Welcome to the wonderful world of planners. Where there are so many sizes and formats that it is enough to drive a person mad!
I am here to guide you through this crazy world to hopefully find the right inserts for your planner. It is definitely a daunting task as more sizes come out seemingly every day. Then add to it the different formats (rings, strings, discs, etc.), it’s downright confusing. It is my wish to help make purchasing your planner refills much easier. While this is not an exhaustive list of every planner and size known to man, it should point you in the right direction.
First, before we get started, I wanted to state something very important. Please, please, please measure the inserts you currently have before purchasing any inserts/refills for your planner. I cannot stress this enough. Measurements mean more than the names insert makers give the sizes. CityGirl Planners uses the names that big name binder manufacturers used when we started back in 2014. If names for certain measurements have shifted with new makers entering the market, we are still going to use what we currently do now. We wrote a post going more in-depth on this if you want to know more.
As a consequence, it’s always best to do a search by the name first, then narrow down through exact measurements. It’s also a good idea to make sure you are purchasing the correct format too. Several sizes have different formats. An example would be Personal size. You can get Personal size in ringed inserts and notebook refills. Most shops (including ours) will mention which format either on the title or in the listing itself. Or both. These formats are not interchangeable. Sometimes the actual sizes of the same name will be different as seen in Pocket. The Pockets rings are 3.2″ x 4.7″, but the Pocket notebook is 3.5″ x 5.5″, commonly called Field Notes. *head spin*
Let’s start with rings! Inserts for ringed planners are hole punched to fit into any binder that has a ring configuration. How many rings the binder has depends on the brand. How close the rings are is usually relative to their size. Example: due to the small size of Pocket inserts, there is no gap between the rings. This gap between the rings becomes wider the bigger the insert is for the most commonly sized planners. This is why one insert size cannot be interchanged with different size binders.
Here are the most common ringed insert sizes and their respective planner binders. Always check the listing for size information for any planner you purchase. This is not an exhaustive list of all the planners available for a given size.
- A5 rings fit Filofax, kikki.K large, Louis Vuitton GM agenda, Carpe Diem, Foxy A5 Ring, Color Crush A5, Michaels Recollection large and CityGirl Planners.
- Personal rings fit Filofax, kikki.K medium, Louis Vuitton MM agenda, Michaels Recollections small, Kate Spade Wellesley & Cameron, Foxy Personal Ring, Color Crush Personal, Day-Timer Portable, Carpe Diem, and CityGirl Planners. The aforementioned planners will not fit Personal Wide inserts except possibly the Michaels Recollection and Carpe Diem. Please measure your planner before purchasing PW inserts.
- Pocket size rings fit Filofax Pocket, Louis Vuitton PM agenda, kikki.K small, Color Crush Pocket, and CityGirl Planners.
- US Half size rings fit certain 7-ring styles of Franklin Covey (including Classic) & Day-Timer Desk.
- Personal Wide rings fit Foxy Personal Wide Rings, Mystic Little Gifts, PelleStudio, Keelindori rings, SaltyKatie, and CityGirl Planners.
- B6 rings fit PelleStudio, Kellindori rings, SaltyKatie, and CityGirl Planners.
- A6 rings fit Mulberry A6 agenda, Gillio A6, Van der Spek Senior, SaltyKatie, Foxy Fix A6 rings, Keelindori rings, Mystic Little Gifts, and CityGirl Planners.
Traveler’s Notebook refills:
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It’s best to have a cover to utilize these booklets. Although, it is not necessary. The fact that they are bound means you can carry them without one. If you choose to have a cover, they can be found pretty much anywhere. There are so many Traveler’s Notebook cover manufacturers, we couldn’t possibly list them all. A quick internet search should turn up something that tickles your fancy. Or you could just head over to our Emiline & Jayne Notebook covers section.
The covers that hold these booklets can be made of leather or fabric. Most makers name their covers after the dimensions of the inserts the cover is intended to hold. Others use a numbering system for sizes, such as 1 through 10. If in doubt about what size the cover holds, check the listing for refill information.
There are a few more formats, but these two are the only ones will we talk about here. Mostly because they are the only ones we sell at the moment.
I keep waffling between rings and strings on the daily. I love them both for different reasons. I prefer these two over spiral bound planners because I can take out, move around and add to my system all the time. Whichever way the planning winds take me. I change my mind quite a bit on how I want them set up. One week I want to track only financials, the next I realize I need to keep health stats a bit closer. That’s why they both have a place in my planning.
A few more things I would like to note before ending. Here at CityGirl Planners, we try to keep consistent with our verbiage in our listings to make it easier for you to find what you need. We call the ring bound products “inserts” and the booklets “refills” to differentiate between the two at a glance. Also, if it is not done already, the listing titles should have either Rings or Notebook Refills stated in them. That way if you are looking for Pocket rings, you don’t accidentally purchase a Pocket notebook.
Also with our pictures. You will see punched holes on our ringed insert pictures. If you are looking for notebooks and see the first picture of the listing with six holes in the insert, you are in the wrong section. Head to the Notebook Refills.
For ease of use, you can hit the navigation bars at the top of our website and go directly to the format and size that you need quickly. All Ring sizes are under the Ringed Inserts heading and all booklets are under the Notebook Refills heading. The available sizes for each format will drop down if you hover over either one. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
If you have any trouble getting around or ideas to make the site easier to navigate, email us. We would love to hear from you!