A Peek Inside my 2013 Life Planner

You’ve heard me raving about my 2013 Life Planner by Crystal Wilkerson and today I wanted to give you a bit more insight into why I love this planner so much! I’ve had a few questions about the planner that I hope to answer and if there’s anything else you’d like to know, feel free to leave your questions in the comments! You can also scroll down to the bottom of this post to download your FREE 2013 planner covers! :)
Crystal’s planner is available in two different sizes, regular 8.5X11 size or 5.5 X 8.5. I chose to use the smaller size for my planner and I love how portable it is! The pages fit in one of these little binders – for those of you in Canada I’ve seen this size binder at staples in a variety of cute colors. My planner fits easily in my purse or camera bag and since I cart it around the house with me all day, I find the small size really convenient. Here’s a side by side comparison of the smaller planner vs. the larger one if that helps:

Crystal offers a variety of different purchase options with her planner. You can order it already put together and shipped right to your door or you can download and print it yourself at home. When downloading from home you can choose to purchase an all access pass to the entire planner or order individual pages/sections to suit your needs.

Here’s just a quick peek at some of the pages I get a lot of use out of:

Calendar Pages

Naturally, I use the calendar pages the most. I have the monthly calendar pages in my binder that give me a quick overview of what’s coming up in the month and I also record all of the daily details of our schedule on the week-at-a-glance calendar pages. Crystal has several different calendar options {ie. two weeks at a glance} but I found that the weekly calendars worked best for me just because there was a little more room to write things, especially considering I’m using the smaller 5.5 X 8.5 size pages.

Blog Planner Pages

I’ve loved using Crystal’s blog planner to get things on track in 2013 where Simple as That is concerned! They have seriously been a life saver! I was in some serious need of some blog organization and this section in the planner has been a huge help! I can keep track of my blog to do list, monitor social media growth, schedule + plan out future blog posts, etc. LOVE the blog planner!! Love it!

One person had asked via instagram what I use to write in my planner. I typically write in pencil – I like being able to erase things when schedules change – but I recently purchased one of these fun pens and plan to do some color coordinating where my blog/family schedules are concerned. I love how the colors of this pen {pictured above} go so well with the planner!

Meal Planning Pages

I feel like I’m finally getting on top of the meal planning around here and its mostly due to the meal planning pages that Crystal has included in her planner! There is a grocery list, a weekly meal calendar as well as pages to record some of my most used recipes. I typically sit down on Sunday afternoon/evening and plan out our meals for the week and having my calendar, grocery list + meal plan all in the same place is so great! I keep an extra page protector in with my meal plan calendars where I can put recipes that I’ve torn out of magazines that I want to try during the week.

Vision Boards

Crystal has also created some fun vision board templates to use with your planner. You can create inspiration pages to tuck in your planner for home decorating, organizing, exercising + healthy eating ideas. There are so many possibilities with these templates!

Those are just a few of the pages in my planner that I love….I could go on all day, but I’ll leave it at that for now. If there’s anything else you’d like me to touch on I can certainly do another post! I’ve had a couple of people ask if its too late to get started with Crystal’s planner and my answer would be absolutely not! It’s never too late to make a positive change, get organized and create balance in your life! Start today by following along with Crystal’s 2013 Life Planner Challenge – its been absolutely fabulous! 

Below you’ll find a few more images from inside of the planner as well as a few different cover options available for free download.  For a detailed list of the pages included in the planner + sizes + prices you can go here.

If you’ve already purchased, or plan to purchase a copy of Crystal’s planner and are in need of something to slip in the front pocket to make it pretty I created these free covers for ya! Available in four different colors, they all coordinate with the inside planner pages. They’re pretty simple, but I really like how mine looks in my binder! The back pocket of my binder is filled with a quick collage of instagram pics that I love!
You can download the FREE planner Covers in your favorite color here:

Small Planner Size Covers
Large Planner Size Covers

 Please remember that all free downloads are for Simple as That followers only. Please take a minute to follow me  via email, FacebookTwitter, Instagram or pinterest and then download away! Enjoy and have a fabulous weekend everyone! We’ll see you back here soon for Simple things Sunday

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Rebecca Cooper is a 38-year-old wife and mother of four from Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That.

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  1. Alicia says

    girl, you and your printables are just awesome! :) i LOVE planners. love them. these CW ones are amazing! going to check out her site now. thanks for showing us inside!

  2. lisacng @ expandng.com says

    Love those color coordinated pens! And the blog specific plans are awesome. Your social media stats are killing me, in a good way :)

  3. Dianne says

    I follow you on Pinterest. Thanks to your pin – I found this post and purchased the Crystal’s planner yesterday. I’ve got my binder set up and I just printed out the cover. Thanks so much for the free printable – it’s the perfect first page!

  4. rebecca says

    Kim, the vision board pictured here is actually one that Crystal did up as an example but the possibilities really are endless with these! I’m working on a couple that feature some of my most used workouts/exercises so I have them right at my fingertips when I need them. I’d also love to create a few photography inspiration boards with photo ideas I’d like to take. :)

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