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TPJ Reviews: 2017 Life List Planner

It's the second week of January and I hope you all had a nice "welcome, 2017" that went on last week. I'm pretty sure by now, most of us have figured out what planners and journals we will be using for 2017. Well if you're undecided yet, then maybe The 2017 Life List Planner by Clara Paperie might be for you!

Story of The Life List Planner

The 2017 Life List Planner was made by a fellow Filipina creative, Yohanne Zapata. She manages four brands and because she tried hard to find the perfect planner but just couldn't seem to find one that will serve all her needs as a busy entrepreneur, she created her own instead! Thus, the Life List Planner was born. You can read the full story here.

According to the Life List Planner website: 

The Life List Planner is created to help individuals to stop being busy and start being productive. Get the most out of your time by the productivity and goal-achievement system introduced in the Life List Planner. Designed to help you achieve maximum productivity by applying the power of listing and prioritization to make time for your self, your family, and the things that matter to you most.

Keepsake Box

The Life List Planner comes with a Keepsake Box perfect for storing all important papers when unused. It also has the year 2017 on the side which makes it perfect for archiving once your planner has been filled out. 

Keepsake Box

Keepsake Box and The Life List Planner

When I opened the box, I was really excited. It had this wrapping paper that protected the planner inside the box containing a very encouraging sticker with the words "Cheers to a Happy, Successful, and Productive 2017!" Two cards came along with it: a Thank You card and a card encouraging the user to give feedback for suggestions and improvements.

Beautifully Packaged, IMHO!

Motivational sticker

The Life List Planner

I got the 2017 Life List Planner in Black Dijon and I don't have any regrets! It looks so chic and sassy in person that these photos cannot justify how it actually looks like. Overall dimensions of the planner are 7″ wide x 8.5″ tall and page dimensions are 5.875″ wide x 8.375″ tall, with 100 gsm white paper. It weighs 2 lbs outside of the box and has a durable wire-o binding. I have to say that I love the sturdy hard cover and protective gold corners. The garter lock was a pretty assurance that I had nothing to worry about just in case the planner gets chunky from all the things that I had to do or write. 

Gold protective covers

Once you open it, you can see the inside front-cover pocket that you can use to store important papers, photos for memory keeping, and stickers if you would like. The first page is the title page of the planner which I think you can personally convert into a vision board or just doodle on it to personalize it.

Inside Front Pocket

Here's a little something you don't usually see in non-ring planners: section tabs! I really love the idea of being able to locate pages easily and these tabs will be helpful. So unlike the usual monthly tabs, these divide the Life List Planner into its different main sections.

Section Tabs

Once you turn the page over, there's  a letter from the creator of The Life List Planner, Yohanne. In all honesty, I felt the sincerity in Yohanne's letter!

Letter from the creator of Life List Planner

If you're all new to the idea and if you're feeling overwhelmed, then this part of the planner will be of great help to you. It gives you tips on how to really maximize your Life List planner for a productive 2017.

Maximize Your Life List Planner

We now come to dwell into the seven main sections of the Life List Planner. So, what makes this planner different from all the ones that you've previously seen?


Calendar Tab

The Calendar section includes a 2017 calendar, 12-month spacious overview, and 2018 calendar. For someone who has a lot going on, I really appreciate wide-spaced monthly overviews for the reason that I really have to write on it. Each monthly overview features a quote on the upper right side of the spread and a space to write important highlights or priorities under the This Month space.

2017 Calendar

Monthly Overview


Goals Tab

The Goals section includes Goal-Achievement Worksheets that really excited me. Subsections include Dream and Achieve, which encourages you to list down all of your goals in life, helping you separate them into the years when you want to achieve them, and create monthly smaller goals or action items for each goal.

Goal-Achievement Worksheet

Goal-Achievement Worksheet

Goal-Achievement Worksheet

Goal-Achievement Worksheet

Life List

Life List Tab

Now we come to the core of this planner, the Life List section! It includes a monthly page for a specific quote and Monthly Assessment at the end of each month for you to reflect on what the highlights are if you were able to achieve the goals you have set. 

Monthly Quote

Monthly Assessment

The weekly spread includes a To-do list section, and Daily Prioritization list. This is perfect for listers like me! On the bottom part of the left side, we can see the Goals Section and on the right bottom part, a space for Gratitude.

