Something you might not know about me is that I love stationery probably just as much as I love make up! Notebooks, cards, folders, diaries, post-its, pens, you name it. There is something about pretty stationery and being organised that makes me happy. Being as obsessed as I am, I just had to get myself an Erin Condren Life Planner. For those of you who are not familiar with Erin Condren, it's a Californian brand which specialises in personalised stationery and other custom lifestyle products. For a stationery junkie, Erin Condren is like heaven!
The Life Planner is a diary, organiser and notebook all in one. There are loads of laminated covers to choose from which are all interchangeable and can be personalised. As you can see I went for a colourful leopard print design with my name printed on the cover. I just love it!
All the way through the planner are bright and colourful quotes and sayings which I think is such a nice touch. Inside there is a tab for each month of the year, with a monthly overview and then a weekly overview. The monthly page is great for seeing at a glance what you have got on and I have a bill tracker sticker which I place on this page to keep track of all my expenses during the month.
The weekly pages are where I can really plan out my week. Each day is split in to three sections, morning, day and night and there is also a goals and notes section on every weekly spread.
When I first discovered Erin Condren planners I saw that lots of girls decorate their planners to make them more fun. I just loved the idea of this so bought some stickers from Etsy (there are loads of them on there!) and got some washi tape (some from Paperchase and some from Waterstones) and got planning!
I usually do my planner on a Sunday night, this allows me to plan the week ahead and makes me focused and productive going in to the new week. I have study stickers which I use to mark the nights I will study for my upcoming exams, I have adorable yoga stickers which let me plan when I can fit in a yoga session, balloons to mark birthdays; I even have the cutest mini make up stickers which I use when I am planning blog posts. I also like to stick in some quotes to help inspire and motivate me during the week. The possibilities for planning are endless!
To decorate my planner I add washi tape just to seperate things, add some colour and detail to my weekly plans.
After all the monthly tabs there are tonnes of lined and blank paper towards the end of the planner with some gorgeous designs on them, like the one below. These pages are great for making lists, keeping track of things or just to write down your thoughts.
Towards that back are some planner stickers which are included with the planner. These include two pages of colourful stickers for birthdays, holidays, days off, hair appointments, doctors appointments and lots more. Erin Condren also include a further two pages of blank stickers which you can customise yourself. It really is the little touches like these that make this planner amazing!
At the back of the planner is a double sided pocket which to can put loose pieces of paper in and it aptly says 'keep it together'. How cute! Inside the planner there is a little removable perpetual calendar & contacts book. Here you can fill in people's birthday and special anniversaries and each year all you need to do is transfer the little book over to your new planner. This is such a great idea as it saves you writing it out every year.
To finish off the Life Planner there is a plastic zip lock pouch at the very back which you can keep bits and pieces in. It actually comes with lots of custom made labels which you can use and some of them even match your planner.
When ordering my planner I decided to buy an extra add in. I ordered the meal planner, which is a little laminated bookmark, where you can write on your meals for each day of the week and on the back there is space to write out your shopping list. This is removable and you can just clip it in wherever you want it.
There are just so many features to this planner; it's so much more than just a diary. Erin Condren products aren't available in the UK so I had to pay for it to be shipped over from the US which was not cheap but after getting my planner, the shipping was worth it in my eyes as we have nothing similar here in the UK. The planner itself is $50.
I love my Life Planner, it is so cute and also so functional. It has really made me feel a lot more organised and on top of everything and with my exams coming up I have a feeling it will become indispensable!
I'm planning on doing a whole 'Glam Up Your Stationery' series here on my blog as I have so many pretty things to share with you all!