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$21,832
pledged of $49,300pledged of $49,300 goal
269
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 11 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

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Learn more about the Balance Bound Planner at www.balancebound.co

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Helping chronically busy and burnt out people create order, set boundaries, and prioritize self-care.

Imagine what you could accomplish if you could see all of your daily tasks sorted by the different roles you play, allowing you to set clear boundaries to prioritize your own well-being — all in one beautifully designed, user-friendly planner. What would your life look like?

By dividing your daily tasks into four signature sections — work, self, others, and home — the Balance Bound Planner creates order for all of your to-dos, and helps you visually take note of tasks you need to delegate in order to build in time for self-care. The innovative layout also gives you space for goal setting and note taking — while still leaving plenty of room for flexibility and personalization. 

Unlike other planners that squeeze a full week onto one spread (not enough space!), or designate one page per day (too much wasted space!), the Balance Bound Planner format features the perfect balance: TWO spreads per week.

  • Spread one has space for your weekly goals & priorities, and vertical columns for Monday through Friday, all divided into the four signature sections.
  • Spread two includes columns for Saturday and Sunday, a dedicated section for reminders and lists, and a FULL PAGE for notes, journaling, or whatever best suits you.

We've worked to refine and perfect the design for months, maximizing every inch of space in a crisp, clean black & white layout. 

The book bound format, which is especially lefty-friendly, is available in three cover designs to suit your style: colorful stripe, monochromatic arches, or classic charcoal linen.


Additional planner features:

  • January through December 2020 dated layout
  • 7" x 9" hardcover
  • 60# smooth white opaque interior paper
  • 256 total pages, including several blank notes pages at the end
  • Two spreads (four pages) per week
  • Space for each evening’s dinner plan
  • Free space below each day's column to jot down quick notes
  • 12 monthly calendar spreads with space for your monthly goals
  • Space to keep track of a word/phrase of the year and yearly goals 
  • A satin ribbon placeholder 
  • Numbered pages for easy reference/indexing
  • Designed and produced in Pennsylvania, USA

No matter if you work for yourself or someone else; have a traditional job or volunteer; care for kids, parents, or four-legged family members; live in a dorm or own a home… you still juggle many responsibilities. On top of caring for everything and everyone else, you also need to take care of yourself. Now there's a planner to help you do just that.

"THE BEST PLANNER I'VE EVER USED"

Over the past year, we've tested and refined the Balance Bound Planner concept. We've also had several friends and planner aficionados do the same, using their feedback to make carefully considered changes. Here's some of the great feedback and praise we have received:

"Seriously, this is the best planner I've ever used — and I've used a lot of planners!"

"The Balance Bound Planner has helped me re-shape the way I think about my priorities. What other tool can tell you, at a glance, what areas of your life are receiving the most attention? And recognizing how much better I feel at the end of a well-balanced week is worth its weight in gold."

"I’m not sure it would be an exaggeration to say the Balance Bound Planner changed my life!!"

"When I fill up the 'others' area and have nothing in 'self,' it gives me pause and makes me contemplate how I can set aside time for me in the next few days."

"I had always been intimidated by planners before, because of the pressure to fill out so many sections even though a lot were irrelevant to me, so I was instantly drawn to the simplicity of the Balance Bound layout. Yet, compared to my old blank notebook, I am astonished by how easy it is to feel organized and be able to flip back and track items and categories effortlessly."

"I crave free space in my planner for miscellaneous lists, notes, thoughts, quotes, ideas. The Balance Bound Planner provides this space in a logical and perfectly designed format." 

"As a mom of three, I especially appreciate having a category for taking care of myself (WHAT?!) which plays a larger than expected role in my awareness of when I’m really feeling overly drained and need to prioritize myself for a minute."


ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS

Some of our Kickstarter rewards include additional products: a 4" x 3" delegation sticky note pad, and a 5.5" x 8.5" undated daily note pad, shown above. 


LOWEST PRICES OFFERED!

All pledge levels include US shipping — an offer that is ONLY available to Kickstarter supporters! Once we meet our Kickstarter goal and sell the planner via our website (if inventory is available), shipping charges will be added, so pledge now and save 10% or more off the future retail total!