Life List


Tracker Tab

The Tracker section is a series of pages  that includes two columns, Date/Item and Details about the item. Feel free to track anything that is of importance in these pages. (Please don't mind the crumpled part of the tab, it's my fault because I was too excited to flip through the pages!!!)


Notes Tab

The Notes section provides you with lined pages to write down important notes wherever you are. It's perfectly up to you on how you want to utilize it!

Fill Me In

Fill Me In Tab

The Fill Me In section consists of a bunch of blank pages you can use for whatever you like - doodles, more notes, mind maps, ideas, etc. You can make these pages your own!

Year-End Reflection

Year-End Tab

The Year-End section consists of a series of questions for you to answer and reflect on once the year ends. It gives you the chance to look back on what has transpired throughout the year and what your highlights and challenges are and other things you learned and realized throughout the year.

Last but definitely not the least, my favorite part is the last page! This is really perfect for ending and wrapping up the year! I am treating this as one of my favorite quotes now. I love the overall package of this planner because it's something I haven't really seen before all packed into a one time, big time package.

The Life List Planner costs P1,699 ($34.28 as of writing). Aside from the Classic Dijon, the Life List Planner also comes in three other different colors: Elegant Navajo, Sexy Fuchsia, and Pretty in Pink. These are available on their online shop through their Website, Scribe Writing Essentials, Fully Booked, Craft Department, Common Room, and Pepper Hill. 

I also made a review video on my channel just in case you want to check it out!!!

Clara Paperie's The Lifelist Planner

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Clara Paperie sent me a 2017 Lifelist Planner for review. All thoughts and opinion are completely mine.

How I got into the Hobonichi craze + 2017 Hobonichi Haul

Hey everyone! You might have been wondering why I've been so quiet in this blog but hey, I got into vlogging! I'm really enjoying it because my readers/viewers can get to know me better through my vlogs. At least you'll now know what the voice is behind the blog posts, right?

Well, I've filmed this a few days back.

List of the items I ordered:

  • Junaida Lapis Book and Cover Set Original Sunday Start
  • Cover on Cover Original (Clear) 
  • Cover on Cover Weeks (Clear)
  • Schedule Stencil (Yellow) 
  • Activities Stencil (Blue)
  • Travel Stencil (Orange)
  • Basic Stencil (Green)
  • Pencil Board Weeks
  • Rivet Band Laccio Medium Hydrangea x Light Green band
  • Rivet Band Laccio Large Hydrangea x Light Green band

TPJ Craftie Pick for November: Empress Rome Dela Cruz

TPJ Craftie Pick is an avenue for The Paper Junkie to feature fellow planner/journal girls and let readers get to know them better through answering a couple of questions!

This month's Craftie Pick is one of the first few planner girls I've followed during my noob times in the planning community. I have also brought a kit from her last February and I even wrote about it here: TPJ Reviews: Planner Lookbook Kit. I'm pretty sure a lot of people know her already. She's @empressrome across all her social media handle and no, that's not just a pseudo-name. It's her real name!

Get to know Rome more in this month's edition of TPJ Craftie Pick!

  1. Hi Rome! Tell us a few things about yourself.
    • Hey there! I'm Rome a cray-cray mom to Brielle and a weirdo wife to Pao. I go by the handle @empressrome all across my social media accounts. I'm a moon child who's very into flowers, hearts and everything pretty (to my eyes - LOL). I love crafting, doing DIYs, and upcycle old stuff since elementary (though I didn't know that I was already crafting, all I know was I enjoy making them). ♥
  2. What made you decide to pursue creative planning?
    • I decided to get into creative planning simply to infuse my love of crafting with planning.

  1. What are the benefits of it to you so far?
    • It definitely helped me get my schedule organized and see how are things going: in terms of the mom and wife duties, home, small business, and everything in between but on top of that, it gives me a time off to destress, relax and hone the itsy bitsy creativity in me.
    1. Who are your #plannerspirations?
      • I have several planner girls that I stalk on Instagram and you tube and my top faves are:
        • Belinda Selene - I have always been her fan! Watching her videos made me purchase a Mambi Happy Planner which (of course) I didn't regret on buying.
        • Jessica of MrsMomNextDoor and Kiara @PaperPrincess; I love their planner set ups!
        • LoveCynthia- a Filipina based in Paris. I have always been her fan prior the creation of the happy girls and I miss her commissioned works posts. I love how she creatively take photos in her Instagram feed.
        • And last but never the least, fellow Filipina planner girl, Belle Fenix @the_craftroom_project her spreads, crafts and planner set- ups are all so inspiring; It's like a 'one-stop hub' if you want to get yourself inspired with your planner.

