2016 Erin Condren Life Planner Review

ECLP2016 Title

It’s that time already: time for planner companies to start releasing their 2016(!!) planners so those of us that are planner addicts can get our fix.  The big release that everyone has heard all about is of course, the 2016 Erin Condren Life Planner.  As if the ECLP couldn’t get any better, they made some changes to the 2016 edition that I think make it even easier to customize for your specific needs.  Let’s stop wasting time and dive right in.

Here’s a quick run down of what you’ll find inside the 2016 ECLP:

  • Personalized covers
  • Tabbed months
  • Monthly and weekly spreads
  • Year at a glance section
  • Notes Section
  • 4 sheets of stickers
  • Double sided Keep it Together folder
  • Perpetual Calendar
  • Zipper pouch
  • Snap-in bookmark

Now, let’s break it down.

Interchangeable Covers

One of the best changes they made (which actually was a change for the 2015 ECLP, but this is the first time I get to use it) is making the covers interchangeable.  It was such a daunting task to pick which stunning cover you wanted to be your cover all year, but now the task is a lot easier.  On the site there are 2 full pages of covers you can buy separately and switch out based on your mood.  There are even seasonal covers that you can find at various times of the year.  Being addicted to seasonal things like I am, this is an awesome way for me to add some pumpkin spice or Christmas flair to my planner.  The best part: buy them for this year’s planner and you can use them year after year!  They also work on the EC notebooks of the same size.

Erin Condren offers a “ready to ship” version of the Life Planner that comes with a non-personalized cover with the saying “and so the adventure begins” printed on it.  If you get that one don’t worry, there is a voucher for a free personalized cover inside.

EC2016 start

A Look Inside

The first thing I noticed was the vellum page with beautiful bright colors printed on it. As per usual, the pages are covered in color and inspirational quotes.  This year the beginning pages have a sketched look about them, which makes me feel like I took the time to doodle in my planner.  Fun!

After flipping past those, there is a two page year at a glance page from July 2015-December 2016. If you bought the 18 month planner (like I did), this is runs the entire length of your planner.

EC2016 2

Every month has its very own tab, and this year the tabs get a page all to themselves, each printed with a different quote (rather than having the quote on the month-at-a-glance page).

Next up is something I’m super pumped about, which is a goal setting page (pictured 2 photos up).  Two pages, each with 6 boxes where you decide what goes in the title and what fills the box.  I suppose you can use these for whatever you want, but I know I’m using them to set my goals for the year. My personal categories might include: Weight/health, Home, Social, Personal, Romantic, and Blog goals, just to name a few. **Let me know what categories you would choose**

After all of that fun introductory stuff, we get to the meat of any planner: the calendar section.

The month at a glance pages are pretty much the same, but are cleaned up a bit.  As I mentioned, there is no quote up at the top (as they’re on the tab pages), so the look of the spread is a bit cleaner.  There is a sidebar for goals for the month that I think has been cleaned up just a  bit as well.  Other than that, it’s a pretty standard ECLP monthly calendar.

The weekly layouts are the ones that have gone through the most change.

EC2016 weekly

Vertical Layout

The vertical layout is what most people think of when they think Erin Condren Life Planner. This year, they completely revamped this layout, cleaning it up so it can better serve the purpose you want it to serve.

Except for the dates themselves, all labels have disappeared.  Instead of the usual “Morning, Day, and Night” labels, these colored banners are left blank so you can fill them in with whatever you want.  This change alone sold me on this year’s planner.  You’ll also notice that instead of “goals” written on the side bar, “meals, etc” on the bottom, these areas have also been left blank for you to fill in as you please.  In the upper left corner there used to be a mini calendar, but now there is a blank box for you to write a “thankful thought” or anything else you think needs to be written.  There is also an extra note page at the end of every month, for some extra writing space.  Personally, I think all of these changes are great.  While it does make things look a bit more plain, the planner sticker world on Etsy quickly allows you to change that.  They are all still colorful and coordinated, just a bit more simply done.

