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Have you heard of Erin Condren? She makes all sorts of gorgeous and personalized goodies including Life Planners, Stationary, Note Cards, and LUGGAGE! Each order is printed to order and can be made to your specifications (like if you choose to change a color from the original design). I am, officially, addicted.
Not too long ago a sorority sister (Go Chi O!) and amazing friend of mine started talking about the Erin Condren Life Planners and Teacher Planners. I started researching them and felt all a-fluster! They are expensive (starting at $50-$75 for the life planners) but are very high quality. The covers are a hard laminate and the coil is metal. This makes my confident that they will withstand the test of time…and with a busy life and an 18 month planner this is a GREAT quality to have.
So just as I started designing to put in my cart and wait to have the money to order one another one of my sorority sisters offered to buy me one…with all the goodies to go with it 🙂 I have amazing friends! She knew that she would never use it, but thought that they were so cool she HAD to buy one. I think she was also trying to earn some credit card points 😉
I squealed and danced around the whole day designing everything I wanted and sent it over to her. Then started the LOOOOONG wait. Erin Condren just launched their 2014-2015 covers on June 12th so they were swamped and behind on their shipping dates. I had an estimated shipping date of July 3rd and it finally shipped on July 7th with an estimated delivery date of July 12th (and my friend paid for upgraded shipping!). I stalked the FedEx site…it was bad…but that’s the way these things go.
So yesterday (the 12th) I made plans in the morning to take the kiddos swimming at our friend’s pool at 9am. I NEVER thought that it would arrive in the morning. Always the Negative Nancy I figured that it would be the last package on the truck. WRONG! Fifteen minutes after I left the house I checked the site (I told you, STALKER) and low and behold she had been delivered!
So in the pool we went. My goal was now to wear out the munchkins so that they would sleep/lounge all afternoon so I could decorate and fill in my planner…it worked! After a solid 2 hours in the pool and a quick lunch at home the little man went to bed and my husband took over watching the big kids so I could play 🙂
Without further ado…my planner!
Now there are many horror stories in the Facebook groups about things going wrong with the planners. This is spelled wrong, the color is off, there is color bleed on the pages, etc. I was lucky enough to have a PERFECT planner and the colors are amazing. I chose a stock color scheme mainly because I didn’t know it was possible to do otherwise! But this year they are offering changeable covers so in 6 months when I am tired of looking at this one (which I doubt, but who knows) I can order a different cover…maybe one with my blog logo on it because you can add pictures!
Then there were the extra things that I picked out.
I decided to get return labels because I am really trying to get good at sending real mail. The Erin Condren Facebook groups really help with that because the community is huge on sending RAKs (random acts of kindness). Two of the extras I got are the pen holder and the bands. The pen holder just made sense because why wouldn’t you always want a pen accessible to your planner? Be aware you need a fairly thin pen to fit the slot! The bands were another thing that just made sense to me. you put a band around your book to keep it closed when you aren’t using it…they also double as headbands. Sadly, my head is just a little too big and they hurt as headbands but it is still fun! Another goodie is the designer sticker sheets. AHHH I cannot wait to use these. There are 2 sticker sheets each of many of the cover designs that can be cut or “punched” into shapes for using in your planner. I absolutely LOVE how everything coordinates and is FUN!
Another one of the extras are my fantastic Chi Omega notepads!! I haven’t been an active member in almost 10 years, but I am still a VERY proud sister! I still try to fit Chi-O into my life wherever I can. These notepads will be great for keeping in touch. You get 2 notepads and they actually come with adhesive on the back so you can stick it right in your planner. I am debating whether or not to do this still, but I am leaning towards keeping them separate for now.
So there you have it with the goodies that I got directly from Erin Condren…but then comes all off the goodies i bought to compliment it! Those Facebook groups and Instagramers are total enablers. Yesterday I set EVERYTHING out on my bed when it was my planner time. It was overwhelming…and I don’t have a quarter what some of these ladies have. I have been buying washi tape and stickers like it was nobody’s business LOL
I am repurposing so much from when I was big into scrapbooking to now be for my planner. I am trying to hold back now…at least for a FEW weeks with the exception of new pens. I don’t like the ones I bought…they don’t write thick enough.
So, my initial reactions…I LOVE ERIN CONDREN!!! I can just tell that the products are high quality. They are set to be releasing Note Books soon and I plan on using my $15 off of a $50 purchase coupon (it came in my order!) on one!! If you would like to try them out please consider signing up through my referral link which will get you a $10 off your first purchase coupon and earn me a $10 credit which I would really appreciate!
What do you think of my first layouts? I am sure that next week’s is going to fill up in NO TIME!