The 2016-2017 Erin Condren Luxe Life Planner Is Here!

Hey Squadettes! XOXO

Lindsey here, and I’ve missed y’all soooo much!

I am pleased to announce that I am back in “planning mode” (whoo hoo!) and so excited to bring you a review post of one of my favorite planning items:  the Erin Condren Life Planner!  

A new year is coming and you know what that means:  new planners!

At Erin Condren they provide 18 month planners that launch in July each year, and this year they have a special little surprise for us:  The Luxe Planner!Erin Condren Luxe Life Planner

This gorgeous specimen is different than their original life planners in one important way:  the cover.

This is not an interchangeable cover; this is a hard, sturdy cover that stays attached and has the feel of leather, and is engraved in the most beautiful gold or platinum foil lettering.

If you know me, then you know I love taupe and platinum.

Keepin’ it classy! 😉

There is also the option of teal and plum.  Both absolutely gorgeous colors!!

But there are also other changes to the Life Planner this year and I’d love to go through those with you right now.

Let’s get started!


2016-2017 Erin Condren Luxe Life Planner

So if you are new to the Erin Condren family then know this:  Erin Condren Life Planners are great quality planners which wonderful features, beautiful colors, and the cutest add-ons and supplies!  

In my little “surprise box” I was excited to see the Erin Condren sticker book, wet erase markers (that dry instantly!), a clip in dashboard, elastic bands, and (new this year!) see through zip-lock pouch with samples, including a new! 6 inch coil clip that sticks on to whatever you’d like!

Erin Condren Luxe Review - Pouch

Accessories for EC Luxe PlannerImmediately upon opening the planner you will see the beauty and quality of this planner, as the first page is a thick but sheer cover with a beautiful design, showing the greeting and name/owner page that lies beneath.  Last year this page was decorated with platinum foil but this year it has a beautiful and bright pattern called mid-century circles (so adorable) that we will see throughout the planner.

EC Luxe Planner Opening Image

Speaking of quality:  the paper weight has been increased for minimal bleed or show-through when using pens and markers.  (Us “glam planners” and our pens!!)

EC Luxe Planner Review - Inside

The next few pages are complete with a few inspiring quotes, a yearly calendar, and (one of my favorites) a place for focused goal setting.  Whether it’s a list of life goals, important events organized by month, or a collection of quotes, the goal setting page is the perfect way to focus on your aim!

EC Goal Planning Page
Erin Condren Beginning Calendar Collage

I love that throughout the years Erin Condren has redesigned her planners so that we can use them more creatively.  Many sections are left blank for our own designs and titles.  She truly wants us to feel inspired and to create!

The Monthly and Weekly Layouts

Now starts our monthly and weekly sections.  Notice that each month has one designated color.  Last year there were two.  But this gives us a bit more creativity, as we can layer which colors we like, instead of trying to match two.

 

Each month begins with a quote…

Monthly Quote EC Planner

and then a monthly view (with a sidebar for goals).
Erin Condren Monthly and Weekly View Collage

After each monthly calendar, comes your weekly spread.

Using a vertical planner is my choice, as each of the three boxes for the day can be labeled as to your liking.  I sometimes divide them by time of day, but then again, I’ve been known to divide them by “type” (school, home, spiritual, etc.)

One added change this year is the gorgeous watercolor print across the top of each weekly page.

Weekly View EC Planner

And when the month’s change from one to another, the watercolor blends so beautifully across the page.

EC Luxe Planner Watercolor Blending

The back of the planner comes complete with note pages:  lined, graph, and blank.  These are great areas to practice creativity:  sketch, scrapbook, or simply jot down.

Erin Condren Note Pages Collage

It also holds a calendar for the following year, which has a new and updated feature.  You can now jot down appointments and dates for the following year.

EC Luxe Planner Review - Future Planning

Finally, at the very back is a gorgeous folder and perpetual calendar.  The graphic is awesome, but my absolute favorite is the folder on the backside and the metallic quote.

Perpetual Calendar Collage

Totally swoon-worthy!

Now let’s get down to business 😉 :

At ErinCondren.com there are many choices you can make regarding your planner.  Today I have shown you the Luxe Planner in Taupe with the silver coil, but you also have the option of choosing the following:

  • an interchangeable cover that can be personalized with names and photos vs. the Luxe cover (taupe, plum, or teal)
  • a horizontal planner vs. vertical layout…and an hourly option!!
  • a gold coil OR silver, black, rose gold, and gold (wow!)
  • and a colorful theme vs. neutral color theme (think greyscale)

Equally exciting are the many accessories at ErinCondren.com:  pencils, highlighters, markers, colored pencils, erasers, journals, sticky notes, stickers, pocket folders, elastic bands, coil clip connectors, and more!

