Chances are you’ve already seen photos of my Kate Spade Wellesley planner. She’s shown up in quite a few of my latest Instagram photos (like this one). She’s red and beautiful and fits my personality perfectly and I carry her everywhere with me. It’s love. But the story behind how I came to acquire my Wellesley is one of luck and destiny.
I’m new to the planner world. I’ve relied on planners of various designs for years to keep my life on track. But recently I’ve discovered a whole group of people (mainly women) who take planning to a whole new level. Think more scrapbooking and less agenda. If you browse Instagram for #plannergeek or #plannerlove, you’ll see thousands of photos showcasing different planner setups and designs. Planning really has become a new form of creativity and art.
One morning while I was getting ready for work, I watched a video on YouTube from Cori TheResetGirl. She was showcasing her newest planner setup – a black Kate Spade Wellesley – and I was smitten. I suddenly needed a Wellesley. I wanted to create custom dividers and sections suited to keeping my life in order. While my spiral-bound Mead planner was working, I could do better.
After a quick Internet search, I realized finding a Kate Spade Wellesley planner was like finding a unicorn unless you were okay with paying a lot of money. There were listings on eBay and Facebook groups selling the planners for anywhere from $150 to $350 or more. I couldn’t fathom paying $150 for a planner much less upwards of $350. Just as I was giving up hope and realizing I’d have to need another planner, I made a phone call to our local Kate Spade Outlet.
“Hi, yes, I’m looking for a unicorn. Do you guys have the Wellesley planner…?”
Much to my disbelief, they had one Wellesley left… and it happened to be red… and marked down. For about $80 with shipping, I had secured my unicorn planner.
I cannot explain how I get lucky like this but I’m so grateful.
So, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve slowly been customizing my planner. The beauty with binder planners is that everything can be customized. I’ve created dividers out of Spider-Man scrapbook paper, cut cute notepads down to size (you become a regular at the Target Dollar Spot when you become a #plannergirl), and laminated sheets so they can be used again and again.
I love my planner and will never part with her, though I’m currently debating on what sister I want to get for her. There are a ton of great brands to choose from; Filofax, Kikki K, Franklin Covey, and Webster’s Pages are some of the more popular brands aside from Kate Spade. I can’t decide if I want another red planner or a more standard black one. Either way, I’m looking at getting something a little larger the next go around.
If you’re interested in learning more, I would suggest an Instagram search (@theplannersociety is one of my favorites but there are tons of great accounts) or joining a couple of planner Facebook groups. (Kate Spade Planners Club is my favorite and it’s not just for Kate lovers.) You can always leave me a comment below or shoot me an email. Happy planning!
How do you stay organized? Are you an electronic or paper planner person?