Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Review: Bloom Daily Planners + Giveaway


Last May, I was given the opportunity to review some products from Bloom Daily Planners. Bloom creates fun, fashionable and chic calendars and organizational products for women. All throughout their products you will notice their logo which is a daisy.

"Daisies are a sign of purity and symbolize new beginnings. Every year is a new opportunity to learn and grow, and to bloom into an even more fabulous version of yourself" - Co-founders Kaylyn Minix & Michelle Trincia

Bloom has a wide range of products from planners, desk calendars, notebooks, binders, mouse pads, file folders, card sets, and planning pads. They have revamped their planners for 2015-2016 with doubling their planner cover selection and features new monthly tabs.   


APPEARANCE

The Bloom Daily Planners feature spacious layouts and inspirational features aimed to make staying organized trendy and fun. 

Top: 2015 Daily Planner
Bottom: 2015 - 2016 Academic Year Daily Planner

Left: 2015 - 2016 Academic Year Daily Planner, Right: 2015 Daily Planner

On the back of the front cover there is a yearly view. The format stays the same, but the monthly calendars have a different look to them.

Both planners begin with a page for your information, in case you lose it. Behind it is a message from the co-owners, then a page to write down your goals for the year

Next, there is a helpful page which lists all the holidays for that year. In the next few pages, you get a place for class scheduling. Since I don't have a class schedule, I think this would be a great spot to keep track of extra-curricular activities for my children.

Included are also some pages to create to-do lists. I like to use these pages to keep track of tasks that I know I need to get done, but don't have a specific time line for it to get done. Such as, clean the garage. I may not get to it this month, or in the next few months, but I know it's something that needs to get done someday.

Then, there are a few pages for jotting down addresses and phone numbers. 

Behind the weekly pages is a month on two pages which has a new feature, Monthly Tabs! The monthly pages start on Sunday and feature shaded weekends plus special icons on select holidays.


Here is a look at how I utilized these pages in the 2015 version. I do have a color coding system in place. Each category is highlighted in a specific color, then the activity/ event is stamped or written in with black ink. On the side, which is typically reserved for goals/ notes/ to-dos, I use it to keep track of my bills. The top of the pages have inspirational messages to help you stay organized! These are two different ways I've used these monthly pages, stamping directly onto the pages or by using stamps with labels to create stickers. When there is a reoccuring event which lasts more than a few days such as vacation, I use washi tape to highlight those days.

The week is spread to two pages. The week starts on Monday, and the weekend days do have a smaller writing space than the rest of the days of the week, but still have enough space to work with. The days are lined which I think some people will appreciate. For me, it feels a bit overwhelming. I would love if the lines were lighter in color, perhaps a lighter grey, or instead of solid lines, have dotted lines, so that it looks more discrete.

Here is a look at how I've decorated my pages and still have it functional.




The last page of the planner varies. If you have a 2015 which runs from January - December 2015, the page will be a year in review which is a nice reflection page for you to see what you've accomplished and help you with your goals for the next year.


The new Academic Year Planner (August 2015 - July 2016) has monthly reflections at the end of the weekly pages. Both feature a pocket on the back inside cover.

DESIGN

There are 19 different colorful, fashionable and chic covers to choose from. The covers feel like a heavy cardboard type material with a matte film lamination which makes the covers flexible but durable. 2015 & 2016 Yearly Views Printed on Front and Back Inside Covers. The coil is made out of Plastic Spiral Binding.

Their primary line of planners are 5.5 x 8.25" tall x .4" thick, 8.6 oz. This makes it a nice size and lightweight to carry around in your backpack, purse or handbag. The paper weight is 110 GSM. Which means, it works well with a variety of pens, markers, and ink pads for stamping.


PERFORMANCE

I tested a variety of different pens, markers, and highlighters. All the pens I used, which were gel ink pens, had no bleed through. There was some slight bleed through of some markers where I would normally start and stop (mainly the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, Stabilo Point 88 Fineliner, and kikki.K Felt Tip Pen). So, all you see is tiny dots on the reverse page, not the entire letter/word. For some people, this can be tolerated. 

As for highlighters, the Uni Propus Window Soft Color Double-Sided Highlighter Pen, seemed to have the same issue as the markers with slight bleed through where I would normally start and stop.

 
If you know me, I am a big fan of using stamps in my planner. So, I had to do an ink pad test. The ink pads that had no shadowing or bleed through and recommended to use with this planner are:

  • Brilliance - Pigment Ink
  • Avery Elle - Pigment Ink
  • VersaMagic - Chalk Ink 
  • Mama Elephant - Pigment Ink
  • Prima Marketing Co. - Chalk Ink
  • VersaColor - Pigment Ink
  • ColorBox - Pigment Ink
  • Waffle Flower - Chalk Ink 
  • My Favortie Things - Pigment Ink 
If you can tolerate some shadowing, then the VersaFine Pigment Ink can be used.

COST vs. VALUE

The planners can be purchased directly from the website or through Amazon.com for $13.95. I feel that the cost is reasonable and is worth it if you don't want to spend more than $20 on a planner, especially if you are unsure if you will use it or not.

OVERALL CONCLUSIONS

I think most people will get some great use out of this planner. It is not filled with too many pages that you might not use. It is not heavy to carry around. The designs are geared towards girls/ women. Even the description on their website says it, "Bloom creates fun, fashionable and chic calendars and organizational products for women".

I would recommend this planner for students, and people who are interested in using paper planner. This would be a great way starters to get used to using a paper planner, perhaps new mothers who need to organize schedules, or maybe someone who doesn't have too much organizing to do, but love using a calendar on paper. You can even use this planner as a daily journal or fitness diary! It is a great size to start with because you can get a sense if you need something smaller or bigger. It would make a great gift for someone just starting high school or college!  

You can check out all of the designs on their website at (bloomdailyplanners.com) You can also find more information on their Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  

GIVEAWAY 


I have a 2015-16 Academic Year Bloom Daily Planner in Black Chevron with Pink Tabs and a 7" x 10" Bound Notebook with 80 Lined Pages for one lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pm PST on 9/1/15 telling me what you would use this planner for. The winners name will be randomly selected and posted here after the giveaway closes. Good luck!

I have an extra Lawn Fawn stamp set for a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 9/2/15 telling me your favorite stamp set in this release. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!) - See more at: http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/#sthash.7B76o9BE.dpuf
RULES: 
- Must be over 18 yrs. old. Please have a guardian consent to enter if under age.
- One entry per person, any other entries will be disqualified.  
 **This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. 

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Bloom Daily Planners and does not contain affiliated links. All content, ideas, and words are 100% my own, unless otherwise stated. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that allow me to showcase these wonderful products.

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