While searching for Australian made planners I stumbled across the Penny Paperponi Weekly planner!
I really liked the double sidebar in the weekly spread which isn’t very common in planners.
Disclaimer: The creator of the planner, Penny Paperoni, sent me a copy of the planner in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own.
The planner arrived gift wrapped (with a hand-written note!)
- A5 size (210 x 148 mm)
- Matte Coated 350 gsm Cover
- Wire Bound
- 2 page yearly overview
- 2 page horizontal lined weekly spread with double sidebar (week starts Monday)
- 2 page monthly calendar (week starts Sunday)
- Monthly goals page
- To do list/shopping list/notes section
- Lined notes/blank sketch pages
- Ribbon page marker
- Australian made
Price: $30AUD plus shipping
The style I got is sold out, however this style is still available.
Let’s take a closer look!
To enlarge the screen of the video, click the square icon in the bottom right hand corner of the video (it will say ‘full screen’ when you hover your mouse over the icon).
American Crafts Planner (mentioned in the video) which has a similar layout but larger page size
The cover feels like smooth cardstock. Not sure how well it would hold up after a year of use as the cover isn’t laminated and it doesn’t have rounded corners.
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Public holidays list
The planner is was made in Australia so it has Aussie holidays included on this page (and also on the relevant days in the monthly calendar and the weekly spread)
Dates at a glance
The dates at a glance pages start the week on a Sunday (consistent with the monthly calendar). However, the weekly spread starts on a Monday.
Important Dates Page
Lined writing space <3
Different patterns and quotes for each month
The start of each month is a simple list style goals page with a different pattern on the left page.
The month starts the week on a Sunday (whereas the weekly spread starts on a Monday) – shame it isn’t kept consistent 🙁
The dashed lines for the border are different – I haven’t seen another planner do this – but it does make the calendar a bit ‘busy’ to look at.
National holidays (for Australia) are pre-printed on the calendar – the font size is small so it doesn’t take away planning space. 🙂
The double sidebar is a good idea, however, I think it would work better with a 7 x 9″ or full page size planner. The columns are quite narrow in this A5 size.
Saturday and Sunday share about the same space as the weekdays
I like that the month is printed in the top corner to help find the month you’re looking for faster.
The planner doesn’t come with tabs. Instead the side of the pages are shaded in black with the number of the month. So July is 7. Cool idea that I haven’t seen another planner do before!
I tried various balllpoint, gel, fine tip and marker tip pens, as well as highlighters – there wasn’t any ghosting or bleed through on the back side of the page 🙂
The MAMBI stamps bled through the page 🙁 (which they seem to do with every planner I try)
Pros of the Penny Paperoni Planner
- Small, portable size
- No plens bled through the paper
- Lined writing space
- Affordable price
- Built in page marker
- Australian national holidays pre-printed on the monthly calendar and weekly spread
- Gender neutral
- Minimalist – go crazy with colored pens, highlighters and stickers! As the planner is black you don’t have to worry about the colors clashing
Cons of the Penny Paperoni Planner
- The cover isn’t laminated so I’m not sure how well it will hold up to wear and tear
- No tabs
- The page size is A5 which makes the sidebars of the weekly spread quite narrow
Would I use this planner?
I’m undecided at the moment. The double sidebar is a good idea, however, I think it would work better with a 7 x 9″ or full page size planner. The columns are quite narrow in this A5 size.
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