Yes, it’s true, I have joined the Erin Condren LifePlanner bandwagon. I know, I know… how many planners does one person really need? What can I say? These are just the most fun, colorful, upbeat, happy planners out there! And I had a gift certificate to cover the cost… well, most of the cost… okay, okay, it covered part of the cost. What was I supposed to do? I couldn’t very well ignore the gift certificate, LOL.
So, no card to share today, but I know I’m not the only crafty person who likes planners. And this planner is going to help me get organized so I can make more cards and blog posts and videos. (Yes, the last three planners were supposed to do the same thing, but this one’s different. Really!) 😉
Of course, like all good crafters, I had to embellish this a bit. I’m afraid I don’t have a ton of fancy washi-taped and stickered pages to show you (yet… let me know if you’d like to see those in the future), but I do have my own take on a to-do list for the Erin Condren LifePlanner.
So, I also have the new, totally awesome Erin Condren Coloring Book & Sketch Pad. I just love these playful designs! The book has a bunch of coloring pages, and then these cool, graph paper sheets with smaller versions of the designs on them. And you get two of each design and sketch paper.
I got this idea to use some of these pages inside my new LifePlanner. One of the things I had done with my Filofax, which worked pretty well, is to create a To-Do List that has all the things I do (or try to do) every single day. I laminated it, so I could use it over and over. I decided to take a couple of matching sheets from the coloring book, and do the same thing for my planner.
I took my new favorite pens, wrote out my list with little check-off boxes, and colored the designs on the side.
(Sorry for the post-it notes, but I don’t think y’all need to see everything I do every day, LOL.) I did have to trim the page a little bit to make it fit the planner, but I was able to save most of the design on the one side, at least. I made two identical lists because I wanted to be able to use it from either side. You’ll see what I mean in a moment here.
So, I glued these two sheets back-to-back, and ran them through my laminator. (I waited a LONG time to buy that baby, thinking it a was too much of an extravagance for something I’d hardly use. I was so wrong – I’ve found tons of uses for it! And I got it on sale.)
Now, I wanted to actually be able to attach this into my LifePlanner, so I used a page I didn’t need from the planner as a template (you could use the removable cover) and took a dry-erase marker to mark where I needed the holes to go.
Just line up the holes and push it onto the coils, and voila – a reusable To-Do List! (By the way, the dry-erase markers seem to rub right off with a paper towel or rag. Some people use slightly more permanent markers and wipe them off with alcohol swabs. I may switch to that if I find the ink transferring to other pages.) I wanted this list to sit out on my desk where I couldn’t miss it. I use a dry-erase pen to check off the items as I complete them, and then just wipe it off each night to start fresh the next morning. With this set-up, I can have the daily list right beside my weekly layout.
And remember how I made this two-sided? All I have to do between Wednesday and Thursday is flip the page, and I’m ready to go for the remainder of the week!
Now, there are lots of tutorials on the Net for making your own removable covers for the Erin Condren LifePlanner. This is just sort of a variation of that. By the way, while this method works just fine, I think that laminating it and using the Erin Condren coil clips would work even better. This was just more economical (and quick, since I don’t have any extra coil clips at the moment).
And speaking of those covers… I’m thinking about using one of those more elaborate designs from the Erin Condren Coloring & Sketch Book to make my own new cover. What do you think? Oh, and if you don’t yet have your own Erin Condren LifePlanner, you can use this link to get a $10.00 discount on your first order. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by, and happy planning!
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And for those who are curious, most of the unusual stickers and sticky notes that I haven’t linked to were purchased at Mitsukoshi, the incredible mega-store in Epcot’s Japan pavilion… but there are plenty of other sources. The washi-tape is Queen and Company.