Before I get into this post and all the beautiful pictures and details, I want to give you a little background.
1-I have a terrible memory so writing things down is a way I counteract that. I am huge on making lists and writing down things so I don’t forget. This goes for work and general personal items.
2- Ask anyone who knows me, really knows me, and they will tell you that I love all things stickers, stationary, office supplies, scrapbooking, etc. Lisa Frank??? Anyone else remember that?
Ok, so now the good stuff! Last year I got my first Erin Condren planner. Before this I used other planners and my iPhone. I never really liked using my iPhone. I was deciding between some more proper planners (filofax, LV, etc.) and then I found Erin Condren. I didn’t look anymore. It was like finding your wedding dress…when you know, you know!
Check out Erin Condren here.
I use that planner everyday. I love it so much I knew I was going to get another for the upcoming year. I saw OrganizedJen’s (who has changed her brand to Pretty Neat Living) review of the new ROSE GOLD HORIZONAL edition and I think I shed one single tear of joy. IT MUST BE MINE! By the way, have you checked out her blog and YouTube channel? She is one of my favorites. She is so real and so bright. She is my age and not over the top and just seems like a genuine person. Check her out if you haven’t. And her dog is just too cute.
I believe these are sold out now, but I was lucky enough to snag one. Look how gorgeous the packaging is.
You open this up and it is so nicely packed. I ordered some extras and those were right on top along with a cute sticker and nice postcard. Who doesn’t love freebies?
And here she is…I shall call her Grace! Classy, chic, truly everything I hoped for. I ordered the ready to ship version, so I got a voucher for a free personalized cover. I am even thinking that the back cover could be used as the front cover, to switch it up. Right?
Here is a close up of the month page. Every month has a different quote. The color scheme on the horizontal layout, as well as the design itself, is different from the vertical versions that EC has.
Full page for January
Some of the months throughout the planner
In the two pictures below you can see the different layouts and how the colors are also different. The vertical layout for the new ones seem to still look similar to last year in terms of the bright colors (although there are some other minor changes).
Layout from my old EC planner, the vertical layout
The back of the planner includes stickers as usual, which fit into the allotments on the month/day pages. Look…a vote sticker! Such a nice touch.
There is also a folder and pouch in the back of the planner. The folder comes with a perpetual calendar to write all your birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The pocket also came with some more freebies. So. Fun.
The extras EC put in the pocket for us to enjoy.
As for the extras that I purchased, I wanted to get free shipping so I added on some extras. I got meal planner insert, a budget book, a new cover (the covers are interchangeable and, yes, sturdy), penholder and daily dots.
This planner is the best. It holds up and is so sturdy. It is functional, leaving space for work, play, chores and more. And most of all…it is so cute! I don’t care how cheesy it is, this planner brings me endless joy and keeps me motivated.
Do you prefer paper planners to electronic calendars? What do you use to plan?
Until next time, plant nothing but love.