The Crazy Suburban Mom: Success Choice Binder Review (Plus giveaway and discount code!)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Success Choice Binder Review (Plus giveaway and discount code!)


There is a lot to love about all  The Success Choice  products but I'm going to focus on the one's I've been test driving; the seven ring binder and planner pages.

This is a great, leather, seven ring binder ( hand crafted in the USA) with Ahhhh!mazing one and half inch rings!  They meet perfectly and close with a satisfying snap! 

 The overall size is 9 ¼” H x 7 ½” W x 2” D.  (For comparison, my Malden A5 is 9 1/4" x 7 3/4" with six 1" rings.)  The binder is made of thick, beautiful leather (and only leather) with a rustic finish. 

 the finish; it makes each binder unique and showcases the natural leather.   I know some people worry about nicks and dings in their planner covers but to me these marks add a wonderful weathered patina that always accompanies a much loved item. 

Each binder is  singular with any natural blemishes adding texture and personality.  The finish is soft like a smooth, rubbed suede and I love the way it feels. 

And I feel it a lot.  

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Can't help it.  

I'm going to add the following disclaimer...  

 I already know this next thing is weird,y'all.    

When I was little I had a Teddy Bear.  He was my security stuffy and I loved his soft, comforting suede feet.  This binder feels just like Teddy's feet and and I get warm-fuzzies every time I touch it.

The color of mine is Sunrise Yellow and the picture (below) is close.  The cover is a thick piece of leather without backing so it lays blissfully flat. Because it's unstructured (which I like) I added something stiff at the beginning and the end to make writing on my lap more practical.  

All Success products have the daisy logo, each part having a meaning:

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There are 8 petals representing the "Eight Areas of Balance."  As we plan or act in these areas we create joy and find "success." When we neglect any area we create stress.
A builder uses a Square as a reference in building. It helps the final product look better. This perfect square represents "Perfection."   Perfection is what we aim for but not what we expect. We EXPECT to someday be BETTER then we are today. Perfection gives us our direction.
A circle has no end. Joy is in the journey when you are continually working towards the destination you want. Joy is not ONLY in the destination. The circle represents the journey, or our "Routines."   Notice that the circle is as attractive as the square. It is okay to fail, but we set new goals and see ourselves do better. When we give up, we are depressed. We are happy when we try one more time and get a little farther. Notice also that the circle, or "our routines," must touch on each area of balance.
The swirl at the center of the flower represents the unexpected events or "Challenges" in our lives. These are not "bad." Working through them is the spice and adventure of life. We keep the swirl under control through organizing, prioritizing, focusing, taking action, and staying in balance. This is represented by the petals and circle surrounding the swirl.
All together the Logo represents JOY or in other words "SUCCESS." 

These positive messages are echoed throughout the planners (sold separately).  

There are spiral planners and ring versions.  The ring version is the one I tried.  They are very sturdy and take ink well. There is some shadow with wet fountain pen and solvent type inks but it's pretty minimal.  And I haven't had any show trough with Gel Pens or Highlighters.   

  • Acid-free, heavy, easy writing, archive quality paper
  • Tabbed, heavy card-stock calendar pages for quick referencing
  • Rearrange the pages to your custom needs and remove unwanted pages
  • Designed to allow you to keep the full year of permanent calendar pages with you at all times
  • Insert new pages or binder accessories at any time
  • Designed to be used with or without the optional address pages
  • Page dimensions with tabs: 5.9"x8.5"
  • Pages dimensions without tabs: 5.5"x8.5"
  • Binder Requirements: Any binder made for 5.5"x8.5" paper with either standard 3 or 7 rings

I think it's pretty beautiful

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The front and back side have pockets and slots for storage:  loose papers, credit cards, a check book, etc.  The  pen loop is elastic as is the closure and there is a ribbon to mark your place. 


 I'm carrying a large size Moleskine Cahier on the backside. 

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This planner is about more then to-do lists with many  ideas for  goals, focus points, ideas to springboard from, and reevaluation.  One thing I especially like is no matter where I am the planner suggests I go back to goals I've made in order to see how far I've come or reevaluate. It helps me focus .

  I love this because my to-do lists tend to devolve into how much laundry I have  and not the bigger picture;  What do I want to accomplish with my life and how can I find joy in the journey.

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There are yearly, monthly and weekly pages with space to review after each.

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Monthly task page.


Weekly page.

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Space to reevaluate, journal, jot quick notes....

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An end of week review.

There is so much you can do with the planner and the pages offer many suggestions. 

