When I find a diary that works for us I tend to stick to it like glue. And for us, this has been the Stick to Stigu planner for some time now. Unfortunately it’s not making a come back for 2019 *cries. So I’ve been on the look out for something to take its place. It’s a tall order, because I like to have everything organised in one space. Work, the weekend, school, the Buttons blog… literally everything must fit. But I think I’ve finally found something. The new family diary 2019 from Busy B.
Busy B is a lovely company that creates so many wonderful stationery goodies. But it was the family diary that really caught my eye. Apart from being super pretty, it’s so practical. And, also has just the right layout that I like to work with.
Here it is! Told you it was pretty. It’s A5, so a bit smaller than what I would usually use. But I’m pretty impressed. It feels sturdy and the paper quality is just right.
As like most diaries, this one has a good few pages at the beginning which are dedicated to housing personal details, partners details, children’s details, birthdays and useful information.
It also has a good chunk of pages for contacts and useful websites (yay!).
I really like the overview of 2019 and 2020. I always find these pages to be fab as a reference point, and I’m so glad that Busy B made this a bold feature at the beginning, rather than a miniature version right at the very end.
This is brilliant! Because how many times do you end up having to flick through pages and pages of weekly spreads to see if you can fit in that appointment, event or holiday?! It’s a pain in the neck right? Well if you update this section of the diary, you are pretty much laughing. And, would you look at that. It’s the perfect spread for bloggers to lay out their posts each month. Result!
When I spoke about this diary having just the right layout that I like to work with… this is it. One week – one spread. It’s pretty simple, but you would be surprised at how many diaries get it wrong.
This one is perfect.
There’s a little reminder column to scribble down key things to do or remember. And the weekly spread which gives you one main box per day, plus an additional 4 spaces to the right.
It’s split as ‘my week’ ‘their week’, which is brilliant if you need to keep a track of things for the whole family.
But if you are a blogger, you might use the reminder column to note post ideas, the main box for the day for general and family use and the rest of the boxes for blog stuff – just saying #bloglife.
In addition to the 2019 and 2020 overview pages and the 2019 year planner at the front of the diary, there is also a 2020 year planner spread at the back. It’s not as big as the 2019 year planner section, but certainly big enough to mark important dates. Love it!
As if they weren’t spoiling us enough, there are also 2 storage pockets and tear-off ‘don’t forget’ lists towards the back.
I didn’t think I would find anything that could match my old Stick to Stigu planner. And whilst it is different, the family diary 2019 from Busy B ticks all the boxes and a few more too. Everything is kept very simple and clear giving optimum writing space, but at the same time you can see the Busy B personality twinkling through. I would definitely recommend this gorgeous diary for families, and of course bloggers too!
*I purchased this diary from Busy B after a long search of looking for something brilliant to replace my Stick to Stigu planner as they are no longer making them.