Hi ho my lovlies!

As promised, today’s post is a review of Christy Tomlinson and Cori Streiker’s on-line workshop: The Creative Planner. It’s billed as a 2 week class, but you could stretch this class out several weeks. I binge watched it. It’s packed with everything you could want to know about the planners that are available (as of May 2015), planner sizes, inspiration of Christy & Cori’s setups, freebie insert pages, links to their fave planner resources and if that weren’t enough, how to make your own dividers, dashboards, tabs, decorating.

In short, OMG, you get so much for the cost of the workshop, which is $34.95.  You’ll spend WAY more on all the planners you’ll be inspired to buy and make. You can’t download the videos, but you do have 3 years to access the class.

I loved this class. Aside from the fact that Christy and Cori totally enabled my planner obsession, they showed me 2 very different styles of planner decorations and how to craft my own personalized planners. Creating the components don’t take much time at all so it would be easy-peasy to create themed planners, seasonal planners, well, you could go completely nuts on this.  And, if you invest in the more expensive leather planners, you could sell them on ebay when you get tired of them.  According to Christy, most have good resale value, except the Franklin A5 planners – largely because they use their own proprietary punch system.  I think, too, they appeal less to females, as they come in subdued, manly colors. Blacks, browns…understated stuff.

Thanks to this class, I’ve crafted 3 planners so far. Here are teaser photos of each.

Kikki K pocket size Aqua planner, with a mermaid theme. I carry this in my Tom Bihn Imagio bag, which is my daily work bag.  I made my own inserts because I wanted to try it and I didn’t really like the ones I found on-line.


Personal/portable DayTimer black vinyl planner, which is the planner I leave in the living room so I can jot down ideas and lists.


Levenger Circa disc bound planner with the Kyoto discs for my tenukihandcrafts business.


As the time I drafted this post (August 27), I ordered Cori’s Carpe Diem planner, A5 in Persimmon and I purchased Stick with Sam’s A5 Boho Dreamcatcher insert pack. It wasn’t until I talked with my mom about the Name Day for my sister and I that I decided I would use this planner for my Name Day.

Let me know if you’re interested to see inside these planners and I’ll make flip through videos. Let me know, too, what you’re working on.

Happy planning & creating!


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