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.


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”.


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.


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!!


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!


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!”


Photo by Rosie



Photo by Rosie


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

Bow Ties

Thank you Austin Sizemore for sharing a guest blog post with us today!  Your planner caught my eye and I wanted everyone to see it!  The colors are vibrant and this is a cover we don’t see that often, so I wanted to be sure and share it here on the blog!!

“First off, I would like to say Thank You so much for selecting my planner to be featured on your blog, it means the world to me.

Last year, I ordered a taffy planner (two shades of blue). At first, I loved it, but as the year progressed, it got boring. When selecting my planner this year, I decided to get something a little more “loud”. Thus, I ordered the “default” bow-tie planner. I liked the colors as they were shown, so decided not to change them.

Here is a front and back picture, as well as a picture of 1 of 2 notepads. Pictures of the inside will be updated very soon. I am getting a Cameo Cutter for Christmas and this planner is going to look OuTsTaNdInG!!!” Austin Sizemore


The front sports black and bold colorful bow ties, with his name in multi colors and cursive!


The back is more of the same great bold bow ties!


Matching notepads are such a nice feature to include with the planners.  The paper is thick and of such good quality, it makes me want to use it for letter writing!!  The personalization is perfect and knowing there is always paper for some extra notes is very comforting!!

Thanks again Austin for sharing your planner with us!  I’m eager to see what magic you make with your Christmas Cameo Cutter!!

Paisley With a Twist of Hot Pink and Turquoise

I love finding unique color combinations that WORK, and this is definitely one of them!  Thank you to Jennifer for sharing her planner cover with us!

Hi Kristy!

…The colors I picked were turquoise for the background and hot pink for the design. At the time, I didn’t know that you could change the font and I just went with the one that came with the planner. In hindsight I wish I would have done a cursive, but I still love it. I picked these colors to match my company colors with Origami Owl. (I am an Independent Designer with the company).

Thanks so much!!!
Jennifer Throckmorton


Photo by Jennifer Throckmorton

Feel free to check out Jennifer’s Origami Owl site by clicking on her planner photo!  Thanks again Jennifer for sharing your vibrant cover with us!  I think it looks fantastic!!

My FAVORITE Cover So Far!!

All of the credit goes to Shea Johnson. She designed this, and it came out perfectly!! I think it should become a planner choice on the Erin Condren website when they roll out their new designs in June. I believe 1000’s of this cover would sell because it is that cute and yet classy, cheerful, playful, and just very pleasing to the eye! Thank you so much Shea for letting me show this to the world! I absolutely LOVE it!!


Photo by Shea Johnson

Here are the specifics in case you want to order this cover as well…

She asked for the outer stripes to be Hot Pink, and the middle stripe to be Pool. The personalization was “the johnson family” on Line 1, and the names of her family members with asterisks between each one on line 2.

Then in the special instructions box she specified the following:

I am wanting The and Family in Hot Pink in the Instagram font, johnson in multi colors with the big EC asterisk in Hot pink at the end. (Is there any way to substitute the red in the multi color to Hot Pink?) Also, please put the EC asterisk in multicolors between the names on line 2. I would like johnson to be as wide as possible, to fit the full space. Also want The to sit in the middle, right on top of johnson (starting above the n, with no big gaps…I want it to look uniform.) Please let me know if there are ANY questions! I hope this turns out as cute as I think it will! **Please note, I have already asked Customer Service if this would be a custom design and they said no. Thanks!** 🙂

The absolute beauty is that EC did everything EXACTLY as she had asked, on the first try, and it definitely is as cute as she thought it would be. I have spoken with Shea and she says she would be honored if people ordered this design for themselves…she loves it so much she would be happy for others to share in that same joy! Now, that is such a beautiful spirit. Thank you Shea!

She also shared a photo of the free labels that came with it. Be still my heart!!


Paisley ~n~ Pink

Love, love, love this cover!!

Paisley can never go wrong!  Pink can never go wrong!

This cover was designed by Ronna and the colors are Peony (Pink) for the background, and white for the Paisley design.


Photo by Ronna Watts

I love the simplicity of this cover.  The Paisley looks delicate against the Peony, yet it is crisp and clear and gentle and sweet and girly and pretty and unique and beautiful!!

Thank you Ronna for sharing your cover design with all of us!


Can We Scream HAPPY?

I don’t think any other planner screams HAPPY as loudly as this one does!  Party Pops on white brings a huge smile to my face EVERY time I see it!!  The large letters down the side are so clean and crisp, and the polka dots are so cheerful.  It’s like having a party in your hands every single day!

I looked up “happy” on– joyous, joyful, blithe, cheerful, merry, contented, gay, blissful, satisfied…this Erin Condren planner is all of these things!


Photo by Kathy Stevens

How can it be possible that a planner can inspire such a feeling of happiness?  It seems a little odd, actually.  Planners have to-do lists, schedules, appointments, things that generally bring some element of stress into our lives.  But there is something special about the Erin Condren planner.  It is fun and colorful!  We forget that we are plotting work and action for ourselves because it’s so much fun to write in it, to color coordinate our pens, and to decorate a bit with stickers and Washi tape!  We forget that the chores are, well, chores, because we are anticipating that moment of checking off our little box, and feeling the satisfaction of completing a task!

I love this Party Pops cover!  And I am so thankful I found a planner that is so much fun to use and that brings such joy into my life!

Marvelous Mistake

When this clipboard arrived, it was hard to be upset that something about it wasn’t quite right!

The pattern is Fleur Feliz, the colors, Dark Red and Black.

With those colors, the result would only be striking and super classy looking! But instead of having a white area, overlaying the pattern in a milky square, providing space for writing on the clipboard with a dry erase marker, something happened in the production, and the result was this amazing white outlining around the pattern.  It looks like a mist of silver settled on the clipboard, or that the curves and turns of the Fleur Feliz were draped delicately with lace.

“It is gorgeous”… “Wow, that looks amazing”… “Oh, I like it like that better!”  Everybody was amazed when they saw the photo.  Oh, if only all of the mistakes were this wonderful!!

I personally think it looks “absolutely stunning”!!  And if it were mine, I wouldn’t mind at all, if I had to leave my dry erase markers at home!!


Photo by Kristen Martin

Paisley on Chocolate

Paisley is definitely one of my top 3 favorite Erin Condren cover designs.  And actually, I have not seen a Paisley cover yet that I didn’t like!  This one especially caught my eye because I have always loved Chocolate and Pink together!


Photo by Lindsay Noche

I spoke with Lindsay Noche so I could let you all know exactly what colors she chose to make this stunning cover!

This is the multi Paisley design, on a Chocolate background.  Her name, “Lindsay Noche” is printed in Light Pink, and the verse is printed in Tan.  I am still working on learning all of the names for the fonts that EC uses in their designs.  I don’t know the specific name for this font just yet!

This color combination is so delicious I could see myself using it sometime in the future!  Thank you Lindsay for sharing your planner with us! ~Kristy