Thursday, June 26, 2014

Erin Condren Life Planner 2014-2015 Reveal

So the day has finally come! My Erin Condren Planner arrived on Tuesday, but I haven't had a chance to play with it until this morning due to my class schedules. I know ECLP should come before my papers, buuuttttt... ;)

Here she is:
I went with the sequins design, and changed it to an all purple color scheme. Luckily they didn't charge me a customization fee! I also changed the name portion and got my name in all white instead of the multi-purple they show in the example. I wanted my name to really stand out, rather than blend into the dark background. I'm absolutely in LOVE with the designs and colors. This planner beat my expectations. This pattern, in my opinion, allowed me to be creative yet it's okay for professional use (as I am a social worker).

Another part that I love about Erin Condren Products is that throughout the whole planner, you'll find inspirational quotes and pages of prettiness. 
Here are a few examples of full size quotes in the front of the planner. 

 Following the pretty pages, comes 2014/2015 year at a glance. I actually use that a lot more than I thought I would. I use it to track my menstrual cycle (TMI?), when bills need to be paid, and birthdays. It's just convenient to have things circled and then move into the bigger calender. I haven't had a chance to color code it yet, but I can do another blog post on the later on.

 Next comes the monthly calender.
 Each calender is color coded to an event in the month. Julys colors are red and blue, like the 4th of July. I try to have washi tape that matches her colors to block off the extra boxes (which are just the days from the previous and next month). 
This is where I mark basic events:
Light Blue washi: Soccer games (both mine and my boyfriends). 
Pink with candles: Birthdays
Yellow/Green: Events that are coming in that month
Dark Blue- Bills that are due
Purple- Little tid bits to remember. 

I loving this section in my planner, that way before I make plans with someone, I can take a quick peek to see if anything is going on that day. It's just a generalized view of things. I don't use the notes section on the side as much as I should so if you have any suggestions as to what I could do there, let me know :) 

Next comes the mess: 
The weekly section!
The weekly section is my go-to place. I track my work schedule using my tear drops from Karolina Krafts (I'll post the link at the bottom of the post). I just use regular washi tape to mark things such as when homework assignments are due, to make headlines for things to do (at home and school) and people to call. I also mark if there are events on the weekend. As the week goes on, I add stickers and washi to write what happened during the day. I don't journal in it, rather just make remarks if I do something. Like if I go to the back, I'll write Beach on a sticker and put it at the date that I did.  On the bottom lines of the page, I put my workouts and what days I do different fitness activities. I do not color coordinate. I just love all colors, but I will only write in my planner with a g2 bold. I am recently obsessed with them, and refuse to use anything else ;) Picky stationary nerd.

Then comes some of my favorite parts: The pretty, colorful stickers. It comes with 2 pages of per-labeled stickers with things such as birthdays, appointments, vacations, day off, concerts, mani/pedis, etc. Then it comes with 2 pages of blank stickers that are now RE-POSITIONAL.  She came up with new colors this year, and they are absolutely beautiful. I usually use a fine point sharpie to write on them that way it doesn't smear, and looks neat and organized.

 Here is the "keep it together" folder and the plastic pouch that holds the labels that come with your planner. I don't use the labels too often, so it's my goal this year to use them all. They're too cute not to use :)

Lastly, this is the newest edition to the Life Planners:
The Perpetual Calender and Contacts booklet.
Last year this was included in the front of the planner, but now she made it into a seperate booklet so that every year you can just transfer this into your new planner without having to rewrite it every time. I think it's a pretty neat idea as I use this each month to plan out when to send cards & when I need to get gifts. Some people like to re-purpose it into gratitude journals or use it for IG photo challenges, but I like it just as is!
Well thank you for taking the time to read this post. My ECLP has been a blessing to me, and I use it almost everyday.

Here is a link that you can use if you want to buy an ECLP, click the link & save $10 off your first purchase!

And Here is the etsy link for the tear drop stickers!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Hello Friends!

Hello lovelies!

So for us Erin Condren Life Planner lovers, yesterday was a BIG day! I, like most, could not wait to put in my order for my new planner! She had made a post saying that they'd be available to purchase at 12 am Pacific time, meaning 3am here in NY. I was considering setting an alarm, but I get up at 4:30am everyday for work anyways so I decided to get that last hour of sleep and do it once I got to work. At that time, the website was still moving smoothly which was great. I didn't take long to put in my order and submit it! I decided on this cover:

Obviously the name will be different! I opted to have my whole name in the white. This year she made it so that you could purchase different covers. This makes me excited! I already have my mind made up with what cover I'd like next. I think I'm going to do the Picture This and do a collage of my boyfriend and I's pictures along with my babies (cats & dog)!