Horizontal Layout

This was the biggest news when the 2016 ECLP videos came out. They finally came up with a horizontal layout.  When you order the horizontal layout, I know that the color schemes are a bit different, using more subdued colors instead of the brights, and there is use of the triangle pattern throughout the planner.  Tab pages have this marbled look, and the vellum is also in the triangle pattern, rather than the paisley pattern of the vertical planner.  I thought about getting myself a horizontal one, but after thinking about it, I knew my style was more suited for the vertical layout.  One of my favorite bloggers and you tubers, Jennifer Ross, of Pretty Neat Living, has a review that will give you an in depth look at the horizontal layout. She can offer you more info on this version than I can.


After you make it though the 2016 calendar, you’ll find that there is plenty more to see.  Following the calendar, you’ll find 7 more pages (front and back) of decorated note pages; Some lined, some graph paper (new feature), and a few completely blank. In case you need a 2017 calendar, that is in the back too.

As usual, there are 4 fabulous pages of colorful stickers bound into the back of the planner.

  • 1 sheet of birthday stickers
  • 1 pre-printed sheet (day off, game, appointment, vacation, etc)
  • 2 sheets of blank labels for you to customize.

The “Keep it Together” folder got a face lift this year with some new colors and a reinforced pocket on either side to help you keep a few more things inside.

EC2016 perpcal

The perpetual calendar also got a facelift.  This little book tells you what special holidays you should remember, and it also gives you plenty of space to fill in birthdays, anniversaries, and any other reoccurring events that should be remembered.

EC2016 Extras

Last, but certainly not least, is the zip pocket. This year, both the pocket and the bookmark (that snaps in to your coil to mark where you are) have white dots on them for decoration. Instead of gift labels, there are some other goodies to be found inside the pouch this year:

  • 3 compliment cards
  • 3 referral code cards (to share with friends)
  • A sample sheet of their new “do it all dots”
  • 1 coil clip (to make anything clip into your coil)

There you have it, friends. The 2016 Erin Condren Life Planner! I am so pleased with my planner again this year, and I can’t wait to see what it turns into for me.

The Life Planners come in regular ($50), platinum edition (metallic silver foil)($60) and gold edition

If you’re a 1st time Erin Condren customer, use this link to sign up for the site and you’ll get emailed a $10 coupon that is good toward any purchase on the Erin Condren website.


Interest in the new sticker book by Erin Condren? Here’s a walkthrough video showing you everything inside.

*All products were purchased using my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  Post contains referral links*

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  5. Christa CArlton says:

    I ordered one and delivery took 3 weeks. I exchanged six emails with customer service and they would not refund my $9.95 paid for 3-5 business day shipping. Horrible experience for an overpriced product!!

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I just got an order today (2/1) that I placed back on the 15th of January. Now that they’re getting so popular, the turnaround times are starting to become an issue. I also pay for extra shipping (if my order is over $100, as it only costs $2 to upgrade shipping) because I’ve watched some EC orders sit for a week. The product is beautiful, but the timing definitely leaves something to be desired. I understand.

  6. Jacqueline says:

    I love my planners, this is my second one. However this year (2016) the spiral being bigger as an upgrade to years prior is just terrible. You touch the thing the wrong way and the back or front cover pops right off. It makes for a very difficult experience to use. Though I love my EC for daily use, this issue is making it hard to deal with multiple times a day.

  7. Roxanne says:

    Bought my first life planner and was excited UNTIL the cover started falling off from day one. The cover is basically a heavy laminated sheet of paper. When I got it, there were plastic curls along the edges where it had been cut and was rough. Now the tabs where it connects to the spiral are breaking and it’s only been a week. I contacted customer service and they haven’t offered to resolve the issue, they only appologized. I love the planner but without a functional cover, it’s pretty much useless-especially for forty bucks. 🙁

  8. Chrissy says:

    I agree with the cover issue, I’ve been spending way too much time to trying to get them back on – have you guys found a way to resolve this?

    • divaandthedivine says:

      I don’t have a problem with the covers popping off, but I do find them difficult to get on, and I often have to take the time to press the plastic into each individual coil. However, I usually attribute this to my lack of finger strength rather than the covers themselves. I could be wrong.

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