We spoke to Planner Girl Provisions founder Annie Aboulian for the inside scoop on this incredible box and how it all got started!
See the #Plannergirl Story Below↓
♦ What should we know about you and your background?
I was a lawyer for a few years before I realized I hated my job! I went back to school to get my MA in English so I could teach part-time while pursuing writing and more creative business endeavors. Being a lawyer, student, and teacher has taught me a lot about the importance of staying organized and the joy of a good sticky note!
♦ We love your blog “Happy As Annie”! What sparked your interest in blogging and specifically in planners?
Reading and writing have been my two biggest passions since before I could really do either! As a kid I was always writing stories and “family newsletters,” making my dad show me how to use all those cool newsletter and magazine templates that come with word processing software.
My friends and I went through a pretty awesome Sanrio planner phase in the 7th grade. We all had matching planners and traded stickers and hole punched inserts. I had a dream about that planner a few years ago and obsessed over hunting it down. I never did, but that’s what made me discover today’s planning community!
♦ What was your inspiration for Planner Girl Provisions? How did it come to life?
After I got back into using a “vintage” planner, as my mom likes to call it, a few friends and family members told me they loved it and wanted one too. I’d buy cute, colorful Filofax planners as gifts and personalize them before giving it to people. I’d choose the perfect scrapbook paper and make dividers, I’d find pretty note paper to use as inserts, and I’d include some fun stickers and sticky notes to get them started. That’s when it hit me that not everyone loves (or has the time!) to shop around for the trendiest product, or the best deal, or coordinating accessories and all that. PGP allows them to skip that step and get a fun surprise every month.
♦ What is the mission of Planner Girl Provisions?
PGP strives to make productivity fun and functional. In a world of smart phones, PGP celebrates the non-digital, snail-mailing, scrapbooking, paper-loving life.
♦ Why do you think in the digital age we are seeing a revived interest in stationery and paper products?
While smart phones and the Cloud have streamlined and simplified things, I think a lot of people have been missing a more hands-on outlet for creativity. I used to keep scrapbooks growing up, but once camera phones and Facebook took over, unfinished scrapbooks gathered dust and eventually got thrown out. The planning industry now allows people to get that “scrapbooking” fix in a more relevant and productive way.
And in our fast-paced world, taking the time to look at an actual paper calendar, write things out, and mail a greeting card is not only nostalgic but almost therapeutic!
♦ What’s the best part about being a #plannergirl and how does it help women in their everyday life?
The best part is the #plannercommunity by far! I love the sharing, inspiration, and positivity that radiates from #plannergirls all over social media.
♦ What sparked your interest in the Graphique collection and how are our products helping #plannergirls achieve their goals?
I’d see Graphique products here and there while out shopping, and they always caught my eye because they were adorable and playful but so elegant at the same time. You’d never mistake a Graphique product for a children’s product that has been repurposed for adult planning! From the perspective of an overworked litigation associate drowning in paper, having a flamingo or some polka-dots on a memo every now and then keeps you smiling!
♦ Have any favorites from the Graphique collection?
Flamingos and polka-dots!
Thank You Planner Girl Provisions for Featuring Graphique
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