I do not have a printable in this post, however, I did post library reminder flags earlier today.
Today’s post is a little different as you can tell by the title. I will be doing these non-printable posts every so often. I don’t include these in my every other day schedule, so you’ll still get your printables 3-4 times a week. For the months of June and July, I will be posting printables on the odd days of the week. If I choose to do something different it will be on the even numbered days of the months.
What I’ll be doing is showing you my MAMBI Happy Planner.
This is the planner that I always plan in, and so far I haven’t missed decorating a spread, so hopefully I can keep that up. Just a heads up, I won’t be offering any opinions or reviews on this planner because I want to do a different post on that. This post will be more for the people who want to see what it looks like. I’ll be offering my thoughts on the functionality and price of the planner in my review post that is coming up soon.
I’ll start with the cover.
This was a default cover that came with my planner when I purchased it, although I do have my eye on a pink and gold polka dots cover I saw at Michaels. I did purchase this from Michael’s for $15 using my 50% off coupon. I have to say, I did find it somewhat difficult to find the planner I wanted. If you aren’t familiar with MAMBI, they make quite a few different planners where the covers and pages are different. So finding a planner with a cover I liked with dividers and pages I liked was a bit of struggle. I did end up going to 3 stores within 10 miles of my home to find the one I liked, but I do think that there’s something for everyone. The back of my cover is very simplistic, just pink with some random dots. MAMBI does sell additional covers in sets of 3.
The planner I got starts July 2016 and goes up to December 2017, but because I bought this in March and wanted to use it immediately, I ended up purchasing a 6 month extension, which is also why the planner is a lot thicker than what it would be normally. I also have about 12 weeks of spreads in it so that also adds to the thickness. Because of how heavy and bulky my planner has gotten, I keep it on my desk at home and don’t carry it around with me. I’ll be writing about my pre-planning and personal size planners in another post.
The Happy Planner is held together with disks instead of a spiral. It’s a lot sturdier than you’d think it would be, and MAMBI sells expander rings if you need extra space. The pages have special punches so that you can easily remove the pages. MAMBI also sells a special hole punch so that you can add things yourself, but I’m pretty sure there’s an easy way to do it without spending that much money, and I’m hoping to test it out and post about it soon. These rings can come in different colors based on the planner you choose. I’ve seen the rings come in a solid blue, gold, and a transparent pink.
The planner doesn’t come with any additional items like pouches or stickers. Additional pages include the inside cover, monthly dashboards, and a notes page at the end. The dashboards have a section for you to mark favorites, goals, birthdays, and important dates. Some of the boxes have lines for you to write in, and the others have dots in a grid fashion. At the top there are little mini monthly calendars to show the previous, current, and up-coming month. In the bottom left corner, there are little reminders of important holidays and events in the month along with the dates in case you forget.
I ‘m going to show you some of my favorite month dividers, instead of all 18 to shorten this post a little. Keep in mind that each style of planner has different dividers and pages based around the theme. As you can tell, I really like the pages with metallic foil. I think that it’s something really cool and unique that MAMBI does. As you can tell though, it does look more like a personal or home planner with the colorful patterns, but as with anything, you can make it work for whatever you’d like.
Here’s a little preview of the weekly pages. The boxes are the exact same as the Erin Condren Vertical width-wise, but they are a little taller, which is really helpful. The bottom area is about half the size of the bottom area in the Erin Condren, and I think the sidebar is slightly smaller. Additionally, there is no space in between the columns for the days. The planner that I got didn’t have a header area, which is probably better for no white space planners. I know that some of the new Happy Planners have the headers if that’s what you’re looking for. There is a pattern on the weekend boxes, and there are little decorative pieces at the bottom. For a no-white space planner, it doesn’t really matter as it will be covered up, but it would look super cute with a few stickers and some doodles. In my planner, each weekly spread has a different pattern that falls within the theme. Some of the patterns are shapes and icons while others have decorative quotes and text.
The monthly view is also very similar to the Erin Condren with the boxes. The Erin Condren header is a little larger, and the sidebar is larger and on the other side. There isn’t a monthly theme like the Erin Condren, but the colors are based on the divider. There are some decorative pieces like in the weekly view as well.
So that’s all I have to show you in terms of my planner. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to comment with your questions. I’m positive I missed something, and I’ll try to cover those in my review post that’s coming up. I’m not exactly sure when that’s coming up, so I’ll be sure to mention it when I know in another planner set up post.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you tomorrow with another free printable!
*All photos shown here are my own.
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