For $10.00 off your first order, follow this link and register and a coupon code will be emailed to you!

I hope that you all are as excited as I am!  There’s nothing like a new year and a new planner, right?

For a live view and “sneak peek” watch the video below.

Happy Planning and…

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How Planning Saved My Life

Let’s start by going back about three years: I was (and still am) a wife and mother who was working full-time in a demanding environment. I was contributing to education classes at work as well as being heavily involved in community outreach, which meant I was traveling and working extra hours.

My daughter would come home from school with birthday party invitations and letters about upcoming events, she had extra-curricular activities, and we all had doctor’s appointments and counseling that required time off work or away from school.

how planning saved my life

Losing Control

Despite using Outlook and iCal at work, I would forget about my classes and rush to be there at the last minute, unprepared for the presentation I was about to give. I would forget about doctor’s appointments and school functions, and would ask for the time off work at the last minute.

Eventually, I sensed that my boss was irritated with how scattered I was. I then started feeling stress and guilt about the situation, which didn’t help with my general anxiety over my busy life.

When my daughter would bring home information about parties or events, I would immediately feel stressed and inconvenienced about the time and the contribution it would require. I would also forget about those parties/events as quickly as I set down the paper or invitation telling me about them. When the time came for those events, I was filled with guilt because I could not bring myself to attend and my daughter was disappointed.

I was flaking out on my friends and rarely doing anything for me. I had a million things jumbled in my brain and trying to sort everything out seemed insurmountable and added to my level of stress.

In a nutshell, I was feeling anxious, stressed, and guilty. I felt like my life was out of control.

how planning saved my life

Small Steps, Big Changes

After identifying that I was tired of living my life the way that I was, I decided to take matters into my own hands; I thought the best way to do that would be to commit to a planner. Immediately, just the simple act of writing down all of the things that were in my brain was a relief. Those stresses were now out of my mind and could be accessed one at a time, at the appropriate time. When I would look at my month and everything I had going on, I could prioritize and prepare accordingly.

Fast forwarding to present day, I am still using a planner full-time and it has enabled me to have a less hectic life. Yes, I am still busy, but I am prepared and there are fewer surprises to send me into a downward spiral of stress and anxiety. Yes, using a planner requires dedication, but the benefits of my efforts are vast.

Sitting down with my planner every morning and mapping out my day has become a therapeutic activity that I look forward to. Plus, we all know how fun it is to buy and use our planner accessories!

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Finding My Way

I am currently using a bullet journal, which is my favorite method so far due to the ability for 100% customization. I have previously used planners from Plum Paper, Erin Condren, and Filofax (with Filofax, Kikki K, and Inkwell Press inserts).

My bullet journal has helped me to expand my creativity, though I am still heavily influenced by the style and layouts of Kara Benz. Not only am I more organized, but I am working on making myself better by working through my Level 10 Life goals as well as practicing gratitude.

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Sharing Myself

In the past year, I have become involved in the online planner community. Seeing that there are other people who have busy schedules and have fallen short has reminded me that we are all in this together.

It is not always easy to manage our lives and the online community enables us to see the methods that other people are using.

It is exciting to see the way that people modify their planners, how people plan, and how things work for them. All of these things enable us to find the method that works best for us, resulting in a more organized life.

Long story short, I feel like planning has saved my life. At the very least, it keeps me sane.

 

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Ultimate List of Where to Find FREE Planner Printables

Planner stickers can be so expensive. We all know that. Luckily, there are a ton of amazing designers out there who are willingly sharing their amazing printable creations with the rest of us! We gathered up our favorite websites that share free printables and put them all together in this handy list for you.

Check out The Ultimate List of where to find FREE Planner Printables! We know that all those adorable planner stickers can get expensive. Here is a list of amazing places to find FREE planner printables to help you save time & money!

Ultimate List of Where to Find FREE Planner Printables

The following websites are currently offering some sort of free planner printables! All of the links are listed in alphabetical order. Make sure you bookmark this page and check back often as we hope to add even more links over time!

