It's December right now and a big part of this being The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year for me is the fact that this is when I start looking into buying a new planner. I've had a little trouble committing to a paper planner in the past few years because I'm perpetually lugging around at least 2 other kinds of books (usually a sketchbook and a journal) and it's hard to justify a third book when technically my phone can do everything a planner can do (even though I have never actually used my phone as a planner). However, this year I had an awesome realization that with the right kind of binding, a planner could technically be a planner, art journal/regular journal, a smash book and a scrapbook all in one! I could appease all my chronicling and crafting impulses all between the same front and back covers! (Well, OK, so there aren't expansion rings big enough to contain ALL Of my booky stuff, but maybe with some serious focus on quality over quantity I could keep most of it contained there.)
So, I did my research and decided on the MAMBI Happy Planner. The major deciding factor for me was the way it's bound. Instead of rings or a coil, it has discs, and the pages sort of pop onto the discs for major customization and rearranging capabilities. It takes a special type of hole punch to add in your own pages, but luckily it's an affordable punch. (BTW, I'm not getting compensated for this or anything.)
So, after a week with this baby, here's my first full spread.
I also made a little pocket page, which I placed opposite the cute month-overview page for December.