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There are more options than ever before from Erin Condren this year! As seen with the recent LifePlanner launch, the brand continues to design and innovate their planners and products that are not only stylish but also functional and help boost productivity. The latest releases feature new planners in the Academic Planner Collection, Monthly Planner Collection and Undated Planner Collection. The new Academic Planner Collection includes both coil and softbound planners in colorful or focused neutral designs. The Monthly Planner Collection now has coiled versions in both 7″ x 9″ and 8.5″ x 11″ sizes. Plus there are new options for undated planners in both colorful and neutral focused designs.
COILED ACADEMIC PLANNER
The Coiled Academic Planner (7″ x 9″) features the popular Mid Century Circles colorful theme. The unique interior layout is specially designed to help keep track of assignments, projects, to do’s and more. It has both monthly and weekly spreads in a 12-month dated format. The weekly spreads are horizontal and divided into three section with plenty of space to write down all the important notes, due dates, schedules and to do’s for the day. In the front of the planner there is dedicated space to record a class schedule as well as monthly dashboard pages for important dates, exams and projects. Each planner comes with a colorful sheet of student stickers coiled in the back. The planner are available with three start date options (August 2021, September 2021 or January 2022). There are notes pages after each month and an additional 40 pages can be added onto your order. There are several fun, new cover designs in the collection plus the covers are interchangeable with any standard Erin Condren cover and the coil colors can also be customized (black, gold, rose gold).
SOFTBOUND ACADEMIC PLANNERS
The Softbound Academic Planners are a more compact (A5 size) and portable option for taking on the go. The planners are book bound with flexible vegan leather covers and lay flat design. The interior layout includes all the same monthly and weekly spreads as the Coiled Academic Planner (with two divided sections) but there are no stickers included or option for additional notes pages. They are all 12-month dated format (August 2022 – July 2022). There are two colorful designs available including Mid Century Circles printed cover and a Rose Gold metallic cover. Both feature the colorful Mid Century Circles interior layouts and can be personalized.
SOFTBOUND FOCUSED ACADEMIC PLANNER
The collection also includes a Softbound Focused Academic Planner (A5 size) which features the same interiors pages but in a more simplified and neutral layout design. It also has the same flexile vegan leather cover with the lay flat design and is available in only one cover option (Harbor). The planner is 12-month dated format from August 2021 – July 2022.
GIFT WITH PURCHASE
There is a special gift with purchase promotion for the Academic Planner launch. With any purchase of an Academic Planner (Coil, Softbound or Focused), an exclusive dual-tip highlighter (valued $5.00) will be included in the order. It’s perfect for highlighting important dates and note taking when studying.
COILED MONTHLY PLANNER COLLECTION
Also recently launched is the Monthly Planner Collection which is a perfect option for “big-picture” planning. It includes only monthly spreads and notes pages. It is perfect for at-a-glance planning, tackling large projects, tracking goals, budgeting, project planning or fitness/wellness milestones. It is available in two interior designs including colorful Mid Century Circles design (7″ x 9″ & 8.5″ x 11″ sizes) and Flora design (7″ x 9″). Each month includes ten notes pages but additional notes pages (40 or 80) can be added on in either lined or productivity styles. The Monthly Planner also includes two sticker sheets as well as the pocket folder and special holiday sticker sheets and the coils can be customized (black, rose gold, gold). The planner has five different start date options including July 2021, August 2021, September 2021, October 2021 or January 2022).
NEW UNDATED MONTHLY & WEEKLY PLANNERS
New Undated Monthly and Weekly Planners have been introduced under the Focused Collection. The planners are coiled 12-month undated format all with vegan leather covers (black, harbor, slate blue, blush & camel) which can be personalized with blind debossing. The interior layouts are minimal and neutral with an open monthly spread and spacious horizontal weekly spread plus an upfront goals and intentions spread as well as monthly productivity dashboard pages.
There is also an Undated Softbound LifePlanner (8″ x 10″) option available in Mid Century Circles design. It features the flexible vegan leather cover and interior with Mid Century Circles design. It has a 12-month undated format with the same colorful monthly and weekly horizontal spreads found in the dated LifePlanner.
It’s planner move-in season! If you are an academic planner user (July – June), now is the time to set up your planner for success. The more you put in now, the more you will get out of it later. Just like any other tool, a planner will not work for you if you don’t take the time to learn and set it up for your specific needs and goals. So many people in the community have been struggling with their systems and jumping from planner to planner because they feel it has stopped working for them. This can not only lead to feelings of overwhelm and frustration but lack of productivity as well.
