REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Franklin Planner Studio Planner


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Franklin Planner recently introduced a new planner – the Studio Wire-Bound Weekly Planner with a start date of July 1, 2014.  This planner is a bit different than Franklin’s usual fare.  It’s designed for the person who wants to be organized but also wants room for inspiration and memories.  The Planner sells for $69.95 with a cover that can be customized in several different ways.  In addition, there are multiple add-ons, like pens, washi tape, a pen loop, enamel dots, note pads, etc. that can make it even more fun. Franklin Planner was gracious enough to send me one to try out.  So let’s take a look: There are three cover choices and this was my favorite. FC Studio Planner The front and back covers are sturdy plastic with high-quality spiral binding. FC Studio Planner The inside is colorful and the paper is high quality but pleasant to write on.  The monthly layouts are on heavy card stock with plastic tabs.  The planner comes with a page finder. FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner The cover of each monthly section is an inspiration quote. FC Studio Planner Followed by the two-page monthly spread with each month a different color and design. FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner Between the monthly pages and weekly pages is a lined Monthly Journal Page followed by a blank Inspiration page. FC Studio Planner And now the weekly pages: FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner Following the calendar pages is an address/phone section: FC Studio Planner And then two pages of colorful stickers: FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner Two handy pockets – one on the front and one on the back of this page: FC Studio Planner And a clear pouch. FC Studio Planner Here are some of the add-ons you can purchase: FC Studio Planner This planner is similar to Franklin Planner’s classic size at 7.25 by 9.25.  For perspective, here it is next to a FC Compact and a Filofax Personal: FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner FC Studio Planner If you’re wondering if I’m going to use this as my main planner, the answer is no.  I prefer a ring-bound planner.  But I’ve been playing around with some different ideas for using it and think I’ve decided to use it as a spiritual journal.  I made a copy of one set of the weekly pages to try it out.  Here’s what I have in mind. FC Studio Planner So what do you think?  Do you think this planner might be something you’d like to use? If so, you’re in luck because Franklin Planner provided this EXTRA planner for me to give away. FC Studio Planner If you’re interested, here’s what you need to do: 1. You must live in the USA or have a USA mailing address. 2. To enter, please leave a comment on this post. Your comment is your entry and only one entry per person. 3. Entries will close at 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Wednesday, July 2, 2014.  Any entries submitted after that time will not be counted. 4. The winner will be determined via 5. The winner will be announced on Thursday morning, July 3rd CST. 6. The winner must email me with their mailing address by the end of the day on Sunday, July 6th, 2014.  If I have not received an email from the winner by that time, a new winner will be chosen. So be sure to check back to see if you won!

Good Luck Everyone!


  1. I love this planner – and I need a new one.

  2. Kim Price says:

    Patty: great review! I’d love to win!

  3. I would use it as a spiritual journal as well, or perhaps as a reading journal. My calendar is in a ring-bound binder.

  4. Christine Cortese says:

    I’m not sure just what I’d do with it, but there are several options that come to mind as I’ll soon be starting a new lifestyle with different projects. It looks very interesting and I’d like to try this out.

  5. Great review! Thank you! I like the dates to remember section so that I’d have a place to place upcoming and recurring events. Having the months tabbed with a heavier textured paper has helped me in the past. And it is as if they read my mind with the journal and notes pages attached to the monthly calendar. I may purchase some of the accessories to use with my A5 classic calendar.
    If I were to win this planner, I would use it to merge my work and my “everything else” planners.
    Thank you

  6. I am interested in using the planner as a family/home journal. I would like to start on our home renovations…this will help keep me on track.

    The planner is very colorful and bright, leaving me excited to try it. Thank you for the opportunity.

  7. Gail B says:

    Patty, The planner is very interesting. I also use a ring binder and this could still fit in my system for planing. Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. Claudia says:

    I’d love to give this a try!

  9. I love all of the color!!!!

  10. Carolyn C. says:

    This is a nice planner. I like how you are using it as a spiritual journal.

  11. LeAnne says:

    Would love it!

  12. Crystal Charles says:

    I just found these on the website yesterday! Would love to win one!

  13. I’m from France, too bad. But still, what a beauty !

  14. Looks like a really nice planner … I like the rings better, too, though, so your idea to use it as a spiritual notebook is a great idea!

