Apr 3, 2015

Planner/Wallet/Purse - a Frankenstein of a Handbag

I had a dream.  A dream where my planner and my wallet would live in perfect harmony, and be convenient to carry around at all times, perhaps with a strap of some sort, and also carry a chapstick, because let's face it, that's really THE MOST important thing in any woman's purse, unless it's that time of the month.

And when I finished mangling Martin Luther King speeches, I did some research and discovered that a planner/wallet/purse wasn't really a thing.  It seems not that many people need this particular item.  Finally I found something that was close and decided to adapt it to what I wanted.

The result is this.

Just looks like a purse, right?  It's not.  Not at all.  I found precisely 2 companies that sell planner/wallets.  I was a requirement for me that it be a half page size, so that I could print my own inserts for it, which narrowed those 2 down to 1 (Day-Timer, if you're interested).  After finally deciding to shell out more money for it than I normally would for a purse, I also purchased that little strap you see so that I could convert it into a "cross body bag."  I was planning on doing something fancy, but ending up just clipping the strap to the rings of the planner.  Good enough.

One of the most beautiful things about it was the zipper pocket.  Most planners have a place for a pen, or even a business card, but very few have as many credit card slots as this one.  It also has a couple deeper pockets, and that nice secure zipped area, which, as it turns out, is incredibly important because my credit cards won't stay in the credit card slots.  Fortunately the planner came with a plastic card holder in the back, so I've put my main cards in there, and the rest live in the secure zippered area.

The planner itself was unexpectedly gorgeous.  I debated even buying inserts for it, because I knew I'd want to make my own, but finally decided I'd use theirs to start and supplement when I really needed to.  I didn't bother to research the look of the planner because there was only 1 option, so I was quite pleased when the beginning of each month started with a motivational quote, and with all the extra room for notes or free writing.

The daily pages are pretty standard - no complaints here!

And the back.  More credit card spots that don't work, unfortunately, but also the plastic sleeve, which does.  And a second pen holder, which is the perfect size to hold my chapstick.

At first I tried to print out my "goal priority" tracker so I could continue to use the column/row format I'm accustomed to.  Finally I realized the spreadsheet format really didn't work as well in print, and my planner was already set up to accommodate what I wanted to do, I just had to write things out in a different way.  So I've gradually transitioned over and begun to really enjoy using paper again!  I also like having access to it without having to get my phone out and on the rare occasion that I don't have signal.

My only qualms: 1) It's not as easy as I'd like to get my cards out.  2) The current strap placement mean anything not securely attached will fall out 3) There's no (secure) place to put my phone.

My ultimate goal is to have this replace all my other purses except: 1) A larger one for when I want to carry more junk, or sneak food into the movies 2) A wristlet for formal occasions or weddings.  For now I'm not quite sold on it with the current limitations, but I'm hoping I can work those out!

Thoughts?  Ideas?  Any crafters out there who know how to better handle attaching the purse strap?  Or how to make the card slots more secure so I can actually use them?

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  1. I am so not crafty in that way...so I am not much help but I like the idea of this! Haha :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. I love this! Also day timer do great planners.

    Corinne x

  3. Thats so awesome. I have a big book of a planner and I love it but I think I am going to go back to something smaller soon. I just hate carrying it around. I need a wallet/planner/purse. Why is this not a real thing

  4. I'm not crafty so I have no solution, but I do think I need to buy something like this! How convenient!


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