Plan With Me | September 2016

It’s been a whole year since I put up my last (and first!) Plan With Me style video.  I thought it’d be fun to do so again, because a) I personally really like these kinds of peeks into other people’s planning styles, and b) I thought it would be interesting to show how my planning style has evolved since last September,  I’m including a couple of photos below of last week’s spread in my planner and the accessories I use in case you’d like a closer look.

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plan with me september 2016 spread

I still use (and love) an Erin Condren Life Planner*.  I got a new one during the 2016-17 launch earlier in the summer, which I started using in July (you can see an overview of how I filled out my 2015-16 planner here if you’d like).  I’m currently using the neutral vertical version with the black coil.  I absolutely love it!  The neutral colorway makes it so you can use any stickers without fear of clashing with a color scheme no matter what month it is.

I’m also still using (and loving) custom monthly kits from Paper Loving Mommy as my main organizational sticker accessories in a typical weekly spread.  She offers the kits in both colorful and neutral versions.  I like how the colorful versions match the tiny bit of embellishment included in the decorative flags on the Erin Condren neutral calendar spreads.  I order custom headers that suit my planning needs.

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plan with me september 2016 supplies

For extra embellishments, I usually rely on the stickers I receive through the Station Stickers Club, which is a monthly subscription.  This is the perfect collection of themed extras for me to add a bit of flair to my spreads.  I love the foil accents on these little pretties!  I always keep my trusty Polaroid Zip Mobile Photo Printer* nearby when planning to commemorate special memories, such as the day I took Charlotte to an apple orchard for the first time with some of the women in my family.  I generally also include a couple of photos from the weekend for fun.  And of course, I still use Peach Pom clips to mark the current month and week for easy access.

I like keeping my planner mostly functional with little bits of fun using decorative stickers and pictures.  Planning in this way helps me stay motivated without feeling overwhelming or taking too much time.  I now set aside about 20 minutes every Sunday evening to place down the bulk of my stickers and start filling in my spread.  This saves me time during the week.  In just five minutes or less I can fill in all of my to-do’s and such for the following day.

I walk through planning a blank week in my Vertical Neutral Erin Condren Life Planner in the video below:

It’s giveaway time!  I wanted to share the awesomeness that is the Erin Condren Life Planner with you.  The September 2016 Plan With Me Giveaway will run until Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 6 PM CT.  The giveaway is open internationally.  All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.  FIVE winners will receive a $200 electronic gift card.

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.  Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

I hope you enjoyed this look at my current planning style and process.  I’d love to know how you use your planner and what your favorite accessories are if you care to share!
Happy Planning 🙂


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39 thoughts on “Plan With Me | September 2016”

  1. I am SO excited that you did a Plan with Me!! My absolute FAVORITE videos and what got me to your channel to begin with but have since watch pretty much all of your videos!! As always, so generous of you with the Erin Condren Gift Card Giveaway!! Good luck to everyone!!

  2. Hi Jennifer, Thank you for sharing your PWM style with everyone. I wanted to know if you were going to do a Holiday Gift Guide this year? I absolutely love those videos & you do them so professionally! And I love your gift suggestions, you have great taste. I hope you will consider it. I hope u have a wonderful day! Until next time.

  3. Loved this video and post. I followed your planner videos for a while and loved every one of them! I did a blog post recently about why I switched to a written planner on my blog site. Watching your usage of stickers gave me the push to venture into the planning world!

    1. I don’t actually retouch them before printing, since they’re just for fun, not necessarily archival quality preservation. 😉

  4. I have a similar planning style as you – very functional. I also use some small decorative stickers to add some interest, as well as icon stickers to make certain tasks pop up more.

    Can I ask how you write near the coil? I find it to be very uncomfortable and my writing ends up all messed up.

  5. Loved this Jen, thanks for sharing! Love the idea of the zip to add piccies in your planner! It looks great…what lovely memories to look back on. Looking forward to more of these 🙂 Thanks for sharing xx

  6. I had a subscription to station stickers. They are really pretty, but I really like Sweet Kawaii Designs as well….I appreciate the giveaway opportunity. I would love to try an EC planner..right now am using a Color Crush personal size, but thinking I might need a larger one too. Thanks again and love plan with me vids… I learn something new all the time! Have a wonderful day.

  7. I love Plan with Me posts! I love to see how other people set their planners up. How are you liking the vertical layout? I’m more of a horizontal gal but have wanted to try a different layout.

    1. I personally love the vertical. I’ve used it for several years now. It’s great how many options there are in the planner world now – something to suit everyone!

  8. I’d been ona plan with me watching binge. But yours was so UNIQUE. In the sense that you weren’t fretting about perfect placement and the fact that it was JUST the right amount of embellishments:) hope you do more!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway. Very generous . Also please snap more 🙂

  9. I actually bought my Polaroid Zip Mini printer because of your review and how you use it in your Erin Condren planner!
    My Planner is not only my planner but kind of like my life’s scrapbook! Thanks for this!

    1. Thanks! On filming days I mix in a little of Covergirl’s Ready Set Gorgeous foundation in with my Juice Beauty tinted moisturizer. The blue is Goulue by Nars.

  10. GORGEOUS planner video, Jen! Love the fact you incorporate pictures of your weekly outings with the family. Your layouts and clean, simple and fab! Thank you for hosting such a lovely contest. Very generous. Happy Fall from Utah!

  11. I desperately need a planner and would love love love to use stickers and make it a mini scrapbook+ planner. stickers will be therapeutic and fun

  12. Discovered your blog whitout a reason, just by checking the “discover” section on IG.
    Your blog give me a lot of interesting ideas for home organization!! 😀 I think I’ll start with my vanity storage just right NOW! 😉
    To continue to follow you will be a pleasure! ^_^
    Thanks for the nice opportunity, I love ECLP but they’re pretty much expensive, I’m writing you from Italy and I never could have the pleasure to make an order because of the (really too much) expensive shipping costs 🙁 A giftcard would be a big big big present for me, so I crossed my fingers!
    Cheers from Italy, xo

    1. Polaroid Zip is a mobile printer. It’s a small, handheld device that connects via Bluetooth to your smart phone.

  13. I love this video! I used to watch your packing videos and was obsessed, and then I found your journaling videos and was even more obsessed! Lol when are you announcing the winners on here? I’ve never done one of your giveaways so I’m just not sure what your timeline is. I look forward to more journaling videos from you in the future. Love ya Jen! ❤️

  14. I love your planner style! Just curious…what do you do at the end of the year with your planners? I’ve wanted to get into paper planners, but I don’t know what I would do with them when finished, and I’m not sure I have enough room to store them somewhere.

    1. I actually got ride of over a decade’s worth of planners in a big purge last year, but that was before I got into putting photos & memories into them. I’m saving last year’s planner for now until I decide if I want to keep them. You could take photos of your favorite spreads to save instead of keeping the entire book if you don’t have room but want to preserve them.

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