Let’s face it, time flies and life gets hectic. The best way to keep your planner working for you in the long term is to prep it now before it starts. So if your planner starts in July, set aside time in June to get it all ready. Same is true for January start, you want to make time in November or December before the business of the holidays. This way you are ready to hit the ground running and any upcoming things will already be in place.
Even with the dozens of customization options that are available now, there is still no one size fits all planner. So here are some tips to help you get your planner set up and have some fun doing it:
➡️ Brain Dump – Your planner should be a “catch all” place for what is happening in your life. Take a moment to brain dump month by month all the key dates that you know are upcoming for the year. Be sure to include birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, vacations, important events, appointments, bills and more. The monthly spreads are a great place to start with all of this. If you are a decorative planner and are not ready to put pen to paper yet, stick a post it note on each month so when the time comes you are prepared to plan. You can also create a master document with all this information to keep handy when planning and decorating.
➡️ Have a plan for your planner – That sounds silly, right? Well let’s explain. When starting a new planner you need to define its purpose and set it up accordingly. If you are a multiple planner user, then you need to figure out what you want this planner to do for you e.g. track your budget or your fitness, etc. If you us only one planner for all the things, then you need to designate specific areas in the planner that will be dedicated for each aspect of your life. This way, your are going in with a game plan and are less likely to give up on it in a couple of months when things get busy. You will always know your go to spots for writing things down and exactly where to find them later.
➡️ Grab all the essentials – Be sure you have all your favorite supplies handy. Find a bin, tote or pouch and fill it will your basic tools, favorite pens, highlighters, stickers, post it notes or any other essentials you love to use in your planner.
➡️ Get cozy – Set the mood for planning and make it a relaxing experience that will motivate you and bring you joy. Find a comfortable place, maybe light a candle, listen to an uplifting podcast, binge watch a favorite show or YouTube creator. Then, get to work!
➡️ Decorate ahead of time – We all love decorating our planners but truth be told, it does take time that we don’t always have. So if you are a decorative planner or want to be, or if you love using kits, try to plan spreads out in advance so you have your supplies ahead of time to make sure your weeks are ready. We all know there are times we don’t have the right kit on hand so we either don’t use our planner or the week becomes a total fail. Staying on top of releases from your favorite brands and shops will help.
➡️ Make it social – Planner move-in in time is exciting and fun. Schedule a little meet up with friends (in person or virtually) and dig into getting your planners prepped for the new year. It’s a great way to share ideas, tips, and supplies #plannerfriendsmakethebestfriends
The most imporatant thing is to do what works for you. It’s ok to try out different planners but always keep one constant place so nothing falls through the cracks. Hope this helps and brings joy into planning for you!
Since first opening an Etsy shop in 2013, She Plans founder Ashley Staum, has created many different types of planners from coils to sewn books and from inserts to printables. Now for the new 2021-2022 collection, Ashley is launching into new territory with the creation of a disc bound daily planning system that is half letter size. It her way of offering more customization and also integrating the printable portion of her shop.
Ashley is a total planner girl at heart and definitely enjoys planning on paper. She began designing her first planners in Excel back in college when she couldn’t find what she was looking for in the stores. Her first planners, mostly printables, became very popular with family and friends. So after getting married and having her four children, she decided to take her graphic design to the next level and created the She Plans brand. Over the years, the planners have evolved but have remained true to the purpose of keeping your weeks simple and your days intentional.
We talked one-on-one with Ashley about the new collection and her purpose for designing planners that help you be more intentional and less overwhelmed. Take a listen to our chat below:
The new disc bound planner features a daily layout with a full page for each day (including Saturdays & Sundays) as well as weekly overviews, monthly spreads and goal setting throughout. The planner is half letter size and can be purchased as a complete set with covers and tabs or individually as just the inserts. It is dated July 2021 – June 2022 and printed on #70 paper. There are two cover options, Navy Floral and Camel Floral with a protective frosted poly cover overlay. There is also an add-on option for (50) additional notes pages. Plus, all of the pieces can also be purchased unpunched so you can ring punch or coil yourself.