A NOTE ON "SELF-CARE"

“Self-care.” It’s a buzzword. It’s everywhere. We wrestled with how to use the term in an authentic and meaningful way when describing the Balance Bound Planner that doesn’t just add to the self-care “industry” noise we’re being bombarded with every day.

We want to do more than talk about getting mani-pedis and using sheet masks. While that pampering and indulgence may well be part of your self-care routine, it should be but a small piece of a larger puzzle. 

The concept of self-care actually became a political act during the rise of the women’s movement and the civil rights movement in the 1960s. It’s a concept that most often has a resurgence in popularity after a big or traumatic event — 9/11, the 2016 Presidential election — and its roots are tied to marginalized and oppressed communities who needed to practice self-care in order to get back up again each day and continue fighting for justice and equity. The self-care industry that we know today has left those communities behind and morphed into something much more superficial.

We’re not into that.

We ARE into honoring and amplifying the origins and history of self-care; recognizing the important role that self-care plays in a time that has challenged many of us to become activists; and creating thoughtful discussions around the type of ongoing self-care that allows us to be better humans who leave a positive mark on society. Check out the links on our website for a few great articles about the origins and history of self-care.


FINANCIAL GOALS & FUTURE PLANS

We calculated our Kickstarter goal based on several factors and expenses, the largest of which is printing an initial run of 1,000 Balance Bound Planners, which will cost approximately $32,000. This price tag is due to the small quantity (which results in a higher cost per planner), the quality materials to be used, the intricacy required for binding, and the fact that we have made it a priority to keep all production in the US

Additional funds will go towards freight from the printer, humidity-controlled storage, shipping costs (US shipping is included for all backer levels!), packaging materials, Kickstarter and Stripe fees (required of all successful campaigns), and printing the additional products that are available at our various backer levels. We have also built in some wiggle room for unforeseen expenses and to allow our small business to keep running while working hard to fulfill all Kickstarter rewards.

If we reach our Kickstarter goal, it will also allow us to plan for future products that align with the Balance Bound brand. 

Potential future products include:

  • academic year (August through July) planner versions
  • evergreen/undated planner versions
  • additional cover design options
  • customized pens & desk accessories
  • wall calendars
  • desk calendars
  • notebooks & journals

ABOUT CURIOUS & CO. CREATIVE

Curious & Co. Creative is an award-winning boutique design agency owned by Terry Packard Baker and Brooke Forry. Since 2010, we have created standout visual brands — logos, color palettes, and all the intricate visuals that represent a brand — for clients in a variety of industries.

While visual branding has long been the foundation of our business, we never shy away from other creative pursuits that allow us to flex our creative muscles and reach a broader audience through impactful design. In 2017, we launched We the Postcard, a line of patriotic postcards encouraging individuals to take an active part in our government — and in the process were able to donate thousands of dollars to the ACLU, Americans for the Arts, and the NRDC via 50% of all We the Postcard proceeds.

Curious & Co. has won a Best of Philly award for Stationery Design from Philadelphia Magazine, and an AIGA Philly Design Award for branding design.

The Balance Bound Planner is our latest creative passion project, resulting from Brooke's inability to find a day planner that provided the proper structure and space she needed to divide her daily tasks based on the different roles she plays, and with a clean, beautiful, and intuitive design to boot. 

Terry and Brooke both live in the suburbs of Philadelphia (Wayne and Media, respectively) with their husbands and young children.

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Please note that all products, as shown in video and images, are prototypes or renderings. We have worked hard to create accurate visual representations to the best of our ability, and will work alongside our printers to ensure high quality final products; final results may vary slightly in color and placement from what you see on-screen.

International shipping may be subject to additional fees based on exact location.

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Photography by Sarah McKay Photography

Thank you to Burlap & Bean Roast House in Media, PA for allowing us to shoot video and images in their space (and the general everyday deliciousness and awesomeness)

Thank you to Terrain Gardens in Devon, PA for allowing us to shoot images in their space, in particular Catherine King

Thank you to Amandine Liepmann of ListBurst for her endless support and Kickstarter expertise

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Explore the Balance Bound Planner website

Learn more about Curious & Co. Creative, the design firm behind the Balance Bound Planner

Find us on Instagram: @balanceboundplanner | @curiousandco

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is getting the word out to as many people as possible to fund this project! As design professionals with years of print management experience, we are confident in the high quality final product we can work with our printer to deliver. Creating this customized, high quality product will be expensive, so we need help getting the word out to prospective backers.

