After seeing the Recollections Planner all over the internet I really wanted the horizontal version!
- Size: 7.5″ x 9.25″ high
- Coil binding
- Laminated cardstock cover (multiple designs to choose from)
- Dates at a glance
- Important dates
- Different pattern designs on the dividers for each month
- Colorful inside pages
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on Monday)
- 2 Page monthly calendar (starts on Sunday)
- Notes pages
Price: $30 USD
Let’s take a closer look!
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There are plenty of cute covers to choose from including this pretty rose gold one:
The cover is cardstock with thick laminate. It didn’t hold up well in transit from the USA to Australia. The laminate corners are bent and splitting (the other Recollections planners I purchased in the same order were fine).
The planner is quite thick, bulky and heavy. The coil is large for the size of the planner, however it does mean there’s room for the planner to expand if you like to use planner stickers.
Overall, the laminate doesn’t feel as thick as some other planners such as Erin Condren.
Lined writing space open ended so you can use for whatever you like! (birthdays, project planning, holidays, school due dates etc.)
Dates at a glance
Important Contacts Page
I’m not sure why some planner companies still include these pages since most people just record this on their phone but the page is there if you need it. You could also re-purpose it into a password tracker by whiting out the existing text.
Week starts on a Sunday (not consistent with the weekly spread that starts on Monday)
I’m not normally someone that likes pastel colors but I actually like them in this planner. Simple, clean design and the colors aren’t as ‘in your face’ as the Erin Condren (going to be making a lot of comparisons in this post because they are quite similar planners).
One thing I don’t like about the monthly calendar though, is that they’ve split the boxes in 2 rather than re-starting numbering on the top row. If I use this calendar I’ll be whiting out the diagonal lines and dates and writing the dates on the top row (or using a date dot sticker).
The title sections are blank so you can use them for whatever you like. If you get tired of writing out your subjects (or other headings), see this post for a tutorial on how to make header stickers.
The week starts on a Monday (not consistent with the weekly spread that starts on Sunday).
The colors used throughout this planner are pink, orange and green. The pink is my fav!
When the start of a new month begins at the start / end of a month, the weekly spread has both colors – similar to Erin Condren with the 2 colors.
Love the font and the lined writing space and maximises the full width of the page.
Unlined, lined and graph notes pages
Tabs & Dividers
The tabs are large, easy to grip and laminated. The laminate cover extends beyond the tabs i.e. they’re protected from tab.
Different covers for each month:
Colors match the colors of the pages in the planner
I tried various ballpoint, gel, fine tip and marker tip pens. The 3 marker pens (Uni Pis, Pure Color-F and Muji Hexa Pen) had some light ghosting but there was no ghosting for any of the other pens. And no bleed through for any! ?
I also did some highlighter and stamp swatches – no ghosting either.
However, as always, the MAMBI stamps bled through the page ?
Overall, one of the best pen test results of the 50+ planners I’ve reviewed! ?
Pros of the Recollections Planner
- Nice color scheme
- Variety of patterns on the tabs
- Includes stickers
- Built in pencil case
- Lined writing space in the weekly spread
- Functional weekly spread
Cons of the Recollections Planner
- Could be more durable e.g. tabs and the laminate cover
- I prefer the notes page style of the vertical Recollections not the dark paper that this version has
- Can only buy it from Michael’s in the USA
- The monthly calendar splits the last boxes into triangles rather than restarting numbering
- The start days aren’t consistent between the weekly spread and the monthly calendar
Would I use this planner?
I like horizontal planners so the fact that this planner has lined writing space too, means it makes it to my top 10 favorite horizontal weekly planners.
I love the colors of the weekly and monthly spread but I’m not a fan of the brown paper for the notes pages, nor the divider designs throughout. However, there are a lot of styles to choose from in the Recollections range (this one was the only one I was able to get at the time – I wish I’d waited for a prettier design – never mind).
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