The planner includes a very intentional goal setting system. The upfront introduction allows for vision planning and brainstorming goals which are then broken down and woven throughout the planner pages. The system centers on “focus” goals which you set every six months. At the beginning of the planner, there are worksheets to help you get started, in the middle of the planner there is a refresh area which helps you refocus for the rest of the year. Plus there are worksheet dispersed into each quarter and month to keep you on track. It is designed so you don’t just set it and forget it but rather it guides you from vision to actually taking action.
Behind The Shop is an ongoing series that features our talented and devoted sho owner community. Each time, we talk one-on-one with a shop owner/s to hear first hand what shop life is all about. Whether it’s a new shop that just came onto the scene or a popular community favorite – we want to share more about their journeys and stories with you.
In 2015, Diana Velazquez left her full time job, due to personal reasons, but knew she needed something else that would allow her to be creative and bring herself joy. After purchasing her first ever planner (Erin Condren), she discovered the planner community and the world of decorative planning. Diana was immediately hooked and decided to embark on the journey of designing, creating and selling planner stickers. She hit the ground running, did tons of research and taught herself all about sticker making. She opened her shop on Etsy and Sugary Gal Shop was born.
Over the years, Sugary Gal Shop has grown and evolved along with the planner community offering a variety of stickers and products. The signature Lady D character is a popular favorite among shop fans. Her recent collaborations with Paper House have allowed her to create even more products and have her designs for sale in Michaels Stores. Diana has made life long friends throughout the community and has started her own annual planner conference in New York – SGS New York Planner Conference.
We had a chance to talk one-on-one with Diana all about her behind the shop life and some sneaks about the upcoming virtual SGS New York Planner Conference. Take a listen to our chat:
Sugary Gal Shop has hundreds of stickers including weekly kits, functionals, popular phrases, icons and digital products. Lady D, originally based on a television character, has evolved over the years into a real glam girl that can do all the things. Diana designs her to be inclusive and represent all women with a variety of skin tones and hair colors. She is a best seller and one of the iconic characters in the planner community. The shop offers stickers and kits (not only Lady D) specially designed to fit a variety of planner sizes with themes ranging from decorative to seasonal to pop culture and more.
THE COLLABORATION with Paper House
In 2018, Diana was asked to do her first collaboration with Paper House and created a full Lady D sticker book (30 pages) that is available on their website. One year later, Paper House asked Diana to collaborate on a very special collection featuring ten amazing artists from the planner community, called This Is Us. The collection was created with the mission of embracing uniqueness, celebrating diversity and respect for others. It was designed to inspire us all to support each other in our everyday lives and was sold in retail stores through a partnership with Michaels Stores. This summer, Diana will be collaborating with Paper House again on a project that is just wrapping up. Stay tuned!
SGS New York Planner Conference is held annually in New York at a hotel in Times Square. This year, due to the pandemic, the conference will be held virtually for the first time. The conference will take place via Zoom on September 11, 2021. There will be a list of speakers, workshops, sponsors, games, prizes, shopping and SWAG! Diana wanted to make sure attendees have the same great experience online as they get in person. Attendees will also be able to interact with speakers and break out into rooms to chat and shop planner goodies. They will also be receiving a special swag box in advance at home. There is a limited number of tickets available for the event. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 29th at 2:00 pm EST.
The new Euphoria Collection from GoGetter Girl Co launches today! It features the brand’s signature 5-in-1 planner in dated and undated options, the 3-in-1 undated book bound daily planner plus a new collection of notebooks, sticky notes and stickers. There are six gorgeous new cover designs including Pastel Prism, Show Stopper, Go Getter Gray, Bossy Matte Black, Beige Stardust, Mauve Ombre. All the planners have 125 gsm paper with updated and streamlined weekly and daily layouts. The dated planners run July – December and the undated planners include six months of monthly spreads and daily pages.
5-in-1 WIRE BOUND
The 5-in-1 GoGetter Girl Signature Wire Bound Planners have monthly, weekly and daily layouts plus vision boards, goal setting, reflection pages and life coaching pages. Designed with high quality paper, hard covers and durable wire coil, the planners also include bonus note pages, double pocket folder, matching snap-in bookmarks and gold or silver metallic details and foiling. They are available in dated and undated options in the following cover designs; Show Stopper (dated & undated), Bossy Matte Black (dated & undated), Pastel Prism (dated & undated), Beige Stardust (only undated) and GoGetter Gray (only dated).
