If you don't already know, Planner Meet-Ups/Events are already happening all over the world. Some of the very first ones I heard about were happening over across the pond in England and Germany.
With so many different types of planner products available from ring bound, spiral bound, and notebooks such as Midori Traveler's Notebooks and Hobonichi, how do we keep track of them all?
When I started having meet-ups, I wanted it to be different. A place where people can get together and talk about their love for using all different types of planners. With having these meet ups, it gives people a chance to find out what's out there. It's not enough for me to just hold up different products and say, "Look at this!", but to others a personal connection with the products so they can see stuff up close and personal, and how they are being used. People can touch and feel these planners for themselves.
On Sunday, July 5, 2015 I had the pleasure of setting up another event. This was to be a special event as Steve Morton, of Philofaxy.com ( an online planner community- For all users, collectors and appreciators of all Filofax and ring bound personal organisers from all eras), will be in town from France with his wife Alison Morton (Author of The Roma Nova Thrillers).
It was through the help of Steve and Philofaxy's Webfinds that my blog was able to really take off. So, it was truly an honor for me to thank him in person for all the support he has given me through all these years.
This event could not be possible without the help of another person, who also started making planning videos on YouTube around the same time I started, Vienna Ortiz a.k.a. My_Planner. She is also known as the creator of "The Planner Addict Box". Thank you, Vienna, for all your help in planning this successful event.
The day started off at the "Tea Rose Garden" which was from 12:00pm - 2:00pm. This portion of the meet up was more of a social. It was meant to be a more intimate and relaxed atmosphere and a build up to our extended event at Vroman's Bookstore. These "VIP" guests left the event with specially handmade table cards with their name, and chances to win extra prizes. We had a special seating arranged at the back of the venue.
|Planners & Tea|
|Two long tables filled with people!|
|Special table just for the kids! They brought their planners to share too!|
|A little section of the venue all to us!|
|Lots of socializing and planner sharing|
|Can't leave without taking a group photo!|
Next, we headed off to Vroman's Bookstore which was about a mile away. This where the real fun happened. I would like to thank Vroman's Bookstore for having us and allowing us to gather at their wonderful store.
We arranged a check in table where each person received a name tag which also had their social media name/ store/ company name. Check out that sign I made!
|Vienna (My Planner) and I|
We began the event here with an icebreaker questionnaire activity. This was a fun activity where everyone had to socialize and talk to each other to find a person who would best fit out planner categories such as, find a person who: a) uses a ring bound planner b) has a planner blog.
Then, Vienna, Steve, and I each talked about the way people use their planners. Vienna shared how she uses her planner for teaching and discussed with other teachers and student on what they use as well. I had a discussion about how we use decorating in our planner. Steve talked about the history of Philofaxy and how it has come full circle to where we are today.
Next, we went around the room to discuss the different types of planners that are available today from Spiral bound, bound noteboks, ring bound planners and more. We shared our thoughts about the merits of each system and everyone contributed their thoughts of why they like a particular planner over another.
Then came time to give away some wonderful prizes to our wonderful attendees. I would like to thank the companies who generously contributed these items, including Vienna for donating some Planner Addict Boxes.
Lastly, we made a planner tower/stack/pile-up which is a tradition at these sorts of meet ups.
|A rainbow of planners!|
Read more about Steve's experience here -----> Philofaxy Meet Up - Los Angeles