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Erin Condren Officially Announces Acquisition of kikki.K Brand

Erin Condren Officially Announces Acquisition of kikki.K Brand

EC Design, the parent company of Erin Condren, has officially announced the acquisition of the kikki.K brand. The acquisition was finalized on July 30, 2020 and both companies are working diligently through a smooth restructuring process that with hopefully save nearly 30 kikki.K stores worldwide and roughly 250 jobs.

The kikki.K brand, which had filed for voluntary administration (bankruptcy) four months ago, was negatively impacted by some devastating economic disasters that hurt their business around the world. Under the new structure, the company will remain in its Melbourne, Australia headquarters with Founder, Kristina Karlsson as Creative Director and Co- Founder, Paul Lacy as CEO.  kikki.K shared the good news with their more than 300K followers on Instagram by expressing their gratitude for patience during this transitional time and that their future is secure and moving forward.  

According to Kristina Karlsson, “With this partnership, the Erin Condren team will assist us in strengthening the kikki.K brand across the U.S. markets and help grow our e-commerce business. There is so much we can learn from each other to continue doing what we both do best, and that’s creating and sharing beautiful products that make a genuine positive impact on people’s lives.” 

“We have long admired kikki.K for its unique design and functional products, and we are thrilled to welcome this incredible team into the EC Design family. The beautiful Swedish design aesthetic that is signature to the kikki.K brand will remain and will now be more readily accessible to U.S. audiences,” says Tonia Misvaer, CEO of Erin Condren. 

It will be exciting to see what comes next as these two paper pioneer brands come together. Overall, the brands hope to combine their shared love for paper, planners, stationery and organization to deliver the best products to their customers.

Maybe we will see an A5 ring bound EC planner soon??  

A Plan For Health From Whitney English

A Plan For Health From Whitney English

These days it has become more important than ever to be an advocate for yourself and your family members when it comes to health. Knowing your body, tracking symptoms and staying on top of your history can be a vital asset in your treatment and diagnosis.  Now, Whitney English has partnered with Johna Jenkins, a nurse practitioner, to develop a comprehensive collection of products called A Plan For Health that empower you to take charge of your own wellness.

THE COLLECTION 

A Plan For Health is a collection of wellness planning products that helps you keep your most important information organized all in one place. These useful tools can work together or independently to empower you to be an advocate for your own healthcare. The collection includes a Daily Wellness Tracker, five small (A5) but powerful notebook tools and a notepad that can really make a difference in your overall wellness.

Daily Wellness Tracker – A wire-o undated daily planner (six months) that allows you to visually connect the dots between your lifestyle and your health. It makes it easier to see how your daily meals, sleep, mood, supplements, exercise and medication can effect how you are feeling. 

Medical Organizer – A key organization tool for the entire family. This notebook keeps all vital information in one place and can be essential in emergency situations when you or a family member cannot speak for themselves. It has pages to document emergency contact information, advance directives, health history, personal information, previous diagnosis, allergies, medications and supplements, any hospitalization or surgeries, family health history, list of medical providers, medical insurance information, medical portals and network information, pharmacy information, additional contacts and notes pages.

Monthly Calendar – An 18-month calendar overview to help you see your year-at-a-glance which can work as a companion to your wellness or just as an essential planning tool.

Medical Expense Log A simple but handy log book that helps you stay on top of medical related expenses such as out-of-pocket payments, co-payments, insurance payments, medication costs and more. This is extremely helpful to ensure reimbursement when needed and tax preparation.

Health Care Visits – A convenient way to prep for appointments with your doctor, therapist or specialist. It allows you to pre-plan questions and record symptoms or concerns plus take notes of instructions, recommendations, treatments, diagnosis and follow ups.  There is also a place to log medication prescribed and test taken. 

Weekly Tracker – A useful notebook that works as a companion with other trackers to get a quick visual overview of how often symptoms are occurring or how consistent you are with taking medications, supplements and getting enough exercise and water. It can also be a handy tool in your regular daily planning.

Notepad – A convenient notepad with adhesive sticky pages to jot down quick thoughts or lists that can be put into any of the notebooks or your regular planner. 

All of the products are beautifully designed and provide a full approach to healthcare. The colors and patterns work aesthetically with the Whitney English Planner and the notebooks fit conveniently into the front pocket. 

The products are available on the Whitney English website. 