• Journaling or notes pages

• Year, mid-year, month, week, and daily goal planners

• Year and weekly reflection

• Monthly focus with tips and quotes throughout planner to aid you in your inner journey

• Weekly refining of major purpose

• Goal planning in every area of balance 

• Two-page monthly planning calendar 

• Health tracker, fruits and vegetables in season, and menu/shopping planners.
• Fun monthly ideas and traditions to keep balanced and strengthen relationships
• Monthly, weekly, and daily checklists to maintain order, peace, and beauty in your home and yard.
• Expense/mileage tracker, future month/year planner
• And More 

I will have a video up in the next day or two so you can see it in action but here's the really good news...

Success Choice is sponsoring a giveaway where one person can win a $4o credit on their site plus a 15%  percent discount code for anyone.

Just use the code suburbanmom at checkout for 15% off your order.  

To enter please comment to this post, this entry is mandatory. Maybe tell me what you'd buy with your $40... why you need a new planner... what you think the best feature of the Success Choice system is... your best organizing tip, I need those.  Or tell me anything that strikes your fancy!

For other entries like/leave a comment on Success Choice on Facebook or follow/tweet them on Twitter at @SuccessChoice 

I need you to make each entry a separate comment, so if you comment, follow and tweet make sure they are three separate comments.  The contest will run from today until July 12, 2012 9:00 PM EST.

You can enter once a day and if you have a problem leaving a comment,  please let me know via email mom at crazysuburbanmom dot com

Contest is open to the USA, Canada and the UK only.

*This contest is sponsored by Success Choice and the products were provided to me for review.*


Tracy Reinhardt 6/28/12, 8:09 PM  
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Sonia 6/29/12, 2:31 AM  

Wow! This binder system seems to really be awesome! What I really like is their ideology and your explanation about their logo was awesome. Makes me want to have one and have a unique experience. Thanks!

Chelsy L 6/29/12, 2:43 AM  


Heather from Heather Holistics 6/29/12, 8:00 AM  

Tracy, these inserts and idealology look amazing. I've never heard of Success before and I'm off to Google them further as we speak. Thank you for enabling ;)

M Ng 6/29/12, 8:48 AM  

I've been using a really free-form style of planning since I graduated from college; the Success Choice planning pages are appealing because they're more structured but thankfully not geared toward the busy executive or frantic entrepreneur. Thanks for sharing a glimpse at yours and for hosting this giveaway.

Romina 6/29/12, 9:31 AM  

I would love to get this for my sister who is going thru some hard times right now. A bit of organization would really bring balance to her stressful life.

Great review btw :)

Anna 6/29/12, 12:48 PM  

Amazing journal post and video, the binder & planner are both on my wishlist now. If I were to win the giveaway I would definitely buy the planner. I need a new planner because I am going back to school full-time in August which is a new beginning after a couple years of rough patch. (I'm both excited & terrified.) I think the best feature of the Success Choice system is the goal tracking and evaluation tools which it contains. Like you said in your video, I too have a tendency to write my goals and forget about them. Second feature that I'm attracted to is the monthly goals and things to do. I look forward to being inspired to start something like an herb garden just like you. Thank you for sharing Ginger and your Filofaxes and everything.

HM 6/29/12, 1:42 PM  

Such a beautiful binder!!! And i love the meaning behind it! Oh I wish the contest was open to France :) I'll check their website to see if they would deliver to France :P

Josh 6/29/12, 4:33 PM  

I have been using a Success Choice binder, a chocolate brown one, for a few months now. I love it. The ring mechanism is perfect. The leather is perfect. The price is perfect. Best purchase I've made in ages! I don't use the planner pages from Success Choice because I need more space than offered on a daily basis. Thankfully, many, many inserts from several sources fit perfectly as it is a standard size and hole spacing. Many more options than available in A5 Filofax size/hole spacing. I've gone with DayTimer as it fits my needs best, but is possibly the crummiest paper ever.

FYI, Franklin Covey makes an excellent 7 hole punch which works perfectly and was reasonably priced. I only punch 2-3 pages at a time. I ended up buying one to keep at home and one to keep at work. This makes it super easy to insert any stray paper floating about. I just punch and insert. I have a couple of card stock pockets too for receipts and adding things on the fly.

I cannot recommend this binder highly enough! I am amazed to get this level of quality at this price. And I LOVE that the whole thing is made in the USA!

Rori 6/29/12, 8:26 PM  

Thanks for this post and your video :D These binders look SO nice! My favorite thing about them is that they are handmade in the USA. Good luck everybody!

DonnaZ 6/30/12, 12:38 AM  

OMG, I am in love with all of these! $40 is going to be hard to spend, this stuff is awesome!!

DonnaZ 6/30/12, 12:39 AM  

I liked them on FB too!

