Fun Weekly Box Decorations

Hi Everyone! I’ve been substitute teaching full time and my poor blog has been ignored! But today I want to show you how I use the 12 inch borders that are often used in scrapbooking!

I’m sure you have scrapbooking supplies sitting around collecting dust, right? Here’s a way you can repurpose some of those items and use them in your life planner.

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This is an adorable border set that I picked up recently from Hobby Lobby. Most of these come in 12 inch strips as they are designed for the 12 x 12 scrapbooking albums. There are hundreds of patterns and colors available in the sticker/scrapbook sections of your local craft store. Here is what I do with them.

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The boxes in the Erin Condren Life Planner are 1 1/2 inches wide by just under 2 inches tall. If you cut the strips into 1 1/2 inch segments, to fit across your boxes in the weekly view, you can get 8 sections from each 12 inch strip.

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These can then be placed in your life planner like Washi Tape or a custom Event Sticker.

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I found some old scrapbooking supplies and made myself a whole bunch of little strips that I can use in my life planner, or send in RAK envelopes! I love the versatility that these offer and the variety of colors, shapes, and sizes that are available!

All you need is a paper cutter to get the job done. Quick! Go dig through your boxes of unused supplies. You’re sure to find some fun strips that you can trim and add into your planner :)

Dear Erin…from Rebecca

Dear Erin,
I am not a BOP (Born Organized Person). Your planner has helped me to track my work commitments, personal commitments, schoolwork, fitness and everything else all in one place. It makes sense to my non-BOP brain. I appreciate the design and beauty of it as well, and the colors…well they make my day. Thank you for making a product that works for BOP and non-BOPs alike and making the world a little prettier. Thanks ever so much! Rebecca

More Than Just Chores

Looking for some inspiration for your notes pages?  Try something bright and cheerful and colorful like Tanveer’s page!  Her cleaning schedule is full of smiles and laughter!  Who wouldn’t be motivated by turning to this page in their planner to see what awaits each day!!

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Photo by Tanveer Najiullah

The Note pages are so versatile and waiting to be filled with whatever inspires you, moves you, or instructs you…to dream more, do more, BE more!!

Let these pages enhance your life.

Let them simplify your life.

Let them motivate your life.

Let them allow you to be creative, turning your Life Planner or Notebook into a personal record of your days and routines, habits and hopes!

Do you have something special that you use your note pages for?  I want to hear about it!  Submit a Blog Post to share your ideas with everyone!  We all want to hear from you!

I can’t wait to see what you have!!   ~Kristy

EC Inspired Cookies

Cookies!!  We all love them!  They are fun to make, and even more fun to eat!  I found some really cute cookies in the Erin Condren Fan Club!  Enjoy a little bit of the story that goes along with them!

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“Hi Kristy!
Attached is a picture of my Erin Condren inspired cookies. To give you a little background, I started teaching myself to decorate cookies a few months ago. What began as a little hobby has turned into a big hobby and a little business and I’ve started acquiring quite a bit of cookie gear (along with my EC obsession–my apartment is bursting at the seams!).

When I saw my daisy cookie cutter–I immediately thought of the six pointed asterisk EC uses and a light bulb went off. Add the classic “enjoy!” and these cookies would be perfect for any fan. They were a blast to create and honestly, without my life planner/clipboard/jumbo wall calendar–I would be a disorganized mess, so a cookie tribute is totally called for. I see more EC inspired cookies in my future–and I can’t wait!

Thanks for all you do!
Kelsey”

So cute and so adorable!  Thank you Kelsey for sharing your talent with all of us!

Dear Erin…from Jennifer

Let’s take a minute to tell Erin Condren what her products mean to us!

“Dear Erin,
I will get my 3rd life planner on Monday and I cannot thank you enough for sharing your passion with all of us. I have a crazy busy life and my LP actually makes me excited to fill my calendar instead of stressed about it. I love the cover choices and that you change things up just a little every year. The monthly/weekly format is great and all the little extras really make me feel like I have a luxury item to plan with. Thanks for filling the world with just a little more color.
Your fan, Jenn”

Making A Used Planner Your Own

You want to know a secret?  Used Erin Condren Life Planners are a HOT ITEM!!  When someone posts a used EC LP for sale, the post *might* last 1 minute before it is SOLD!!!  People love Erin Condren planners, and they especially love getting them for a great deal!

I should probably define “used”!  We are not talking about a planner that is a year old with writing all over the place.  A “used” planner, in this context, is one that is basically new still, only the person might have a few birthdays listed, or a few appointments, or a sticker or two.  Generally, used planners become available when the Cover was printed incorrectly, or the person didn’t like the cover they chose, so they ordered a different one.  I just bought a used planner myself, $35 including shipping, and I will be using Bic whiteout to cover a few marks on the January, February, and March monthly calendars.  No biggie!  I’m pretty sure I’ll make it a Garden Journal, but more about that another time.

Today, I want to HIGHLIGHT one of the most beautiful used planners I think I’ve ever seen!  I won’t tell the story, I’ll let Rosie tell it, because she is the one responsible for making it so beautiful and personalized for her!!

“Hi Kristy,
Sorry this has taken forever for me to get back to you. I ordered some personalized note pads to match the EC, [and] now I really feel like I fit in.  Silly I know.

Well I basically have been calling this the “year of the planner”.  I have been contemplating purchasing an EC LP for a few years but kept talking myself out of it.  I was thinking things like…it’s not customizable…what if I need to add to it…what if it doesn’t work for me then I’ve spent all this money on it for nothing?  I kept going to the web-site and putting a planner and accessories in the cart, then I’d go back and delete everything. I did this so many times!

In between,  I’ve been “trying a bunch of other planner’s”.  Out of the blue, someone had posted a “used ECLP” on the Filofaxes and Pens for Sale Facebook page.  It was good from Dec 2013 to Dec 2014, so I bought it for $30.  Well it never showed up.  [The gal] got the envelope back, damaged, opened, and planner-less.  She felt so bad about it.  I was sad also. I was really looking forward to getting it.

Later that day I saw another EC LP on the same FB page so I bought it for the same amount of money. I was jumping for joy when I received it!! I had been reading and reading all the post’s and scouring all the pictures on the Erin Condren Fan Club page, so I was more than ready to jump right in!  One of the funny things was the “used LP” I got was the same cover I had been putting in the cart on the web-site.  It was meant to be mine!!

I went to my scrap room, pulled out some matching Washi [tape] and got to work covering up the name “Jessica Roche” in cursive on the front cover.  It looked fine but needed a little something more. Luckily, being the scrapbook hoarder I am,  I found some matching K & Company felt flower stickers, so I put them on,  then lastly added some sparkle HOTP Dazzles dot’s to the center’s of the EC Dahlia’s and…Viola!!!…Some awesome cuteness going on!!

I loved the way it turned out. I added a charm that I made and ordered some matching note pads (with my name on it, yay!!), and I’m happy, happy, happy!!  

So glad to be an official part of the Erin Condren Fan Club. Thank you so much for asking me to be a small part of your blog, I am truly honored!  Happy Thoughts, Rosie

PS: Jessica Roche gave me permission to use her name and before pictures of the planner she sold me. What a sweetheart! Thank You Jessica!”

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Photo by Rosie

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I absolutely LOVE this!  What an incredible job personalizing this “used” planner!!  Thank you Rosie for sharing your story!!