I’ve been a notebook and journal lover for as long as I remember. I started my first diary when I was 8 years old and have kept up with a (mostly) consistent journaling practice ever since. I’ve also always been a fan of taking notes. I was that kid in school who actually liked note-taking. I kept notebooks throughout my academic career and adulthood not just for school but also to record personal goals, thoughts, ideas, and even correspondence between friends. I can’t walk into a stationary shop without seriously considering adding to my notebook stash. In short, I am a bit notebook junkie. 😉
Recently I shared a look on Snapchat at a press box I received including Erin Condren’s redesigned TakeNote notebook and journal collection. I was immediately smitten with the new 7″ x 9″ spiral bound notebooks and decided to order a few custom ones for myself. They’ve just arrived and I thought I’d share a look with you!
I decided to order both a gold and rose gold coil notebook to match my two Erin Condren Life Planners. I currently use the rose gold coil as my personal planner and a gold coil to track my daughter, Charlotte’s development and day-to-day goings on. I thought it would be nice to have an accompanying (and matching of course!) notebook to go with each planner. I customized each one accordingly and just love how they turned out.
The new TakeNote notebooks are available in both an 8.5″ x 11″ size or my personal favorite, the all new 7″ x 9″ which is the same size as the Life Planners. Both sizes come standard with a 19mm coil in either silver, gold, or rose gold (prices start at $15 and vary depending on notebook size and coil color choice). I love the Erin Condren Life Planner coil and this one is the very same, just a bit smaller for better portability. The notebooks include an interchangeable laminate cover as well as a page of flag stickers. There is a total of 124 pages (62 sheets) in both sizes printed on that amazing 70lb paper that Erin Condren planners are known for.
The rose gold coil notebook I ordered came with a beautiful light pink cover. The inspirational quote on the front is a great reminder to keep an active imagination and follow your dreams. It’s a fitting message for a notebook I hope to use for planning future content and ideas related to my online posting. I had it customized with my name as a nice touch. I love the polka dot back cover.
I opted for the lined version, which includes a standard ruled page with a playful color block header flag on the left side and a divided to-do list/task manager on the right. It includes six colored sections, which can be used for note organization if desired. I think this layout will work nicely with what I have in mind for the notebook.
I decided to order a Create Your Own Design cover for the gold coil notebook I picked out to match my baby planner. The Erin Condren website makes it easy to upload photos or graphic artwork from your own computer and format them to achieve your own unique look. I used high res photos from Charlotte’s newborn photo shoot for both the front and back cover of my notebook. I added the text of her name in Photoshop before uploading the file onto the Erin Condren website for formatting.
I chose the dot grid layout for Charlotte’s notebook, which I plan to use to document special moments and stories that are too long and detailed to fit into her planner. This way I’ll be prepared with memorable moments both big and small when I have time to start working on her baby book scrapbook. The dot grid layout includes small flag style headers on the top of each page in 24 alternating shades.
My overall first impression of the 2016 Erin Condren TakeNote notebook collection is a positive one. They have some of the same features I love about my Life Planner, including an awesome coil, beautiful paper, whimsical yet simple page designs, and customizable and interchangeable covers. I like that they match my planners and can be kept stacked nicely together. I do think that $15+ is quite a bit to spend on a notebook, but if it’s something you think is worth the price (✓) that you will put to good use and enjoy (✓✓), then I say go for it!
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I’d like to share a few of the new Erin Condren notebook and journal goodies with two of you. The Erin Condren TakeNote Giveaway will run until Monday, May 9, 2016 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. TWO winners will receive the notebook, journal, and accessories pictured below:
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 post and contact them directly through email, as always.
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Are you a notebook lover like me? I’d love to hear about your favorite brands and styles if you care to share!
Happy Planning 🙂
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