Unknown 6/30/12, 11:53 PM  

love this planner saw your pictures on flicker

chris 6/30/12, 11:59 PM  

love this planner saw your pictures on flicker

Circus Life 7/2/12, 8:49 PM  

Thanks for the great review. I have never seen the Success Choice before. I'm starting nursing school next month. If I won, I would definitely buy a new planner for school.I think the "focus" theme for the Monthly task pages would be great to help me sort out kids, home, school ( the circus that most days is our life!)

pilgrim 7/3/12, 3:20 AM  

I love the look and idea of these planners, and like many have never seen them before.
I'd love to use it in conjunction with my Filo system as the forms look so enhancing and inviting to use


Gerard 7/5/12, 3:26 AM  

Ooh - very nice! Thanks for all the details and pictures. The Success philosophy and repeated prompts all look very supportive.

Jotje 7/5/12, 1:33 PM  

Strange, I could swear I replied before, but cannot find it.

I'm puzzled why the contest is open to UK, but not the rest of Europe? I know Pamela (from Thesuccesschoice) ships to Holland aswell. I have used her spiralbound planner before, and I also own her beautiful leather cover (in cranberry color) that is also a perfect fit for a large moleskine btw.
I would spend the 40 USD towards the looseleaf inserts of 2013, as she changed the weekly layout significantly (allowing 2 columns per day! Which is terrific news!). And that binder is to die for. Not sure if I could snag up a hole punch for a 7-ring-binder, or good ole ebay must assist ... ;-)

Jotje 7/5/12, 1:34 PM  

OH, and I already follow @Successchoice on Twitter!

lee 7/5/12, 3:39 PM  

i love this planner system! i would love to win this!

thanks again for the GUM products!

Songbird68 7/6/12, 12:28 PM  

I would LOVE to get one of the binders to use for when I go back to work, to keep everything organized. I love the unstructured look, and the logo design. Very nice!

Cheryl 7/8/12, 12:42 PM  

Wow! Thanks for being an enabler...I'm off to check this out on their website. If won, I would def buy the planner. This is brilliant. Its so very well organized yet not so business like and kind of free flowing and creative. Love that! I could see using this as a combo planner/diary and for me I'm venturing into unknown territory with avoiding wheat, dairy and corn, rehabilitation therapy for my achilles issues, healthy eating and hopefully weight loss, and job hunting in the fall. Whew! Lots to do, accomplish, change, etc. and I'm going to need all the help I can get. This beautiful planner would be awesome to try. I've used Franklin planners for over 25 years and Filofaxes the past two. I'm a planner/stationary NUT and love to try new ones all the time! :)

Cheryl 7/8/12, 1:47 PM  

I am now following them on twitter!

Cheryl 7/8/12, 1:48 PM  

I liked them on Facebook and left a comment too. Also spent some time at their website. Thanks for this opportunity!

Onedayatatime 7/8/12, 8:54 PM  

I love everything about these planners and would
definitely buy a year planner with cover if I win. I have been looking for the "perfect" planner for many years
and think I finally found one! Thanks to you and Success Choice!

MySummerTouch 7/10/12, 1:43 PM  

I love organizers! I'd buy Sunrise Yellow Leather 7-Ring Binder! My fav color is yellow and it would stand out in my bag, so I could see it right away! I'm new to The Success Choice organizers, and I live in Russia, so it would be great to try it and recommend it to my friends here!

MySummerTouch 7/10/12, 1:45 PM  

P.S.I liked Success Choice on Facebook!

MySummerTouch 7/10/12, 1:46 PM  

P.P.S. I follow them on Twitter at @SuccessChoice now!

mstraat 7/10/12, 8:21 PM  

I would love to try the new pages for 2013. I like the goal planning function a lot but the day spaces in the old style were too small for me.

Jenna 7/11/12, 1:44 AM  

I just watched your "Jolly Green" video, & your Success Choice Planner video back to back and actually TOOK NOTES!!! #OrganizeArtNerd As usual I <3 <3 <3 what you've done, and really want to purchase the WSCP pages for my Blue A5 Finsbury for 2013. i wanna win!!! :-)

Jenna 7/11/12, 1:45 AM  

I just liked and commented on their FB page.

Jenna 7/11/12, 1:45 AM  

And... now following on Twitter....

calabaza 7/11/12, 9:53 AM  

I need a new planner for when I go back to work after my maternity leave.

Nancy 7/12/12, 11:27 AM  

I need a new planner to get me back on track. "Failing to plan means planning to fail" - and no one wants to fail!

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy 7/12/12, 11:28 AM  

Liked them on FB

allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Onedayatatime 7/12/12, 6:55 PM  

I liked Success Choice on Facebook and left a comment for them.

Onedayatatime 7/12/12, 6:55 PM  

And I am now following them on Twitter! Thank you for your great review!

Marilyn270 12/29/12, 12:27 PM  

Thank you for all of your reviews on the various planners and planning systems.
I just ordered the Yellow Success Binder and all the extras because of your review.
I still want a Personal Filofax (Malden) to replace my slightly getting worn Kenneth Cole Planner that I have had since 1997.

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