Planner Overview | August 2015

Hello fellow Planner Enthusiasts!  I’ve recently taken to using my Erin Condren Life Planner as both my work and personal time management helper and have really enjoyed dipping my toes into the world of planning with stickers.  I thought it would be fun to share a look at my first month using this system.

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Monthly Spread

august 2015 ECLP monthly spread

I’m still using the monthly spread in pretty much the same capacity as I have for the last couple of years when I used my Life Planner for my work schedule alone.  I print color blocks on Avery 5418 labels and then use Avery’s free online Design & Print software to customize with text.  I color code based on the three main categories of my posts.  I usually have a blog post and video that go up together, but every once in awhile, like today, I only have one or the other, which is why I like to have separate labels for each.

I do not have a tutorial for how I make my custom Avery 5418 labels, because I use Photoshop, which I realize isn’t a program most people have.  Carissa Wiley on YouTube has a great video tutorial for how to make something similar using Microsoft Word or Photoshop Elements if you’re interested in trying this out for yourself.

Recently, I’ve taken to marking out my travel with an eye-catching orange striped washi tape.  This helps me to visualize better.  It can be a challenge to keep up with my posting schedule when I’m not home and having this visual allows me to prepare better.

The little purple fluff ball at the top right of my planner is actually a paper clip bookmark, which I purchased from Peach Pom.  Super cute and functional – win, win!

Week 1

august 2015 ECLP week 1

I started using my Life Planner exclusively at the end of July after a bit of a planner slump.  I ordered some stickers, including the customizable monthly kit and cute graphics from Paper Loving Mommy and some fun decorative ones from Twice As Nice Lettering.  I designed a custom social media tracker using Photoshop that I use at the bottom of every day to help me stay on top of everything.

Week 2

august 2015 ECLP week 2

As you can see, I hit my sticker planning stride by the end of the first full week of August.  It’s quite a difference from the first spread!  It didn’t take long for me to find my sticker planning style.  I used Paper Loving Mommy‘s monthly kit for the bulk of my labeling and checklists, as well as her functional graphic cuties to highlight daily to-dos like laundry, paying bills, grocery shopping, and mail.  I like to add one of her weather stickers at the top of my day as well.  The little giraffe in the middle of the week was a gift from Station Stickers.  I started adding more decorative stickers like this here and there to fill in empty space and mark special occasions.  The pink baby feet are from Twice As Nice Lettering.

The rest of August’s weekly spreads follow a similar pattern.  I’ll point out any Etsy shop stickers I used under each photo.

Week 3

august 2015 ECLP week 3

Paper Loving Mommy – Headers, heart checklists, banners, flags, “To Buy,” weather, whale, airplanes, watering can, groceries, laundry

Twice As Nice Lettering – Teddy bear, summer icons & text

Station Stickers – Giraffe*

Week 4

august 2015 ECLP week 4

Paper Loving Mommy – Headers, heart checklists, banners, flags, “To Buy,” “To Do,” weather, mailboxes, packages, envelopes, checks, airplane, groceries, laundry, flamingo, TV

Twice As Nice Lettering – Pink bib, deer, summer icons and text

My Own Island – Headers,* meal banner,* pregnant lady*

✢ Girl of All Work – Sock Hop Sticky Tabs

Week 5

august 2015 eclp week 5

Paper Loving Mommy – Headers, heart checklists, banners, flags, “To Buy,” “To Clean,”weather, packages, groceries, laundry, flamingos

Twice As Nice Lettering – Summer text

My Own Island –  Headers,* nail polish,* meal banner,* pregnant lady,* donut,* tea cup*

Station Stickers – Giraffe*

✢ Girl of All Work – Sock Hop Sticky Tabs

The Etsy shops listed were kind enough to offer coupon codes if you’re interested in making a purchase:

Paper Loving Mommy – Save 15% with code PRETTYNEAT15

Twice As Nice Lettering – Save 10% with code JENNIFER / Expires September 25, 2015

My Own Island – Save 15% off of $15+ with code PRETTYNEAT / Expires September 30, 2015

Station Stickers – Save 10% with code PRETTYNEAT10 / Expires December 31, 2015

Peach Pom – Save 15% with code PRETTYNEAT / Expires September 30, 2015

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I hope you enjoyed this overview of how I used my Erin Condren Life Planner for the month of August.  I’d be happy to post something like this every month if there’s interest.  I’d love to hear about how you use your planner and some of your favorite planner sticker resources if you care to share.  Check back this weekend for a Plan With Me style video as well as a huge Etsy planner sticker haul!

Happy Planning 🙂

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11 comments

11 thoughts on “Planner Overview | August 2015”

  1. I love this! I love watching plan with me videos on YT. Can’t wait to watch yours.
    I use my planner for function. I just have one I got at the store for $4.99. It works for me, but I’d love to get into the stickers. Thinking of getting an Erin Condemn LP for next year.

  2. How can I get my husband to clean up his own mess. He will make a mess looking for something and expect me to clean it up. What can I do?

    1. If it were me, I’d try talking to my husband in a non-confrontational or accusatory way. Explaining my side of the story in a calm and respectful way and letting him explain his is always a good place to start in communication efforts in my relationship.

  3. Hi Jen! Just wanted to say I love your videos and have been watching them for some time now. This blog is an added bonus and I’m glad you created it. Keep up the great work! 🙂

    Jess

  4. Just began planning again after a long break. From what I have seen, really like Krissy Anne Designs stickers for planning. Though once they are in stock you need to be quick to buy. She has a wonderful group on Facebook that is incredibly supportive of one another. Lily Pebbles is great as well. Thanks for sharing your favorite shops and planner, I need to jump in again.

  5. I got into scrap planning (as I’ve heard it called) in July. Then school started (we homeschool) so I was back to figuring it all out again. But I finally have my stride, and I’m loving my planner now more than ever. It’s amazing to me how much more helpful they can be with a few functional stickers, washi, and some color pens (and how happy a few special decorative items each week can make me too.)

  6. Would love to know what kind of pen that is & where I can buy one?!!! No smudging. Loved the video, very soothing actually! ☺️

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