  15. Tricia says:

    This planner looks awesome! I’d love to win!

  16. I think I would use it as a journal or planner.Also, the layout & colors looks great too.

  17. Heather R says:

    Looks similar to Erin Condren. Which was one of my favorite planners ever. I would love to win!

  18. I would love to win this beautiful planner! I would use it as a journal. Love the inspirational quotes!

  19. This looks like the perfect solution for me for work! Thanks for the opportunity!

  20. Cricket says:

    I’m in the midst of a “planner crisis” at the moment, and I love the layout of this planner! Usually I’m more a fan of ring-bound systems, but with my crisis continuing to loom, maybe I need a huge change. Great review – thanks! :)

  21. Debra Pryor says:

    The planner is really nice! Nice review Patty.

  22. Karhy S. says:

    Looks very nice! Would love to try one…thanks for the giveaway!!

  23. Hi Patty! I’d love to win this for a friend! She moved to another city and is starting a new teaching job at the end of the summer. I think she’d love to have this. She wanted an Erin Condren and I tried to order her one, but with the issues they have with their website and production, I gave up. This would be perfect! Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Denise says:

    It looks like a great planner!

  25. Belinda Niedwick says:

    I think this planner should be called “Spiritual Journaling”. Love it.

  26. Gretchen Taylor says:

    Looks good. I’m in for a chance to win one! Thank you.

  27. Kelley Fluharty says:

    Love Franklin Planners and I would love to win one! Thank you for the review! I look forward to your planner blog every week!

  28. Shelley Medlin says:

    I would love to win this planner. I currently do not have a planner but have been researching planners trying to decide which one I would like to use. I currently just use a free calendar from the bank to write when bills are due, when they were paid and other important things that goes on in our family. It’s getting crowded to say the least. Love your blog by the way.

  29. Jan Mueller says:

    I just got an email announcing this planner. It looks wonderful!!!

  30. Sarah S says:

    Wow! This looks like an amazing new planner. I would definitely love one, even if I don’t win! Thank you!

  31. Antonia Tillman (Toña)l says:

    That planner is beautiful!

  32. Julie Ann Bailey says:

    I love how you’re going to use it. I would probably do the same. Love the bright colors!!

  33. Claudia Mitchell says:

    Love it!!!!

  34. What a fun looking planner! How fun to have an extra to give away! I’m working to get my home schedule more organized. It’s hard to balance homeschooling the kids with all the cleaning, organizing, meal planning and prep that needs to be done. I would use the planner to help me bless my home and family!

  35. Suzanne says:

    I’m not really a planner girl, but I sure like this one! It reminds me of an Erin Condren planner with its beautiful colors!

  36. Donita Vieth says:

    This looks like a fun planner!! Thank you posting!!!

  37. Yes, I’m entered!

  38. Hi thx for the awesome offer. If I win I’d use it as a bible tracker for my personal bible studies :) I wish all the entrants good luck and a productive week!

  39. Mary Beth says:

    This looks like what I have been looking for! I love that there is plenty of room to write notes on the page next to the days of the week. Would be great for writing out my menu for the week and taking notes.

  40. Lisa Mc says:

    Come to mama my pretty!!

  41. Kim Dyck says:

    I would so love to win this. I have been looking at planners and they can be so expensive.

  42. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the detailed pictures with the review! Looks interesting, and a good one to try.

  43. Regina King says:

    Nice review Patty! Thank you for sharing with us. I really like this planner.

  44. Sarah Armer says:

    Hope I win!

  45. Lydia Johnson says:

    Would love this journal. I would put it to quick use as I’ve already filled up 2 and haven’t had a chance to get or make another one :) Thanks for sharing! Good luck everyone!

  46. Awesome giveaway, thanks Patty!

  47. It is very aesthetically pleasing. I also like the photos of the beautiful leather bound planners. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Would love to win and try it out. I like the quality of FP products!

  48. This looks fun! I’ve used a wire-bound FC planner in the past and enjoyed it. Thank you for the review and giveaway!

  49. Hollie says:

    I like this. I like the weekly layout. I like the whole page of to do’s etc.

  50. Nice planner..I would love to win it :)

  51. Brenda says:

    What a great looking planner! Would love to win!

  52. Brenda says:

    What a great looking planner! Would love to win!

  53. Renae K says:

    Thanks for the review! I’d love to win!!!

