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!


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!!


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

Washi Tape to Decorate

There is a lot of talk about using Washi tape in the Erin Condren Life Planners.  If you’ve never heard of Washi tape, well, let me introduce you to it right now!

Washi tape is from Japan, it is like masking tape, only it comes in hundreds of patterns, colors, and several different sizes.  The good Washi Tape is removable, and you can mark out blocks of time in your planner for vacations, holidays, and school breaks.  You can write on it with a Sharpie, and it doesn’t bleed through the pages.

I just dusted off my exercise/diet planner because it’s a New Year, and you know how we all want to start off the New Year right, so I took some time to get my planner ready to record my food intake and exercise output.  What I have done on these pages could be done in any planner, not just one that is dedicated to fitness, etc.

I decided to use Washi tape to decorate each page of the planner, while also covering up the redundant words above the lines at the bottom of each page.  I chose tapes that coordinated with the monthly colors and I really like how it has turned out!!

Here is a quick look at each month…


Snowflake washi tape, very fitting for this time of year in the part of the country that I live in!



Hearts of course!



Green, new growth, and springtime!!



April showers, so I had to use the adorable cloud and heart Washi tape!!



May flowers, bright and cheerful!



Warm colors for a warm month, or the month that begins to finally get warm around here!



I didn’t have anything patriotic, so I decided to use my cute owls!



This Washi tape reminded me of cut grass in rows, so it seemed fitting for the month!!



Absolutely fell in LOVE with this Washi tape!  I’ve never seen it before, and it was perfect for the start of school time!!



This is the coffee Washi tape I bought 3 rolls of to share with my friends on the Erin Condren Fan Club on Facebook!  I’m pretending it’s hot chocolate for me, since I don’t drink coffee!!



This Washi was just cute, friendly, and happy, perfect for November!!



This one is a little thick, but I really liked it, so I used it anyway!!


I am using the regular weekly spread in the Life Planner to record what I eat for Breakfast, Lunch, and Supper.  I am using the lines at the bottom to record any exercise that I do, and I am placing a sticker at the top of each day to record my water intake.

You can still see the words under several of the Washi tapes, but I’m not going to worry about that.  By the time the entire page is filled in with food and exercise, the bit of words that show through won’t be noticed at all.

I am trying to make this planner very color coordinated, so the stickers and pen color used each month will match the duo of color for that month.  The colors for January are Seafoam and Orange, so I am using Seafoam for the stickers, and orange for the ink color!  I can’t wait to see if I like the way it looks, doing it this way with coordinating colors.  It will be a fun experiment!