Blogs:

  1. All About the House Printables
  2. AmberDowns.net
  3. Art and Whimsy
  4. A Warm Hello
  5. BeaYouTiful Planning
  6. Bible Journal Love
  7. CallalouSoup
  8. Casually Unexpected
  9. CDB Planner Prints
  10. Crazie Little Fish
  11. Cute Daisy
  12. Design is Yay!
  13. Everybody Wants to Plan
  14. Fit Life Creative
  15. Five Sixteenths Blog
  16. Hipster 90
  17. Intentionally Inspired
  18. Jessica Hawke
  19. Living Well Spending Less
  20. Lovely Planner
  21. Lucki Charms
  22. Melancholy Moose
  23. Monica’s Marvels
  24. Munchkins and Military
  25. My Life Planners
  26. My Planner Envy
  27. My Planner Life
  28. Ninja Mom Designs
  29. Paper and Needle
  30. Pink Bows Twinkle Toes
  31. Planner Addiction
  32. Planner Fun
  33. Planner Pickett
  34. Scattered Squirrel
  35. Scrapcraftastic
  36. Smart Mom Smart Ideas
  37. Stingy Thrifty Broke
  38. That Crafty Chick
  39. To Insanity and Back
  40. Torta Gialla
  41. Victoria Thatcher
  42. Vintage Glam Studio
  43. Wendaful
  44. Where the Smiles Have Been

Facebook Groups:

  1. Free Planner Printables For All
  2. Free Planner Printables for the Happy Planner
  3. Free Printables by Planner Lovers
  4. Friends With Free Printables
  5. Garrie Prints
  6. Happy Planner Free Printables to Share
  7. I Heart Printables
  8. Monica’s Marvels
  9. My Life Planners Freebies
  10. Pretty Plan-It
  11. We Come in Planner Peace

Planner Squad’s Favorite Resources for Printing

To help save even more money, we like to use these resources for economical printing.

Avery White Full-Sheet Labels for Inkjet Printers, Pack of 25 Sheets (8165)Avery White Full-Sheet Labels for Inkjet Printers, Pack of 25 Sheets (8165)Avery Clear Full-Sheet Labels, Inkjet Printers, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Pack of 25 (8665)Avery Clear Full-Sheet Labels, Inkjet Printers, 8.5 x 11 Inches, Pack of 25 (8665)Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker PaperSilhouette Printable Clear Sticker Paper

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Submit Your Link

Do you have a blog where you share free printables? If so, we would love to add your link to this list! Fill out the contact form below with your information and if your link fits the criteria we will add it to our list!


Jenn Roberts, Planner Squad, Chaotic Bliss Homeschooling

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Share Your Spread #5

Sorry this post is a little late this week! But even though it’s Tuesday instead of Monday, it’s time to Share Your Spread!

Every week we ask our viewers to come and share their spread on our weekly link up, so others can be inspired by their creativity. I love coming back to see how everyone’s planning out their week, no matter what planner they use!


I love taking the time every week to sit out and plan (literally), what my entire week will look like. If I don’t have my week perfectly laid out and decorated, then I feel like I’m off and everything seems to crumble.I seem to get more done since it’s so fun to look inside my planner and check off those little boxes!

That being said, what does your planner look like this week? Did you go with a special theme? Finally getting to use that new awesome washi you found? We want to see! Make sure you use #PlannerSquad and #ShareYourSpreadLinkup when you share your spreads on instagram!


It’s Time To Share Your Spreads!

Share Your Spread Weekly Link-Up Planner Squad

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Glam Planning 101 – Making a Beautiful Weekly Spread

Glam Planning 101 - Creating A Beautiful Weekly Spread - PlannerSquad.com

It’s an art.  It’s a hobby.  It’s an addiction!  A sweet, wonderful addiction.  😉

If you are not familiar with the term, no worries – you’ve probably seen it all over or may be doing it yourself.

“Glam Planning” is simply decorating your planner.  

You can get as fancy with it as you’d like, or you can keep it sweet and simple.  It’s up to you.

Though my journey into glam planning started out simple, it has become a peaceful, relaxing, almost ritualistic thing that I do.  I take about two hours each weekend, gather my supplies, MAKE SOME TEA AND LIGHT MY CANDLES, and sit in my “woman cave” and get to work.

It is the most delightful thing. 😉

So let’s get started!

I’m going to take you through my whole process and show you how you can be a glam planner too!

Glam Planning 101

The Pre-Planning Phase

Before the actual “decorating” aspect of this activity, you will want to think about what exactly you are planning.

Are you using this for school?  For an all-in-one daily planner?  A blog planner?

It’s important to know what you want to keep track of so that you know what stickers you want to buy.  

  • How many checklists do you need?  Do you need a checklist for each day, or just a weekly check list?
  • Would you benefit from a habit checklist?  (There’s a sticker for that!)
  • Do you want to add meal planning stickers?
  • Do you need stickers for social media plans?
  • Do you need to track exercise?  Hydration?

There are stickers for just about everything out there.