    1. How many planners/journals do you currently have? (If more than one, please specify what each planner/journal is for and explain how you manage to keep up with it.)
      • I have very few planners that I try my best to switch to every month; but what I normally use regularly are:
        • one Personal/Medium-sized planner for my over-all planning; expense tracker, chores, and the like
        • undated Mambi Happy Planner- Overview of my day's to- do's aaaand lastly,
        • hardbound NBS notebook that I have for years now which me and hubby fondly call 'the book of ideas' Bwahahahaha! 
      • But here's a few of the planners I own:
        • Kate Spade Pink Bonnet
        • Kate Spade Mikas in Cliff Grey
        • Kate Spade Wellesley in Ballet Slip (still in transit--lol lol lol)
        • Kate Spade Wellesley in Black
        • Kate Spade Wellesley in Cabaret Pink
        • Kikki k Medium Mint Perforated Planner
        • Kikki k Limited Edition Medium Gold Planner
        • Webster pages Color Crush in Blush - current planner in use
        • DIY Mambi Happy Planner -  current day one page planner
        • Undated Mambi Happy Planner
        • NBS hardbound notebook a.k.a book of ideas (lol)
    2. How would you define your style in designing your weekly spreads/planner/journal?
      • Decorating my planner spreads/planner set-up is dependent on two things: my mood and available items on my stash thus my style is "anything goes". I use decorative stickers on a minimal when there's a handful to write and decorate my heart out when there's not much to write on. Also, I am still in search of my "signature" designing style like when you see the spread, you'd know it's Rome's but uh-uh! Don't have that just yet or maybe will never have. LOL.

    1. Top 3: What are your top 3 planner essentials?
      • I can't start planning without stickers, washi tapes, and frixion pen/s. Once, I tried to jot on my MAMBI the things I need to accomplish in the next hours but would you believe that I just couldn't write anything without a piece of sticker or washi tape on it. So, it took me another 30 minutes to one hour just to write the to-do's. (I'm sure, only planner girls would understand.)
    2. Top 3: What are the top 3 items in your wishlist?
      • Kate Spade Stripe 
      • Webster's Pages Traveler's Notebook in Blush. I don't have any TN hence I would like one. 
      • More, more time to craft!

    1. For you, what is planner peace? 
      • Planner peace is a long term process that is somewhat hard to obtain for most planner girls especially that our needs constantly change; but for me planner peace is not just finding the right planner per se but the right system that you may find yourself more productive. It doesn't matter if it's just a notebook with bullet format or TN with hyperdex or ring binder with decorations. As long as you feel happy and you see yourself more productive then you probably have found your planner peace.
    2. If there's one planner stuff you can't live without, what would it be?
      • I could't live my planner life without stickers. Stickers then (in highschool), stickers now.  Stickers forever. ♥
    I hope you had fun reading Rome's answers!

    Disclaimer: Planner photos are not mine. They were submitted to me by Rome for posting purposes. I edited the banner image. 

    TPJ Reviews: CNS Designs' 2017 Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner

    Hi everyone! We're basically a month and a few days from 2017. Phew, boy, did 2016 went by so fast! And with every coming year comes the fervent desire to have everything planned out and figured out. Am I right or am I right? LOL. One of the planners that really caught my attention is CNS Designs' 2017 Design Your Life (DYL) Back to Basics Planner. I wanted to share to everyone what's in store for them once they decide to jump into the planner and DYL bandwagon!


    The 2017 DYL Back to Basics Planner is a 12-month weekly planner and measures 7.75 x 8.5 inches with binding. It also comes in a bigger size than it was before which means more writing space and has 180 full-colored pages with thick book paper so there's no problem about the ink of your pens blotting on the pages. I also fell in love with the gold protective corners to prevent the corners of your planner from being damaged. The DYL Back to Basics Planner starts on December 26, 2016.

    No Tear Double-Sided Pocket

    I love that the pockets are back to back. It means more space for all my bills, receipts, notes, and other important papers I need to slide in my planner. I can also keep the stickers I want to use for my spreads and some sticky notes here. Although I love its clean, white look, I would love to personalize the pockets more! I'll probably post about that soon.

