I knew right away, that I wanted to use a Get To Work Book® for 2017 again (I had my first one from July 2015 - June 2016). But I wasn't quite sure if I should get the bound or unbound version. And I was going back and forth many times because both versions have their pro and cons. I love that you can add and remove pages whenever you want if you have the unbound version and keep the pages in a binder. But I also love that the bound version is more compact and easier to transport. And the cover looks pretty rad as well (which you don't get with the A5 unbound version).
But then in the end, I decided to use a binder and the unbound A5 GTWB in 2017. I have now a whole year to find out, if that works for me or not. And we are talking here about a planner and not a life-changing decision. If I don't like it, I can switch to the bound version in 2018 again.
The plan so far is, that this planner will hold everything. It'll be my planner, my place to keep all of my lists, my blog planner, my creative binder and my notebook. I want to keep everything in one place. We will see how this will work.
Several months ago I got the gray Hello Forever for Studio Calico planner on a huge sale they had. So it was clear, I was going to use this planner for my GTWB. I made a template for my holes and then punched holes through all the pages from my GTWB. I used my template and the bigger hole from the crop-a-dile. Because you can punch a few pages at once this was a relatively fast process.
To make the first page (which is kind of the title page) a little bit sturdier, I added self-adhesive reinforcement rings to the back. That the first page is as thin as the other ones is the only thing I don't like about the unbound version. I assume that the first page will be opened and closed a lot during the next 12 months and I'm not sure if the holes will survive that.
The Studio Calico planner comes with monthly tabs. I really love that they have a pocket. I cut down two of them (a gray and yellow one) to fit the A5 size of my GTWB and also cut off the tab itself because I just wanted to have that pocket.
I didn't add holes into the monthly text print pages. I will probably use them as a wall calendar next year.
And now follows a quick walk through what I have in my planner right now. I will definitely share an update of it about one or two months into 2017.
I plan to keep some stickers and notepads in the front pockets where I can easily access them. The whole GTWB fits right into the Studio Calico planner. But because I plan to add more pages, I will only keep six months of the year in the binder at the same time.
After the planner pages I added the gray pocket which marks a new section (notes and project planning). As you can see in the second photo, I cut it a little bit wider than the A5 for easy access.
So far I have some project planning pages from Simple Scrapper right after the gray pocket page (planning pages aren't available anymore).
Next up comes the yellow pocket page. This one I cut down exactly as wide as the GTWB itself. I plan to move that page around whenever I need a pocket. I could see it moving from month to month to hold stuff throughout the month. But we will see.
Then I added all those extra project breakdown pages and squared paper from the GTWB as well as a few blank pages.
I can't wait for 2017 where I can start working with this planner. It's the first time I use a system like this (binder vs. bound planner) and I'm super excited. What are your planner plans for the upcoming year? I'd love to hear more about your set-up.