Create Your Cover

You know from my last post that I love the Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP). One of the reasons I do is their interchangeable covers. That’s right. You can order separate covers and change whenever your little heart desires. You can have covers for the seasons, your mood, favorite colors, etc.

I didn’t think I would want to change my cover out much. But then I ordered a cover with a butterfly. Well, that was it. I was hooked. Oh and they had a buy one get one free cover sale as well. I bought three. Why didn’t I get four? There wasn’t anything that was screaming at me, “I have to have this cover ASAP.”

My first cover was the mint green seahorse cover. You can personalize it with your name, family name or quote. I chose my first name and then Yoda’s best known line. “Do or do not – there is no try.” When I ordered that I really needed to hear that quote. I still do.

seahorse cover

The past couple of months I have been feeling like I am going through some sort of change. Midlife crisis maybe? I didn’t get a sports car or run off with my secretary. I am my secretary. So for my next cover I chose a single butterfly. It seems to be becoming my personal symbol. A butterfly is a symbol of change. Change can be frightening, so it is important to remember that change can be good. The results can be just beautiful. So what if you have an ugly start? You can have an incredible breathtaking ending.

butterfly cover

I also got one about being thankful. Happy people aren’t thankful. Thankful people are happy. No matter what happens in life, be thankful and be happy.

thankful people

The three I ordered from the BOGO sale were: a quote on strength from their collection for breast cancer awareness month; my Halloween cover, I’m not a big fan of Halloween but I thought this cover was really cool looking, and third one was so the adventure begins. This one refers to my blog.

skull crossbone halloween cover strength cover and so advernture begins

I am spending more time writing and deciding what kind of blog I want to have. Do I want this to be a hobby? Do I want it to make money? I also have been thinking of a business that would be on Etsy. More to come on that. No, it has nothing to do with planners. Shocking, right?

It is very easy to change out the covers. You get a postcard with each order and there is video on the website as well. Do it once and then you know what to do from then on.

I am already thinking of some more covers to create.  Have fun creating and happy planning!

I think I found the one

You know how much I love planners. I keep bouncing between paper and electronic…Cozi and Google Calendar…Arc, Filofax, Erin Condren Life Planner, Day Planner, etc….I’m not entirely what happened to my thinking, but one day I pulled out my 2015 Erin Condren Life Planner which I had stopped using again. I decided to start filling in appointments again. I had gotten a new 31 purse and the ECLP fit in the bag perfectly. Walah!

I have been using the ECLP daily now for a couple of months. The 2015 one I had ended in August so I ordered one that started September 2015 and goes through to August 2016. In this new version there was one significant change which I am just thrilled about. The days are broken into three sections. Last year’s version the sections were Morning, Day, Evening. The new version the days are still broken into three sections, but now there are no labels. You can make them be whatever you want them to be! What a novel idea.

The format that I have been doing and seems to work pretty well for me is: Appointments, To Do, Miscellaneous. I recently ordered some customized stickers from http://www.erincondren.com for the three sections and they are: appointments, to do, blog. The stickers should be here in a couple of days. I am so excited! I will post a new pic when they arrive.

Below is a shot of a previous week. I added washi tape around the borders of the pages. I used Cross washi tape to mark our time in Church; green and white polka dot tape for the Eagles game; a yellow sticker that came with the planner for our Choir practice.

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You’ll see some of the appointments are highlighted. I tried over the years to assign each of us a color for appointments in my planner, but it doesn’t really matter. If there is a really important appointment or something I need to do specific for an appointment then I highlight it. I also circle tasks that need to be done so they grab my attention.

This definitely seems to be the planner for me right now. I love how I can personalize it so much right now. And did I mention that the covers are interchangeable? No? Well, that will be another post. Are you intrigued by what you see? Check out Erin Condren Life Planners for all the planners they offer: teachers, wedding planners, notebooks.

If you want to get one for your own, click on  Kristine’s referral link and let me know what you decided to get. 

Happy Planning!