Planners

Despite all the digital devices and apps, many people still like to have a hard copy Planner to keep track of important events, meetings and reminders. Planners have become incredibly popular employee and client appreciation gifts. Branded planners are practical and professional business tools that appeal to a multigenerational workforce. MCRL Overseas Group makes it easy for you to customize a planner that resonates with your audience and fits your budget.

Click the Planner tabs or pulsing dots to see all the options you can customize to create your perfect Planner.

Binding

A sturdy Wire-O or Smyth-sewn binding holds the pages of a Planner together.

Wire-O Binding

Wire-O Binding produces a sophisticated and professional-looking planner. Wire-O Binding is also known as Twin Loop, Double-Loop, Double-O, Duo-Wire, or simply Wire Binding. It is a popular method for joining the pages and cover of a planner.

Wire-O binding comes in many popular colors such as gold, silver, black and copper. Custom colors are also available based on PMS (Pantone) code.

Wire Binding Diameter Options

  • 1/4
  • 5/16
  • 3/8
  • 7/16
  • 1/2
  • 9/16
  • 5/8
  • 3/4
  • 7/8
  • 1
  • 11/4

Smyth-sewn Binding

Many clients choose to have their planners constructed with Smyth-sewn binding. This is a method of book binding where groups of folded pages are stitched together using binder thread. If you page through a Smyth-sewn book, you can see the thread stitches in the center fold. Smyth-sewn binding is associated with high quality and is extremely durable, able to stand up to years of wear and tear. This binding method is ideal for sketchbooks, planners and journals since the pages lay flat.

Elastic Band

Elastic bands are used on many Planners as an embellishment and stylish way to keep loose notes safe and secure in your planner. Elastic bands can match the color of the Planner or as an accent color. Elastic band diameter options are:

  • 6 Millimeters (1/4”)
  • 9 Millimeters (11/32”)
  • 15 Millimeters (19/32”)
  • 20 Millimeters (25/32”)
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Example of elastic band Click image to enlarge
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Example of elastic band Click image to enlarge
Example of elastic band Click image to enlarge

Cover

The cover of your Planner makes a hohum or great first impression and is often the differentiating factor in a purchase decision. There are many different cover textures to choose from. Linen, kraft and leatherette are very popular with designers and buyers. The style and design of the cover is a blank slate.

Covers can be plain, embellished with your branding or printed with a special message. If you have a creative bent, design a cover and we’ll bring it to print OR send us a picture of a cover you like and we can replicate it.

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Metal Corners

Metal corners add an elegance and additional durability to your Planner.

If you like metal corners, MCRL offers various styles and colors in both shiny or matte finished.

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Ribbon

Ribbon is a special adornment that adds sophistication and has a practical purpose – to easily flip to your day’s events. A Planner ribbon can be satin, grosgrain or novelty. Each type of ribbon comes in an almost limitless number of colors to enhance the value of your planner.

Ribbon colours

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Ribbons swatches Click image to enlarge
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Ribbons swatches Click image to enlarge

Paper

Choosing Paper for your Planner

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the right paper for your Planner.

Opacity

A paper’s opacity refers to how much ink will show through on the reverse side. Opacity is determined by the weight and finish. If a piece of paper is 100% opaque no ink will show on the reverse side. If a piece of paper is 0% opaque it is transparent.

Paper Weights

MCRL Overseas Group can produce a planner with a variety of different paper weights but the most common paper selected for planners is text paper in 50lb, 65lb or 80lb. The thicker the paper is more opaque.

Tone of the paper

Two tones that are common in planner, white or ivory. They both come with different level of whiteness and ivory tone to choose from.

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Tone of the paper Click image to enlarge

Paper Finishes

A paper’s finish refers to the surface of the paper. Your Planner can have glossy, matte, cockle, laid or a smooth feel with lined or unlined pages.

Most clients choose a text paper with matte finish for their planners.

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Tabs

Stay organized by adding tabs to your Planner. Tabs can be customized to delineate To Dos and categories or color coded for versatility.

MCRL Overseas Group uses sturdy laminated tabs that will not fray or rip. Our tabs come in x shapes so you can choose the design that perfectly matches the look and feel of your planner.

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