USA map on the back page. They also still include contacts pages which I’d convert into a password log.
They’re cardstock but not very sturdy, although they are protected by the cover that extends beyond the pages.
I ended up giving this planner away, so here’s the pen test from the Noteworthy Planner (also by BlueSky).
Based on the other BlueSky planners I’ve reviewed and the affordable price point, I was expecting the paper quality to be average which turned out to be the case.
I tried various ballpoint, gel, fine tip and marker tip pens – there was some 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 ?
Related: Blue Sky Noteworthy Planner
Pros of the Planner
- Minimalist color scheme – decorative however you like without colors clashing
- Multiple cover options to choose from
- Monthly calendar has lined writing space for each day
- Bright white paper
Cons of the Planner
- Despite the large page size, doesn’t weigh much at all and is thin
- Monthly calendar splits boxes into 2 rather than restarting date numbering on the top row
- Difficult to get outside of the USA
- Paper is prone to ghosting (but is to be expected for the price)
- Not enough notes pages
- Line spacing is close together
- Monthly calendar starts Sunday but weekly spread starts Monday
- No cover personalisation (although they do have other planners you can get a custom cover with like this one)
Would I use this planner?
No. It’s a bit too plain and the page size too big.
If you want something simple and functional without an expensive price tag this would be a good option.
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