Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep #68: 2 Newer Planner Options: Sprouted Planner + Curation

November 15, 2021

Very excited to feature these two perhaps lesser-known (but not lesser in any way!) brands and products to BLP listeners. As promised in the ep, here are some images!


This is a new kid on the block! A female-owned small business that just launched this year — I’m so impressed this was the very first edition. SUMMARY: it’s a great product.

Weekly layout idea – LEFT side of page

Mockup loosely based on reality!

Weekly layout idea: RIGHT side of page

Sprouted planners are so open ended — I really love that about them. The paper is excellent in my opinion – it’s not the thickest, but it takes pen very well with almost zero bleed through (even with the clean color dt markers shown!). It is not smudge-prone.

Sprouted has daily and weekly options, both dated and undated! All versions currently retail for $39.99, which is quite reasonable compared to some similar options. You can shop for Sprouted planners here!

NOTE: I was gifted this planner from Sprouted to try but am not an affiliate — Heather, the brand owner explicitly asked me to be completely honest in my review!


This planner is made in Australia, but has FREE shipping to the US for all orders of $37! Mine took about 4 weeks to arrive, but when it did, it did not disappoint.

This is an excellent choice for those looking for a hardbound option with weekly + incorporated wellness planning. The only cons in my view: I did not love the paper (not quite white, less luxurious feel to me) but that may be personal preference, and the book lies mostly but not entirely flat (I am spoiled by Hobonichi binding and probably very picky in this regard).

Curation 2022 by Saint Belford

This planner is packed with features and also has a very functional layout (mockup provided here — again loosely based on reality, showing the same events!).

Shop Curation planners here! The “regular” size shown above retails for $45, and there are both mini and A4 (big!) sizes available.

This planner was also sent to me after the company reached out for a no-strings-attached review. I am not an affiliate of the company.

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  • Reply Irene November 15, 2021 at 7:09 am

    Ohhhh I really like the look of that sprouted planner! I just don’t need a new one right now… filing away in my brain for later

  • Reply L November 15, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Do you use the Sunday Basket system from Organize 365? I’ve been thinking about getting it but I haven’t own system that works pretty well.

    • Reply L November 15, 2021 at 9:02 am

      “have my own system” 🙄

  • Reply rsilbergleid November 15, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I really like the look of that “Curation” planner. Dated, structured, hard bound. Weekly but with enough daily space. Too bad….I just bought my ink + volt. Sigh.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 15, 2021 at 11:42 am

      Those are both such great options though! Love ink and volt.

    • Reply Danielle November 15, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      I’m with you! I chose Ink + Volt for 2022 and it arrived recently. I’m pleased with my choice and put a lot of research into it, but I feel like maybe I should avoid planner reviews for the next couple months!

      I did purposely get the six month so that I can change things up half way through the year if needed or enjoy a fresh Ink + Volt mid year.

  • Reply sbc November 15, 2021 at 1:07 pm

    I am wondering if you or your listeners/readers might have ideas for a 2022 weekly planner for me: I want a dated one, with hardback (not leather or cloth), not spiral-bound (lay-flat binding nice but not essential), small enough to fit in a medium purse, ideally with a back-cover pocket and an elastic to keep it closed and a ribbon or other way to mark the current week, with pages that don’t smudge (I am left-handed) or bleed through. AND, if that weren’t enough, I want the weekly spreads to have the weekdays HORIZONTALLY on the left side and then the right side have a portion of the page for weekend days and the other portion of the page for notes.

    Basically I want the Browntrout Compact Pantone and I can’t find it anywhere! So is there a substitute? I currently use a Moleskine weekly diary and I like the size and other features, but want a notes space on each weekly layout. Something like the Leuchtturm1917 A5 Weekly has more note space than I want and the side with the days seems crowded. Is there a happy medium like the Browntrout that’s available anywhere? Thanks, planner fans, for any advice!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 15, 2021 at 1:10 pm

      Not quite the right weekly layout but have you seen Mochithings Planner M? Checks off at least some of the above!

    • Reply Abby December 26, 2021 at 2:30 pm

      Leuchturm Monocle Weekly in B6+ Might be what you want. (Though I have never used this specific product)

      Smaller than an A5 but most of the features. I just switched to B6 size and love, I just wish more companies offered it.

      • Reply Sbc December 26, 2021 at 4:27 pm

        I ended up with one specially made for Barnes and noble… it’s a little bigger than I preferred and has a cloth cover, but the layout is good!

  • Reply sbc November 15, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    thanks–I will check it out!

  • Reply Jen November 15, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    A planner suggestion for the future to check out is the newly re-launched Nourished Planner. I used it in 2019 but they discontinued it but has been brought back for 2022. I really liked a lot about the layout for the weekly with a lot of blank space but also had a fun monthly challenge to think about and weekly items as well. It was my gateway back into paper planners.

  • Reply rose November 15, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    THANK you for all the planner discussions and reviews …. and pens as well. Thank you also for all the posting that helped so many of us through this pandemic time and I hope you continue writing through the rest of it (wish it was ending but…. reality) and beyond. Am often quiet but you are always a support. You are a portion of my grateful list this month/year.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 16, 2021 at 8:39 am

      I’m so glad you like them! And I’ve now been posting for approx 17 years so not likely to stop anytime soon 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Elisabeth November 16, 2021 at 9:39 am

    I have been using (and loving) a $4 planner from the DollarStore of all places this year. But that Sprouted planner looks like it has everything I would want in a layout! And love the month tabs. I currently turn down the edges so I can quickly find my current place, but this would elevate that approach!

  • Reply Amanda November 16, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    I ordered the Sprouted Planner and am so excited to start using it! I’ve been using their weekly spread printable for the past month and it is the perfect task planner to go with my Google Cal.

  • Reply Michelle November 22, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    I bought the sprouted planner and love it. Plus huge bonus to support a small business. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Reply Stephanie Gravenor December 5, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Re-listened to this episode and finally pulled the trigger on my 2022 planner! Sprouted planner it is. I’ve used the moleskin weekly planner for the past 3 years making my own layout, but am excited for the structure that this one will provide! Thanks again for doing the reviews!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 6, 2021 at 5:33 am

      Yay! Very excited for you!!

  • Reply A (Super Awesome) Planning Giveaway! – The Optimistic Musings of a Pessimist November 4, 2023 at 11:01 pm

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