  54. I would love this planner. I love FC, but the price tag… Ouch!

  55. Kat Massie says:

    My Dad Was diagnosed with stage 3 Liver Cancer. I moved in with him in March to be his full time care giver. I have been searching for something to use as a care journal for his care and our memories through his journey! This planner would be perfect!!! Thank you for this opportunity!

  56. Marcia says:

    I love the idea of a spiritual journal.

  57. I love this planner. Way to go Franklin!
    I would use this as my Spiritual Journal/prayer planner if I won. I currently have a wirebound planner by a different company that I am using as my Spiritual Journal/prayer planner but it runs out in July 2014.

    Melissa W.

  58. Tasha R. says:

    Beautiful planner! I think this would be so helpful for me. But yikes, the price tag is a bit much!

  59. Hi Patty,

    Thank you for doing this review. The thinks something that I would love to try. I would use it for my business and I like that it is so colorful. The other best part is that it’s Franklin Covey, my all time favorite time management system.

  60. melissa says:

    Wish they made a daily version but like the design

  61. All of my favorite colors in one place!! Please enter me in this giveaway. I really like the layout. Thanks!

  62. Linda Meritt says:

    I love spiral bound planners! I would love this!

  63. Desiree says:

    I LOVE this planner. I have been using FC for the last 24 years!

  64. Marylou says:

    I would love to give this planner a try!

  65. Looks very nice. Thanks for the chance to win one

  66. Kimberly F says:

    This is a beautiful planner! Thank you so much for the review!

  67. Anitha Kuppuswamy says:

    Awesome giveaway!!!

  68. Would love to win this!

  69. I would love that planner! I use the ring bound Franklin Covey already… the ring bound has caught my eye recently. The drawing happens during my birthday week too! :)

  70. Mandi Marin says:

    This would be so great to receive! I’m moving in about a month, so this would really help me get organized! Thanks for hosting such a nice giveaway!

  71. Brenda A says:

    I saw this online and was excited they had ventured into this type of planner. I have been eyeing it and trying to decide. I stl hold to the FC philosophy of one planner for everything so this would be my brain- creative style! (and yes I would love to win it! )

  72. This looks like a great planner, something I may be able to use for a specific long term project, or like you, a spiritual journal.

  73. Kimberly Green says:

    What a beauty !!! Very detailed planner, love it !!!!

  74. Dana J says:

    Love this!! Would love to win!!

  75. Jane B says:

    Looks great!

  76. Denise says:

    I have been wanting to try a bound planner. I love Franklin Covey planners. I like the idea of the spiritual planner. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  77. I would love to win this. Starting in the middle of the year works perfect for me!

  78. Hannah C. says:

    I hadn’t seen this planner before. I like the design. I’ve been looking for a family planner recently, and this seems like it would work really well.

  79. SuZann says:

    Franklin Covey makes the best planners! I love mine.

  80. Latricia says:

    Would love to win , thanks for sharing with your planner friends.

  81. Kristina Gould says:

    I WANT IT!

  82. Lisa Luft says:

    I love that Franklin Xovey is branching out!!

  83. What a wonderful planner, I LIKE it! I like the size too.

  84. Cindy Tennessen says:

    I love it. I am ready for a change

  85. Angie G says:

    Very interested in this style.

  86. Melissa S says:

    Yay! So fun! I want one!! :)

  87. Melissa S says:

    Yay! Love it! I want one :)

  88. I’d like to try this planner.

  89. Larrissa says:

    I would love to use this planner as a “just for me” – My thoughts, my hobbies etc.

  90. I really like this!!

  91. Ann Caron says:

    Great review! Would love to win this and have been looking into buying a FC too.

  92. Danni J says:

    I was very curious when I saw this announced on the FC site. I am a ring-bound girl, just like you, because I love my endless customization options. But starting this Aug, I will begin homeschooling my 3rd grade daughter and I have been looking for a simple and sturdy way to plan out our weekly lessons that is in a format we can both use. I’ve strongly considered this as an option when it comes times. Its simple, bright, and uncluttered. It saves me time and is something that I think we could use together. When I do my weekly planning on Sunday evenings, she can help and through the week, it will primarily be her responsibility to know what is happening each day with her assignments and how to better manage her time. :) Thank you for a closer look and this gracious opportunity.

