It’s here! It’s early! It’s bigger and better than ever! It’s Erin Condren Life Planner launch time! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Life Planner and the folks over at Erin Condren Design have outdone themselves with all the amazing new products and features available with this launch. I am a Life Planner lover through and through so this is an especially exciting post for me to put together. I am over the moon with excitement to share a look at all this planner goodness with you!
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I am so fortunate to have built up a great relationship with the lovely folks at Erin Condren Design who are always so kind and thoughtful with keeping me in the loop about new products. They sent me the entire range of new Life Planners to share with you, including the oh-so fabulous new hardbound planners. Believe it or not, I have even more photos to share than last year’s preview. Just like before, this post will be image heavy and I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking. You can check out my coordinating video below if you’d like to hear more of my thoughts. Ok, let’s dive in!
Coil Bound Life Planner
I want to begin with a look at the coil bound, because it is the original style and what I think of as the fundamental Life Planner. It is being offered in three calendar options this year including 18 months (July 2017 – December 2018) and 12 months (July 2017 – June 2018 or January – December 2018). You can customize your Life Planner even further, choosing between two color schemes (neutral or colorful) and three calendar layouts (vertical, horizontal, and hourly). I will show detailed photos of each color scheme and all of the calendar layouts below.
The Life Planner comes with an interchangeable laminate cover that can be personalized. There are about 20 new cover styles available with this launch, including the new primary design, Painted Petals (shown above). Erin Condren Design has released their luxe range again as well, which debuted last year. The Luxe Life Planner comes with a leather-like permanently coiled-in cover that can also be personalized. It is available in three colors, light taupe, sapphire, and black, and can be personalized with a monogram in either silver, rose gold, gold, or with a blind imprint.
You can pick from four coil metals, including silver, gold, rose gold, and black. I believe the 12 month coil is slightly smaller than the 18 month coil which still measures 30mm. This is by far the best coil I have seen on a planner to date. This coil is one of the main reasons I come back to a Life Planner year after year. It is incredibly durable and beautiful as well.
So many choices make for one highly customizable planner! Each Life Planner is hand assembled and hand coiled right here in the USA. How awesome is that?
One of the biggest updates to the Life Planner this year is the switch Erin Condren Design made to using 80 pound premium paper by Mohawk, a New York paper mill that was established in 1931. This environmentally friendly company uses wind power and is FSC certified. The archival quality paper has an amazing feel and vibrancy to it. Mohawk’s attention to craftsmanship is evident in this beautiful paper. It really dresses up the Life Planner, which was already pretty fancy so that’s saying something! You can really tell the difference in the vibrancy of the printed ink on the pages. Even the monthly quote pages got an upgrade this year with a heavier weight paper and sturdier tabs.
Each Life Planner comes with a clear snap-in bookmark now updated with the painted petals design and a ruler (not shown). The Plan For It Pouch is not coiled in so that you can use it however you prefer. A 6″ coil clip is included that can be attached to the pouch so you can keep it in your planner should you chose to. It also comes packed with 3 sample compliment cards, 4 sample gift labels and 2 friends and family discount cards.
The front pages are the same in all colorful scheme planners regardless of the layout. The Painted Petals design is featured throughout, including on the vellum overlay, quote pages, mini months, and monthly goals spreads.
The end of the month note page got a makeover this year with a more structured look. And check out how vibrant the new jewel-toned water color palette is on that gorgeous Mohawk paper!
The two-page monthly spreads feature a simpler look with a focus on that month’s color scheme as the main design focal point. This is the same for all colorful scheme coiled planners regardless of the layout.
Colorful // Vertical Weekly Layout
Colorful // Horizontal Weekly Layout
Colorful // Hourly Weekly Layout
The front pages of all neutral scheme planners are the same regardless of the layout. Just like with the colorful planners, the Painted Petals design is featured throughout the neutral scheme planners, including on the vellum overlay, quote pages, mini months, and monthly goals spreads with only very light brushes of color.
Subdued touches of color are included on the end of the month note pages with the new structured design as well as on the tabbed monthly divider quote pages.
