When the nice folks at Erin Condren reached out to me a few weeks ago and asked if I’d be interested in one of their new personalized spiral notebooks, I said, “yes, please!” I never turn down an offer to receive one of their gorgeous products, especially when they also offer gifts to my viewers/readers (more on that in a bit). At first I wasn’t sure what I would use an 8.5″ x 11″ notebook for, as I haven’t used that size in many years, but after watching the target=”_blank”>amazing video showcasing the new product, I knew it would be perfect as a project management notebook to help me brainstorm and plan for my YouTube channels and blog categories.
I literally squealed with delight when I opened the front door and saw this gorgeous box on my porch. Even their boxes are pretty! I love the new design with the cutout. Let’s take a peek inside, shall we?
Opening an Erin Condren box is like Christmas and my birthday rolled into one. Everything is so beautiful and colorful, right down to the tissue paper and sticker seal they use to keep everything together. I love how they included one of their gorgeous color catalogues with a $15 gift card good towards my next order. Sweet! They sure know how to encourage return customers.
The notebook itself is stunning. I chose the Zen Gems cover, which is one of my favorite EC designs that I actually had for my last Life Planner. It’s the same quality I’ve come to know and love with my Life Planner, only bigger! I added my own touches with some Martha Stewart Sticky Tabs (sadly no longer available) and a Coleto Multi Pen, as well as some of the accessories that were gifted to me along with the notebook.
What fun accessories came with my order?
✻ Classic & Summer Edition Designer Sticker Sheets – These repositionable sticker sheets are great for personalizing your planner and notebooks! Inspired by washi, they include twelve designs (two sheets of each) with helpful grids on the back for easy cutting.
✻ Keep It Together Elastic Bands – These large bands are just like the smaller ones I use on my Life Planner, but these fit the 8.5″ x 11″ notebooks. This is a great way to keep everything secure in your notebook.
✻ Colorful Markers – Gorgeous felt tip pens that won’t bleed through the pages are perfect for color coding your calendar or notes.
✻ Coil Clips – An innovative little doodad that allows you to further customize your planner and notebooks with an adhesive backing so you can attach important cards, notes, and more and snap them right into the coil. Then, you can move them around between pages and notebooks as you like. Brilliant!
✻ Pen Holder – Sometime the smallest and simplest things are the most useful. The pen holder sticks right to the back or your notebook or planner or wherever you stick it so you can always have your favorite pen or pencil at the ready.
Now, back to the notebook itself. The interior is designed with the same Erin Condren look in cheery colors and simple, eye-catching designs like the Life Planner. The spiral notebook, however, is a bit more streamlined with simple lined pages. The only decorations on the pages themselves are alternating colorful bands at the top of each page and a small flower on the bottom corner. There are two label sticker sheets included in the back as well as a full size Keep It Together folder to stow loose documents and a vinyl zip pouch. They’ve even popped in some gift labels. The front and back covers are interchanegable, just like the updated Life Planner.
What I love most about this notebook is the customizable dividers, which is a unique and fun concept. I picked out four dividers to split up my notebook into four main categories. I chose the Paisley design for the OrganizedJen.com section, Sequins for OrganizedLikeJen, Party Pops for TheBusyBeeBuzz, and Jolly Jester for MyHousewifeLife. Each divider is punched just like the interchangeable covers so that you can pop it in wherever you’d like and even use it in new notebooks after you’ve filled all of the pages.
I love how they designed the back of each divider with a space that acts like a dry erase board. I took Erin’s suggestions from her video and use a Sharpie to write on this area to avoid transferring that you get with a dry erase marker. To erase, I pop a little rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and it comes right off. The ink won’t budge until you want it to, which is nice.
If you’d like a closer look, I open the box on camera and go through the notebook and accessories in more detail in my coordinating video:
As I mentioned above, the nice folks over at Erin Condren have very kindly offered to give away $75 ErinCondren.com Gift Cards to FIVE of you to share the notebook love. That’s right, there will be FIVE winners! The Erin Condren Spiral Notebook Giveaway will run until Friday, October 3, 2014 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally (you can find information about Erin Condren international shipping costs here). All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. Five people will win a $75 electronic gift card good for use on Spiral Notebook and coordinating accessories only. You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog and post contact the winners directly through email. Good luck!
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Congrats to the winners of the Erin Condren Spiral Notebook Giveaway!
The Poll Results for *If you use a monthly wall calendar, what style do you prefer?* out of 2888 entries:
Spiral style that flips over (1921) 67%
I don’t use a monthly wall calendar (433) 15%
Tear off monthly pages (411) 14%
Something else (123) 4%
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I want to send a BIG *THANK YOU* to the lovely folks at Erin Condren for their generosity in providing these awesome prizes as well as sending me this gorgeous notebook to try. I can’t wait to put it to work! You can receive $10 off your first purchase when you sign up for the Erin Condren newsletter (which means you receive the occasional email on current promotions and new products from them) by clicking here.
* Erin Condren sent me the notebook and all accessories shown for consideration and is very kindly offering the giveaway prizes. Post contains referral links. This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are genuinely my own. *