Despite the fact we are only a few days away from April (what??), I decided that this post still needed to happen. Last year I had the pleasure of owning my very first Erin Condren Life Planner. While I personally don’t have one this year, as I am testing the waters with a Filofax, after my obsessing over my ECLP, my sister bought herself one for 2015 and was kind enough to let me photograph it so I could write about it. While I might not have a 2015 Life Planner, I can truly say my heart still belongs to Erin Condren products.
For those of you that don’t know, Erin Condren products are amazingly colorful, functional, and personalized products that are all the rage among many planner addicts, home makers, business owners, and many more. The thing that put EC on my radar was the Life Planner, which I enjoyed having as my 2014 planner and ultimately was my gateway drug into the planner addiction I now deal with on a daily basis. While the 2015 Life Planner has many of the features that the 2014 planner had, the company did make a few changes to the 2015 version to make it even better.
Let’s start with the cover. All of the covers are amazingly bright and beautiful. You can get quotes, photos, fun designs, or even gold, and this year silver foil on your personalized covers. Can’t decide which cover is for you? No problem! This year they made the covers interchangeable!! That means you can pick one to start, and then you can order as many other covers as you want and swap them out with ease. Whether you want to change it up every month, have special holiday themed covers, or want to match your mood, there are cover options for you. It’s really easy to change them out too. Brilliant!
At the beginning there is still a beautifully colored year at a glance for 2014/2015.
Also the same as last year are the functional tabs and color coded months. Each month has its very own color scheme, which makes it fun to decorate and use. To start off every month you get a nice two page month at a glance.
The week at a glance is also the same as last year. Decorated with the same color scheme as each monthly spread, the days are divided into morning, day, and night sections. While this layout works for some, other people buy stickers (planner stickers on Etsy shops is a huge business right now. More on that in later posts) or use washi to cover the labeling and create their own. Some suggestions are appointments, tasks, errands, goals, inspiration, etc. The possibilities are endless. Of course, if the original layout works for you, that’s awesome too! There is also a space for weekly goals and notes as well as a space on the bottom of every day to write whatever you’d like.
As if the planner part wasn’t enough, there are even more discoveries to be made the further back you go. After the planner you will find both lined notebook pages as well as blank pages with amazing patterns on them for you to use as you please. Last year, a few of the things I used these for was an expense tracker for my blog, goals, book list, wish list, and a cleaning schedule. Decorate them for function or for inspiration. The possibilities are also endless with these pages.
In the back you will find pages of stickers bound right into the spiral binding. Sized perfectly for the squares in the planner, you get an entire page of “birthday” stickers, a page of various events (party, doctor’s appointment, vacation, etc), and two pages of colorful blank stickers for you to write whatever you want on them. I love this little detail.
Last year, there was a perpetual calendar in the planner. This year, they got smarter and made the perpetual calendar a separate booklet that comes with the planner. Along with a list of holidays already printed, this little booklet has a page for every month, labeled with dates for you to fill in birthdays, anniversaries, or any other annual dates that should be remembered. After 2015 is over, you can still reference this calendar for years to come.
Storage doesn’t lack in the ECLP either. Just like last year, the Life Planner comes with a 2 sided “Keep it Together” folder and a zipper pouch. If you get a custom cover, you will also find gift labels to match your choice in the zipper pouch. Both places are great for storing all of those additional planner stickers you know you’ll buy once you browse Etsy. The stickers shown are from Mare Bear Crafts.
It’s all about the little details with Erin Condren products, which is what makes them such a joy to have. This year, the 2016/17 calendars are pages in the binding rather than on the back side of the cover. A decision that I definitely think was for the better. It’s also colorful this year! EC also created “coil clips” which are adhesive clips you can attach to special things (homemade dashboards, schedules, special cards, invitations) and then clip them right into your planner.
As usual, the entire book is littered with colorful, inspirational quotes, which is one of my favorite things about the Erin Condren Life Planner.
I’m not going to lie, despite having a great Filofax and a blog planner, my heart still yearns for an ECLP. I know that the company is already brainstorming on how they can make 2016’s planner even better than this year’s, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for 2015. If you’re in the market for a great planner, I highly recommend this company.
Not convinced? How about this: If you sign up for an account using this link here, you will get $10 off of your first Erin Condren order! First time customers only, but it isn’t just for Life Planners. This will work for anything on the site, and trust me, there’s something for everyone.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign up and get your hands on some amazing Erin Condren products 🙂
You can also check out my in depth review of the 2014 Erin Condren Life Planner, incase you still have questions.
What type of planner are you using this year? What are some of your favorite EC products? Let me know in the comments below!