Making It Mine

The RAK program is so popular it needs its own planner to stay organized!

I saw a post for a used planner for sale and literally bought it in 30 seconds flat!

It arrived in a few days and I put it immediately to use keeping track of all the RAK requests and anything else of interest from the Erin Condren groups.

Here is the planner as I received it in the mail.

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The cover is a soothing Cornflower Blue in the Gingham pattern with minimal customization.

I tried several things to cover the name but finally just ended up using my favorite pin stripe Washi tape and some cute ABC stickers to write “RAK 2014″.

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To protect the stickers and keep the Washi from peeling, I put a small piece of clear packing tape over the area.  You can just barely see the left bottom corner of the packing tape in this next photo!  A person would have to look REALLY HARD to see the packing tape, so it is a good option for protecting any decor that might be added to a used planner to cover the other person’s name.

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On the inside, I used complimentary colored pens to keep track of RAK requests, new people, international requests, and notes about anything that was necessary to remember in managing the various Erin Condren groups that I started.  I was giving out between 300-400 names weekly, so there was a lot to jot down!!

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This little “used” planner (though it was completely brand new), has and is totally serving its purpose.  I think the cover turned out just fine and I am grateful that I found a used one that I could purchase for this purpose!

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New Facebook Group

I’d like to introduce everyone to my new Facebook group, named after my blog, “My Erin Condren”.  I really wanted to create a space on FB for a group that focused exclusively on the Erin Condren brand.

The group is for motivation, inspiration, and encourages productivity, and creativity as you integrate Erin Condren products….Planners, Notebooks, Functional Family, Notepads, Notecards or even her Candles or Body Butter (because everyone deserves a little pampering) into your daily lives.

If you’re looking for a group to join where we talk about all things Erin Condren, “My Erin Condren (MyEC) is the place to be!  You can join HERE!

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!