3-in-1 BOOK BOUND PLANNER
The 3-in-1 GoGetter Girl Everyday Book Bound Planners have monthly and daily layouts plus the goal setting and life coaching pages up front. The planners are sewn to lay flat and include high quality paper (125 gsm) and hard covers with two silk ribbon book marks. They are only available in an undated option in the following cover designs; Bossy Matte Black, GoGetter Gray, Pastel Prism, Beige Stardust and Mauve Ombre.
The new notebook collection is an exciting addition to the GoGetter Girl Co line. The collection is designed with high quality 160 gsm paper and smooth vegan covers in a beautiful palette of colors with different interior options and sizes.
The A5 size notebooks are compact and easy to carry along side your planner for additional note taking or journaling. They are available in lined or dot grid options in the following colors; black, blush, white and dark teal. There is also a A5 horizontal dot grid (BUJO) version available in black, periwinkle and dark fuchsia.
The large notebooks are 8.5 x 11 with lined notes pages or dot grid pages that are perfect for goal planning, meeting notes and dreaming up your biggest dreams. They are available in black, blush, white and dark fuchsia. All of the notebooks have a snap closure with two silk ribbon book marks and debossed GoGetter Girl Co logo.
The new collection also includes some exciting accessories. There is a custom sticky note set with more than 800 sheets in fun mix of colors, shapes and sizes perfect for planning, daily affirmations and more. There is also a new six page custom sticker kit specially designed to fit the GoGetter layouts. The stickers are hand illustrated with gold and holographic foiling in a combination of full boxes, washi strips, flags and deco. Plus, all the wire bound planners come with matching bookmarks but additional ones can be purchased separately as well.
The entire Euphoria Collection is available exclusively on the GoGetter Girl Co website which has been updated and restyled for the launch. Bundle options are also available on the website if you want to order multiple planners or planner and accessory combinations. There is a six product bundle “Go & Get It” (save 25%) and a four product bundle “Go Getter Girl Starter” (save 20%). For more information about GoGetter Girl Co. follow along on their Instagram and Facebook.
The 2021 Academic Collection from KITLIFE launches this week with some exciting new updates that provide more flexibility and value to the planners. The collection features both weekly and daily layouts in the same three cover designs from the calendar year – a vibrant floral/citrus design, a classic marble pattern and a colorful inspirational quote pattern. The launch includes new academic versions from the Keeping It Together line and the Delane line. All of the planners are thoughtfully designed to help you keep on track and focused on what matters most, even when life gets busy. In fact, the KITLIFE brand mission is to create beautiful and functional products that help you plan a life filled with gratitude, productivity, balance and joy.
KEEPING IT TOGETHER COLLECTION
The Academic Collection is available in Floral, Marble and Quote in a weekly and daily option. Both planners feature interior layouts that are intentionally designed with a focus on task management, goal achievement, healthy living and gratitude. Each planner also has a quarterly goal check-in page as well as monthly check-ins that include habit tracking, goal planning and lifestyle prompts.
The weekly layout is horizontal with plenty of space to track timed appointments and tasks plus self care and gratitude prompts as well as a weekly task list including a top three. The weekly planner also has a tabbed “Extras” section which includes lined notes pages, meal planning pages, travel planning pages and monthly budget worksheets. The daily layout offers a full page per day (weekends share) with sections for writing lists, journaling and more, plus space for hourly timed appointments and prompts for self care, gratitude and movement each day. The daily planner also includes a “peek at the week” for at-a-glance future planning. The “Extras” tab includes lined notes pages.
New for this launch are the soft and flexible covers with an interior front pocket and rounded corners with an elastic band closure plus two new colorful sticker sheets included. All the planners have wire-o binding with high quality paper (120 gsm weekly and 100 gsm daily), laminated tabs and rich ink colors. The new format allows the planners to be more compact, lightweight, portable and provide an excellent value. The weekly planner is $22.00 and the daily is $29.00.
The Delane Academic Collection features an assortment of planners designed with sleek, durable black covers and functional interior layouts. There are four planner options including a new hard cover weekly in a compact (8.5″ x 6″) size as well as the soft cover Desk Planners (8.5″ x 11) in a weekly hourly appointment book, a horizontal weekly and a monthly. The more professional styling makes them a great option for work. All the planners have wire-o binding and 100 gsm paper. Here’s a look at the collection options below:
KITLIFE is a female-founded and run brand (Jessica, Liz and Jenny) surrounded by an amazing community of women that offer each other support and encouragement to become the best version of themselves. The planners are a valuable tool for living a well balanced life everyday along with their collection of free printables resources found on their website.