Sew Much Crafting Inserts | Planner Review

As a planner enthusiast, I recently decided to expand my planning style to include inserts. Being in the planner community for as long as I have, I immediately knew which shop to check out first: Sew Much Crafting! Sew Much Crafting is a shop on Etsy which sells primarily planner inserts. I loved browsing through all her listings and found the shopping experience to be quite pleasant. She was very prompt with shipping and everything came packaged nicely.

Let’s take a look at what I got!

My Filofax

I also recently purchased a Filofax Original A5 in Purple Patent specifically for this purpose.

Sew Much Crafting Inserts Review - Filofax Original in Purple

I absolutely love this! It’s my first Filofax purchase and it’s just beautiful.

The Inserts

Sew Much Crafting Inserts Review - Hourly and Grid

My main reason for looking for planner inserts was to try out an hourly layout. I also wanted the inserts to be undated because I only want to use an hourly layout on specific days. There’s enough room to write multiple items per line here, and the times span a nearly 16 hour range! The graph paper that is opposite these pages is great for notes and doodles.

Sew Much Crafting Inserts Review - Meals and Hourly To Do

I also picked up a second variety of an hourly insert from Sew Much Crafting to try out. I’m not sure if the hourly/to do list combo will work better than the hourly above, so I figured I would get both and experiment. Separately, I also ordered these food tracking inserts which again are undated as I don’t want to track my food everyday. But any time I feel like I want to start tracking again, I can just pick up one of these pages.

I love the design on these and that you have enough room to write down as much as you want about each meal.

Sew Much Crafting Inserts Review - Monthly and Habits

Two more varieties I picked up are the monthly summary page and the habit tracking page. Both of these pages are very smartly designed and can hold so much important information. I already do a monthly goal setting routine in my Erin Condren, but this monthly page will allow me to also track important events and have everything in one location. As for the habit tracker page, I LOVE the idea of having all this room to track my habits on a weekly basis. It will allow me to get much more detailed than the 4-5 habits I track using stickers in my EC.

Sew Much Crafting Inserts Review - Books and To Dos

The final two inserts I picked up were the “Books to Read” tracker and the running to do list page. Keeping a book “wish list” in my planner sounds fun, and we all know that I love to do lists. I’m so excited to use everything I purchased!

Overall Thoughts

I absolutely love the inserts I purchased from Sew Much Crafting (side note: I did purchase these myself, and she has no idea who I am!). The layout of the pages is smart, sleek and keeps things simple. Also, the paper quality is exceptional. The pages are thick, smooth, bright and no pen has bled through thus far. That combined with the fast shipping and great customer service means I give this shop a big thumbs up!

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GIVEAWAY! Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box | Summer 2017

This month when Erin Condren released her summer Seasonal Surprise Box, I decided to do something fun and picked up TWO – one for me and one for one of you!

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Summer - Box

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If you’d like to take a look at what’s in the box and my review of the products, keep reading below!

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Summer - Info Card

As always, the Seasonal Surprise Boxes come with an info card detailing all product information.

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Summer - Pencils, Band, Lip Balm

Painted Petals Designer Pencil Set

These pencils would be perfect for someone still in school. The design is very colorful and pretty, but I can’t remember the last time I used pencils. I will probably save these to give to a friend.

Turquoise Elastic Band

I have several of these planner bands in my collection from EC already, and unfortunately I never found a good use for them in my planning style. The color is pretty on this one though.

Mid-century Circles Multi Lip Balm

If there’s one thing in this box that I wasn’t expecting to see it was a lip balm! It seems a little out of place for the Erin Condren brand, and I can’t say the formula was the best balm I’ve ever used.

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Summer - Notepads

‘Oh! What a Week’ Planning Notepad

This is another one of the highlights of this month’s box! I love notepads that allow you to pre-plan a week, and this one is designed very well. I will certainly be putting this to use for meal planning and probably a lot of other purposes as time goes on.

Flag Accessory Notepad

Heads up: these are not post-its! They’re post-it sized, but do not have a sticky back. When I saw the size, I was a bit surprised by this. Still, it’s always nice to have notepads of every size for jotting things down.

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Summer - Stickers

Sticker Sheets in ‘Stars & Stripes’ and ‘Summer Lovin’

The Erin Condren foiled stickers are always beautiful and unique. I love both of these sheets and will be using them in my planner very soon. They’re perfect for the summer months.

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Summer - Cover

7″ x 9″ interchangeable cover ‘Summer Lovin’

This cover is another example of the beauty of Erin Condren’s designs. The foiling is vibrant, the sentiment is appropriately seasonal and I just love the colors. If you’re new to Erin Condren, the coiled planners all come with removable covers so you can mix and match as you please. This is a great addition to that collection!

Erin Condren Seasonal Surprise Box Summer - Pouch

Luxe Rose Gold Metallic Clutch ‘Shine On’

This item is one of my favorites in this month’s box. I love the colors and the design, plus the pouch is very roomy and could easily hold lots of pens and other planning supplies.

Overall there were some hits and misses for me in this box, but I’m overall quite happy with it. The highlights for me were the ‘Shine On’ pouch, the interchangeable cover and of course the weekly notepad.

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Erin Condren Life Planner Review | 2017-2018 Edition

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

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Weekly Spread

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.)

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Goals Page

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.

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Monthly Quote

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.

Built-in Accessories

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Stickers 1

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.

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Stickers 2

You will find both foiled stickers and some that are more similar to last year’s styles. There are four sheets in total.

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Back Pocket

In the back of the planner you will find the standard two slip pockets, this year upgraded with the painted petals design.

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Back Pocket and Calendar

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.

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Whiteboard

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.

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Accessories

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.

Pre-order Freebies

If you signed up in advance for the pre-order you were able to take advantage of several freebies offered by EC.

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Hardbound Notebook

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.

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Hardbound Notebook Page

These notebooks are high quality and designed in such a sleek way. There are so many uses for these!

2018 Erin Condren Life Planner - Freebie Stickers

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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