Me & My Big Ideas Strikes Again *EDIT AT BOTTOM*

I feel like I just wrote my last post on everything new coming out for the Happy Planner. The past few months have flown by faster than I ever could’ve imagined. Even though it’s feels absolutely unreal to be making another post, here we are with a brand new update on the latest Happy Planner products being released by Me and My Big Ideas.

At this point in time, I’m not sure if I’m willing to bet on three different releases this year, but we will all definitely be seeing another fall release this year. While I would rather they release all of their new products at one time, from a business stand-point I completely understand why they’ve done their releases the way they have. Better to take off the winter season where sales are down over-all for everyone and be able to pick up for the spring, summer, and fall. It’s a great marketing strategy, but I hope they learned from last year’s mistake (although not on their part!) and do their fall release earlier than October. All of the new products seemed to sell really well and was met with a lot of enthusiasm, however stores not putting the products out at the correct time definitely put a damper on everyone’s joy.

For the upcoming Spring release, we are seeing a ton of new Happy Planners in addition to some of the most asked for accessories. Unfortunately this release is going to contain Hobby Lobby exclusives which means certain products are going to once again be hard to track down, but do not worry. If there’s a product that you’re really looking forward to, I can guarantee that you will eventually be able to pick it up. These releases are timed early enough in advance so that you will have whatever you need by the time the new planners begin.

If you’re like me, then chances are you are someone who really enjoys and embraces having a 12-month planner. It starts in January, ends in December, things are simple. However, the beautiful new planners that are coming out are dated from July 2017 to December 2018. Depending on your planning style, this can be an absolute pain or it will become something that you embrace. While it’s not the most ideal to have an 18-month planner, I will say that the beauty behind every planner being released is going to make it very difficult to pass up.

When you have a moment, I 100% recommend checking out their Periscope broadcasts to see the products a lot clearer than what’s shown here. Click here to check it out!

To truly begin this post, let’s start with the classic Happy Planner. These are the very type of planner that most very early adopters started on and were the only type of Happy Planner that existed in the very beginning. Each of these planners have their own unique style and their own unique theme, but each one of them is as gorgeous as the next.

March 1st is the release date for the Mambi Shop and set date for Hobby Lobby and March 24th is the set date for Michaels. Please be kind to the retail associates at your craft stores – they will get the products out as fast as they possibly can! Please don’t contact Mambi if the products aren’t out exactly the day of. The set date is designed for when the products should be placed out.

There is truly a healthy mix of Hobby Lobby exclusives and Michaels planners. It’s almost guaranteed that you will find a planner at either location. In addition to the separate planners, they also have two boxed kits that will be released at Michaels for $34.99 USD. The Faith kit has minor differences from its initial Hobby Lobby release, but if you were looking to purchase the kit and missed your chance, now is the time to do so. The updated recipe planner is absolutely adorable and creating it as a kit means it will be a great gift for someone who loves to cook or would benefit from one as a housewarming gift. It contains several bookmarks, sticky notes, and stickers. I can see both kits selling out fast.

 

Out of the classic planners, a majority of them appear to be Hobby Lobby exclusives. These planners will retail for $29.99 USD. I’m still waiting to see if listings show up online for the planners to confirm their availability, but according to the Periscope broadcast, the following planners will be found exclusively at Hobby Lobby:

  • Flamingo (pineapple cover) – vertical
  • Modern Marble – vertical
  • Modern Romance (pink with gold foil cover) – vertical
  • Wildflower – vertical
  • Hello Bright (floral) – horizontal
  • Have Faith – horizontal

The two stand-alone planners for Michaels will be the Stay Positive (white/lilac discs, vertical – “the best is yet to come”) and Live Loud (pink ombre, horizontal) planners.

Let’s move along to theĀ BIG Happy Planners! Compared to the amount of exclusives on the classic planners, most of the Big Happy Planners are exclusive to Michaels! These planners will retail for $34.99 USD.

The Hobby Lobby exclusive planners are going to be the Live Loud planner in a vertical layout and Southern Charm which will also be in a vertical layout.

Michaels will feature the following planners:

  • Hello Brights – vertical (fairly neutral layout, but with pops of color)
  • Lovely Pastels (striped cover) – vertical
  • Day Dream (watercolor cover) – vertical (lavender discs and contains different colors than other Happy Planners)
  • Hello Beautiful Year – vertical (bigger version of mini)
  • You Got This – horizontal (very similar to the undated! – neutral)

Before I show some photos of the new mini’s, I would like to take a moment to mention a few facts. The mini planners are all undated. I know a vast majority of us do not like the undated, but I do understand that there is a niche for the undated planners. The company wanted to get these new planners out and since they were only able to fit 12 months versus 18 months for the minis, they opted to have them undated. The release from October had the dated planners for 2017 and since this year’s first release is early-on in the year, there was no point to have them dated. I had mentioned earlier in my post how I wasn’t sure if there would be a second release in the summer and in ways this answers that question, but at the end of the day it’s still hard to tell. On the plus side, these minis will afford the ultimate flexibility for Planner Babes who don’t mind them being undated and make for great gifts in the future. The minis will be priced at $19.99 USD. As always, all of the minis feature a horizontal layout except for the fitness planner which is vertical.