As you can see, the neutral monthly two-page spread is much different from the colorful. There is a bigger emphasis on white space and light dots as opposed to solid lines. This monthly spread is the same for all neutral coiled planners regardless of the weekly layout. Monthly color schemes continue to pop up even in the neutral planners but only as a small flag on the top of each page and a small banner on top of the margin on the monthly spread.
The neutral planners show the biggest changes in terms of design from last year. I am including comparison photos of this and last year’s neutral monthly and weekly planner spreads
Neutral // Vertical Weekly Layout
2018 vs 2017
Neutral // Horizontal Weekly Layout
2018 vs 2017
Neutral // Hourly Weekly Layout
The back pages of both colorful and neutral scheme planners include 4 pages of lined note paper, 4 pages of dot grid paper, and, new this year, 4 coloring pages like the ones shown above.
After the note and coloring pages, there is a mini months section for 2019 planning which is the same in colorful and neutral (although in black and white, not shown). Following that is one quote page (again, the same in neutral just in black and white, not shown), and four brand new sticker sheets featuring two pages of metallic foiled stickers and two sheets of colorful banners (the same in both neutral and colorful planners).
The Keep It Together folder is the same as last year with a taller pocket on one side and a more shallow one on the other, now updated with the Painted Petals design. Each planner comes with a Perpetual Calendar, which is great to keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and other special occasions that don’t change year to year.
Hardbound Life Planner
New this year to the Life Planner lineup are the gorgeous hardbound planners, which are available in four colors, two layouts, and two sizes. The 8×10 hardbound is only available with a vertical layout and the 5×7 size is only available in a horizontal layout. Both sizes are available in all four colors, including cherry blossom with rose gold accents, black with gold accents, turquoise with turquoise accents, and linen with platinum accents. Each color planner has a different interior design scheme. Cherry blossom includes the bold bouquet design, black comes with a neutral mid century circles design, turquoise features fleur feliz, and linen includes the colorful mid century circles design.
Each hardbound planner features a satin finish cover that is soft to the touch with the year printed in a metallic flag on the spine. The paper is edged to match the accent color of the cover. A coordinating ribbon bookmark is bound into the cover, as well.
These planners are priced lower than the coiled Life Planners: $30 for the 5×7 and $35 for the 8×10 with an additional $5 for personalization on the cover (coiled Life Planners start at $50 and the price increases depending on coil color and personalization). The hardbound planners are only available in an 18 month calendar (July 2017 – December 2018).
The 8×10 vertical boxes are slightly larger than the original coiled Life Planner vertical boxes. This might be an important note if you’re someone who plans with stickers like me. The 8×10 lies flat well without being broken in.
The 5×7 will stay open without being held before breaking in. I believe that with time and use it would eventually lay almost flat on its own despite its small size.
Erin Condren Design is also launching fun accessories alongside the new planners, including a new sticker book, neutral elastic bands, pastel dual-tipped markers, and a new dashboard, compliment cards (not shown), mini snap-in bookmarks (not shown), sticky notes, and storage pockets featuring the Painted Petals design. The are 4 new magnetic page markers and 3 designs of paper tape (not shown).
The accessory I’m most excited about is the Planny Pack. It’s a beautiful pen case and planner band all in one! It easily fits over the coil bound planner and both sizes of the hardbound planner. It includes a main zip compartment and a slip pocket on the underside as well. I think this is a great add-on for someone who takes their planner on the go with them. It is available in cherry blossom, black, and linen.
I go through all of the planners (except for the hourly) and accessories in great detail in this video:
I’d like to share the Life Planner love with some of you! The Erin Condren 2018 Life Planner Launch Giveaway will run until Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. SIX winners will receive a $200 ErinCondren.com electronic gift card as well as all of the new accessories shown in the photo above (Planny Pack color will be sent at random).
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.
Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.
I’m super excited about this year’s offerings! I’m curious to know what you think. Does anything catch your eye? I’d love to know what’s on your Erin Condren wish list if you care to share!
Happy Planner Shopping, friends!
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