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!

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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


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