Looking for alternatives for Moleskine Volant Color-a-Month Daily Planner

Hello. I am looking for alternatives for a neat daily planner from Moleskine, which separates each month into a separate booklet, about the size of a passport, which makes it very convenient for carrying purposes. The problem is that apparently every Moleskine planner has a lot of printed reference material, tolerable in a large organizer, but in the Color-a-Month it is included in each individual monthly booklet, which takes half the size of the whole booklet (about 15 pages), quite a waste if you ask me. This waste helps explain why they are so expensive. See it at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/8867322826?ref_=wl_it_dp_o_...

I have found a number of Moleskine clones and imitators, so I am hopeful some company has gotten around trademark issues with this particular planner format.

Thanks for any pointers.

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I wish I could find some

I wish I could find some images of these pages. I searched, but couldn't find. It's kind of surprising that they would have that many pages in each booklet. It seems redundant and wasteful. That said, I found this cool hack while looking: http://journalingarts.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/moleskine-vol...

I can see the draw of booklets this size. I reminds me of my DayTimer days, when I carried the 3x5 pocket as my wallet. :-) Oh, and I looked for some replacement, but didn't find any books that thin. It seems that even with the extra 15 pages, these are as thin as you will find.

3x5 cards might be the answer, at least for now

After much thought, and using my 2014 moleskine daily extra small planner for a while, I am beginning to be inclined towards 3x5 card format, instead of the Color-a-Month Daily Planner solution, in part because of fountain pen ink issues with moleskine paper.

I was thinking of creating some template that could be printed in a regular sheet of paper, then cut the days to size with a paper cutter, but I think that would be very prone to errors (by comparison, printing directly to 3x5 cards on my laser printer is fairly simple).

I really don't like the top flipping that the 3x5 card format necessitates (side flipping is neater, but doesn't fit in a shirt pocket with circa rings), it just seems like the least involved solution. But there are days I don't feel like writing much of anything, so it seems like a waste of perfectly good card space to pre-populate with dates like in a planner.

I have also found that entering dates in a blank notebook as needed requires more discipline and is not as neat, and the pre-made planner has its attraction to actually write on it, so far.

Just some rambling thoughts while searching for the ideal daily journal/diary/planner.


Blank cards in assorted colors
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Thanks, but the attraction

Thanks, but the attraction to the Color-a-Month Daily Planner is the format, not the color covers, which I would prefer if they were all black, since the month of April is pink (shudder!), the other pretty colors are not much better, (light aqua, etc, gets better towards the end of the year).

maybe a bit smaller?

You know, if you take letter size paper, fold it in half three times, you end up with a 16 page signature booklet of 4.24x2.75. Is that too small for you?

I ask because of pocketmod (http://www.pocketmod.com/). It makes a little foldable booklet, but with only 8 pages, but you can muck with these, and create a two-sided printed version, with a staple in the middle, and with trimming two edges just a tiny bit, you get a 16 page booklet. It may be what you are interested in. I know that several years ago, I did a guide of sorts on how to print these things two-sided. I don't know the link, but I suppose a site search should find it. It's an idea at least.

edit: I suppose it's also possible to just fold lettherhead twice, and get a 1/4 letterhead page size... There are some templates on this site in that size.

2-sided printing found


(please let me know if you find bad links. I fixed a couple, but there may be more)

OK - I need to get to work

Dust off the old developer's tools
and roll the ability to do a Pocket-Mod type output into the Dynamic Templates
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Google is our friend !

http://diyplanner.com/node/2196 jonglass strikes again !!



Editable MS-Word Template for Pocketmod


(Low tech) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijWrGaB2tWM

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Ygor, Nice to see you still doing what you do

I come back and poke around here sporadically. There is still a wealth of really good info.

Thanks so much for all of your hard work.