Originally funded via a Kickstarter campaign, the Craft Planner by a brand called Cobbery has done a few iterations. I purchased this version during 2019 Black Friday sales, the company’s website appears to have been taken down in the time since.
I’m not sure if they’re just re-booting, or if they’ll only be launching via Kickstarter campaigns in the future. They used to do both a vertical and a horizontal version. I purchased the horizontal version. They also used to do a printable download version but I can’t link it here as their website that had the download just takes you to an error page.
Anyway you might still be able to get one if they do revive the planner (the last version was in 2019 so maybe they will re-launch later this year via another kickstarter).
- Size: 5.75″ wide x approx 8.5″ high
- Lasts 12 months
- 2 page Monthly calendar (starts on Sunday)
- Timeframe / goal planning pages
- 2 page weekly spread – non-traditional format (you’ll see later in this post)
- Neutral color scheme
- Pocket folder
- 2 Ribbon bookmarks
Price: $35 USD including shipping
Let’s take a closer look!
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The cover is hardcover but with a fabric feel. It feels very sturdy but but the fabric material attracts lint.
Approx 0.75″ thick. Something different – the edges on all sides of the pages are black, not the color of the paper
The planner comes with 1 sheet of colored dot stickers.
At the front of the planner are some examples of how to use the pages
Starts Sunday (not consistent with the weekly spread) however the planner is undated so you could use stickers or whiteout and change it so the calendar starts on Monday.
These pages are my favorite in the planner. I use a similar layout for annual goal planning. I think annual planning in this format is much more effective than a 1 page monthly overview that just has lined writing space for each month. The below format is especially useful when tasks extend over multiple months or stop and start throughout the year.
A very unique weekly spread compared to most planners – you choose! If you only want to do a 5 day week you can. You can split the boxes vertically, or horizontally, or plan bullet journal style and rule up the weekly spread as you go.
There are 2 of these pages for each week. I think I’d prefer either 1 more page for each week, or remove the middle line for even more flexibility over the layout.
Each box is 5mm x 5mm.
There are no extra notes pages at the back of the planner. The pages for week 52 are the last pages.
The paper is very thin (and feels thin). I didn’t bother doing a pen testing as you can see the design that’s printed on the back side of the page, so pens are definitely going to show through.
Pros of the Planner
- Portable size
- Undated – start planning anytime
- You choose the size of each daily section according to your needs
- You choose what day the week starts on the weekly spread
- As it’s undated there are no split boxes on the monthly calendar
- Pocket folder
- 1 sheet of dot stickers
- Pages lay flat on their own
Cons of the Planner
- Thin paper – can see the shadow of the design printed on the back
- 2 bookmarks – but they’re the same color (black)
- Paper isn’t yellow but it’s more cream than white
Would I use this planner?
Maybe. I like the idea of the planner – how you can adapt the weekly pages to suit your needs. But I think it would work better with dot grid paper instead of graph. I really wish they’d used thicker paper that doesn’t show through.
As for whether I’d purchase this instead of a bullet journal? Honestly, I probably wouldn’t. A dot grid notebook has greater flexibility with no pre-printed lines and there are some really great dot grid notebooks with thick paper that isn’t prone to ghosting or bleed through and which are cheaper than this planner (e.g. Vivid Dot Grid Notebook, Buke Stationery).
More planner reviews:
- Purple Trail Weekly Planner Review
- Weekly Planner from Unique Planners by Pirongs Review
- Frank Diary Planner Review – Horizontal Weekly Planner
- 7 Reasons why I don’t use stitched notebooks for bullet journaling
- Lined, dot grid, graph or blank: what paper type is right for your bullet journal?
- Best highlighters for bullet journaling
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