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    Good Karma + Undated Weekday PDF Layout

    Every dollar helps us reach our goal! As thanks, we'll send you a PDF of an undated weekday (Monday-Friday) Balance Bound layout that can be printed on standard 8.5" x 11" paper.

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    Above PLUS Delegation Sticky Note Pad

    You rock! As thanks, we'll send you a PDF of an undated weekday (Monday-Friday) Balance Bound layout that can be printed on standard 8.5" x 11" paper, PLUS an awesome 4" x 3" Mad Libs-style sticky note pad for delegating tasks to others — allowing more time for your own self-care. US shipping is included!

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    You are awesome! As thanks, we'll send you a 4" x 3" sticky note pad for delegating tasks to others, PLUS a 5.5" x 8.5" undated daily notepad, with a column for your to-dos and another for daily appointments. Perfect for anyone who prefers a desktop notepad over a portable planner. US shipping is included!

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    EARLY BIRD Balance Bound Planner

    The early bird gets the savings (AND a gorgeous planner)! Receive a dated 2020 Balance Bound Planner with your choice of cover design. US shipping is included! Hurry — this offer is limited.

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    Balance Bound Planner

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    Balance Bound Planner + Sticker Sheet

    Receive a dated 2020 Balance Bound Planner with your choice of cover design, PLUS a sticker sheet to help you highlight birthdays and special events in your planner. US shipping is included!

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    Balance Bound Planner BUNDLE

    Receive a dated 2020 Balance Bound Planner with your choice of cover design, PLUS a sticker sheet to help you highlight birthdays and special events in your planner, AND a 4" x 3" sticky note pad to delegate tasks to others. US shipping is included!

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    TWO Balance Bound Planners + Stickers

    Receive TWO dated 2020 Balance Bound Planners with your choice of cover designs, PLUS two sticker sheets to help you highlight birthdays and special events in your planner. US shipping is included!

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    TWO Balance Bound Planner BUNDLES

    Receive TWO dated 2020 Balance Bound Planners with your choice of cover designs, PLUS two sticker sheets to help you highlight birthdays and special events in your planner, AND two 4" x 3" sticky note pads to delegate tasks to others. US shipping is included!

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    FOUR Balance Bound Planner BUNDLES

    Receive FOUR dated 2020 Balance Bound Planners with your choice of cover designs, PLUS four sticker sheets to help you highlight birthdays and special events in your planner, AND four 4" x 3" sticky note pads to delegate tasks to others. US shipping is included!

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    TEN Balance Bound Planner BUNDLES

    Perfect for a team of colleagues! Receive TEN dated 2020 Balance Bound Planners with your choice of cover designs, PLUS ten sticker sheets to help you highlight birthdays and special events in your planner, AND ten 4" x 3" sticky note pads to delegate tasks to others. US shipping is included!

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    TWENTY Balance Bound Planner BUNDLES

    Perfect for a team of colleagues or gifts! Receive TWENTY dated 2020 Balance Bound Planners with your choice of cover designs, PLUS twenty sticker sheets to help you highlight birthdays and special events in your planner, AND twenty 4" x 3" sticky note pads to delegate tasks to others. US shipping is included!

    Last but not least, earn a VIP invitation to our launch party!

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    BUSINESS SPONSOR recognition

    Receive everything included with the $1,000 pledge level, AND your business name, logo, and website URL will be printed inside EVERY 2020 Balance Bound Planner! That breaks down to an investment of about $210 a month for a FULL YEAR of exposure.

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    EARLY BIRD Planner + Sticker Sheet

    The early bird gets the savings (AND a gorgeous planner)! Receive a dated 2020 Balance Bound Planner with your choice of cover design, PLUS a sticker sheet to help you highlight birthdays and special events in your planner. US shipping is included! Hurry — this offer is limited.

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