Folklore Prints Planner Kit January 2017 – Fresh Start

First of all, happy new year! 

One of the newcomers in the Philippine planner kit scene is Folklore Prints, who released their first kit last December. As I was super pleased with it, I knew I wanted to get the next one which happens to be the one to greet the new year. The theme for the month of January is Fresh Start which is an appropriate theme for the new year. It incorporates the Pantone color of 2017, Greenery. Let me show you the contents of this month’s kit in this virtual unboxing.

First of all, the kits come in this beautiful owl themed envelope with a handwritten sticker bearing my name.

Upon opening the kit I am greeted by a green tissue paper which matches the theme. There’s a note with another handwritten bit telling me that I received a little extra bit in the form of a cat decotape as thanks for subscribing to the first kit. I could already see that this kit is filled to the brim with awesome things! Let’s take a look at the contents.


Each kit usually comes with a set of six beautifully designed A5 cardstock. This month, one of them is personalized with my name, how awesome is that?! There is also a stack of A5 paper which I take to be a sort of letter paper which would be great to send to penpals.


This next bit really excites me! It is a cold laminated personalized dashboard and a monthly habit tracker insert, both pocket sized! I’m really looking forward to using this insert for the next year! I also got a cute little sticky note pad and a set of tabs, both very useful for planning.


One of the things I really look forward to in a planner kit is coordinated stickers, and Folklore Prints does not disappoint! I get three sheets of planner stickers and five sheets of deco stickers, both of which I’m sure I’ll be using in my planner and bullet journal. 


Since it’s the start of the year, I also got a 12-month calendar. Subscribers were asked to submit photos to be put into the calendar and of course I could not pass up the opportunity to get high quality prints of my cats. Aren’t they beautiful? I also received a set of five journal cards in the polaroid style, which would be great to use as tip ins in journals.


Lastly, I also got a pack of die cut ephemera pieces in the same theme. These are absolutely gorgeous pieces and my favorite is that adorable pair of peas!  

Overall I’m really quite pleased with the quality and design of Folklore Prints Planner Kits. They come with a whole variety of useful accessories for planners and are really designed to be used daily. I paid Php675 for the kit including shipping which I think is pretty reasonable considering the quality. This kit arrived on December 30, just in time for the coming month. My favorite has got to be the personalized calendar!

Interested in subscribing? Head on over to their website and watch out for next month’s release!

Planners and Journals October Planner Kit (Insertless)

It’s been a while since I subscribed to a monthly planner kit, and the reason for that is more of my having too much stuff than I can use. I had stopped subscribing for nearly a year. What made me interested again was Planners and Journals releasing their “insertless” kits! Don’t mistake me though; PnJ makes really awesome inserts, but as of yet they do not make pocket size inserts for their kits. Insertless kits are the next best thing, and at Php100 less than the usual kit price it seemed pretty reasonable. Knowing PnJ’s quality, I did not hesitate to sign up for three months.

 

 

The first month that had the insertless option was October, and October’s theme is Tea Party. Score! I love tea themes, and the overall color scheme of this kit is just awesome. I immediately filmed an unboxing in my Instagram Stories (follow me!) even though the lighting wasn’t that great. I finally got the chance to take photos for a closer look at the items in the kit. Without further ado, here are everything I got in the October Tea Party Planner Kit!

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For some reason, I focused on a big-to-small sequence. The first things that caught my eye are the papers included. PnJ, if you recall from my previous kit shares, always includes two or three sheets of cardstock that they designed for the kit. This month’s papers are stunning! I am loving the pastel blue and green color scheme with accents of rose pink and blueberry purple. Delicious!

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I’m also very happy when I saw three sheets of matching planner stickers. These are lovely designs, and I can’t wait to stick them into my planner (and journals, actually!). What I really like about these stickers are the size profile – it fits perfectly in my Hobonichi Weeks as if it’s made for that!

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Next in the kit comes two sets of beautifully designed note paper, measuring 9×11.5cm. There are ten sheets for each of the two designs, and the paper feels pretty good as per PnJ’s standards. The only problem I am facing with these is that it’s too cute to use! I must fight the tendency to hoard!

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The kit also gave a set of six journaling cards in the same theme, and boy are they triggering my hoarding tendencies too!

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Next we have a gigantic cupcake made of thick acrylic (below right), and at first I had no clue what this thing was supposed to be. It was too big and heavy to mount on a paperclip. I figured it’s probably meant to be a sort of drink coaster. I also received a cute little handmade paperclip with a gold-and-pink bow, which is always a nice touch. Perhaps my only issue with the bow clip is that it feels a little out of theme.

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Lastly we have a set of cute little ephemera in the same theme. There’s a good variety of designs, but again there’s the idea that it’s too cute to use! My favorite here are the stacked cups, super cute!

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I am very happy to have subscribed with PnJ again. I feel that Php550 per month is a very reasonable price for what I am getting, even without inserts. Check out Planners and Journals’ Instagram account for more info if you want your own kits!

 

Planners and Journals November Planner Kit

The end of every month is always an exciting time, for it is the time when the Planners and Journals Planner Kits arrive! I signed up for the November kit, which has a flamingo theme. Pink-and-green, oh yes!

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The Planner Kit arrived in its usual glassine bag, which is inside its usual kraft box. Here are all the contents! Doesn’t it look amazing?

