Sunday, October 19, 2014

Erin Condren - 2014-2015 Life Planner Review

Hello beauties! Long time no see! A lot of things has changed since my last post, but I have no complaints. I am slowly getting back into the swing of things and working on blog posts will be my to-do over the weekends. A huge thank you to the lovelies who emailed me to check if I was ok and/or still blogging. It is very much appreciated. :)

Since the year is almost over, I figured a planner review might be helpful to those who are looking for a new planner for 2015. I have always been a paper planner kind of girl... I use the calendar app to keep track of my appointments, but that's pretty much it. Everything else goes into my paper planner.

I decided to go with the Scales pattern for the remaining months of 2014 and 2015. Something different this year are the interchangeable covers, but we'll talk about that in a bit. Some of you are probably wondering what happened to my 2014 Gold Edition Planner. At the beginning of the year, I lost sight of how I like my planners: clean and simple. I bought into the hype of decorating by buying and using tons of scrapbooking supplies and washi tape. Although the content was cuter, the planner was bulkier... which I didn't like. I missed the simplicity of how my planners used to be, so I purchased a 2014-2015 planner for a clean slate.


Tabs for every section (except for the stickers): 2014/2015 calendar, monthly calendars, and notes. 

Calendar Overview 

The snap-in page marker is different from last year. It's clear, stronger, and sturdier. 

The two-page month spread is standard with a note section on the right.

Weekly Calendar
The days are split up into three sections: morning, day, and night. Since I am not in school anymore, I am still experimenting with what to do with the daily boxes. So far, I have to-dos in the morning boxes, must-dos in the day boxes, and personal notes in the night boxes. There is also a section at the bottom where you can write whatever your heart desires. I am still trying to figure that out as well.

Lined and designer blank pages for notes are available in the back.

 Double-sided Folder

Plastic pouch - here I store custom labels and gift labels 

The back of my planner

Changes:
Something that's different this year are the stickers. They are re-positionable this year! There are pre-printed stickers as well as blank ones.

Included in the double-sided folder is the perpetual calendar & contacts booklet. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet, but an upside is I won't have to repeatedly transfer special dates and contact information every year (unless I lose it the booklet). 

Last but not least are the interchangeable covers. If you get bored or want to change up your planner, you can buy individual covers. The price ranges from $10.95 to $15.95. I have not brought my planner with me on the go, so I am not sure if my current cover will be able to stay put... However, I will say that based on use, the cover seems sturdy.

This is my third life planner, so it's pretty obvious I am happy with it. Here are the pros and cons (which is identical to my last review):

PROS
- personal customization
- plenty of designs to choose from
- option to change covers
- sturdy and great quality
- days are divided into sections
- goals and notes listed in every weekly schedule page

CONS
- spiral gets in the way when I write on Wednesday blocks

The Erin Condren Life Planner is definitely an investment! Doing the math, you'd be spending about $4.17/month for a regular planner, $5.42/month for a platinum planner, or $6.25/month for a gold edition planner. If you're the type of person who likes (or needs) to keep track of daily appointments, to-dos, special dates, and/or life, I think the Life Planner is the way to go! Granted, you'd be able to do this with any type of planner, but if you're looking to invest in a cute, spacious, and personalized planner, I highly recommend this!

Create your account at Erin Condren and get $10 off your first order by using this link!

Thanks for stopping by!

5 comments:

  1. Hi Linh! I'm so glad you posted up another review of your new planner! I set up an account with EC and have a couple of things in the favorite box. I am hesitating on getting it because I don't know if I want to get it with the remaining months of 2014 or not. It's so pricey but I know I'm not going to be satisfied with a thinner one from Target. No space to write anything! Maybe I'll buy one for myself when I buy the hubs' Christmas gifts of equal or greater value! LOL. I'm glad you're doing well and hope you and the hubs are looking forward to another happy holiday season! XOXO

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  2. Oh, I like the purple scales! I saw the interchangeable covers and thought that was a witty addition to the lineup. Glad you've stepped in and updated!!

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