Both Hobby Lobby and Michaels will be receiving the undated Fitness planners. They feature holographic monthly stickers and the silver discs. I personally love the update to the fitness planner and I believe a lot of you Planner Babes will too.

The minis Michaels will be receiving are:

  • Hello Beautiful Year
  • Live Loud
  • Hello Bright
  • Lovely Pastels

Hobby Lobby will be receiving the Stay Positive planner, also featuring the white discs and holographic stickers and the Wildflower planner.

No Happy Planner release would be complete without some new accessories and Mambi absolutely delivered. These accessories are going to be exclusive to Hobby Lobby and contain a mix of updated products, completely new and sought after products, and some new additions to current lineups. Before talking about the updated and entirely new products, let me focus on the new additions.

There is going to be 3 new sticky note sets that are going to retail for $7.99 USD each. They will have 20 of each design in the set and feature both tall boxes and double-wide boxes. There is also going to be a set of 3 brand new dashboards that will retail for $4.99 USD. The new dashboards are really pretty and feature a gold foil. The snap-in list pads are making a comeback with four new designs with packs of 2 each. They will retail for $4.99 USD and will feature 20 pages of each design. For the Planner Babes who enjoy memory keeping/planning in their minis, you’ll be happy to hear that pocket cards will now be available! They will retail for $4.99 USD and have a huge variety. The pocket cards would be great for any of the other planners as self-made stickers or just punched elements in your planner. New covers will also be released! Two new classic sized snap in covers ($19.99 USD) in white and pink will be released as well as two new big snap in covers ($24.99 USD) in teal and pink. There will also be a deluxe cover for the classic in aqua.

Do you need more dividers for your classic planner? You’re in luck because a pack of 8 new dividers will be released for the price of $7.99 USD. The dividers have been made with heavier paper and has prints on both sides. There will also be 6 new sticker packs that have been given a pretty great upgrade. The new stickers will feature five sheets for $4.99 USD and are now pre-punched. The stickers being pre-punched make me entirely too excited and will fit really well with one of the new products being released. The general themes of the stickers will be bright, faith, “happy thoughts,” budget, quotes, and vacation/beach.

There will be three snap-on zipper pouches that will retail for $7.99 USD. There will be a black and white flora, a brightly striped pouch and a canvas paint-dipped pouch that reads “Happy Things Inside.” As someone who hasn’t been interested in the planner bags, I love these snap-on pouches! It’ll definitely be perfect for when I travel and want to carry a little more than I usually do, but without having the extra bulk of the planner bags. The following products show that Mambi has absolutely been listening to the community. Not only are we getting stencils, but we’re also getting stamps and a sticker storage book. How exciting! There is going to be two different clear sticker sets that retail for $7.99 USD each. One set will be more for lists and the other one will be more generic. The stencils will be a great touch as they’ll be a snap-in and will feature a “To-Do” styled list and a “Check list” styled list for $4.99 USD. The storage book is an excellent addition to the accessory line up. It will retail for $14.99 USD and has the big expander discs for all of your stickers, pre-punched tabs with adhesive for you to put your sticker sheets on, and dividers and tab label stickers. The days of having to sit and create your sticker book have now been made so much easier.

What new products are you excited about? Let me know!

I’m excited about a few of the 18-month planners and will be sitting down to create a new planner set-up as soon as I possibly can. I’m hoping that Mambi will release the covers individually at some point because I would love to be able to just purchase new covers. I love that they offer the additional covers in their three-sets, but being able to choose from what’s already available would be a great option. I’m also excited for the new snap-on pouches because I’ve been wanting a pouch for my notebook. I’m excited to see where the company is going and can’t wait to see what surprises they’ll have for us later on.

 

**EDIT**

Had a chance to watch the new Periscope and there will be 4 new mini planners, 4 new classic sized, and 1 big Happy Planner. Everyday Essentials which is similar to the “Hello Beautiful” 12-month planner, Market Floral which was pulled from the same photoshoot for the Wildflower planner, and A Well Crafted Life which features polka dots. Happy Mind, Happy Life, which is very similar to the Fresh Floral 18-month planner from last year, will feature all three sizes.

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