Brilliant Ideas!

I love being part of the EC community on FB and seeing all the ideas people come up with to make their planners function more efficiently. 

Every now and then, there is an idea that is really, really good, so I want to share those here!  Today there are three…

1.  Need Lines?


2.  Missing the month label on your daily pages?  

 
Removing the tiny calendar on the top left corner of the Vertical format left some of us wondering which month we are in if we are planning ahead, or if we don’t have the color palate memorized. I thought this was an excellent idea to simply write it in that tiny colored box on the bottom left of your daily pages. 

EC, if you’re seeing this, perhaps you can simply print the monthly name here for the 2016-2017 planners!

3. What to do about your notepad when you have removable covers?  

  
  
  

 

This tops the brilliance chart for me today. The notepads are designed to be stuck to the back cover of the planner. This worked well when the cover was permanent. But what to do if you change your cover?  This!

What a great way to have the flexibility of having a notepad when you need it, or removing it if you don’t need those extra pages for that event or that particular day. 

Thank you to all the ladies in my groups who are sharing their amazing ideas with all of us. And if you haven’t joined us yet, be sure to check out the family of “My Erin Condren” groups on Facebook. There should be at least one that you can call home!

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Covering The Extra Days In The Monthly View

In the Erin Condren monthly layout, as in any monthly layout, there are too many boxes per number of days in the month. Most calendars simply leave these blank, but Erin Condren numbers the extra days from the precious month and for the following month. Here’s a look at November 2016.  


If you look closely, you’ll see October 30 & 31, as well as December 1-3. Let’s take a closer look.  

  

 

The dates are printed in a lighter grey than the numbers for the actual month, but I find this to be confusing while I’m doing my planning. 

In the past, I’ve simply used Bic Whiteout tape to cover those unnecessary numbers, but this year I’m handling this a little differently.  
This year, I am using the EC designer Washi sheets to create my own Washi tape to cover the extra numbers. 

First, grab a sheet that coordinates with your month and your paper cutter.  

 

I measure 1/4 inch and cut myself some strips! 

 

Then I cut my strips to fit across the length necessary to cover those extra boxes.  

 

Sometes I just need a tiny strip! 


I just have to cover those light grey numbers. I can’t have more than one month on my layout (*one exception to this rule that I will share soon).  


The finished look is simple, streamline, and it allows me to still use the box for important notes. This is my July calendar with 2 notes that pertain to multiple days in the month. I didn’t want to clutter my layout with Washi strips over the entire month for my daughter, so I simply used a blank box to write myself a little note.  


Here is the whole layout from my photo examples.  May happened to begin on a Monday, so I only needed my Washi strips along the bottom of this monthly spread. 

I love that I can cut my strips any thickness that I want. Skinny works best for me, so all of my strips so far are 1/4 inch.  

I can’t wait for June of 2016. The colors are so pretty together!

  

November also only needed strips across the bottom. 

 

I’ve enjoyed doing every month except for December. I have the Holiday Washi sheets (with the Christmas themes) in my cart and I’m waiting for the Teacher Planner launch to order because I know I will want the new sticker book that will be available then as well!

Here’s March. It required strips on both the bottom and the top! 

 

I’m loving my planner being only Erin Condren this year. It’s requiring me to be creative and utilize what supplies I have in many different ways!!

  

New EC Markers

I received my launch bundle today which included the new EC markers. 

The packaging is great and I do think I will use these markers. I like them, but I don’t totally LOVE them.  


Four of the colors are nice and bold, but the green and the blue are difficult to read unless the lighting is really good. I would have liked them to write darker and bolder! (Is bolder a word?)


See how light the blue and green are?  The rest of the colors are nice. I wish it also had a golden yellow and a purple and then this set would be perfect for my color coding system. 

The tips are perfect for me and I will find ways to make them work this year with my “only EC” planner.  

Custom Event Labels

I just want to share a comparison in the custom event labels. The “Driving School” label was ordered a few months ago and the “Kendrick and Darien” labels were ordered a year ago. I love the new bolder design so much better. I really hope this is how my next set will arrive as well.  


Fun little embellishment with the Do-It-All dots!  

 

An Erin Condren Only Year

Have you ever felt overwhelmed just to plan in your planner?  Has your pile of supplies taken over the kitchen table or office?  Have you wished for planner peace and simplicity in this area? 

I have…

So I decided to have an Erin Condren only planner this year. Everything I use in my planner will be from the Erin Condren brand. 

It’s still a lot of stuff! 

But if you break it down, it’s really just 8 different items. 

1.  The Erin Condren Life Planner…Of course we must start with the basics and own an EC planner!  Mine is Vertical, but there is also a new Horizontal option this year.  
2.  Blank Event Labels…2 sheets of these come in your planner (plus 2 sheets that are pre-printed). I really like the blank labels so I’ve ordered a few more just to have all the colors. I use a Pilot G2 black pen to write on them.  

 
3.  Custom Event Labels…I love these and want them for everything!  But I basically just get them for recurring events and things that I really need to stand out.  
4.  Daily Dots…These are a fairly newish item and this will be the first year that I use them. I like them and wish EC would do some that are even smaller.

5.  Do-It-All Dots…another newish item that I am using for the first time this year. They are grouped in themes which include: cleaning, recycle, laundry; pencil, arrow, heart; exercise, timer, measuring tape; exclamation, dollar sign, envelope/mail; doctor, medications, dentist; nails, hair, makeup. 

Some of these will get used up quickly and easily, like the money sign and the heart, and others may be gifted to friends that will use them like makeup or the measuring tape. But they are cute and functional, and there is a good variety! 


6.  The New Sticker Book…Can I just say LOVE?!!!  Scroll down to an older blog post and I show all the pages. I hope with a pleading kind of hope that they will design more of these that are seasonal and themed in fun ways. This is an exciting new product! 

 

7.  One thing I have not fully taken advantage of yet is the Washi paper/stickers that they have. I own the classic set. The Christmas set is in my cart. And I keep looking at the summer themed set, wondering if I love it enough to buy it yet. It’s probably just a matter of time. 

I plan to use these for marking my weekends and any extended vacation days or family activities that span over several days. They are designed to be cut in any shape, so the ways of using them are limitless! 

  


8. Various punches…ok, this is technically not EC, but I can’t get enough of this tiny flag punch. I will be using it a lot this year to make my own flags out of the Washi paper AND the event stickers. I will probably look for a small circle punch as well as one other that looks fun and fits in the boxes. My goal is to keep things simple though, so 1-3 punches will be my limit!  Because the Washi paper is designed to use in shapes, I think cutting the EC brand Washi qualifies as keeping things within the EC brand this year!

   

I am super excited about this challenge and I really like how my planner is turning out so far. I plan to add the new EC markers to my pile of supplies, but even with all of these things, my pile is totally under control when it isn’t all spread out.  

   

I’ve done 3 1/2 page layouts so far and it has been quick and easy and very little time has been spent on decor, yet my planner makes me smile when I see it and it’s keeping me on track! 

  

  

Everything on these pages is EC only and my Pilot G2 black pen. 

I made some fun flags for Thanksgiving week!   

   

And some more cute ones for recording my work hours when school starts in August. 

  

 

This little flag punch is from Walmart and it feels like a must have for me. 

I tried a different design for October. Not sure I LOVE this, but it didn’t cost me much time to experiment a little.  

 
I can’t wait to see how my planner looks by next June. I know my shopping will be much simpler and easier on the budget. And I hope this will let everyone know that the items you can get from EC, the new bundle, and perhaps a few custom event labels are all you really need for simple, functional, but still lots of fun planning!