Category: Sam’s Planner

Inside My Erin Condren (Phase 1)

Okay, so I’ve had a few requests to go ahead and show you all the initial stages of my planning, so I’ll do that, and if you look at this post, you can see my opinions on some of the updates that Erin Condren came up with this year.

Keep in mind that payday is in the morning, and that I will finally be ordering my stickers from Faye Creates tomorrow, so a post should be coming along in the somewhat near-ish future with my fully planning layout. I also don’t have any washi in my planner yet — I’m kind of seeing if I like the Faye Creates stickers and my colorful pens by themselves before I start adding washi.

Okay, so since I’ve already discussed covers and the first few pages of the planner, we’ll jump right to the goals page, which is new to the 15-16 Life Planner.

My very blank goals page.
My very blank goals page.

I opted to leave these boxes blank for now. I think I would like to use them as monthly goals for July – June, but I haven’t quite decided yet. I just don’t think I have enough areas of my life to assign a box to each one. Who knows, maybe I’ll never use this page…

Moving right along to the montly pages.

So far, I don’t have any washi, and the only stickers I have are the birthday stickers that came tucked away in the back of the planner.

August in the 15-16 planner
August in the 15-16 planner

I have included my classes for the fall semester, because I wanted something to write down. As exams and quizzes come up as the semester advances, I will just take a sticker in the color that corresponds to the class, and place it over the line that states the class name.

Sometimes this will require writing a few of the classes over again, which is where erasable gel pens come in handy (YES, they are real thing! You can find them on Amazon here).

This is much more steamlined than when we compare it to the monthly spread from August 2014:

August in the 14-15 planner
August in the 14-15 planner

I like the washi from my planner last year, but I wanted to try something new this year.

For some further comparison, here are September from this year and last year.

September 2015
September 2015
September 2014
September 2014

As you can see, the color scheme has flipped, I will be 20 this year, I traded in washi for coloring in squares with Prismacolor colored pencils, and I spilled water all over last year’s planner.

Since July hasn’t started yet, I don’t have a super great example of what my weekly spread looks like, but I have one for the first week of class, as well as one from a week in September from last year’s planner (pardon the water stains…).

15-16 planner. I used my gel pens to write in the name, time, and location of each class I am taking. I only did this for the first week, as it will stand as a reference for the weeks to come, and the upcoming weeks will begin to be used to keep track of new homework assignments and due dates.
15-16 planner. I used my gel pens to write in the name, time, and location of each class I am taking. I only did this for the first week, as it will stand as a reference for the weeks to come, and the upcoming weeks will begin to be used to keep track of new homework assignments and due dates.
14-15 planner. I designed flyers for my Community Council, and used coil clips to include each one in my planner, which kicked me in the butt when I spilled water on it.
14-15 planner. I designed flyers for my Community Council, and used coil clips to include each one in my planner, which kicked me in the butt when I spilled water on it. As you can see, my days get more crowded as time goes on.

I try to avoid washi and a bunch of superfluous decorations on the weekly spreads. My appointments, events, and tasks make the page busy enough without treating my planner as a scrapbook (I’m also not as creative or crafty as some of the other planner addicts floating around).

Okay, so now we can take a look at what I (currently) carry around with my in my planner (this s subject to change upon the arrival of my Faye Creates stickers, which I know I will obsess over the instant they are in my hands).

Spare envelopes.
Spare envelopes. Craft paper is my favorite, because all you need is a white gel pen and a pencil to make them look bomb dot com.
Stamps (I also have a few Toy Story ones floating around somewhere).
Stamps (I also have a few Toy Story ones floating around somewhere). These are especially important when I’m travelling and decide to send post cards.
The 8 billion stickers included in my past two planner purchases.
The 8 billion stickers included in my past two planner purchases.

I also went ahead and removed all the sheets of birthday, event, and blank stickers from my old planner, trimmed off the coil edge, and stuck them in my Keep It Together pouch (after I took all these pictures of course) so that I have a wider range of colors to work with. I like it when people get to pick their favorite color for their birthday sticker, and I use a wide range of colors when coding my classes as well.

Okay, well it’s 1:00am here, and I’m tired. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. And be on the lookout for an update on my planner in a few weeks!!

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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.

15-16
15-16
15-16
15-16
15-16
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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Planner Update

So, I picked up my planner from FedEx (after finally tracking it down), and I had every intention of showing you how I use my planner (minus the stickers), with very detailed pictures.

Side note: OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS PLANNER SO MUCH AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND JULY CANNOT GET HERE SOON ENOUGH.

Alright, continuing on:

However, last night, when I got off work, I dropped my phone and shattered all three of the screens on my ridiculously expensive Nexus 6, and now I can’t use it at all.

I then had the thought that I would just use my digital camera, but I don’t have a cord for it to upload the pictures I have taken on it. And because I’m busy trying to find approximately $400 I can’t really spare even the $10 I would need for the cord right now (sounds a little ridiculous, I know, but I don’t get paid until Friday).

So here’s what we’ll do: I’ll try to pick up a cord on Friday when I get paid and I’ll try to post my planner. Maybe we’ll wait until I get my stickers and my phone is fixed. Which would you prefer?

Okay so I done goofed. My planner was supposed to be delivered today, but campus mailing services is closed on Saturday, so back to the FedEx holding facility it went. Thinking this holding facility was the one in town, I changed my delivery options to “Hold at Facility” because I was thinking hey, the FedEx office in town doesn’t close until 9:00pm, and it’s only 8 right now. So I clicked it, and rushed on down to the FedEx store, hoping I could actually get my planner a few days early.

No such luck. They told me that I would have had to select “Hold at Facility” before the package had attempted to be delivered.

Soooooo now I think I will be waiting until Tuesday to get my planner ๐Ÿ˜ฆ