I wanted to give you guys a quick update on my planning system right now. I have been using my Erin Condren Life Planner (the new 2015-2016 one that I got in June to replace my hold 2014-2015 one) since August now and I have been loving it. I finally have figured out what planning style works best for me and I do a mix of both functional and decorative planning. Functional planning is when you use stickers to mark events that are happening throughout the week. For example, I use a clean house sticker on the days that I am cleaning my house. I use a party sticker to indicate when there are parties happening. I use a grocery bag sticker to mark when I go grocery shopping.. You get the point. Decorative planning is when you use scrapbook stickers/ fun stickers to decorate your planner. I love the Darice books from Michael's that you get for $1.00. I have a lot of them and its fun to use one book for the entire weeks spread. For Halloween I had to use the same Darice sticker book for 2 weekly spreads because I didn't get out to Michael's in time to pick up a new Halloween book. I have a lot of the Darice books for Thanksgiving though so I am excited to post my monthly planner round up next month. Anyway here is a snapshot of all my spreads in my planner since August. I will link all etsy shops that I purchase stickers from down below so you can go check them out. Leave any questions you have in the comments.
This is a dashboard I made with sticky notes I had on hand. They are almost all used up so when I have used them I will throw this dashboard away and create a new one.
Erin Condren and these sticky notes are really sticky. I use them for pre-planning my weeks which I will show you in another post.
The first week in August I started using my planner again.
The second week in August I went with a purple theme. I thought it went really well with the yellow color and I still do. I love marking Zack's traveling days with the airplane washi, its so cute.
This was the week Claire was born! She was born on Saturday August, 22 and I really had no idea she would come that day so I was just planning like a normal week. I even had a Dr's appointment the day before she came and I thought that I would at least go another week or two.
The week after Claire came. As you can tell no planning happened whatsoever and I just enjoyed time with my sweet baby.
Harry Potter week. If you don't know why I would decorate this week Harry Potter then we can't be friends. Just kidding. We can, just go read Harry Potter or watch the movie to find out.
A fun fall inspired week, I mostly used fall colors and some fun fall stickers.
This week I am embarrassed to put up here. Seriously it was terrible decorating on my part but it was melon days in Green River, Utah and so I tried to go with a pink and green theme but that didn't work out.
A pretty minimal week as I was still trying to juggle my new role of being a stay at home mom.
John and Ashlee's wedding week. John is my husbands brother and their wedding colors were blue purple so I decorated this week based off of that. It was fun mixing up the fall colors.
Just another fall week, pretty simple but busy.
This week I tried to do more decorating with scrapbook paper but I didn't really like how it turned out. I mean it was okay but I definitely prefer not to use the scrapbook paper.
The week before Halloween. It was fun using these festive stickers.
The week of Halloween. It was actually a really busy week for me but that's okay it was really fun.
And the current week coming up. I just started this week today so at the end of November I will post the finished spread here, it is a woodland animals theme and they are just so cute I love it. It makes me want to open my planner up every day and use it.
The notes pages in the back of my planner. I have a favorite meals list on the left and a meals to try on the write. These help me so much when I am meal planning so I know what to plan out for the week.
books to read list
Daily Routine List
Morning and Evening routine list
and this is how I have my pen attached to my planner. I stick the pen holder on the keep it together folder so I can switch out my covers of the planner if I want to. The pen is a crown pen I bought off amazon and it writes really really well.
Crown Pen: http://www.amazon.com/ONOR-Tech-Lovely-Design-Ballpoint-School/dp/B00KV78M7U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446512784&sr=8-1&keywords=crown+pen
Etsy Shops I love
Oh Hello Stationary: www.ohhelloco.com
Lillie Henry: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LillieHenry
Two Little Bees: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwoLilBeesCo
One Orange Snowflake: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OneOrangeSnowflake
For $10.00 off your first Erin Condren order use this link to create an account. You get $10.00 and I do to, and if I get enough credits I will be doing a giveway for the new year. https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/caitlinholladay0127-8974
I love planning and as you can see have definitely fallen down the rabbit hole into this community. It has been really fun and something I have truly enjoyed.