I started my 2015 with a lot of plans, but the problem is that I do not have a planner to help me keep track and schedule things. How funny because, over the years, I would always have a planner (mostly Starbucks planners) but I do not use them at all. Now that I actually have a use for it, I cannot find one that fit my needs.
It was already mid-March and I still don’t have my planner! But with the help of the ever reliable Mr. Google, he pointed me to some options. Top of the search results were 2 brands: Erin Condren and Plum Paper. After few days of reading and comparing based on feedbacks, I decided to get the Erin Condren Life Planner. Today, I will share my full review for this famous planner. 🙂
Erin Condren.com is a US company based in California. They specialize in personalized stationery such as notebooks, notepads, calendars and address books. But their main player are the personalized planners (12-month & 18-month) which are classified into:
- life planners
- wedding planners
- teacher lesson planners
- sorority planners
They also offer other products like invitations, shirts, carry-all clutches and even flip flops!
The ordering process is simple and straightforward. Just like other online shops, all you have to do is create a profile and select your orders. To save you some time, I suggest that you check out their products first and list the items that you wish to purchase. 🙂 After you confirm the order, you will be directed to the page shown above and they provide a guide on how to check your order status.
Erin Condren customers are offered with flat rate shipping, depending on your location. Since the product is coming from USA and it will be delivered in Singapore, a higher shipping cost is expected (USD 19.95). The FedEx International Economy takes 4-6 business days. If you want to find out more about this rate, click here. As for the rest of their shipping rates, you may check them in the image provided below.
Erin Condren.com’s regular planners are priced at USD 50 each. But they also have the special foil planners for USD 75. While both options looked fun and colorful, the latter has a more exquisite look that I liked. My first choice was the Gold – Turquoise color but because it was out of stock at the time of my purchase, I opted for the 12-month Gold – Charcoal because that was the only option left for this design, really. Then I added a personalized notepad that matches the design of my chosen planner. That time, the site was having a 25% off promo for all the life planners and of course, I took advantage of it. 😀
I placed my order on March 25th and received the confirmation email on the same date. Then on April 1st, I received the second email informing that my order is set for shipping and a tracking number has been provided. On April 7th, my planner finally arrived. ❤
Unboxing My Erin Condren 2015 Life Planner
The box contains my 2015 EC life planner that was neatly packed in a bubble wrap and on top of it are some fun stuff. 🙂
- Inside the blue envelope were several personalized stickers with “berryduchess” printed on it
- An envelope of colorful gift labels/stickers and a couple of bookplates.
- Compliment card.
- Welcome Voucher.
- A complimentary “Sun Kind of Fun” shirt (not shown in this photo) that you will get when you spend USD 75 or more on the products.
The front and back covers of the planner are platinum foil stamped and laminated, giving it a neat and classy look. These covers are also interchangeable and you may order other designs (USD 10.95) from their website. In the photo, you will see that there is a transparent ruler that can be snapped-in anywhere inside or outside the planner. Also, a metallic gold elastic band (not included in the photo) is included to help keep your planner closed even if you have a lot of inserts.
This famous aluminum coil known for its sturdiness is one of the best physical features of their planners. This is according to the users who compared the EC planner with other planners.
The planner has a two-page monthly spreads with coil-side binding. To provide a better monthly overview, goals and to-do lists were included. Lastly, these pages also contain inspirational quotes to keep you motivated as you begin each month.
As for the weekly spreads, each day is divided into 3 segments: Morning, Day, Night. At the bottom of each page are additional space where you can write your additional lists or plans.
The rest of the features include:
- Forget*Me*Not perpetual calendar & contacts
- 20 pages of lined and designer blank pages for notes and sketches
- DOUBLE-sided “keep it together” folder where you can place your stickers, receipts, post-its, and other things.
- 240 colorful stickers to highlight birthdays, special events and reminders (these can be re-positioned!)
- bound-in zip lock pocket
Lastly, are my personalized notepads and the complimentary shirt that I received from them. 😀
In summary, here are my overall experience during the entire purchase:
1. Product – 4 / 5
While I would agree that this may be one of the best planners that you can have because it really serves their purpose and functionality BUT I have a couple of feedback.
DURABILITY of pages.
My planner has been with me for over 2 weeks and I already noticed that some of the pages were a bit worn out. Please hold your horses before you react! I want to let you know that I handle my EC planner with extra care, all the time. but what can I do? I really make use of my planner, like every day!
I also read the same feedback from other users. I hope the EC team can take a look on this because it is sort of an issue, really. If they can also do the coil-binding side like what they did on the monthly spreads, it will be better. Will you agree with me? So now, I wonder how my planner looks like at the end of the year…
2. Ease of Use – 4/5
I had no issues with the planner but as I read and check out the weekly spread of the Plum Paper planner, I think I prefer their layout. In my personal opinion and preference, I need bigger space because I write a lot.
3. Price – 4/5
In my humble opinion, I think the price is reasonable. With the price that you pay, your planner is not only personalized but it also has the functional features. Come to think of it, the Starbucks planner will still be more expensive compared to this. Also, if you want to get a discounted rate, make sure you sign up to their e-mail newsletter so you will not miss any ongoing promotions. They also have referral programs! Check the rest of the details here.
4. Shipping / Delivery – 5/5
I appreciate their flat-rate shipping and the fact that I did not have any problems with the courier. My orders arrived on time and the box was in good condition.
Will I purchase again?
Sure! In fact, I already have my wishlist ready for my next purchase. But I am also considering to try other planners in the future. What will be nice is if Erin Condren would come up with a blogger’s planner. I am one of the first to order if that happens!
Will you recommend it?
Yes, why not? 🙂
We have reached the end of my review for the Erin Condren 2015 Life Planner. Thank you for your time and until our next review! ❤
Click the link for Erin Condren 2016 Life Planner Review.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.