I couldn't decide if I wanted to do the 18 month (July 2014-December 2015) or the 12 month (January 2015-December 2015). I wanted to do the 12 month (if I could have picked the months of July 2014-July 2015) because it's much smaller and thinner than the 18, plus it would have worked with the school schedule I have. But unfortunately she didn't give the option this year to select the months that you wanted. So I ordered the 18 month, and am going to re purpose the last few months of weekly pages but keep the months for future planning.

I'm so excited for this to come in and begin the journey of the new ECLP year. I'm also excited to see what she has coming out in the next months for the interchangeable covers..for example her Christmas themed ones!

If you are interested in getting an ECLP- use this code & get yourself $10 off! :

Stay tuned for the next post as it'll be ALL about my NEW life planner :)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cats, Planners, and All Lifes Good Things.

Hello everyone! :)

I'm sorry I've taken so long to post again! But I've been so busy! Although my Erin Condren is getting her full use, my blog has not. A little bit of whats going on: I've adopted a stray cat. She showed up on my porch sick, abused, and PREGNANT. She only has 1/2 her tail and is missing hair all over her body. With several doctor visits, medications, and baths...we have 3 healthy kitties and a healthy Momma. They are my blessings in disguise.
 Here's one of my blessings! :)

 Where I'm at with my planner:
I AM SO DISAPPOINTED WITH MY ECLP IN THE KIKKI.K!!! Although it looks absolutely beautiful....It's just not for me.

I cannot wait until June 12th so I can order my new 14-15 planner and leave it in the spiral bound. Although I love having all the extras, and the pretty paper samples, but with all of those things, I use less of the planner. I want to get everything out of the planner as in using all of the note pages, etc. I love the planner in its original setting.

 The New ECLP (2014-2015)
I, so far, love all the changes! I love the idea of the interchangeable covers! For someone who likes change, I think being able to change colors will be a great thing. I just hope they are as sturdy as the permantent ones. I also love the idea of the perpetual calander and contacts booklet. If you haven't had a chance to see all the new changes, I'll attach her link below of them all!

One more week fellow ECLP lovers! :) Yay


Friday, April 25, 2014

Erin Condren Life Planner to a Kikki.K

For my active followers, I am so sorry that I haven't posted in so long. Like I've stated, I am going to school so that always comes first! But I thought I would share what I had done 2 weeks ago:
Yes, I put my Erin Condren Life Planner into a Large Kikki.K planner. Kikki.K came out with their new spring line of leather planners: gray and fuchsia.  I HAD TO HAVE THE GRAY! It's so beautiful. Although, I love my ECLP. So after spending many hours watching you tube videos of ladies who have done this previously, I took the plunge.

And I absolutely love it! I love how I can add and take out anything that I want. What I didn't like about the ECLP is that I could personalize it (like add pages or take them out) and now I can! :) Everything else remains the same!! 

Part of me also wishes I didn't do it. The ECLP was perfect. But then again I love how professional it looks inside the leather binder. (which makes it perfect for my work, school, & internship).

Overall, I'm very satisfied with the whole planner and think it's absultely beautiful. Its worth the 69.99 plus shipping to the US.

I will, from now on, try to keep my blog more consistant! I'm on a school break for a few months so I'll be able to play! Also, be on the look out for my new etsy store :)

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

March Monthy Layout & Week #1

Hello Everyone! I am SO sorry I haven't been keeping up with my blog! School has completely taken over my life! But today as I was getting ready for March, I thought it would be a great time to do a monthly layout blog post, so here it is :) 

 So her is my March monthly layout. It's pretty simple this month, as there isn't much going on or planned. I just used some green & blue floral washi tape that I got a Joann Fabrics, and tried to match it as much as I could to the March green theme. Then as you can see, I used some Bills Due stickers that I ordered off the wonder Etsy site : Loveaffairwithpaper. Here stickers are SO lovely and they fit perfectly into the ECLP boxes. I have them for almost everything! Then I used a Kraft sticker that I got out of the sticker sheet from the Target Dollar Spot :) Pretty cool stuff.

Now for my Weekly plans:

To start the week, I always start with washi tape. I have a thing for having the colors match for some reason! I like to keep a monthly color theme to whatever color my titles are! I always go with the EC color themes. So this month: Green! I used the same tape I used from my monthly page (from Joann's) and at the bottom I used washi I found on the Michael's clearance section (I got 2 rolls for $0.75..I was so excited, haha). Again, the personalized stickers you see come from the lovely Loveaffairwithpaper (the hydrate, date night, soccer game, church, important, and letters I said, totally worth it)! Then Mary Catherine Hoover (check her out on FC, and the famous We Love EC Facebook group) makes the card stock (scrapbook paper) stickers that fit right into the EC blocks like in my Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening. On the left side of my planner, I like to keep track of what I have to do that week, what letters I receive, and what letters I send out. That just helps me track whats coming and going. (I need to come up with a better system, just haven't come up with one yet).