    Super Cute and Unique Stickers

    Stickers are a vital part of my planning process. I believe that they don't only add creativity and beauty to planner spreads, but they also help out in inducing productivity. There's also a Christmas gift card just in case you have plans of giving this as a gift to someone! A nice thank you note from the people behind CNS Designs is included and oooh, I love the motivational bookmark that also doubles as a handy ruler!

    About Me

    I believe "About Me" or Personal Information pages are really important for planners just in case you leave it somewhere. We all hope for that someone who's kind enough to return it to you. My planners are my life, well, basically, they contain EVERYTHING that's going on in my life so it's really important to have all the contact details, personal or emergency, in the front page of your planner!

    Contacts + Manual 

    There's a page allotted for you to write important contact information or you can write down the information of your favorite online shops for you to always be able to find it immediately. The right page is a space for you to plan out and create your own system for the coming year. You can write down keys or codes, color schemes, and what-nots that you'll be using in your planner spread for 2017 to make it a more personalized experience.

    Calendar Overview

    As per usual planners, we have the full 2016 and 2018 calendar. This gives us more ease in trying to remember important day and dates for the past and next year. I also love the 2017 full-page events. It's a space to jot down important dates and events so you can have an overview of how your year's going to be.

    Last Times + Monthlies

    Always stay updated on when you did something for the Last Time. A visit to the doctor and dentist, perhaps? You can also keep track of your monthly recurring activities, due dates, and appointments in the Monthlies page.

    Monthly View

    I'm the kind of person who really appreciates wide spaces because I really write a lot. This gives me the chance to have a glance at what's going to happen for the month and prolly doodle on it. You can set one major Monthly Goal and have a quick overview of all your Pending to-dos from the next month that will be transferred to the current month. There's also a space beside the month for you to possibly write a mantra or quote you want to inspire you for the month. Jot down all the Noteworthy things that happened to you during each month!

    Weekly View

    Vertical spreads started to become my thing ever since I tried it out in the Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Happy Planner. I'm glad that there's a local planner brand now with the same system. It has a wider space now for you to write down all the things you need to do and remember. There's a weekly inspiring quote, a space for you to write down your Power Word, Week Goal, and Major to Do list for the week. Like the monthly page, it also has a space for you to write down all the Noteworthy events that transpired throughout the week. You can also track your water intake through the glass icons situated in each day.

    Expense Tracker

    Whether you agree to it or not, tracking your own expenses is really helpful especially if you're trying to save up for something. The DYL Back to Basics Planner gives you the chance and space to track your monthly expenses and incorporate it to your end of the year Cash Flow spread.

    2018 Planner

    You can already start taking down notes of the important dates for the next year with the 2018 Planner pages at the last part of the planner. This way, you can pre-plan events and just migrate them next year.

    Cash Flow

    Project Keeper

    Having taken Project Management for a semester in college and having it applied to work, I realized that not only is it vital to Information Technology but also to my own life as well. It may sound funny for some but there's a big difference in proceeding to do something without tracking its progress and actually knowing how far you've come in that certain project.

    Sleep Tracker + Travel Checklist

    Having tracked my sleep for the past months, I believe this is really vital so that you can know how many hours you've slept and make up for lost sleep during the weekend. Hey, sleep and rest is really important for a person's health!

    There's also a Travel Checklist page for you to write down your constant musts when you travel.

    Travel Planners

    There are Travel Planners for at least three trips you might take this 2017. Just in case you have more than that, you can prolly just copy the format of it and stick it in your planner or maybe use the Notes pages for it? Entirely up to you! :)


    Doodle on it, write down poems, scribble songs, or treat as your brain dump - anything goes for the wide pages of notes at the end of the planner.

    Here's a quick review and overview of the 2017 DYL Back to Basics Planner I uploaded on my vlog! Hope you enjoyed this review! 

    The 2017 Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner is currently available for order on their website and it's worth P595. You can also order from the United States! You might also want to check out more of CNS Designs' products: Design Your Life 2017 Planner, Design Your Life: Limitless Planner, Planner Accessories, and Stickers

    P.S. Tell CNS Designs I referred you: iamthepaperjunkie@gmail.com once you decide to get this planner because of this review, alright? ;)

    CNS Designs

    Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. CNS Designs sent me a Design Your Life Back to Basics Planner for review. All thoughts and opinion are completely mine.