Chocolate Vintage Aurora Planner

November 4, 2018

A couple of years ago, I reviewed the Franklin Planner vintage aurora binder in cognac. Since then, I’ve been waiting on them to release a chocolate version of the same binder. My wishes have come true and I’m happy to share this beauty with you today. When Franklin Planner contacted me to see if I wanted to review it, I didn’t hesitate because I know it’s a very well made binder that my readers will love.



I didn’t edit any of these photos because I wanted you to see the true color and beauty of this binder. It is the perfect chocolate tone with the most pebbly soft Italian leather. That’s one of my favorite parts about the binder. I love pebbly leather.



Another detail that makes for a perfect leather binder is contrast stitching. It stands out so beautifully.



Their unique tanning process ensures a stunning, variegated patina that will grow deeper and richer with time and use. Could it really get better than this?



Franklin Planner has really paid attention to detail with this binder.



The dimensions of this compact binder are 6.5″ W x 7.75″ H x 2.5″ D, so it fits perfectly in your hand bag. They also have the Classic size available (5.5 x 8.5″).



I LOVE the gold rings. They are a great size at 1.25″.



This gorgeous binder is outfitted with:

  • Soft, textured Italian leather with a patina that deepens with age
  • Contrasting and horizontal stitching
  • Strap closure
  • Gold rings, zipper, and accents
  • 2 Pen loops
  • Business/credit card pockets
  • ID window
  • Large side pocket
  • Gusseted zipper pocket
  • Secretarial pocket
  • Additional pocket on the outside back cover



The 2 pen loops are so helpful in any planner. And the size of these pen loops actually hold most pens!



I paired my chocolate binder with the new edition of the Blooms planner. It highlights 4 different types of flowers throughout the year. This planner is the day on 2 pages.




I am very picky about my leather planners and this one hits a home run. I am in love.  If you are interested in upgrading your planner, be sure to visit Franklin Planner. They have 4 different colors of the Aurora binder available. Franklin Planner has a 20% off coupon code right now. The code is “GIVE” and it ends on Christmas Day 2018.

Happy Planning,



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8 comments on “Chocolate Vintage Aurora Planner

  1. Lisa says:

    The insert with the seasonal flowers is definitely the way I’ll go too!! Such a nice planner!! Thanks for your review:)

  2. Kimberly Little says:

    i forgot how much i loved the franklin planners!! i always used the funny “shoebox greetings” inserts. ❤️

  3. Tonya Plans says:

    Great review. I love the chocolate color and it’s just in time for fall/winter. I think the color makes the binder look rich. I have the Vintage Aurora in Blush pink. It was my first open strap binder as I use to get binders with the zip closure all the way around. I absolutely love it. No papers have fell out and it only opens when I want it to. The Vintage Aurora is definitely a quality product.

  4. Cate says:

    That’s a very nice planner. I have just been printing out sheets to keep track on things which isn’t work so well. I will copy down this information and request this for Christmas. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Mary says:

    Hi, love this color and was wondering if the pic that starts out in front of your computer is a compact? It looks like a classic. And what inserts do you have in yours? I notice yours go all the way to the edge and dont have a border. The more writing room the better! ? Thinking about ordering the cognac for Christmas but want to make sure it’s big enough and not waste my money. Like the size of the one in front of your computer in action! Gives me a better idea. Thanks in advance!

  6. Jessica says:

    How is the paper quality of the franklin covey inserts? Specifically how is the shading?

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