Let me show you how I brainstormed this:

  • I decided that each day I would like a checklist sticker, with 5 or 6 lines and I would use one of my vertical boxes for that.  {There are three vertical boxes in the Erin Condren Life Planner for each day – not labeled – and a space at the bottom for notes.}
  • On that checklist would be my daily habits and whatever was of utmost importance that day.
  • In my middle box I would list other activities for the day, hydration checklist, meal planning stickers, or, sometimes, I would simply add a motivational quote.
  • In the third box I would write in what I had going on that evening.
  • At the bottom, on top of the provided lines, I would actually cover with another checklist for my bedtime routine.
  • I would use my weekly sidebar to write down my aim for the week, whether it be a beautiful quote or scripture to remember, a written checklist, or a bit of both.  Even a drawing.

Where To Find Planner Supplies

Now, just where can you find stickers?

Many places.

Michaels Arts & Crafts, Joanne’s Fabric, Hobby Lobby, and similar places obviously have aisles of stickers.

But when it comes to planner stickers with checklists my personal favorite place to purchase is Etsy.

Go to Etsy.com and search “planner stickers”.

If you have an Erin Condren Life Planner you can search “Erin Condren planner stickers” but most of the stickers made nowadays fit the Erin Condren very well.

Now please note:  some stickers are premade and will be mailed to you.  My preference is to buy printable stickers.  This means that when I purchase them, I will be sent an instant download that I can save on my computer and use again and again.

I simply put sticker paper in my printer and then print the pdf or file I was sent onto that paper, and voila! beautiful stickers.

And the really nice thing about having sticker paper is that you can print any image onto it.  So you can make your own stickers.  Gasp!

Another great place to find stickers is on Instagram.  Search hashtags such as #planneraddict #planner #plannercommunity #plannerstickers #erincondren, and at that point you can pretty much follow the trails to all sorts of planners Instagram accounts.  Most everyone that makes stickers advertises on Instagram, and you can also view planner’s spreads and ask them where they found their stickers.

Set the Mood

I’m not kidding about this.  Make this a beautiful, relaxing hour or two in your life.  Make a cup of coffee or tea, a plate of shortbread or grapes, light a few candles, and put on some soothing or inspiring music.  Retire into your woman cave.

Oh, dear me, why didn’t I mention chocolate?

Okay, go get chocolate.

Gather Your Supplies

Planning supplies - Glam Planning 101 - PlannerSquad

Now it’s time to get going!

Supplies you will need (at the very minimum):

  • Scissors
  • Stickers or sticker paper
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers or highlighters
  • Washi Tape

Supplies you may want to consider:

  • Glitter (It’s fun right?)
  • Shaped hole punch (for scrapbookers)
  • Edgers (again, like in scrapbooking)
  • Border stickers
  • Cardstock

Cut and Stick

Now comes the boring part (which is why it’s so important you have coffee, snacks and music!):

CUT CUT CUT.  

This may take a while depending on how many itsy-bitsy stickers you have.

Important:  Cut your stickers and lay them out how you want them FIRST before you stick them on.  Otherwise, you could end up having to peel them off.

How I Do It:  The first thing I do is stick on my washi tape.  I stick this over the “label” part of each vertical box.  The 2015-16 Erin Condren Life Planner has non-labeled “titled boxes” that you can use for titles, or, as in my case, you can cover with washi.  {Laying the washi tape on the bottom does a little something extra, I think; it’s a pretty background.}

Washi Tape first - Glam Planning 101 - PlannerSquad.com

Then you are ready to lay your stickers on top of that.

Laying out all your stickers - Glam Planning 101 - PlannerSquad.com

 

 

Now For the Fun Part

Once all your stickers are laid out like you like (this is often photographed and referenced in the description as #beforethepen) you will then want to fill it in.

I like to fill mine in with pencil and then go over it with pen or markers.  Mistakes are hard to cover and whiteout doesn’t always go with the sticker or background you may be writing on.

My personal favorite part of this “ritual” is filling in the sidebar.

Many choose to put a weekly checklist in the sidebar, but I prefer to use this space to practice my lettering (which is slowly coming along) and to write something beautiful and inspirational.

So there you have it!  A beautiful spread!

At this point you can add your bling.

  • Shiny hearts
  • Stars
  • Glitter
  • Little doodles in metallic pens
  • Random flowers

Whatever your little heart desires.

Now, take a step back, breathe it in, and admire your awesome craft.Glam Planning 101 - Planner Squad

Upload!

Wait!  Don’t go anywhere yet!  We want to see it.

Snap a picture of that baby and share it with the world!

You can upload it to Instagram and hashtag #plannersquad, and then use your Instagram link to upload it to our weekly linky party.

Also, share it on our Facebook group!

“Sharing is caring.”

Spread that planner love, girls!

>>Would you like $10 off your first Erin Condren order?  Use the following referral code:  http://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/lindseygarcia0918/<<

Thank you for joining me for Glam Planning 101.  I hope you turn your dreams into plans!

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