I bought last year's Heidi Swapp planner, but I returned it. The covers were very flimsy. I decided to give it another try this year. I could see changes took place because right away there is a choice to make between two sizes. I chose the larger planner, because I want plenty of room to add all the great embellishments available and small photos of friends or family. It also has photo pocket pages -- one with two @3" pocket and this alternates with one with six @2" pockets. The front inside cover has pockets to carry some of the items sold separately or notes and things of your own. One complaint -- the four holes are too tight. I'll re-punch the holes to make them larger so they'll turn more easily.
Let me start by saying that the artwork is absolutely beautiful. But I was somewhat disappointed when I received my binder. It does not seem to be up to the same standards as Heidi Swapp's other planner products. The binder itself seems to be made of inferior quality materials. As mentioned by another reviewer, it does not close easily (the binder itself, not the rings). You have to actually shake it down hard. Some of the printing on the calendar pages is very difficult to see. And it is a little confusing that the monthly calendar starts on Sunday, but the weekly starts on Moday. It takes some adjustment. I love the fact that it has different areas for Important Moments, Happenings, Notes as well as a lined and unlined area for each day. I would have liked to see real 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" page protectors. I cannot even seem to find any for sale. Even though it could not be practical if any thicker, a couple phone number pages as well as financial pages would be useful.
This is an amazing product, and so pretty! I have never had a weekly planner, but when I saw this I just had to have it. I never realized how fun and even important it is to document our daily lives. This planner comes with so many lovely items which make it fun to write and add things to it every day. My granddaughter saw it and now she has to have one! Love this product!
For someone like me that never has time to start a big scrapbook project, this is the best way to do so while using a planner at the same time! I just wish that for the price that it came with accessories besides just the basic pages and dividers. It's absolutely beautiful and reminds me of Kate Spade patterns, which is exactly my style. This has brought scrapbooking back to life for me and I see myself using these products for the rest of my life.
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