Modern + Stylish 2011 Planners

Every calendar season, it seems like the #1 request is for daily and weekly planners that are both pretty and functional.  For whatever reason, it can often be quite a challenge to find a planner that is useful and nice to look at.  But thankfully, there are quite a few options for well-designed planners this year, and I thought I would share a few of them!

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Laurel-Denise-Planner-Inside

I’m so, so thrilled that Laurel Denise is bringing her 2010 yearly planner back for another round in 2011.  Laurel’s planner was easily one of the most well-designed and useful options from 2010 and I can’t wait to pick up my 2011 edition.  The photos above are from the 2010 edition, but this year’s version promises to be even better.  You can read about some of the design changes here and pre-order your copy here.

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stylish 2011 daily planner

Gorgeous patterns in this pocket-size planner from Dozi

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Lots of colorful options over at Bob’s Your Uncle

Multiple patterns available from Letter C Design

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Cloth-bound planners in several color options available via See Jane Work

preppy and cute 2011 weekly planner

Something a bit more cute and preppy from Sarah Pinto

Seriously, how cute is the 2011 illustrated planner by Kate Spade?

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These beautiful planners by Susy*Jack for Blue Sky come in THREE convenient sizes!

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I’m also a big fan of the SmartDate system from Russell + Hazel.  You can build your own planner based on your individual needs and in your choice of two size options.

{images via their respective sources}

Valentina + Rob’s Italian Wedding Save the Dates

The second set of save the dates today come to us from London-based Valentina, who is planning a wedding in her hometown of Pescara, Italy!  Valentina just got engaged back in October, congrats Valentina!  Save the dates aren’t really a wedding tradition in Italy, but since Valentina’s fiancé is American, they decided to send them out to the American members of the guest list.  After deciding on the wedding date and venue, Valentina only had two days (!!) to create her save the dates – didn’t she do such a fabulous job?

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Valentina incorporated an ornate frame with two sweet font selections, printed on soft white paper.  But my favorite part is the way Valentina used individual alphabet stamps to stamp the names of the invited guests on a pale gray inner envelope.  Such a nice and personal touch.  Congrats Valentina!

{image credits: valentina asciutti

Vintage-Inspired Save the Dates

I’ve got lots of fun things planned for this week, but thought I would start off with some beautiful vintage-inspired save the dates from Jen at Starshaped Press.  Jen works only with antique letterpress type and ornaments, not custom magnesium plates or photopolymer plates, so each one of Jen’s invitations and save the dates has a true vintage vibe.  For Julie and Seth, Jen used art deco type for a 1920s and telegram-inspired save the date:

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I’m always amazed by the beautiful antique fonts and details in Jen’s collection. For Lauren and Mark’s save the date, Jen incorporated a floral ornamental pattern along with antique type from the 1880s (!) and gold ink for a simple yet totally elegant save the date.

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Awesome work Jen!  Thank you so much for sending these over!

{image credits: starshaped press}

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{happy weekend!}

Happy Friday everyone!  I don’t know about all of you, but I’m breathing a big sigh of relief in anticipation of the weekend.  No big plans, just looking forward to a bit of downtime.  Are you all up to anything exciting this weekend?  Our only big plan is to get and decorate our Christmas tree, which is pretty exciting for me since it’s the first time we’ve lived in an apartment big enough for a tree since I moved to DC almost ten years ago.  But in the meantime…

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…a few links for your weekend!

…and in case you missed it, a quick round-up of this week’s posts:

Also, just another quick reminder to check the sidebar for upcoming holiday sales and craft markets – like this pop-up holiday shop at Nightwood in Brooklyn over the next two weekends and of course the Martha holiday craft fair tomorrow.  I wish I could be there!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!

{image credits: samantha lamb}

Let Them Eat Cake

Jordan and her husband Paul just released giclee prints of the oil paintings from their Let Them Eat Cake collaboration, and I can’t wait to add one to my collection at home.  I’m trying to choose between the four below but can’t quite make up my mind:

Clockwise from the top left: yellow wedding, rosemary & dill, boxwood garland, and ganache.  Which one would you choose?

There are a ton more right over here.

{images via paul and jordan ferney}