Listed: 5 Cute & Functional Planners for 2017 (Part 1)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nothing makes my day more than seeing cute, pretty things on my desk, more so if those "somethings" also help me organize the month and make me feel productive af.

To give you a brief background of my planner-love journey, I started collecting planners around 2014, when I discovered Filed.ph and Kikki.k (those were wonderful times). Ever since, I've fallen in love with the art of planning my life on cute organizers.

(Read: A Planner Addiction | My New Kikki.k Planner | Personalizing Your Starbucks 2016 Planner | FILED 2015 Planner | FILED 2014 Planner)

This year, I am in a DILEMMA. Ever since my awakening, I've eagerly hunted for other brands I could try out for the next years, and the list is far from short. I've reached brands based in Singapore, Sweden, The United States, and the UK just looking for new planner designs and features. Now, I am in the mood to purchase a planner for 2017. The question is, which one should I go for this time?

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My planner choice often depends on two major factors: aesthetics and features (regardless of size, though I'm not a fan of small/personal-sized ones). As of the start of October, I've come across planners which fit my needs.


1. Hobonichi Techo 2017 + Sherbet Cover

After I purchased the Kikki.k last year, I continued looking for planners. I joined a local Planner Facebook group where I could pre-order and buy planners and accessories and came across this Japanese brand.


I am in-love with the daily layout. It may look simple, but the possibilities are endless. With a lot of room to write about my day and include small stickers and photos (plus, the grids will allow me to do lettering without worrying about the margins), the Hobonichi is definitely one on my list. 



This planner costs around Php 2,032.00 (JPY 4320) rounded off for an A6, which is inclusive of tax. With shipping, a total of Php 2,689.41. Of course, there are local sites that bulk order the Hobonichi and therefore charges less for shipping and taxes. 

You may check out its features and other product photos here: Hobonichi


2. The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley

Her planner's cover designs are to-die-for, most especially because they have gold corners, has gold monograms (for your initials if you'd like) and has a layout that leaves plenty of room for doodles and notes.

The daily edition
They offer weekly and daily editions, and it's always a hard choice between the two, at least for me. The daily edition has gold rings and hard matte cover while the weekly edition has a leatherette cover. Both look premium too.

The weekly edition

Both editions are sold for $58 dollars (that's Php 2,803.00 rounded off, but it's worth every penny. I'm not sure how much it totals with shipping and tax, but for a premium, it's a price you'll have to be willing to spend.

Order your Simplified Planner 2017 here: Emily Ley


3. Design Your Life Planner by CNS Designs

Want an equally cute and functional planner but don't want to spend so much for shipping and taxes? CNS Designs is here for you, because it's a brand based in the Philippines and they offer incredibly awesome planners (also with gold corners!).


When I discovered their planners last year, I came close to regretting the Kikki.k (but of course, that would never happen - I love my baby), if only because I realized I could've gotten a planner with great aesthetics locally, for a way cheaper price (again, I'm not regretting buying the Kikki).

For just Php 550 - 595, you can get a planner that offers function and form. For it's price, one can afford all three and still have enough for Starbucks or a full meal at a restaurant. This year, I'm having a harder time deciding because of this brand in particular. Just look at its layout inside.



They've got really cute stickers too, and a no-tear pocket inside.


Pre-order your Design Your Life planner 2017 here: DYL Planner


4. FILED's Scribble & Keepsake Planner

Among the planners on this list, FILED's planners are the only ones I've used twice for two consecutive years. I just love their compact design and the ease of ordering from them, plus an option for getting your name customized by hand on the covers. This year, they've stepped-up their game with gold-foiled lettering and gold corners on the sleeve cover (like the others listed above).


They have two editions this year, the Scribble and the Keepsake planners, both with their own charm, purpose, and layout. I am leaning towards the Scribble more, but I love the dotted layout on the Keepsake.


Given it's price (Php 695 for the Scribble with Sleeve & Php 645 for the Keepsake with Sleeve), I am tempted to buy both editions (like I am with the DYL planners above) if only to get the best of both worlds. I currently have 5 planners which I use for different things, so I'm sure I'll find each one a purpose eventually.

I skipped their planners last year as I already purchased the Kikki.k, but I might go back to my first planner love for 2017.

Pre-order your Scribble and Keepsake planner here: FILED.ph


5. Livewell Flex Planner by Inkwell Press

I just discovered this brand today and I live for it. It has a hard cover, has SO MUCH FREAKING SPACE, has gold rings, a strap to hold things together, and a large inner back-pocket for anything you can fit in there, among other fantastic features.



I am living for this. The font and colors work great together, there's so much room for doodles and other reminders you might need to write - just everything I want a planner to be.


This is priced at $54 (about Php 2,609.53), and as if that isn't enough to give me a heart attack, they don't ship to the Philippines. This planner gets to be enjoyed only those living abroad (the US, UK, and other countries in Asia), but if you've got relatives living in any of these places, you can use their address and have it delivered to you from there.

You can also try ShippingCart to process your orders from any US online store (yes, even those which don't ship to Pinas) and have it shipped directly to you in the Philippines. They give you a virtual US address (like your personal PO Box/storage) and once you're ready to ship, just trigger their button and your goods will be on their way. I've used this a few times already and it has saved my life. Haha.

