Saturday, August 31, 2013

It's here: Erin Condren Planner Unboxing!!


As a follow up to my last post....guess what came in the mail yesterday!! I came home to a note on the door stating that there wasn't just one, but two packages waiting for me in the apartment office.

I received the Thank You cards I ordered from Shutterfly and a lovely pink, green, and white box with all my Erin Condren goodies in it.

I wanted to document the "unboxing" and I thought Luna would just do her thing and hang out, but no. She thought this package was for her and wanted to be involved in every part of opening it. Hehe. It was cute and only slightly annoying at times, but mostly funny.

So, without further we go!

That's little Bean's pasty arm having no issue with sliding right in to help mommy open the box.

First thing out of the box:
A free sample pack of stickers I can put on little gifts or whatnot. How cute, right?

Then there was this...
A cute little postcard with a $10 off my next purchase on it. As you can see, I had to pry it away from curious little hands to get a picture. Haha. (I blurred out the coupon code, I didn't think it'd be very ethical to post it to the internet if it's only supposed to be for people who had ordered something.)

Then came the actual order! Weeeee!!! Now, I didn't get to enjoy the actual opening of the package because, as I said, Bean thought this was all for her...

Ta da!!! Shall we take a look? Here are some of the extras I ordered:
1. Some bands that you use to keep everything all nice and together. 2. A set of 6 extra fine fiber point pens (red, pink, orange, blue, green, purple) 3. A pen holder sticker thing that you attach to your planner so you can keep a pen attached.

As for the's smaller than I thought it would be. I thought it would be like a full size notebook but it's definitely not. It's awfully thick though (I'm not complaining!) so I think if it were full sized it would be quite a beast of a planner.

Here's the front:
I got the quote idea from the blog One Tough Mother. I ran across her blog as I was looking at a bunch of other people's planners online to get ideas.  She has a terrific tutorial right here where she explains how to make the quote sections using PicMonkey. (Which is what I did for mine.) All credit goes to her for that!

((Note to future Erin Condren buyers: Maybe it's just me and my computer, but I had a terrible time with the photo loader and layout portion of the EC website. It was extremely annoying to use and I almost gave up multiple times. I just wanted it to work and the time I spent putting together the planner cover/layout was ridiculous. If I buy another planner, I think I may give up on having photos and just use one of the pre-made layouts.))

Here's the back of the planner:
I love that top picture of the Bean. She's just so silly sometimes. In person you can read what the yellow quote says ( the right lighting). Perhaps it was a poor choice to use yellow with white writing. Oh well.

Now for the inside:
It has lovely laminated tabs and has wonderful quote pages here and there. (And also some motivating quotes on each monthly layout.

Here's what the weekly layout looks like:
Planner 12 
I love how it has each day divided into "morning," "day," and "night." There's a weekly goals section on the left hand side and also a little section at the bottom of each day that you can use for whatever. (I haven't decided yet! Maybe craft goals, maybe blog things...the choices are endless!)

Now for one of my favorite parts: STICKERS!

Some of these stickers came with the planner, some I paid extra (like the personalized stickers and photo stickers). 1. Little colored stickers that came with the planner and have things like "Birthday" on them to mark birthdays. 2. Some more labeled stickers with things like "Doctor's Appt" on them. 3. Personalized label stickers. I made some that say "Ryan's Day Off" or "Alex's Day Off," some personalized birthday stickers, ect. 4. Two sheets of blank stickers that go in a folder pocket. 5. Two sheets of colored blank stickers that are bound into the book. 6. My favorite: photo stickers! (Here again...the EC photo uploader is quite annoying.)

((Neat thing about the stickers: They are perfectly sized to fit within a day on the weekly planner or the monthly planner. Neat, huh?))

Here are some goodie areas in the back of the planner:
Planner 15
A folder pocket (double sided) where you can keep your extra stickers or receipts or whatnot. A ziplock type pocket (it's quite stronger than a ziplock, though) to keep stuff in. There were little "Let's Get Together" cards and personalized "To/From" stickers in there. The back laminated cover had a two year "look ahead" type calendar layout.

((Not pictured: There are also about 20 blank pages you can write notes and things on. As well as contacts and important #'s pages.))

Whew. That's a lot of pictures. So, there you have it! I can't wait to organize and write all my stuff down. I'll have to take some action pictures once I get started on it. 

Thanks for stopping by!
-Mrs. 246


  1. That is so beautiful! I love the idea of having it personalized! I am in love with using planners, so I will have to check it out!

    1. Thank you! They are pricy, but it's kind of one of those splurge items. If you use it every day for a year though, I'm sure you'll get your money's worth.

  2. How fun! Happy Mail! Have fun filling it up!

    1. Yes indeed! I've already started, but I've got a bunch more I want to include in it. :)