Planner Love: Introducing the Planner

Planner Love

Last year I started noticing everybody getting into the Erin Condren planners. I love color and they looked so pretty and fun that I wanted one but…the price. The cheapest one is $50. Spread out over a year, that’s not much per month, but I just didn’t want to pay that much for a planner. I ended up buying a much smaller, much less expensive Sugar Paper planner at Target and even though there wasn’t room for all the stickers and pretties, I was happy with it. I really only used it for blog planning anyway.

Then, in the fall I started a bullet journal using a Yoobi journal from Target. I wanted to do more with it, so I considered using printables I found on Tumblr to make my own planner using a three-ring binder, but it seemed like a lot of work and I was overwhelmed with all the choices in printables and I wasn’t really thrilled about the binder part. I do still like the idea of using printables for organization, so I think I am going to incorporate that into my life this year.

I started thinking again about the Erin Condren planners, thinking that if I could combine the bullet journal idea with the planner, and if I used it for more than blogging, I could maybe justify the cost to myself. So I looked into it, but I also wanted to look at other options. The Happy Planner looked good. It’s cheaper, it’s available locally (Michaels), and the videos on the website have a catchy song.

I looked at a few more options until I ended up on Youtube watching people show off their planners and review them. (OMG YOU GUYS! There are SO MANY stationery haul videos on Youtube. I think I lost three days of my life to stationery hauls. I wanted to make my own stationery haul video! Only, I had no stationery to haul. And…this post was born.) It was this video by Xao Vang that led me to the Personal Planner. I created and customized a planner three or four different times, but I still didn’t want to take the plunge: $40 for a planner.

Around that time, I started seeing the 2016 Sugar Paper planners popping up in Target and I didn’t care for them. (My 2015 version was much better.) So it was decided: I was getting a Personal Planner! I was poking around on their Facebook when I noticed they had recently had a discount code. I was just a few days too late for their Halloween discount. But maybe that meant they would have another one soon? After all, Black Friday was only a few weeks away and if not then, Cyber Monday would be the following week. Surely…?

Someone else asked about a discount code and they replied: in a couple of weeks. It killed me, but I decided to wait. I stalked their Facebook daily, the way I do when there’s a new release I want to read and the library doesn’t have it yet. (For some reason my library rarely has YA books in the system until release date or after. You can sign up for the waiting list for many adult books months in advance though.)

And then I had second thoughts — after I ordered it, of course. I had been watching SO MANY planner decorating videos that I decided I wanted the Erin Condren after all. I know. So I ended up ordering that one too, and I’m going to use the Personal Planner at work. For my blog I’m using a wall calendar from Dollar Tree and, because it allows for more detail than the Erin Condren or the Personal Planner, continuing with the bullet journal format in my Yoobi journal.

In the weeks that I was waiting for the planners to arrive, I started watching Plan With Me videos on Youtube. I am so addicted to watching people decorate their planners and I might have bought more than a few planner stickers myself. Hey, there were some really good sales on Black Friday! A lot of those sellers sent thank you coupons so I had to use some of those, right? I even started following some of my favorite sellers and Youtubers on Instagram for coupons and to enter giveaways.

I don’t really have the equipment to do Plan With Me videos of my own, so I’m turning this into a monthly feature where I’ll be sharing my decorated planner pages from the previous month. You can also follow me on Instagram where I’ll be posting them as I go along.

Here are December’s weekly spreads, except for the week of the 14th. I forgot to take a picture before writing out my plans for the week. (Sorry about the horrible lighting and bad photography. I’ll try to improve.)

Erin Condren November 30, 2015 Erin Condren December 7, 2015 Erin Condren December 21, 2015 Erin Condren December 28, 2015



  1. I took a look at the personal planner page and even had fun playing around designing one. But truth…..I can’t see myself ever going back to paper and pencil again! I’d lose it, not have it when I need it, etc. I love having everything with me at all times…on my phone, my laptop, and my iPad. And when I do want something on paper, I just print it out, or grab a piece of that lined notebook paper stacked in my drawer because no one around here ever uses it!
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  2. Your weekly spreads are beautiful! I love paper planners and spend way too much time watching YouTube planner videos 🙂
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  3. This is such funny timing – my post about planner issues is going up tomorrow!! I started with an Erin Condren but lost steam after a few months. I went with a Happy Planner this year because it was so cheap (especially with a 50% off Michaels coupon!) and I won’t feel bad if I bail on it. I can’t usually commit to a planner, hence my post tomorrow about what I ended up doing with all the planners I tried lol.
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  1. […] I wasn’t going to sign up for any 2016 year-long challenges because I pretty much forget about them before the end of January, but contemporary romance is 90% of what I read so I should be good on this one. I just need to remember to come back to update this post and link up with the monthly posts. (I already stuck page flags with reminders on them in my planner.) […]