Behind The Shop: PenGems

Behind The Shop: PenGems

This behind-the-shop post is from our interview with Kristina Gilliam, Director of Operations at PenGems during the NYC Planner Addicts Expo, a virtual event for ticket holders held on July 18, 2020.   

 

PenGems, known as the sparkly pens with the gem on the top, are a popular favorite throughout the planner community.  The company was founded by Angel McMichael, who served 12 years active duty for the US Air Force and now serves in the Air Force Reserve. She started out making the crystal pens from home but today the company has grown into a small team that is on a mission to make the world a colorful place with #nouglypens. Pippin is the adorable penguin ambassador which represents the brand’s fun and “chill” personality.      

PEN-SPIRATIONS

PenGems releases new collections monthly which are usually in the works for months and sometimes a year in advance. Angel is the designer and finds inspiration from many areas but also welcomes feedback from the team and community. The pens are released in boxed set collections, many of which sell out in one day, but can also be purchased individually on the website. Additionally, there is a Signature Collection that includes popular pens which are always in stock. Each pen is filled with more than 120 sparkling crystals and features coordinating metal barrels, hardware and gemstones. They have 0.7mm black ballpoint cartridges which have a very smooth feel and glide when writing. There are also several options for refill cartridges including blue ink and gel ink.

COLLABORATIONS

The company has done several designer collaborations within the community including Peach Pom, Scribble Prints Co., Plan It Perfect, the1407planners and Pippin Loves Fiona.  

Some of the collections are released with coordinating products like notebooks, which are produced with their sister company, Einstein Paper Company. PenGems also has fun apparel and accessories that features the brands signature colors and Pippin the penguin ambassador.

GIVING BACK

Starting from their small but mighty team, PenGems focuses on giving back. The company is based in a small town in Texas and employs women from the local community.  They have done several give back initiatives through their Sparkle For A Cause pens that have helped raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness, foster children and more. There is also a licensed collection with the US Air Force. 

Thank you so much to PenGems for the live interview. We are so excited for what is coming this fall and the new Halloween Collection! For the latest information about releases and more, follow PenGems on Instagram and Facebook.

Reasons To Add Daily Planning To Your Line Up

Reasons To Add Daily Planning To Your Line Up

Daily planners seem to be popping up in everyone’s planner stack right now.  Maybe it’s the gorgeous variety of options from bound planners to undated inserts that have enticed so many planners to give the daily layout a try. Plus, this season of uncertainly really lends itself to taking things day by day and a daily planner is the perfect solution.  It can be used alone or alongside your regular planner.

 

For a long time, most people felt that their schedules just weren’t busy enough to warrant using a daily planner. But in fact, those that have given it a try are so glad they did.  Daily planning really has less to do with how jam packed your schedule is and more to do with boosting your productivity and even helping to reduce stress.

 

Here are some reasons to make daily planning a part of your line up:

 

Daily Brain Dump

A daily brain dump is one of the best things you can do to clear your head and relieve stress.  Making a plan for the day is a great way to set yourself up for success.  A daily planner provides plenty of space to put pen to paper and flush out priorities, thoughts and notes.  It is also helpful for assigning time (blocks) to when you are going to be getting tasks done which prevents over scheduling.

 

Putting Routines In Place

Routines are one of the best ways to help you achieve your goals and be productive. But incorporating them into your life can be a struggle. Sometimes we want to procrastinate, sometimes we just rebel and sometimes we just forget. Having that same daily reminder or ritual visible everyday makes it easier to establish routines and keep them going, whatever that means for you.

 

Increase Productivity & Decrease Overwhelm  

We all love that sense of accomplishment that comes with checking things off! Not only does this make us feel like we are making progress but it also helps to maintain momentum and boost productivity.  Visually seeing all the things that you have been able to complete gives you confidence to keep going.  Plus if you are a lister, pulling a few tasks daily can help prioritize what’s most important and keep you laser focused rather than having a master list that can be overwhelming.

 

Stay On Top Of Goals & Progress

Goals can seem like an unattainable finish line far down the road. Many times we set goals and think to ourselves – “it would be nice to”. That is why breaking them down into mini steps and milestones can make sure you are consistently staying focused and making progress.  These steps can be spread out into daily actionable items so they are more attainable and easy to manage.

 

A daily planner also gives you a fresh start to a new day. Of course you can try to do all of this in a regular notebook but having more “structure” can only help keep you on track and accountable.

