While doing a regular visit of my favorite stationery shops, I stumbled across a planner on clearance at Kikki K for only $10 (say what?!) I know, usually they’re sold out before they’re reduced that low!! It was an ex. display stock and still in as new condition so of course I snapped it up!
- Size: 6″ wide x 8.5″ high (the inside pages are a little smaller)
- Softcover with rose gold polka dot pattern <3
- Elastic band to keep the planner closed
- Sturdy pocket folder at the back
- Flag bookmark (thin cardstock)
- 2 page monthly calendar (starts on a Monday)
- 2 page weekly spread (starts on a Monday) – cross between vertical and horizontal with AM and PM printed for each day
- No Tabs but there are 2 built in ribbon bookmarks
- Dated July 2017 to September 2018
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Setting up the Week
The 2 page weekly planner is formatted to have an AM and PM section for each day. While the planner is dated for 2017 to 2018 (academic year), Kikki K tend to release the same inside layout styles of their planners each year and just switch the cover design.
This week was eventful – Christmas, my birthday and departing for a weekly long trip to Melbourne and road-tripping around country Victoria (my first almost completely internet free holiday in 4 years!)
I kept the spread simple. I was in a festive mood so stuck to using just red and green.
I used my all time favorite washi tape by Doodlebug. It comes in a rainbow pack (hence why it’s my fave!), along with the Zebra Sarasa clip pens. These pens are really nice to write with – very smooth and pretty colors. The Kikki K Planner wasn’t too bad in terms of pen testing – there was some ghosting but not enough for it to be annoying.
The pages of the planner have a yellow tinge to them though which makes it really obvious when you use white out to cover up a spelling mistake 🙁
I used the notes section to create my boxing day sales checklist. I was on the hunt for lots of travel gear for my upcoming trip to Europe – and planner sales of course 🙂
- Doodlebug polka dot washi tape (red and green from this pack)
- Zebra Sarasa clip pens
- Yay it’s payday! stickers
- Spa day stickers
- Movie sticker
- Takeout / food sticker
- Shopping / sale stickers
- The list sticker
- House sticker
- Blank sticker (I used these for flight times but have also used them for bill paying, numbering / prioritising tasks etc.)
Pros of the Kikki K Planner
- Compact but still sufficient space to plan your day
- Lined writing space (weekly spread and the notes pages)
- Different weekly spread to the generic weekly vertical and horizontal planners
- Extras pages
- You could live almost anywhere in the world and use this planner
- Pretty cover <3 gold foil!
Cons of the Kikki K Planner
- The paper is yellow so it looks really obvious when you use whiteout to cover up mistakes
- No tabs
- No monthly planning or notes pages
- Book-bound / sewn bound – some of the pages at the front and back of the planner don’t stay open unless you hold them with one hand and write with your other hand
Would I use this planner again?
I liked this planner for it’s simplicity. I don’t think I could use it every week as the writing space for each day filled up quickly – especially when I added stickers. I also don’t like that the weekly spread has holidays for the whole world printed on it, and a birthday section each day – these take up too much valuable planning space. The yellow pages are also a turn off for me – it makes it even more obvious if you make a mistake or use whiteout to cover up messy hand-writing.
The next Kikki K Planner I try will be this one in 2018!
52 Planners in 52 Weeks
This was the last week of the 52 planners in 52 weeks challenge… but I’ve decided to continue trying different planners for 2018 (bet you didn’t see that one coming! 😉 ) Subscribe to be notified when the post is published with the 52 lessons I learned from trying 52 different ways to plan the week and my favorite planners from the challenge.
Catch up on past weeks
- Week 21: Using Microsoft Word to plan your week
- Week 31: Using the Ashley Shelly Planner for weekly planning
- Week 34: Review of the Planner Pad Weekly Planner
- Week 38: Using the Do It All Weekly Planner by Orange Circle Studio
- Which planner stickers are right for you?
- Favorite color coding planner supplies for less than $5
- Planner pen testing in the Erin Condren Life Planner, Plum Paper, Happy Planner by MAMBI and Limelife Planner
- Cheap versus expensive pens: is there actually a difference in quality?