  93. Heather says:

    I love this planner! I’ve been using my Cozi calendar on my Kindle to keep track of appointments and such, but not everyplace has wifi or knows their password, so entering things right when I make the appointment (I’m a do it now or it’ll be forgotten kind of gal) gets a little difficult. I don’t pay for any data plans or anything. I’ve been looking into a paper planner, but can’t decide what I need or how I want it organized. Maybe this would help? I’d love to win it!

  94. Georgina Sandoval says:

    This is exactly the configuration I’ve been looking for due that I work in automotive and the timings are measured in weeks. I recently moved from ring bound to spiral one and I like it so it would be awesome to try this one!

  95. Kellie Waldron says:

    This is what I have been waiting for.

  96. Tina mason says:

    I’d love to try it. Might be what I’m looking for.

  97. Love this! I’m a Franklin user for the past 20+ years but I’ve never tried a spiral planner. Would love to try it!

  98. Love the weekly setup and would
    Love to try it out!

  99. This looks like a really nice planner and I like your idea to use it as a spiritual planner. If I won I would use it the same way I think. Also, love love love that you did a video!!

  100. I really like this planner, I think it would be great for my direct sales business, I bought planner for direct sales, but it’s just a little over the top for me. So,I love this one, I love the colors, the heavy duty tabs and the week at a glance.

  101. Melanie says:

    This is an interesting idea. I really like the add ons.

  102. belenesq says:

    My favorite weekly layout! I like the colors and I’m kinda loving the giant numbers, too.

  103. I would love to win this planner! I think it will fulfill my needs!!


  104. Ingrid says:

    I love all planners! They make me feel so organized!

  105. How cute is that? I love that planners are getting prettier and more creative. I’d love to give this one a whirl!

  106. Lovely planner! I would love to win this on my birthday (July 3).

  107. Great review – have always been a fan of FC planners, and I think this new version will work for me nicely…

  108. Tamera says:

    I would like a chance to win one. Still looking for a planner that fits me.

  109. Thanks for the review! I would love to try this new planner out!

  110. What a nice review! Thanks for the video and the article! I can already see how I could use this planner!

  111. Thank you for the wonderful review. I would love to win this organizer and start my summer planning!

  112. Mary Wilson says:

    Great idea. . Love the creativity. Looks perfect for a spiral journal.

  113. Catherine Krause says:

    I am a loyal FC customer and would love this to get my daughter ready and organized to head off to college in the Fall!

  114. Tania Prodhan says:

    Love this! Its sooo pretty!

  115. I would LOVE this planner!!!

  116. Looks great!

  117. Erin S. says:

    This product looks great….thanks to your review! I would love to use this planner on a daily basis!

  118. Looks awesome!

  119. Denise W. says:

    Looks interesting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  120. Jill Nicholson says:

    I love how colorful this is and just want to have it to try out and see what I think!

  121. Kristy says:

    Cute planner. Thanks for reviewing it.

  122. Jennifer says:

    This looks like a great planner…it is so colorful. Would love to win this and thank you
    the opportunity!

  123. I love this idea!!! If I don’t win, I may try to duplicate the layout of those weekly pages!!

  124. I really like the look of this planner. I have been looking for a new planner and none so far have appealed to me, this looks like it can work for me.

  125. Michelle C says:

    This planner is pretty! I am using a Franklin Covey 365 planner that I found at goodwill earlier t hi s month. I would love to try out this studio planner, though. Thanks!

  126. Louanne says:

    Awesome review. I was hoping to purchase this and now it’s a must have!

  127. Diane says:

    It looks like a wonderful planner, but a little costly. I would love to hear a few more reviews before purchasing. Would LOVE to win it and give my personal review!

  128. Michelle says:

    Hello, I have just found your site, and I am already addicted. I love this planner and your review was very helpful.

  129. Jessica says:

    Love the bright colors. I’m a longtime FC user who has transitioned to work journals, so this would be a great journal/planner for home. Thanks for the review.

  130. Krista says:

    Love my fc but these are becoming more inviting. :-)

  131. I hope I win. I’ve had a hard time for almost a year finding a planner that works. This one looks nice.


  133. this looks very similar to the erin condren planner. except i think the Erin has a bit more room to write (since its a week over 2 pgs) and divides up the spaces into 3 slots (AM, afternoon, and PM — i believe?)

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