New Year, New Planner

Happy 2021 to all my planner friends! I just love the new year . . . everything is new and the possibilities are endless. And with a new year comes a new planner. Actually, in my world, every new month brings a new planner and I really like it that way. Being able to start a new planner each month keeps me engaged with my planner and if I have a month like this past month, WHERE I LOST ALL OF MY STICKERS, I get to jump right back into January anew.

One of my favorite benefits of subscribing to the CocoaDaisy kits is how well coordinated all the items are and how they really make your planner shine. And if you have leftovers from one month, it’s pretty assured that you will be able to use those items in an upcoming month. I opted for a white binder this month to show off all the boldness of the New Chapter kits and filled the pocket with the vellum from the Classified: Planner Edition, a couple of layered cards from the Modern Memory Keeping Kit January 2021, and the glitter dots from the Traveler’s Notebook Memory Keeping Kit. And aren’t the polka dot pen and pencil just adorable with this setup?

I decided that since it was a new year, my planner needed some “confetti” so I made my title page a dashboard. Using one of the A5 sheets from the Day Planner Dashboards Kit made this project super easy. I just slipped two dashboards into a pocket protector, added the sequins, and a little decor then fused it all together at the top.

The next New Year’s tradition that my planner needed was some resolutions. This card from the Traveler’s Notebook Memory Keeping Kit is just perfect. I don’t actually make New Year’s resolutions, preferring to choose a word for the year to concentrate on my personal progression. But I couldn’t resist adding this card because it’s color-blocked gorgeousness just calls to me. I laminated it with another card on the backside so that I can write on it with a wet-erase pen or a sharpie.

Every month, I set up this pretty spread. I don’t really use it to refer to what’s going on in my life. I tend to use my functional monthly spread at the back of my planner if I am checking on a time or date. I really thought about whether I really needed this page in my planner and decided that it was worth setting up for a couple of reasons. One, I love looking at it. It makes me happy to see what’s going on in my life and I love the look of these pages. Secondly, the very act of putting the stickers down reinforces the dates of appointments and things that I really don’t want to forget. The combination of tactile and visual learning is the way that I am assured to remember and this is a perfect example of that.

My go-to plan for my weekly spreads is to cut apart a Daisy Dori, which you can choose in many sizes (Inserts Only Kit), and choose 4 or 5 of the spreads so that each of my weeks is different. This is my spread for this week and I am just thrilled with the pink and purple color scheme. With this small addition, I have so much more versatility in my planner and I never get tired of setting up my weekly spreads.

I love the combination of the bright colors offset with the boldness of the black and white patterns of New Chapter. I will treasure this pen and pencil set (the pen is from the Planner Kit and the pencil is from the Planner Add On Kit) and will use them often in the future.

So much of my planner time is spent using the daily pages and yet I hardly ever take a photo of them. Without a daily page, I am essentially lost and I love the Cocoa Daisy loose inserts for this reason. I print the day and date with my printer at the beginning of the month so that I never even have to write the date on them.

If you would like to see more of my planner, please take a few moments and check out my YouTube video and if you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Thanks for checking out my blog post and I’ll be back to talk about my next planner soon!





  1. Jeannette Holt

    Thank you for your always-great setup videos. I know you were a graphic designer, but how would someone who isn’t, figure out what fonts have been used on the Cocoa Daisy pages? I think one of the reasons I like your insert pages so much is the consistency in font styles. I’m hoping there is an easily accessible way for the rest of us to do this. Thanks!

    • Julie Deal Mooney

      It’s a relatively easy answer but sometimes time consuming. When the images for the kit come out, I will pull up an image with the font I like and on my other screen, pull up a free font website like I choose the category (i.e. brush script or handwriting) and then there’s a box where you can put in your own text. I type out whatever saying is on the Cocoa Daisy image and then scroll through them comparing key markers, like how the “s” or the “r” looks or if it’s a monoline font/wide variances in the thick and thin parts. I also note if the “y” “d” or other letter has a loop and if the original font has a slant or a bounce. As I go through them, I download any that I think might work and then compare them and choose a winner. I have only actually had an exact match to Cocoa Daisy’s fonts one time. Usually, I just go for one that has the same feel and is free. If it’s a font that I truly love, I would pay, just because I love fonts (can you tell?). There is a site called that you can upload an image of a font and it will show you a match or close-ish options, but usually if it recognizes the font, it’s because it’s a font that you have to pay for. I would guess I search for about 1-2 hours to find a font or two that I like each month. Some months I just give up because I can’t find anything close and I just use one of my faves that has a Cocoa Daisy vibe. Sometimes, the words on the artwork are handwritten so there’s no match for that! I love the fonts and handwritten words on all the Cocoa Daisy artwork. There are actually lots of fonts each month so I just pick a couple each month. Hope that helps!

  2. Jeannette Holt

    Julie, that actually helps a lot! I think you are a born teacher! You give us the tools so that we can figure things out & learn how to do it for ourselves & you are so generous with the time & effort it takes to do that. Thank you! Now, I’ll be spending the rest of the evening looking at fonts…

    • Julie Deal Mooney

      Lol, welcome to the rabbit hole!


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