So awhile back Erin Condren sent me a HUUUGE box of EC planner goodies! I’ve been using them for over a month now and wanted to write a detailed review of the various items I was able to try out. As you can see in the photo below, I received an EC carry-all clutch, meal planner snap-in, productivity snap-in, journal set, pen holder, both washi tapes, budget book, party pops markers, and tabletop calendar.
Out of all the items I received, I think the journal pack is my favorite! In it, you get 1 lined paper journal, 1 graph paper journal, and 1 plain white paper journal. I’ve been keeping the lined paper one in my purse in case I ever need to write anything down, jot down notes for myself, etc. The graph paper journal stays on my desk at work and I use it as a running to-do list and time tracker. We have to track our billable hours at work and I’m AWFUL at remembering to enter them in the program we use. Now every time I start a task I write down the time and then again when I finish the task. At the end of the day (or usually the end of the week) I go back and track all of my time in the program we use. I haven’t figured out a use yet for the plain white journal. I’m left handed which makes writing without some sort of line really hard. I’m thinking of using it at Geaux Wild as a photo journal/scrapbook. I have the Polaroid ZIP printer so I could print out photos from my trip and then write next to them or below them who’s in the photo or what I was doing at the time.
I had moved my ECLP into a Filofax so I didn’t have a use for the pen holder with my planner. I ended up adding it to my EC notebook that I use in meetings at work. I like to have a pen and a highlighter with me in meetings so I can highlight actionable things I need to do after the meeting. Now I keep my pen in the pen holder and my highlighter in the spiral.
The tabletop calendar sits on my desk at home so I can quickly see what day it is. I cross out each day so it’s easier to see at a glance and I recently started lightly highlighting days that I have bills due. The calendar section is perforated so when the month is over I tear it off and then hang the postcard above my desk. I’m a sucker for motivational quotes and now these are quickly decorating my office.
The party pops pens are gorgeous and great for left handed people. I cannot write with gel pens without smearing it all over myself. These are very similar to papermate flairs and come in a nice case which makes it easy to throw in my purse. They also don’t bleed through the pages! The washi tape is beautiful! I especially love the braided hues washi. It’s thin but not too thin and is great for creating dividers in your planner or notebook.
I’m not a huge fan of snap-ins, like the productivity and meal planner, mostly because I’ve never found the perfect thing to write on them with. Dry erase markers end up getting erased by the paper. Someone told me to use a sharpie but then it’s really hard to get off, you have to use a magic eraser or a lysol wipe. I should probably just buy a wet erase marker. I don’t find myself using the to-do list/productivity one at all, but I do like the meal planner. Instead of writing directly on the snap-in, I write meals down on plain washi tape and then stick them on that day. This also makes it really easy for me to move meals around based on my schedule.
The budget book has everything you need to track your bills and maintain your budget each month. You get a page for each month to keep track of your income, bills, savings, etc. There is also a contact page, password page and debt tracker too. The only thing I don’t like about the budget book is the size. I tend to write pretty large and the boxes are really small since the book 7.25” x 5.125”. I don’t carry it with me so I wish it was larger. I keep it in a drawer in our kitchen so my boyfriend can also check to see what our bills are, look up the Netflix password when he forgets it and how incredibly in debt I am thanks to grad school – ha! (but seriously).
Last, but certainly not least, is the carry-all clutch! The padded sleeve is very durable and will hold your planner and everything else you need to go with it (except your ENTIRE washi and sticker collection). It’s great if you’re headed to a planner meet-up or taking a short trip. I can fit my planner, a few sheets of stickers, scissors, a few rolls of washi and my pens in it. It’s a neoprene sleeve and is 11×9 (medium size). I’m thinking about ordering a large (12.5 x 10.5) and using it as a sleeve for my 11” Macbook air. I really like that it zips closed and that you can personalize it.
I hope that my detailed review of these products will help you decide what you may or may not need in your next EC order. You can save $10 on your first order by using my referral link! While they are not included in this review, the coil clips are a must-have for me. Follow me on Instagram @organize.with.amber to see even more photos of my EC planner and EC accessories in use. I’ll be in NOLA next month for the Geaux Wild conference where I’ll meet Erin Condren! So, what the heck do I have her autograph?!