Erin Condren 2017-2018 Life Planner Review

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  No, it’s obviously not Christmas season, but for planner addicts everywhere it certainly feels like it is.  It is time for the new 2018 Erin Condren Life Planner releases! I know, it feels like we just got our 2017 planners, but there’s no rest for those that plan ahead.  This year is the 10th anniversary of the Erin Condren Life Planner, which is so impressive! I’ve been an EC fan since my first planner in 2013, and I’ve had one ever since. Throughout the years I’ve seen many changes and improvements made to the beautiful life planner, and this year is no different. While the general idea behind the bright and colorful Life Planner is the same, there are so many new options that allow many people to make this planner what they want it to be. Let’s take a look and dive into the 2017-2018 Erin Condren Life Planner.  

There are SO many options for personalizing your planner this year. Here’s the breakdown:

2 Color Schemes: Colorful or Neutral

3 Layouts: Vertical, Horizontal, & Hourly

4 Coil Color Options: Gold, Silver, Rose Gold, or Black

Cover options: Interchangeable, personalized covers with 12 new classic designs and 3 new metallic designs (with multiple color options in each) or  a non-removable, leather-like luxe color option with 3 color choices (light taupe, sapphire, and black), the same coil options, and 4 (3 letter only) personalization options (blind print, silver, gold, or rose gold)

Brand new this year is the HARDBOUND Life Planner.  It comes in 4 colors (each color book has a different color and theme inside) and 2 sizes.  5 x 8 (horizontal only)  & 8 x 11 (vertical layout only).  

I think that covers the basic idea of what’s available.  I got my hands on a vertical layout, colorful Life Planner, so that’s what you’ll see more of below.  However, you can see pictures of everything else on the Erin Condren website.

What’s New?

First, and quite possibly the biggest change, is the paper upgrade that all Life Planners received this year.   This year EC used Mohawk paper company to put thicker 80# paper in our planners, giving us a more sturdy page with less pen bleedthrough.  The tabbed pages are also thicker and no longer require plastic reinforcements at the binding.  A small detail, but worth noting. 

The colors this year are bolder versions of the same colors from last year, which makes the color lover in me so happy. The theme seen throughout the planner this year is called “painted pedals,” and while the general look and feel of the planner is a more minimalist vibe when it comes to the weekly pages (more on that later), there is still a consistent painted petals look throughout the planner, including on the included page marking bookmark and zipper pouch, the details on the weekly pages, vellum overlay, and tabbed pages, as well as the keep it together folder.  


As you can see, while the general idea behind the various layouts has remained the same, the subtle changes make the pages look cleaner and more simplified. The year at a glance page as small, solid bars of color, making it look a little less busy. 

The month at a glance pages look bolder and more elegant with the font change.  You’ll notice the sidebar no longer says “goals and to do’s,” but instead is just a simpler, blank flag for you to label as you please. 

The weekly pages have also been simplified.  Where “Thankful Thought” once was there is not a plain blank box, which I love as I rarely used that box for what EC originally intended anyway.  The subtle, color matched painted petals add a small dose of color, without totally taking over the page like the watercolor dated did last year.  The days of the week are also a little bit smaller. The sidebar no longer has a blank flag but is just bare and ready for your customization.  The whole new look is clean and simple, which I really enjoy. I still get my dose of color, but it’s not too busy and I feel free to customize with stickers or keep it as minimalist as I want. 

At the beginning of each month is a newly designed note page (matching the color of the month, of course), complete with columns, a bare box, and 4 circles rather than a simple blank notebook page.  I haven’t decided how I’m going to use this yet, but I love the idea of the possibilities I have with this.  Let me know how you would use this page each month.  

After the weekly spreads end, we enter the notes section.  This tab contains 4 lined pages, 4 dot grid pages, and 4 coloring pages, followed by a 2019 (say what?!) year at a glance which has also been simplified like the year at a glance at the beginning.  

Another huge change is the sticker selection.  Instead of the typical horizontal bar stickers in the back, you’ll see something completely different.  While there are still 2 pages of the bar stickers (completely redesigned, which I love), there are also two pages of beautiful and very functional foiled stickers.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these.

 At the end is the Keep it Together folder with a perpetual calendar tucked inside, both with modified designs to fit this year’s theme. Like last year, the zipper pouch is not bound in the planner, but inside there is a coil clip so you can snap it in wherever you’d like.  Also inside the planner pouch are a few compliment cards, gift labels, and 2 20% off coupons to use in the EC store.  

That’s your look inside this year’s planner. But wait..there’s more!  Along with the new planners, EC released a bunch of new accessories.  While most of them are old accessories redesigned with the painted petals theme (snap-in dashboard, sticky storage pockets, mini snap-in bookmarks, compliment cards, and sticky notes), the two most notable new accessories are the new stickers book and the all knew “planny” pack.  

The new sticker book contains 12 pages of new foil accented stickers.  I’m most excited about the fact they redid the check box stickers to now fit properly inside the vertical boxes.  Was anyone else as irritated as I was about the design of the old ones?  

The “planny” pack (I give mad props to whoever came up with that name) is a cute zipper pouch (with foil accents, of course) that has an elastic band on it so you can attach it to your planner.  It not only helps keep the planner closed but now you can carry your favorite pens and planner goodies with you at all times.  It’s available in 3 colors: white with silver detail, black with gold, or pink with rose gold.  

All in all, I am so excited about the new planner and all of the accessories that go with it.  Like what you see?  Good news: pre-sales begin TODAY (5/4/17).  Head over to the Erin Condren website and get yourself your new planner and all of the other goodies.  You can also check out all of the other planner options, including the different covers, layouts, colors, and the new hardbound planners.  

Coiled planners start at $55 (additional costs for foiled covers, some coils, personalization, and luxe covers) and hardbound start at $30 for small and $35 for large.

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