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