Get your Livewell Flex Planner here: Livewell


Product images © belong to the respective brands.

Do you have your sights on any of these planners? What brand should I include on my next planner list? Let me know in the comments!

Ciao, bellas!



23 comments

  1. You know that I also love writing stuff in my planner every first quarter of the year? And after that, I'm kind of lazy writing and I've been practicing it every year. I enjoy how you collaborated all these planners, very artistic and interesting. Thank you so much for sharing about this one.

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    1. I had that same struggle last year! Hahaha. I figured all I needed was a pretty planner to keep me motivated and it has worked well. I'm doing a series of planner features, so stay tuned for the others! You might find one you like in the next ones.

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  2. I honestly wonder how people manage more than 1 planner? Hahaha. I honestly cannot even finish a single one. What caught my eyes were those FILED planners. I was hoping to have that Scribble planner but it's ink pink. How I wish there's one like that in a blue color. 😞

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    1. The trick for me is to use each planner for a different part of my life. I have 5 and use them for family matters, work scheduling, personal sideline projects, etc. :) I'm torn with the Scribble planner too. That shade of pink isn't really my thing, but the covers aren't interchangeable.

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  3. All these are indeed cute. I sometimes buy planners not because they are that useful but because they are so cute. The color or the letterings are so irresistible. Now that I do not have work, I have to really be wise and yes, consider that advice --- it should be functional.

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    1. Guilty of that as well, lol. The struggle to find the perfect planner is intense.

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  4. Wow those were cute and dainty planners. I personally love no.4 and 5.. inspiring to look at. Seeing these made me realized, time is so fast! We were in the last quarter of the year and hello 2017 in a fews months.. its about time to plan for the next year!

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    1. Time is a bullet train! Haha. It's "Hello 2017" for us, and so soon, too!

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  5. I'm actually having a hard time in choosing my planner for next year. When I saw the C&S planner, I want the Design your Life Back to Basics planner which I also have for this year. I think I'm still getting the same because I haven't leveled up on my planner making yet.

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    1. I agree, the DYL basic planner is a really, really big contender in the planner area. There's just so much room to write and their planners are basic but not too much. It's a balance for sure. :) How did you find your DYL this year?

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  6. Beautiful planners , I used to have a filofax as long as I was still in job/business life. I does help keeping your things sorted and scheduled. The ones you have listed here look really nice, my fav would be the white covered one. Thanks for that lovely review , I am not sure if I would pay that much money on a planner :( DIY will be a option and a nice creative task

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    1. I haven't tried Filofax yet, though I will feature it in the next planner series. Filofax looks elegant don't you think? I love DIY-ing my notebooks too. I did that with my Starbucks 2016 planner and painted the cover and stuff, haha.

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  7. The planners are all cute! But I am not a fan of those that are with spirals on it. It tends to get deformed as time goes by maybe because my bag's kind of full already of other womanly necessities. I would choose number 1 if I were you. It's so simple and I liked its cover. But for 2017, I am looking forward to purchase Certified Positive's planner as I wanted to grow spiritually and it will be a big help for me. :)

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    1. Ah, I see what you mean, haha. Yes! The Hobonichi is my number 1 so far. I'll check out Certified Positive's planner as I haven't heard of the brand yet. :) Thank you so much!

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  8. A planner for 2017? Isn't it a little bit too early to buy one? Normally a lot more planners would be out by December and they might even be better! Take your time. But those planners surely look nice~

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    1. Haha, I guess for a hoarder like me, it's never to early to buy things for next year. This is the first part of a planner series I'm doing until December, so there will be more options in the coming weeks!

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  9. Oh wow... how gorgeous and cute those planners are. Makes me want to go grab one so I might just check out the Shipping Cart...Thanks for highlighting them

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    1. Yes, Shopping Cart is a great way to get items from the US that aren't here. You could also check out IG for users who can do the shopping for you, plus shipping. :) It's more personal if that's your cup.

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  10. I like the last type of planner.
    It suits my personality and I like simple.
    Having a planner is really useful like bloggers like us it helps makes thing organized.


    I'm excited to see what planner shall I have this Christmas.If given the chance, I would like to have planner with Philippine destinations or tourist spots.


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    1. Yeah, I like Inkwell's a lot too. So much space to write. That sounds like a nice travel planner idea. With maybe a bucketlist of destinations to visit in one year?

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  11. Ahhhhh! I love all your suggestions <3 Thank you so much. I'm obsessed with planners and I usually hoard 3-4 planners a year (I KNOW THIS IS BAD HUHUH) but I'm really considering to get just one planner and I know I don't want it to be the usual starbucks planner hahahah. I really like the Hobonichi Techo 2017 + Sherbet Cover :)

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    1. Hahaha! Gurl, I KNOW what you mean! I've had 5 planners this year too (I'm a fellow hoarder!) and was disappointed at Starbucks's edition this year. :/ The Hobonichi is at the very top of my list as of now. :)

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  12. Planners are really great especially if you have a lot going on in your life. I do have a calendar planner, I actually don't know how to call it but it's blank and I get to number and label it myself. I had a Scribble Planner 2016 by FILED last year but wasn't really able to maximize its use. I actually like seeing planners, especially those minimalist ones.

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