How I Use My Erin Condren Notebook

I fell into the planner craze back in May, but I never purchased the highly publicized Erin Condren life planner. I could never see myself purchasing a planner for $50 so instead I purchased the classic sticker book. The more I got into planning, the more interested I became in the Erin Condren brand. Still couldn’t spend the $50 so instead I purchased the ‘Keep It Simple Notebook.’ Check out my unboxing HERE.

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At first I didn’t want to use it because it was so pretty. I went with a floral cover and as a Happy Planner use I could instantly see and feel the difference in cover quality. I knew I wanted to have a brain dump notebook. No, it didn’t have to run me $22, but for something I wanted to try out, I made the purchase. The only thing I regret was not buying the deluxe for $35 as it came with a pouch and stickers in the back.

The planner has lined and blank pages. For the blank pages I use them as a pinterest type board. Anything I have crafty to do with the kids at my job (check out my project pre-K series HERE) or a design for a room in my house will go there. I like the open space to doodle and draw, etc.

As for the regular pages, I have lists on lists on lists.  From blog prep to Youtube video idea, holiday party prep, and wish lists. I have about two pages that have a list of Etsy stickers I want along with a list of my favorite YouTubers. There’s a lot of pages dedicated to my current blog roll of blogging daily in December. I’ve also been using a lot of my Erin Condren stickers from the classic sticker book to section off parts of the page. I’m trying to make use of all the space I have.

The latest edition I’ve added to my EC notebook is a calendar. I’ll be using the calendar to brainstorm blog posts. For the month of December I wrote them in with pen, but for future months I will write them in with pencil. Behind the calendar I write down all the blog post ideas I have for the month and take it from there. Once an idea is published I check it off the list. As for where I purchased the calendar, I got it from the dollar tree. The paper is thin, but it does the job. Still cheaper than me buying the deluxe EC notebook with the calendar for $50.

Lastly, when it comes to writing utensils I was using Sharpie pens until my black one happened break. Since then I just use regular pens along with my Sharpie Fine Points even though they bleed through. Not horrible, but still a bleed through. Click HERE to check out all variations of the Erin Condren notebooks.

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On The Go Planner Supplies

Planning has become quite the obsession of mine this year which is clear as it’s taken up a huge portion of my blog. I love sharing my layouts with those that are interest, but all in all, planning has become very therapeutic. I get lost in planning and it relaxes me and I’m not worried about anything else at that moment. Everyone needs that thing where they are in a bubble just being creative. Planning is that for me.

When I first started planning, I got lost in the planner world. It was so overwhelming the amount of people that are into it and the amount that was out there. In fact, there’s even more options now than when I started planning in May. I’ve always used a planner for as long as I can remember and I strongly believe in writing things down opposed to putting everything in my phone. As I take my planner with me now, I keep it beyond simple with my supplies.

With the MAMBI Happy Planner, Sharpie Fine Points bleed through the page. Sharpie pens are fine. Papermate Flares are super thumbs up because it’s a cross between both types of Sharpies mentioned, but they don’t bleed through. The color options are amazing as well. Since I don’t have paper mates I just use my Sharpie Fine Points since I have them in all colors. I then alternate week to week with full box checklists so there would be less bleed through on the pages. I usually just use a black one and a navy one. Those are my favs. Depending on the layout I might add another color or two.

Before then I would carry around a makeup bag that I had received for Christmas and stuff it with pens and other “planner essentials.” The more I carried it, the more I realized I didn’t use it. I still have a few things in it, but it just sits on my Ikea Raskog for now.

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Now I just use my purse that my grandmother randomly gave me. It fits both my planner and EC notebook which I carry daily or some days I just carry one or the other. It all depends. In the pocket in the back of the bag I’ll toss my sharpies, and that’s that. Opposed to other bags I have, this bag is not small, but it’s not a huge tote to lug around daily either. It’s a great size and it’s become my every day bag for sure.

Planning does not have to be expensive. You don’t need a Happy Planner an Erin Condren, Filofax, etc,. It’s really about finding a system that works for you, sticking to it, and getting sh*t done. Cheers to that!

Plan With Me: October 26th-November 1st (Halloween Theme)

Welcome to another plan with me. It’s the week of Halloween which means my favorite month of the year has basically come to an end. In the meantime, let’s que up a classic Hocus Pocus. If only I had created a theme for that. This week I centered my layout around yet another Darice sticker book titled ‘Happy Halloween.’ Before going further, here’s a look at my ‘Spooky Pumpkin’ theme from last week (October 19th-25th).

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The Darice sticker books are a great way to build a sticker collection for someone who is new at planning. Majority of the sticker books come with 6 pages and if you have a friend that’s planning you can split the costs and share the stickers, splitting the books in half. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this in a previous plan with me of some sort, but I can’t rave enough about the Darice sticker books. You can create so many layouts with them.

IMG_2323Another thing that I added to this layout was scrapbook paper. While scrapbook paper is thick and might bulk up the pages, this worked out very well. I had this textured scrapbook paper and the purple stripes worked great in the middle, but the top was missing something so I added scrapbook paper to that as well except in every other box. I used a printable instead of Etsy stickers since I’m limited on those and the printables I decided to use was between Wendaful and Vintage Glam Studio. I ended up using the one from Wendaful although both are great options.

It took quite a while to cut out the stickers which is why I prefer pre-cut stickers, but a little time a patience did the trick. Adding stickers from the sticker book was the bet part. I added more scrap book paper to the sidebar and it really just ended upcoming all together. I even added stickers where the dates are which added yet another touch. Sometimes I’m hesitant in using large stickers since I don’t want to run out of space to write, but similar to my Safari week, it worked.

Cheers to inexpensive & functional planning. Enjoy the video below and click the links to purchase items available.

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