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How to use the Amelia Lane Monthly Planners October 27 2016

The Monthly Planners might be the smallest of all the Amelia Lane planning products but they pack a big punch! I basically designed them because they are just unbelievably useful! Personally, I use mine to see what I have on each month as it comes up. So I include holidays, social engagements and big work deadlines. There isn't enough room to write much - it's more to give you a quick, handy overview and being so small, it's very handbag-friendly. I know a lot of people use their iphones for this big picture planning but I find it hard to visualise my month when it's on a screen. For example I like counting down the weekends until Christmas! A big pro of these in my opinion is that they are undated so you can start whenever you want such as when you're approaching a big event like a wedding or house renovation or project launch.

Amelia Lane Monthly Planner

I've also thought about having multiple monthly planners with a specific use for each one - for example, using the Hibiscus cover for work goals and deadlines, the Jungle print for health plans (running and gym schedules, meal planning and training schedules for events such as an ocean swim or half marathon) and the Leopard print as a social media calendar. To be honest though, all those areas of my life are so intersected that it makes sense to keep them in one cover and for the moment I'm using the Hibiscus cover, which I'm slipping into the back pocket of the Life Designer {Signature} in Palm Leaf Pattern.

Below are some pages showing how I plan out my months - as you can see I *try* to coordinate different activities with different pen colours etc but of course that's not always practical! I love the Paper Mate Ink Joy pens which you can buy at Woollies and Le Pens which you need to ship from the USA. As you can see, I sometimes scribble important information for that month in the margin - here it's some flight details as it's the month of destination weddings for me - first Nepal and then Perth!

Amelia Lane Monthly Planner

I also use the 12 month planner at the start to put in holidays and big events - such as trade shows for my work. This would be especially useful for teachers, students or mums with kids in planning out school terms and holidays.

Amelia Lane Monthly Planner

In the Monthly Goals section I try and set a goal each month for work, health, and social/personal.

Amelia Lane Monthly Planner


Product specs: undated so you can start whenever you want, A6 size, soft textured card cover, thick 100gsm paper inside, two annual calendar views, a monthly goals spread, 12 monthly calendar views and some lined and blank pages on the back. Five covers. 

I would love to see how you use your monthly planner!

Introducing the 2017 Amelia Lane Life Designers! October 10 2016

2017 Amelia Lane Life Designer Compact Black

Pre-order opens in TWO DAYS! Pre-orders will open on WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER AT 10AM! Orders will ship in November.

After such a quick sell-out of the 2016 Life Designers last year, we quickly got to work on the new + improved Life Designers for 2017 and we’re so excited to show you what’s to come!

2017 Amelia Lane Life Designers {Signature}

First up, the covers! There will be two covers to choose from in 2017 - an elegant navy and white stripe and a bang-on trend pink with green palm print. Both have the concealed spiral binding which we know works great for protecting the spirals as the planner gets tossed about in handbags and offices, and gold corner protectors. They will also both come with gold elastic band closures this year which are a little luxurious touch.

Inside, we’ve chosen to go with hand lettered quotes and inspiration for the monthly artwork pages and a soft pale blue / grey inside cover with back pocket. We’ve kept all the features you love with a few updates such as moving the weekly meal and exercise planners to a separate tabbed section at the front of the planner so you no longer have to flick through these to get to the next weekly spread. Similarly, the monthly budget and expenses pages are in their own section at the back. As always though, we’ve kept the focus on ‘whole of life’ planning as we know happiness comes from feeling in control of all areas of your life - from day to day schedules, to long term goal-planning and health and finances so you’ll be able to stay on top of all these with the 2017 Life Designer!

Specs-wise we’ve kept the nice, thick paper to reduce pen bleed and thicker card for the monthly tabbed pages. And yes, they will most definitely come packaged in a luxurious gift box like last year! The 2017 Amelia Lane Life Designer truly has all your bases covered for keeping on top of all important events, plans and goals in your life.

p.s. are you in the UK? Then we've got some good news! We will have a VERY limited number of the 2017 Amelia Lane Life Designers {Signature} in Navy Stripes with UK public holidays shipping from the UK so you'll receive it super fast! Make sure you pre-order the UK edition to enable free UK shipping!

Amelia Lane Life Designer {Signature} Navy coverAmelia Lane Life Designer {Signature} Pink Palm cover

2017 Amelia Lane Life Designers {Compact}

Love it but want something more handbag-friendly? Well, we know after speaking to a lot of you that you love the large binder size of the Life Designer to keep on your desk, home studio or kitchen bench but want something more portable to take into the office. So we created a brand new 2017 Life Designer {Compact}. The Life Designer {Compact} is a book-bound cloth fabric-covered Life Designer which has all your favourite features but on an edited scale to reduce page count and bulk. Smaller in dimensions than the Life Designer {Signature}, the Life Designer {Compact} has a week to two-page spread like the large, and vision boards, monthly tabs, a yearly planner, monthly calendar view and a back pocket.

However, instead of 12 goal action worksheets, the Life Designer {Compact} has a monthly goal overview spread, a monthly health tracker (to keep an overview count of daily calorie / points intake, plus weekly exercise output) and a monthly budget. This way you’re able to keep an overview of all these sections of your life on hand with you without the level of detail in the Life Designer {Signature}. And it also comes in two covers! A classic Black and a summery Sky Blue, both with a black ribbon page marker and nestled inside a luxurious black gift box.

2017 Amelia Lane Life Designer Compact Black

So which is the right planner for you?

If you like to make detailed meal plans, are following a diet or weight loss plan where you like to record all calories / points intake, use goal action plans to plot your work or personal plans and need a larger sized planner to fit your schedule in, then the Life Designer {Signature} is for you! If you’re constantly on the go, and just want to be able to see an overview of your health and budgets (for example, you may be using a daily tracker app for one of these so just want to write down your totals), then the Life Designer {Compact} is your best fit!

We can’t wait to see which planner and cover you choose! We think we’ve covered everything but please feel free to leave a comment below if you have any questions! And make sure you mark your diaries for WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER AT 10AM for pre-order!

Happy planning for 2017!

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