Planner’s Guide: Shopping For Custom Planners

Planner’s Guide: Shopping For Custom Planners

How many times have we all said this?  Planners are not “one size fits all.”  There is no such thing as planner peace.  Well, as the planner community grows (which is awesome), there is more need for customization and diversity in the products. Each of us wants a planner that works for our unique lifestyle and season of life.

 

If you are a planner that loves all the options and wants to design the perfect planner for your lifestyle, we’ve got you covered.  Here are some of the companies that have embraced customization on a new level:  

Create your own dream planner with quality paper, a hard linen or leather cover and golden wire-o binding. Each planner is as individual as you with tons of layouts and additional pages printed on demand. 

Based on the philosophy that there is a designer in all of us, Purple Trail provides the tools and inspiration to create your own custom planner. There are many different styles with dozens of layouts and a selection of bindings from either coil, book bound or three-ring binder refills. You can also choose from two sizes, premium paper quality and tabs and start month. 

Simple yet colorful designs made to fit your lifestyle. All planners are handmade to order. There are five size options with tons of layouts, each one can be downloaded to try before you customize and buy. Additional pages can be added to your planner including meal planning, fitness, budget, teacher, social media and much more. 

Personalized planners and unique layouts are their specialty. Plum Paper offers three different size planner options with dozens of layouts that can each be personalized to include what ever sections work for you. Planners are available with a coil binding or unpunched and the paper quality is amazing. Plus there is an endless amount of add ons including household, business, education and lifestyle with tons of options that can be included in your planner either dispersed or in a tabbed section. 

Agendio offers a huge selection of custom options from sizes to layouts to fonts and covers. There are three size options in the coil bound planners (soft or hard cover) and six additional sizes of inserts. You can customize page layouts and sections down to adding ongoing tasks preprinted to your to do lists.  The possibilities are truly endless. 

All of these companies offer high quality products that are made to work for your individual needs. Most of them also offer compatible notebooks, notepads and accessories that can be customized as well. 

 

Happy planning! 

 

Tips To Help You Tackle The Rest Of 2020

Tips To Help You Tackle The Rest Of 2020

Few people could argue that 2020 has been full of challenges. Back in January when we all set goals and plans to make this year the best yet, we had no idea what was coming. Now that we are half way through, we know more than ever that things don’t always go according to plan. Not a comfortable scenario for us planner types. So, what now? How can we move forward and tackle the rest of 2020?

Focusing on creating a lifestyle that makes you feel at ease will help add daily joys so you can thrive no matter what the circumstances. One of the best places to start when life is uncertain is to establish habits and routines to provide structure and intention to your days. Feeling a sense of purpose and accomplishment, especially when there is a pretty tracker to check off, often makes moving forward easier and less intimidating.

 

Here are some ideas to help you finish 2020 with purpose:

 

Refresh Your Goals:

All those goals you set before life turned upside still matter. Take some time to look at them with a new perspective and refresh your actions steps to reflect what life looks like now. Focus on actionable steps you can take to move forward without completely putting things on hold. This will keep you positive and relieve any feeling of being stuck or in limbo.

 

Daily Reset & Tidy:

Doing a daily reset and tidy is key to staying focused and relieving the overwhelm. Making a list of priorities will make sure nothing falls through the cracks and anything not finished can easily be carried over to the next day.  Also, having a tidy work/living space helps with a sense of calm. Physical clutter is mental clutter and remember to give yourself grace for anything that remains unfinished.

 

Practice Gratitude:

We can’t say it enough! If you haven’t made gratitude a daily practice, you should. Being intentional and focusing on things you are grateful can improve your mindset and help add joy. Inserting a gratitude practice can be as simple as jotting down one line a day to center your thoughts to a complete journaling routine. Do what works for you and take steps to make it part of your routine. You will be glad you did.

 

Unplug & Curate:

There is a no shortage of news and influx of information, which can be too much at times. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings and make space in your schedule to unplug. It’s also important to curate the content you are consuming. Do an audit of the people and channels you are following to make sure you can process everything and it is serving you rather than harming you.

 

Make Self Care A Priority:

Taking care of you is rule number one! So many times we let other things take priority and taking care of ourselves gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Self care needs to be made a priority in order for it to happen. Start by brainstorming some ideas for self care that you enjoy. Be sure to think of things that are quick and easy to insert into your day and then some things that may take more time for extra splurges to indulge on.

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