Stationery Review: The Happy Planner – Classic Notebook


Image Description: title card. It has four strawberries, one in each corner, and written in the centre of the image is “Stationery Review: The Happy Planner – Classic Notebook” in large hot-pink text.

Item: Classic Happy Notes – Live Life in Color (and Uchida Le Pen 0.3mm Pen 4 Pack) + Classic Happy Planner – Student Accessory Pack

Category: Review/Feedback

Cost: Classic Happy Notes = $43.32. Student Accessory Pack = $33.32. Grand Total = AU $76.64 (Shipping Fees: Free shipping due to Amazon Prime membership)

Date of Purchase: 06/03/2020

Date of Delivery: Classic Happy Notes was delivered on 11/02/2020 and The Student Accessory Pack was delivered on the 17/02/2020

Store: Amazon – Australia

Images:


Image Description: The cover of the discbound notebook is robin’s egg blue with a white cloud at the bottom. A neon-style rainbow is emerging from the top of the fluffy white cloud. The cover has a golden header written in the top-left corner: “Life life in colour”. There are gold sparkles scattered across the cover. The discs binding the journal together are rainbow-themed.


Image Description: On the left-hand side, the inner-cover is a white background with pink dots decorating all over. On the right-hand side, a pale-pink divider. In the centre is a darker pink square with “keep it together” in white text, all around the darker-shade of pink-square are multicoloured illustrations of hairpins.


Image Description: On the left-hand side, a robin’s egg blue divider with a pattern of white dots. On the right-hand side is white lined paper. It’s too faint to see in the photograph, however, there are dotted lines in light blue across the page.


Image Description: On the left-hand side is white lined paper. It’s too faint to see in the photograph, however, there are dotted lines in light blue across the page.  On the right-hand-side is a divider. The background of the divider is diagonal strips of light-blue, with white lines in-between. Superimposed on top are large neon pink letters that say: “IT’S ALL GOOD”.


Image Description: On the left-hand side is a divider. The divider background is white with pink text  (bold and capitalised) printed across the divider. On the right-hand side is white lined paper. It’s too faint to see in the photograph, however, there are dotted lines in light blue across the page.


Image Description: On the left-hand side is white lined paper. It’s too faint to see in the photograph, however, there are dotted lines in light blue across the page. On the right-hand side is a divider. The divider has multi-coloured circle-style confetti scattered across the divider. The main focus of the divider is the large text in the top-right corner: “ONLY WAKE ME UP FOR TACOS”. There is also a neon-style image of a taco.


Image Description: On the left-hand side is a divider. It has blue and white horizontal stripes. It also has multi-coloured circle-style confetti scattered across the divider. On the right-hand side is white lined paper. It’s too faint to see in the photograph, however, there are dotted lines in light blue across the page.


Image Description: On the left-hand side is white lined paper. It’s too faint to see in the photograph, however, there are dotted lines in light blue across the page. On the right-hand side, the inner-cover is a white background with pink dots decorating all over.


Image Description: From left to right, a pink folder document that has rainbow-text “shine bright” in the bottom-left corner. Next is a sheet of motivational stickers for students. Next is a transparently clear bookmark with diagonal rainbow stripes. It also has the text: “YOU GOT THIS BABE”.


Image Description: A transparently clear section of plastic with two types of sticky notes displayed. The first one looks like a tiny graphic-paper notepad and has “YOU GOT THIS” written up the top in rainbow text. The second one is a colourful rainbow on a side-profile.


Image Description: A shiny packet of white paper with black lines. The paper also has a diagonal rainbow-pattern along the discbound attachment side.


Image Description: a close-up image of the two types of lined-paper. The first type is the one mentioned in the previous image (white paper with black lines, and a diagonal rainbow-pattern along the discbound attachment side). The second type of paper refill available inside the packet is lined white paper with rainbow lines to write on. There is multi-coloured circle-confetti along the discbound attachment side.


Image Description: a close-up image of a paper refill. This one is in the shape of a list document. It’s a pastel-pink and has small white circles at the beginning of each line, like a To-Do List.


Image Description: a close-up image of a paper refill. This one displays the various types of list documents. There’s a pink To-Do-List, there’s a yellow list paper refill, there’s a lavender-purple list refill, and a mint-green paper refill.


Image Description: There are three plastic items laying flat on a grey blanket. The three plastic items are called Dashboards, they are used to divide sections in your Classic Happy Planner. This Dashboard set is golden-metallic in theme, from left to right: the first one has a golden flower theme, the middle one has golden polka-dots, and the last one has a golden-paint-brush theme with “Hustle Hard Girl” written at the top.


Image Description: a close-up image of a paper refill. This one has a mint-green background and a large white thought-bubble (with dot-grid). It has the title “Important Stuff” at the top of the page.


Image Description: a close-up image of a paper refill. It has chunks of colour cutting across the page, the colour theme being a sliding colour-scale from mint-green to blue. In the bottom right-hand colour it has in the multi-coloured text “get your study on.”

Review:
~Versatility: At this point, I think I will enjoy using The Happy Planner Notebooks more than the Planners, especially since with the Notebooks I can purchase paper refills and use them year after year. There’s a huge variety of paper refills and Classic-size accessories available (if I desire to go down that path). With regards to accessories, I don’t think I’ll explore further than what I have, I don’t think stickers are going to work for me and my style of Journaling/Planning. But I’m happy with the accessory pack I’ve purchased.

~Disc Sizes: It’s taken me some time to get accustomed to The Happy Planner sizing and style and I think I have it sorted. The Discs on this Notebook are the same size as The Mini Happy Planner (super small), which made the Notebook completely impractical for what I wanted to use it for, which was storing spare sections of paper and notes.

In order to fix this, I bought a Classic Size set of extension disc-rings (does this make them Big size? IDK. The sizing system seems simple in principle but is confusing in practise), and applied them to my Undated Classic Happy Planner. The Undated Classic Happy Planner had medium-sized disc-rings, so I took the medium disc-rings and applied them to the Classic Notebook, and they worked perfectly.

Side Note: When removing sections of paper from The Happy Planner, make sure to pull from the top-down, pulling from the side will damage the paper. If you’re struggling to remove the paper from the discs or struggling to reapply the paper to the discs, you may need to stop, and reassess the situation. I was struggling a lot until I realised that I was trying to attach too much paper at once. The YouTube videos make it look easy, so take it from me, and don’t beat yourself up if it takes you few goes to get it right.

~Colour Design: I like the rainbow theme of the discs and the cover, however, I like the fact that the dividers use softer pastel colours (there is such thing as too much of a good thing). I loved the neon-style that was applied for the headers and images. The paper is lined, which is what I wanted, but I would have prefered the lines to be more substantial (a darker shade of blue would make them easier to see).

The deciding factor of purchasing this Happy Notes book over another Classic Happy Notes book I had my eye on was the Taco divider. I love Tacos, they are my favourite, so items that combine my favourite things together has a very strong pull for me.

All in all, while I have mixed feelings about The Happy Planner, I am more than happy to recommend The Happy Notes Notebooks, The discs system would make these notebooks perfect for Studying because you easily pull pages out and slot them into different books if/when required.

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