My Thoughts on the Erin Condren 15-16 Life Planner

TL;DR

  • Prettier
  • bigger coil
  • better place to write your name inside the cover
  • cuter accessories
  • stickers are limiting

(If you want to see the initial stages of my planning process, click here)

I’ll be posting some pictures of the old planner alongside pictures of the new so you all can kind of get a feel for the differences.

To start off, we can just take a basic look at the cover of my planners. This year I opted for the Ready to Ship option, as I wanted to be sure I had it before July rolled in to town. I had a $10 store credit on on old account, so I actually used that to pay for the shipping on my personalized cover (which should be shipping out early next week). Last year I went with the Party Pops in the signature black color with rainbow dots, because I wanted my cover to match the inside of the planner as much as possible.

The cover of this year's Ready To Ship planner.
The cover of this year’s Ready To Ship planner.
Cover from the 14-15 planner. If you look closely you can see the scratches, a slight bubble in the lamination, and some wear and tear around the edges, but all in all the cover is still in amazing shape.
Cover from the 14-15 planner. If you look closely you can see the scratches, a slight bubble in the lamination, and some wear and tear around the edges, but all in all the cover is still in amazing shape.

Next up we’ll take a look at just inside the front covers.

15-16 planner. A space to write you name is included on plain paper, just beneath the decorative vellum.
15-16 planner. A space to write you name is included on plain paper, just beneath the decorative vellum.
14-15 planner (and this is why I got the cover to match). This planner had the space to write your name on the inside of the laminated cover.
14-15 planner (and this is why I got the cover to match). This planner had the space to write your name on the inside of the laminated cover.

This is something I’m really happy to see was changed for the 15-16 Life Planner. I have lost count of the number of times I had written my name on the inside of my planner, as every time I did, it would rub off. Also, if you got replacement covers, you would have to keep writing your name, over and over and over.

This year the space for your name was included on a piece of paper, just below a decorative vellum, and I am more than okay with this change.

Also, I love that there is a page for notes before each month. Now I can write down mailing addresses for postcards when I go to California in August, a list of cards and presents so I can write birthday thank you notes in September, Halloween costume ideas in October, etc. (Sorry, I neglected to take a picture of the notes pages, oops…)

Now, skipping on ahead to the back the the accessories.

Let’s start with the perpetual calendar.

15-16 planner Perpetual Calendar
15-16 planner Perpetual Calendar
14-15 planner Perpetual Calendar
14-15 planner Perpetual Calendar

Okay, so really not much has changed with the Perpetual Calendar. I think the new one is much cuter (albeit much pinker), but all in all the redesign has been very nice. That being said, one thing I really enjoyed from the old Perpetual Calendar (which I would show you, but it has all sorts of personal information all over it), is the page for important numbers. Numbers like the school, the salon, the repairman, the doctor, etc. I loved that page, and it was sorely missed in the newest edition.

Up next, STICKERS! These are the birthday and general event stickers that come with the planner, bound into the coil in the back.

15-16 planner birthday stickers
15-16 planner birthday stickers
14-15 planner birthday stickers
14-15 planner birthday stickers

Okay, so the design of the birthday — and the not-pictured event — stickers look mostly the same. What I will say is this: I preferred the wide array of colors for the birthday stickers in last year’s planner, even if the colors were the same as for the event stickers. This whole warm-colors-only palette in the new planner isn’t super up my alley.

I also liked the other, solid stickers so much that I tore their pages from the old planner and I am keeping them in my Keep It Together pocket in the back of my new planner.

Now let’s dive into the free goodies that came with all our planners this year versus the ones that came in last year’s planner.

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15-16 Do It All Dots
15-16 Compliment Cards
15-16 Compliment Cards
15-16, one coil clip
15-16, one coil clip

Okay, so all the accessories pictured above came complimentary with the 15-16 Ready To Ship Planner.

Included:

  • Generic gift and thank you labels
  • 1 coil clip
  • 3 compliment cards
  • 3 referral cards
  • 1 postcard
  • 1 motivational sticker
  • Do It All Dots sample

I really want to like the Do It All Dots, but what I don’t like is their lack of customization. With a site like Faye Creates, you can suit your stickers to better fit your specific lifestyle, and looking at the Do It All Dots, there are quite a few that I would probably never end of using.

14-15 Customized gift labels
14-15 Customized gift labels

So, because I got the RTS this year as opposed to a customized planner, I didn’t get customized gift labels (which did kind of bum me out a bit until I thought about it and figured out why). Other than that, I think the free goodies were an improvement.

Well friends, I think that’s all I have for you (for now) in terms of my thoughts on the newest ECLP!

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