Well thats the beginning of my month of March. Hope you all enjoyed!

Let the planner & organizing begin!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monthly Spread of Feb. 2014

Hello, everyone! I'm sorry I wasn't able to get this done at the beginning of Febuary, but I have my weekends off so I usually spend them with Derek (my wonderful boyfriend)! So I am now getting a chance to catch up on my planning life and updating the blog. This post is going to be all about how I organize my monthly spread.

 The month section is just as important to me as the weekly. I use it to monitor things like when bills needed to be paid, birthdays, no school days, or other important events. This is usually the first place I go when I'm making plans with someone. By this, I will be able to determine when I have time free and whether or not I have another event planned that day. I usually put in my work schedule but I haven't gotten that far yet. What I love about the EC planner, is that the monthly spreads are large enough to put a lot of imformation on. I love the two page layout!!!!

I love that the EC planner carries over the last few days of the last month: not that I use them though ;) . That's where you'll find my washi tape. I like that I am able to put my own touch to each month, and put a color or pattern that I know will make me happy. This month I choose a blue vintage floral print I got from Michaels (I'm sorry I don't remember the name :/). I also carry that washi over to mark when bills are due!

The cat was just a gift from a friend, because she knows how much I love kitties :) 

When the month is over, this section looks like a complete mess. I cross things out, write tons of things down, and mark when the day is over by a big X. This helps me feel a sense of accomplishment.

I hope this helps you in coming up with ideas to organize your month and get you all set from the month of Love <3

Friday, January 31, 2014

Erin Condren Life Planner Week of Feb 3-9

Again, I spend my Friday morning at work preparing my EC Life Planner for the coming week.

This week I tried to stay with a pink/blue theme as Valentines Day is approaching. This week I kept pretty much everything the same. Again at the bottom I used the coffee/hydrate boxes that I use to track my intake of fluids. It's such an accomplishment when I see all my hydrated boxes crossed out, but I also want to make sure for my health reasons, that I limit myself to two cups of coffee! (Even though I love it!)

This week instead of using the EC stickers that came in the back of the planner to mark when bills needed to be paid, I used washi. I really like the look of different patterns of the tape. I used a Recollections version of a blue and pink floral tape, which is just adorable (Michael's impulse buy).

I've also never used washi and stickers to block off a section, but today I decided I would try it. I actually love how it turned out. I will definately be doing that again in the future, but I think I might need to invest on some smaller stickers, but we'll see. Those gold stickers came out of the Dollar Spot at Target (don't try to get them in the Chili Target, I cleared them out, haha). 

Obviously you can see the two birthdays I have this week that I've blocked off so I can remember to make their cards (will be posting about those tomorrow) and get them their gifts. I also blocked off work.. I really don't need to keep putting it in as my schedule never changes, but I love using the washi and knowing when I have time for other things. 

I have yet to fill it out with school assignments and such, but I will be doing that after I'm done with that blog, I'm sure you don't want to know my reading assignments or when my papers are due. 

Well, that's all for now. I hope I've helped some of you with your planners :) 
Leave any questions or comments you may have!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

First Card of the Year

Since I started my Masters Degree this January, I haven't been able to spend much time with the crafting supplies. I received a Cricut- Expression craft machine for Christmas this year and HAD to try it out. When going through a list of free cartridges, I found this "Forever & Ever" cut. Now, this is important to me because my boyfriend and I always say that to each other (it's just our thing, haha). So I made him this card. I was so impressed with this machine and the way it was able to do this. I wish I had this before Christmas while I did my Christmas Cards; the possibilities could have been endless! Another thing I loved about it, was that I could make the cuts using whatever paper I wanted to which allowed me to be much more creative and match the pattern of the letters to the envelope. Needless to say, Derek loved his card! I can't wait to spend more time with the machine and to see all it has to offer me :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Envelope Creations

An array of envelopes I've made! If your a penpal of mine, you will most likely receive one of these in your mailbox soon! Also, these are for sale. 4/$3.00- including shipping in the US. 

My Life Saver : Erin Condren Life Planner

A little view of how I use my Erin Condren Planner! Love how I can use her beautiful design to organize my every day. Added a few extras:  washi tape for the times I have to work and post-its for list making for classes and little things. I always use her goals & notes section on the side for tasks that need to get done in that week. I use the bottom note lines to track the amount of water I take in, and limit the amount of coffee. It helps me see my week laid out so I can plan other things accordingly like doctors appointments, homework assignments, and times I can go to the gym. #erincondrenlifeplanners #planner #lifeplanner

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I hope you enjoy :)

Weekend Update

Hello friends! What a weekend it has been! I feel like not only was this weekend full of relaxation, I was also able to get a lot accompli...