I want a Day Designer™. I can’t help it. I have a sudden hankering for a coil-bound planner or notebook that I can fold back on itself like my Happy Planner, and an entirely separate but related craving for a daily planner that will let me keep my blog thoughts organised even when I’m not on the computer.
(Trello is great, Trello is good, but Trello is not omnipresent and you just can’t beat paper and pen no matter how hard you try.)
And, thus, cue three whole days of window shopping.
Pinterest is my friend. So is Instagram. Simultaneously, they are my worst enemies because they show me all the pretty things I want but can never have. (Because, you see, I’m not a billionaire despite my crafter brain trying to convince me otherwise.)
At the end of those three days, having ogled Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner and Googled aught from Plum to Happiness Planners, I settled on a Day Designer because why not. (And also because it seemed to fit me the best.)
Don’t get me wrong: my Happy Planner is more than enough for my normal needs. I don’t do a heck of a lot in a day, usually, and I don’t have many appointments or visitors to keep track of. 👀
But blogging is a whole other story and I often find myself stumbling across ideas when I’ve already put the computer and the iPad to bed. It would be awful nice to have some place to write them down.
And so, having very little money in the bank, I decided to buy myself a Day Designer. (I mean, just look at them. They’re so pretty.)
I got all the way to the checkout and–
–laughed my blubbery arse off because what the ever living hell.
Shipping to the United Kingdom would cost me a whopping $49.75. The planner itself is only $59!!
Why? I mean, seriously, just why?
Let me be clear: I don’t blame Whitney English and the guys who produce the Day Designer entirely for this. Shipping from America has been ridiculous for as long as I’ve been into the whole planning schtick and it’s only gotten worse in the last few months.
But fifty freaking dollars to ship a freaking book?
I just. I’m flabbergasted. I can’t even. Just what.
And the problem doesn’t end there.
Spoiled for choice
You’ll notice I titled this post “American Envy” and not “Why I won’t be buying a Day Designer” (which was honestly its original title before I combined two separate posts).
That’s because the Day Designer is just one symptom of a much larger issue I have with the planning world.
Don’t get me wrong. Planner gals are some of the kindest, most helpful, most creative, and most generous people I’ve ever met. Aside from the odd rotten apple, you couldn’t meet a nicer bunch.
But I can’t help but be envious of our American pals. They’re spoiled for choice. The list of stationers only available to the American public seems never-ending. Companies that do have stockists in the UK (such as Rifle Paper Co. or Me & My Big Ideas) limit what they make available to British stores. And even those stores that offer international shipping (such as Target) want you to pay astronomical fees for the privilege.
You wouldn’t be wrong. Yet I spent an entire week searching the British corner of the internet for a spiral-bound planner like the Day Designer and do you know what I found?
Nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
(There are some that have similar pages but that are plain and ugly on the outside. There are some that almost match but that are case-bound. There are prettily covered agendas available, but guess what? They’re all weekly or monthly or journal-style “day per page”. There is nothing like the Day Designer or Simplicity Planner in the UK.)
And, look, maybe you like cutesy owls or plain black pretend-leather on your planners. Maybe the British stationery styles do it for you. They just don’t do it for me.
My confession of the day
So, okay. America has stuff I want. I could deal with that. But as I’ve previously said, Pinterest and Instagram are my best friends — and my worst enemies. The planner community is rife with inspirational photographs. It’s wonderful… and sometimes daunting… But mostly, I just can’t get away from the fact that America has better stuff.*
* I have acquired a lot of gorgeous planner supplies from UK stores, such as my foil tapes from Hey Little Magpie and the marine tape and stickers from The Lovely Desk. Unfortunately, many of the brands I gravitate towards are not British and must be imported, so they still feed into my American envy.
So, tell me, guys. Am I the only Brit turning green with all this American envy or are you fed up of the limited options, too?
Remember how this is part of a collaborative series?
Go check out these other awesome women!
- Emma-Louise Smith at The Stationery Geekette
- Jo Wight at Pennygate Crafts
- Vicky Buckley at Beautifully Broken Vicky
- Kelly Vizma at A Beautiful Plan
- Michelle Mills at UglyBugDoes (blog & YouTube)
- Katy Evans at Katy Evans Plans on YouTube