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The usuals of the Planner Kit (cardstock, journal cards, and inserts) look really scrumptious. I’m not really a huge fan of flamingos to be honest, but florals, pink, and green are themes that I generally like. In addition to this, Planners and Journals has included a Simbalion Watercolor set! I’ve heard some very nice feedback about Simbalion watercolors, and was pretty excited to try it out. There’s also a set of cute postcard-sized art designed by @lagartixashop that you can color in with the watercolors.

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Another thing that excited me was this hand-carved flamingo stamp. It is made by @craftavenueph, and looks really nice and sturdy.

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We also get another set of glossy stickers designed by @theworldoffraffee in matching theme. My favorites are the hex stickers!

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Finally we have this really cute button paperclip with a flamingo head. It is made by @iprints, and the paperclip is really nice and sturdy!

 

There we have it! I really love November’s kit, and I’m so far enjoying the watercolor experience!

Planners and Journals July Planner Kit

It’s that time of the month! I received my PnJ July Planner Kit just in the nick of time, on the last day of June. It gave me just enough time to set up my planner for July. These are the contents of the July Planner Kit.

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July’s theme is Japanese, which I absolutely love. I’m a huge fan of anything Japanese. This month’s kit came in the usual kraft box, and the kit contents are neatly wrapped in this wax paper bag sealed with a washi tape. I like that the PnJ kits are starting to be similarly packaged as the popular international planner kits that I’ve been seeing around the internet.

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Inside that big wax bag are these. Some of the contents are wrapped in smaller wax bags, which are a nice touch.

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Here are the contents, in no particular order. First we have a duo of products from the instagram shop @dolcesonline: a Pilot Juice 0.5 pen in Baby Pink and an MT slim washi tape. It’s my first experience with a Juice pen, and I’ve been hearing a lot of good feedback about this pen so I’m very happy to get to try one. I’m also a huge fan of MT brand washi tape, and also of slim washi in general, so this MT slim washi tape just hits the spot!

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Next we have a super cute planner charm from @genndesigns. It’s a tiny wooden kokeshi doll decorated with a few beads. I love kokeshi dolls and this was immediately attached to my Midori Blue.

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Next we have a handmade bookmark from @bookmarks.planners, who is a paper recycling advocate. This ningyogami (Japanese paper dolls) bookmark is absolutely stunning, and made with different paper products.

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I just also wanted to show the back of the bookmark. The detail work is just awesome, as you can see that her hair goes all the way down her back, and still shows the back of her kimono. I’m a little afraid to use this because it’s just so beautiful!

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The next ones are a couple of cardstocks designed by the PnJ team. I always appreciate the cardstocks as I can always use them for all sorts of things such as pencil boards and bookmarks. This month we have origami designs on pale backgrounds.

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There is of course the insert. This month I got the regular sized insert for my Midori Blue (as opposed to the previous months’ passport sized inserts). The cover is a beautiful blue wave design with a cute kokeshi doll in the corner. That writing on the side is actually my name written in katakana, such a great touch!

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What was interesting about this month’s insert is that it’s printed! It has an undated day-on-two-pages layout, which is similar to my June insert layout. I love the overall Japanese aesthetics, and the boxes all seem to be things I can use and there are still enough space to add my own decorations.

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It also included a flyleaf filled with kokeshi themed transparent stickers! Stickers are of course always welcome, and I really love the theme here!

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Lastly we have the contents of the second small wax bag, which is from Planners and Journals themselves. It has a couple of nicely designed pockets that can be used for various purposes such as project life or even for planners. One is a pink floral square pocket with a string closure mechanism and the other is a blue and white wave pattern pocket. Pictured with these are a pack of cute printed origami sheets that can be used for many things as well, and a Fullmark Japanese gluey tape (!!!).  I love this glue tape to bits! I have a few backups of this already, and am quite happy to add one more to my stash!

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There we have it! I can see myself using all of the items in this box, and in fact I have already settled myself in the July insert. I’ll show you my July setup in a separate post. Here again are all the contents of the July kit.

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I paid a total of Php830 for my box, which is broken down as follows: Php700 (standard TN size, trial subscription) + Php80 shipping fee + Php50 Paypal fee. I really feel that this box is super worth it with all the cute contents, and the theme is absolutely lovely. You can check out more about Planners and Journals and their products at their Facebook page.

Planners and Journals May Planner Kit

Yes, I found yet another planner subscription service! Planners and Journals is an online store specializing in customized planner inserts for ringed planners (Filofax, Kikki K, Franklin Covey, etc) as well as fauxdoris (non-Midori traveler’s notebooks) and their refills. They have recently expanded to planner kits, and this May Planner Kit is their first. I was a little confused at first, because I was expecting to get my kit in May (as the name suggested), but apparently it was so named because it will give you the inserts you will use for the month of May! Naturally it arrived before May so that you have enough time to set up your planner with the included stuff.

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My kit arrived in this nice kraft box, with a twine and a thank you tag. I have a very good idea of what was going to be included, because they released the list of contents on their facebook page. The only surprise I had was what form my refills were going to be, since I had a traveler’s notebook instead of a ringed planner; the inserts they previewed were for a ringed planner.

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What greeted me upon opening the box was a pretty lengthy welcome letter personally signed by Summer. Here are the rest of the contents, in order of my favorites.

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