Sunday, February 8, 2015

Cocoa Daisy Review #1 ~ March Planner Kit ~ 2015 ~ My Planner

I love looking at the whole planner trend (fad?) on Pinterest and Facebook...... So many talented and creative people organizing their lives with pretty papers, washi tape, stickies and doodads. I stumbled across the Cocoa Daisy Planner Subscription. The planner pages are right up my alley........ not overly cute..... not pretentious, NOT totally PINK with smiling flowers, personified cupcakes and grinning baby animals.  I love the grid and adult watercolor design!  I love the paint swatch weekly pages! I subscribed immediately.  I ordered my pages from Cocoa Daisy with no holes........ so I could see the pages (A5 size) before I committed to a planner.

The the hunt for a planner began:
I fell in love with the Midori style notebook........ but Cocoa Daisy's planner pages aren't really suited for the causal, organic, floppy Midori I made my own personal size faux Midori for my purse.

I moved on to Kikki K Planners, way too pastel and candy-colored for me....  I love earth tones.

I looked at Webster's Pages new Color Crush Planners, not enough real estate for all the decorating I wanted to do.

I searched every office supply and stationery store within 100 miles. The Franklin Covey and Day Timer Planners were just too typical of what I had used in the 1980's (the last time planners were so trendy/fad) in my professional life.

I joined tons of FB groups.

I checked out Pinterest.

I looked at Filofax, Van Der Spek, and Gillio; but, I am a hands-on gal and a computer screen doesn't show true color; and, I can't hold/touch the planner before buying it.

I had several ARC Planners I had purchased at Staples..........  and my burgundy ARC is a perfect fit for Cocoa Daisy's style and pages. Burgundy is also a favorite color. I made a commitment to the ARC system...... I had the Levenger punch already and the binders and the discs.  The price was right and the style is perfect for stamps, inks, sprays, vinyl and dies.

Here is the March Cocoa Daisy Kit....... I am pleased with the kit and the quality of the papers. The kit was beautifully packed and arrived on time in perfect condition. I do wish Cocoa Daisy had added a few extra sheets of paper for testing pens, inks, sprays, etc. (even with a minimal charge). The American Craft "To Do List" stamp doesn't work well at all. The self-inking stamp doesn't stamp well; and, I find the style of the stamp big and clumsy.  I rather have had a small set of acrylic stamps.

Throughout this month I will be posting pics of my planner customization......... This is my 1st 24 hours with the Cocoa Daisy Planner Kit; and, visually I love it....... I will report on pens, inks, sprays, paper etc throughout this month :)

UPDATE TO MY REVIEW:  I contact Cocoa Daisy less than 24 hours ago via Facebook about the lack of quality with the American Crafts "to do list" self-inking stamp.  I received this response from CD via FB this morning:

We've had a few comments about the re-inking stamps we featured in our March Planner kit. They aren't working quite like we'd hoped, so we've decided to run a similar design in an acrylic stamp as a substitute.
We thought we'd get you a product we know will work, rather than risk replacing them with another re-inked stamp that might not be up to par either.
We'll get those new stamps ordered and get them mailed out to those who purchased our kits as soon as we can. Since we've JUST decided this, please be patient with our time frame, and know we'll get you a replacement as soon as we can!

I couldn't ask for better customer service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 2015 A5 Day Planner Kit

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