Happy mid-week! If you have not bought your copy of the Starbucks x Moleskine 2017 planner, click in to look at my images, then go buy one!
I received this emailer in mid-September, and I think it was this that woke me up from a year-long slump of not being motivated enough for anything, even talking about stationery. So I went into office the next day and insisted that we go for lunch somewhere where there was a Starbucks.
There are four colours with different accents to choose from this year, and each and every one is gorgeous. Since I had already decided to get my usual black Moleskine Daily for next year, I knew I wanted one of the brighter colours for this, either the red or mint one. I was so undecided when I walked into Starbucks, and almost wanted to pick up both of them. If not for the price, I really might have.
The four colours available are black (with a yellow band), red (with a grey (?) band), dark blue and this mint (with a lavender band).
Each planner comes with vouchers for each month of 2017 that are usable at Starbucks stores. Unfortunately, there isn’t a special edition card this year.
I first walked out with the red because I did not quite fancy the lavender band on the mint. It was an amazing chameleon-y red, turning dark pink or almost orange with every change of light. But I could not keep my mind off the mint all the way through lunch, and finally:
There is still a corner of my heart pining for the red though (laugh).
This has all the standard Moleskine specs. It is the large size (13 x 21 cm), with a hard cover, an elastic band and a pocket at the back of the planner.
What Starbucks has done this year is gorgeous!
The front cover features embossed patterns of Starbucks, the year 2017.
There is also a huge embossed Starbucks logo. The lavender band is nice and tight, which ensures that any inserts stay in securely.
The back of the planner is plain.
With only the Starbucks x Moleskine tag embossed where the Moleskine name usually is.
For those who do use them, the ribbon markers are beautiful! There are two, in the featured colours, so mine are mint and lavender.
The insides are full of surprises this year! In addition to the ‘Please return to’ form, there is a nice little reward list that you can tick off, to encourage any finders to return it to you.
Instead of featuring Starbucks stores and history (like the 2016 one which was due to their 20th anniversary in Singapore), this year’s planner has many quirky and surprising designs inside. They seem to have taken a leaf (geddit!) from the popularity of junk/art journalling, and filled pages with watercolour-inspired images and designs, and it is delighting my heart.
There is a quirky little spread that allows you to list your favourite things about Starbucks. Which Starbucks fan would not love that? I really think I still remember that store at Liat Towers, although I had no idea it was the first Starbucks in Singapore.
You don’t get same of the standard pages though. There isn’t a year at a glance spread (usually showing two years), or a forward-planning spread showing the whole year in one spread with some space for future plans, birthdays or anniversaries.
Instead, The Starbucks x Moleskine 2017 planner starts in December, which explains why the famous Starbucks Red Christmas Cups come into play early on.
Each month features a lovely hand-drawn (?) design like above, which is followed by a monthly calendar spread over 2 pages. Public holidays in Singapore are marked in red.
There are no weekly pages. The month is followed by several lined pages where you can make notes, lists or some minimal bullet journalling. The lines go all the way from top to bottom, bless their hearts.
Here is a peek at the January design! It is gorgeous!
After several lined pages, there are two spreads (for each month) of blank pages that are filled with some beautiful watercolour-style designs that remind me of art journalling or stamping.
Here is the end of January spread.
The rest of the planner is similarly laid out, and there are different designs and colour elements that feature seasonal or coffee inspired colours and themes for each month.
The planner ends at December 2017. After that, there are several dotted (love) pages and then a few blank ones.
Right at the very end are the vouchers that I mentioned at the top of the post, which you can tear out and use throughout the year.
I really like the designs this year. For one, the colour choices are amazing. I wish I could afford to buy all four of them, just for the cover and feature colour alone. The hand-drawn designs are amazingly beautiful and add touches of colour and life throughout the planner. They remind me of watercolour paintings or stamps or even adult colouring books, and I find they can act as inspirations for planners and journallers who are into that style.
The paper is probably the usual Moleskine standard (not good), and likely unable to take much in terms of markers, paints or fountain pens. It would be wise to stick to ballpens (ugh) or gel pens.
I like that there are lined pages immediately following each monthly calendar, as it fits my style. There are not many pages, but it is suitable for me, and for people who do not do much in terms of massive lists or detailed bullet journalling.
I am looking forward to using the planner next year!
I have decided not to reveal the rest of the monthly design pages in this post. I will probably feature them month by month, or perhaps at the start of each quarter, throughout the year, in the hopes I don’t fade into radio silence again. So do remember to come by to check them out. In the meantime, you can have fun guessing the designs based on the vouchers.
Otherwise, get a copy of this planner from your nearest Starbucks store! The Starbucks x Moleskine 2017 planner retails for S$38.90, or if you reload your Starbucks card with S$30, you can then use that card to buy the planner at S$28.90.