I tend to only use vertical weekly spreads when I don’t have too much planned for the week or have appointments on certain days, So this week was the perfect opportunity to use the Whistle and Birch planner.
Before the Pen
I wanted to add color without losing planning space, so opted to do some quick outlining with the thin end of the Zebra Mildliner highlighters,
You can get a dated or undated version of the Whistle and Birch planner. The owner of Whistle and Birch sent me a custom planner with all of the weekly layouts so I opted to white out the dates and add those relevant to this week.
After the Pen
It was only after I took these photos that I realised I forgot to cover up November and replace it with May – oops! I ended up covering it with some rainbow washi tape.
Once I started highlighter outlining I got a bit carried away and outlined practically everything
I often struggle to find the right green to match the Carpe Diem icon stickers. The green Mildliner came close!
- Carpe Diem sticker book (word & icon stickers)
- Zebra Mildliners Twin Tip Highlighters (affiliate link) – cool, soft, deep, bright, fluroescent
I’m not a big fan of the color schemes that the 5 packs come in but I couldn’t get the 15 pack here in Australia (without paying a ridiculous price) so I mixed and matched to make my own color scheme.
As for whether the highlighters are worth the hype. I don’t think so. The individual color packs are odd combinations (and I would never use the brown). They’re quite expensive. But if you’re looking for colors other than the normal pink, green, yellow, orange, purple and blue, then I think the Mildliners have the biggest color range.
Pros of this layout
- Functional – small margins i.e. no wasted space
- Mix of lined & unlined writing space
- Quick setup
- Color without wasting space
Cons of this layout
- If you have big hand-writing you’ll fill the space quickly
- Saturday and Sunday have half the space of a weekday
See my full review of all Whistle and Birch layouts in this post.
Would I use this planner again?
Yes. Although I may not use this vertical spread again there are plenty of other Whistle and Birch layouts I want to try. The paper is bright white and smooth to write on, the pages are well thought out with no wasted space. And the planners ship from Australia!
This planner is a good alternative / is similar to the Erin Condren, Plum Paper, Limelife and Purple Trail.
More planner reviews:
- Purple Trail Weekly Planner Review
- Levenger Circa Discbound Planner
- Limelife Planners Layout C review
- Arcing my Plum Paper Planner – everything you need to know if you’d like to try it yourself!
- 50 Themes for your planner or bullet journal spreads
- My all time favorite planner supplies
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