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!

Horizontal Planner For Business

I am using an Erin Condren Horizontal Planner this year for our business. I’ve been getting it set up and thought I’d share a peek of it here. 

The basic setup for the monthly view will include doggie birthdays and ages of puppies. I also used my paw print Washi tape to mark off the extra days on the monthly view. I often have to count ahead by weeks and having duplicate dates has messed me up a few times. I think covering the dates that are not for the specific month in view will help me avoid that mistake in the future. 

This one includes a bit more info. I also used a fun doggie related sticker to decorate each month. 


The days will be pretty basic with a to-do list on them. The goal of course is to complete all the tasks!  Last year I put this info on the bottom lines in the vertical view. As you can imagine, the space was not adequate for listing all the things that needed to be done each day. 

I have some cute doggie stickers that I may use for an embellishment here and there, but this planner will probably just serve to keep us on track so we don’t forget anything!

If you also want to peek at our puppies, you can visit our other blog at   Enjoy!

Setting Up My New Planner (Planner Hack #3)

This is not exactly a planner hack…I don’t think!

The next thing I did to set up my planner was put my name and phone number on the cover page. 

I absolutely love the vellum cover and think it looks so classy over the name page.  This is a change that I adore and I’m so glad even a normal planner gets this fun touch!

Did anyone else imagine coloring these pencil looking drawings with colored pencils?  I feel tempted to do that. 

I also set up the inside front cover as my dashboard. 


Do you think I have enough sticky notes?  I use them a lot so I don’t mind having such an abundant variety. I was a little hesitant to put them on the cover simply because this is the temporary cover, but I LOVE the inside of this cover, so I’m going to stick with it for a few weeks at least. 

I love the process of setting up my new planner and I plan to share every detail in this blog!!

Setting Up My New Planner (Planner Hack #2)

The worst part about getting a new planner is waiting to be able to use it!  July 1st can’t come soon enough so I decided to pursue “Plan B”.  

Since I took out all the weekly pages for August-December 2016, I thought that just maybe one of those months falls in the same pattern as June 2015, and I was right!

The August 2016 pages have the number dates on the correct week days, so when I took out August, I didn’t just tear it!

I snipped the page along the coil very carefully.  It was a while back when I discovered you could remove or add pages into the planner by snipping them carefully and feeding them back into the coil.  I like to think that EC got the idea of removable covers from all of us that were already snipping our pages, but I’m sure we will never know.


Then you just carefully place the tiny page tabs that were snipped back into the coil. It’s amazing how strong it still is and I have never had a page come out after doing this. 


I inserted my “June” pages before the month of July, and I’m ready to go!!   

Now, I can already use my new planner and I don’t mind that my “June” pages are yellow, when June is normally a different color. 

I am keeping it ultra simple this year and focusing on using everything from the Erin Condren brand only. 

Well, except for the sticky notes!!

If they would ever produce sticky notes, obviously I would buy them and use them too!


I use the sticky note when a date or appointment is not confirmed, or if I am going to journal something but I don’t have time just yet. 


These weeks will definitely fill up more, but I am not going to stress this year if there are white spaces. I am waiting for my planner launch bundle to arrive and then I will have a bit more color on my pages with the colored pens. I plan to use the pens for journaling only and my black Pilot G2 0.7 for everything else. 

Having a brand new planner is so refreshing!  Here is to another awesome year!!

Setting Up My New Planner (Planner Hack #1)

I use my planner over an Academic Year.  This means I begin in July and end in June. As the end of June is around the corner, I am busy setting up my new planner so it will be ready for me to use in July. There are a few things I do to get it ready. 

The first thing I do is tear out pages. Yep, you read that correctly. Pages get torn out. 

Since I only use my planner through the following June or July, I don’t need the weekly pages from August-December of 2016. So I tear them out. But, I leave in the monthly pages. 

Doing this accomplishes 2 things. First, it removes bulk I don’t need. Second, it allows for future planning on my monthly spread, which is perfect because I generally don’t need a lot of detail for future events, I only need basic dates and times.

Below is September weekly 2016 pages torn out. 

Once they are out, I simply glue the lined page to the back of the previous monthly calendar page. This lets me keep those coveted new line pages. 

 (There’s glue on that page)


This is so quick and easy to do. I will admit it was a little hard to tear out perfectly good pages the first time I did it, but now that I’ve done this before, it isn’t so painful. 

Next, I’ll show you how I am using my planner now, even before July begins, using some of those pages I just tore out! 

Designer Sticker Book *Classic Edition*

Did anyone else notice the words “Classic Edition” on the new sticker book?  Might this suggest that there will be more editions to come?

I hope so!  I love the new sticker book so much and I want to see what else they have planned in the area of stickers!

Here is a look at all of the pages…









All of the pages sparkle and shine. It is every bit as pretty as everyone has been saying in the videos. I’m thrilled that I already own 2 books and another one is on the way!!

Does everyone else like this too?