At the beginning of May, Erin Condren released her new line of planners for the 2017-2018 year. There are so many new designs and layouts this year, and I was quite excited to see them all. Even though I still have the rest of 2017 queued up in my current life planner, I couldn’t resist the pre-order. My new planner doesn’t start until January, but it’s nice to have it ready to go, and also it allows me to share this review with you!
Let’s take a look at what I received:
This year, as always, I opted for the vertical colorful edition. Erin Condren also offers a neutral version as well as horizontal and hourly layouts. This year also brought the addition of two new hardbound planners. In happy news, the company has upgraded the paper in the coil-bound versions this year. It is much thicker and brighter than previous years, making your spreads more vibrant and less prone to pens bleeding through. This is one of the biggest improvements to be found!
Inside the Planner
The inside of the weekly spread hasn’t changed much, with the exception of the sidebar which has been simplified and streamlined. (For what it’s worth, I’ve heard the new neutral vertical has new box dimensions.)
I’m very excited to see the newly redesigned “goals” page that precedes every month. In the current planners, you are given a plain note page in this position that I have regularly been using to track my monthly goals using stickers and some creativity. Now that there’s some structure to the page, I’m excited to play around with it.
There is a colorful quote page opposite the monthly goals area which has a different color scheme and quote each month. Many people weren’t too impressed by the new “painted petals” design pattern, but it has grown on me over time.
This year, there are completely new redesigned stickers at the back of the planner. I’m sure Erin Condren is keeping tabs on the planner sticker community, and it shows in the new vibrant, fun stickers included here.
You will find both foiled stickers and some that are more similar to last year’s styles. There are four sheets in total.
In the back of the planner you will find the standard two slip pockets, this year upgraded with the painted petals design.
And as always, you will receive the Erin Condren perpetual calendar. Historically, I haven’t really used the perpetual calendar, so I tend to set these aside when I receive my new planner.
Much like last year, the book includes a “whiteboard” on the inside of the front and back covers. If you’re using this, make sure to use a wet erase marker (not dry erase!) so the ink won’t get all over your pages.
I’ve seen a lot of confusion about this in the planner world, but the life planners no longer come with the “Keep It Together” pouch coiled in. Instead, you receive the pouch by itself with a large coil-clip included to allow you to place it wherever you want. There are also compliment cards and gift labels included inside.
If you signed up in advance for the pre-order you were able to take advantage of several freebies offered by EC.
The hardbound notebook is another one of Erin Condren’s new offerings. I already had one in a different color courtesy of a previous Seasonal Surprise Box, but I was happy to receive another.
These notebooks are high quality and designed in such a sleek way. There are so many uses for these!
The second freebie was a colorful, foiled sheet of designer stickers. I think these are beautiful and can’t wait to use them in my planner.
Overall, I’m a big fan of the changes made in the vertical colorful planner this year. The free gifts were an extra bonus, and the new paper means more possibilities as far as the types of pens that can be used. 2018 will be my fourth year using Erin Condren as my main planner, and I highly recommend giving these books a try if you see something you like.
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