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decorating my EC planner

my 2015 EC Life Planner
i love the idea of scrapbooking, but the thought of actually doing it exhausts me.  there’s so much crap involved and a lot of work.  i don’t have the time (or money) to devote to that so i think planner journaling is perfect for me.  for planner journaling, all you really need is a planner, some stickers, pens, and washi tape.  i now use the erin condren life planner.  {click HERE for more info, my review, and a referral link for $10 off your first purchase.}  i prefer to get my stickers off of etsy because they are made specifically for the planner.  they are more pricey than craft stores, but they are small and fit the spaces perfectly.  you can also use scrapbooking paper scraps, computer printouts, and anything else.

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some people can go overboard though.  too many stickers, too much washi tape, too many inserts, too many colored pens.  i want to do all of those things, but i also want it to still look clean and functional. i get a lot of inspiration from instagram.  i have decided to use the monthly pages for the “big stuff”, which i also mark on my weekly pages.  i like a nice clean monthly view.  but it’s the weekly pages that get most of my attention.  i still haven’t figured out exactly how i want it to look.  i’m sure my style will evolve over time.

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favorite etsy shops for stickers and more:

  • stationstickers – this is my absolute favorite shop.  not only does she have the best customer service, she ships super fast.  her stickers are adorable, and she’s always willing to do special orders.  i’ve bought the most stickers from this shop.
  • alex studio – my second favorite etsy shop.  this shop has really modern stickers that fit perfectly in your planner.  there are a lot of “daily activity” stickers but also some quirky ones like cats in hats and cake.
  • plannerkate1 – this shop is where i ordered my dashboard (mainly for weekly to-dos).  there are also a bunch of really adorable stickers.
  • kadyplansit – this shop has really original stickers for your planner.  i ordered some tiny notebook paper sheets that fit in the weekly boxes for my school to-do lists.
  • karolinaskrafts – this shop has such cute stickers.  there’s a huge variety too.
  • lillie henry – this shop has fun and simple every day stickers.  but be warned, shipping from this shop takes weeks, and her prices are higher than other shops.
  • oh hello stationary – adorable.  this shop also does custom stickers if you are looking for something specific.
  • the gifted pepper – i bought a meal plan pdf from this shop.  i print it off and glue it onto the bottom of my planner weekly pages each week.

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favorite places to find washi tape and colored pens:

  • danika58 – this etsy shop has some interesting washi for a decent price.  it ships from japan so there’s some travel time involved.
  • prettytape – another etsy shop with beautiful washi.
  • silent poetry arts – this etsy shop has really unique washi tape.
  • office depot – the best pens.  ever.  i can lose an hour in office depot easy.  i usually go for the unibal signa gel pens and pencilmate flair pens.
  • target – for pens and washi.  target carries the scotch tape brand of washi, which is the best washi in my opinion.
  • michael’s, hobby lobby, and walmart also have some washi but it’s hit or miss.  sometimes i can find really cute washi at those places though!  michael’s and hobby lobby have occasional sales too.

i still haven’t worked out all the kinks, but here is my first official week all finished:

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check out my erin condren referral link HERE if you’re interested in an EC life planner and want $10 off your first order. (the $10 off code will be sent in an email after you’ve registered that might go to your spam folder so check there if you don’t get it right away.)

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7 thoughts on “decorating my EC planner

  1. Don’t forget about the dollar store! (If y’all have them out there) They have washi tape every now and again. They also have cute stickers every so often.

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