Erin Condren Life Planner-converting to ARC disc system

Hi y’all!  I wanted to share a little something with my readers.  I am asked every now and then about my planner(s), which ones I use for what parts of my life, and how I use them.  Well, a while back I told you all about my love for the Erin Condren Life Planner.  (if you have never ordered through EC before, click this link to get $10 off your first order!  You will get it in an email).

Well, since then I have discovered SO many other ways to use my planner!  There are some fabulous groups on facebook where ladies are decorating and journaling in their planner.  It is really awesome.

I have kept a journal since I was 4; I seriously have every single journal since then.

However, during the GREATEST years of my life (being home with my babies and all our adventures), I haven’t been journaling like I used to  =/  and i don’t find time for elaborate scrapbooking like I did when I had only 1 child, either.   Which makes me really sad.

So I decided to combine BOTH worlds- planning and journaling!  (obviously, not my original idea, lots and lots of people do this…)

You can easily insert a few pages here and there, add dashboards, and even make your own covers, etc using a simple punch like this one. (I will do a tutorial on that soon!)

But because the ECLP is coil bound, it is not easy to add large sections of paper to the planner.  I wanted to add sections for journaling, my sewing projects (personal and  business), home management, and blogging. plus I like to use washi tape to decorate my weekly layouts to make it pretty and section it off a bit (video on that coming soon as well!).

So, I did a lot of reading, and researching and decided to go with the ARC disc bound system by Staples.

For this you will need:


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  1. Fiorella says:

    I am planning on arc’ing my erin condren as well and I was wondering how you arc’d the cover? I know that you trimmed off the coil part of the paper and I was wondering if you cut off that part of the laminated cover as well and then punched it? Thanks!!

    • Meghan says:

      Yes! That is exactly what I did. 🙂 It was easy to trim the coil part off the covers. Punching them through the ARC punch was trickier but you just have to be firm and slow. The small ARC punch will NOT go through the EC laminated covers. :). Hope that helps! Let me know if you have more questions.

  2. Gabrielle says:

    Thank you for the tips on Arcing the Erin Condren life Planner. I plan on doing that soon. You said you raise your family simply, could you elaborate on that more please?

    • Meghan says:

      Hi Gabrielle! I apologize for just now seeing your comment, hopefully you will see this.
      By raising them simply, I mean we just don’t live a hectic, go go go, screen filled life. We try to keep minimal clothes, toys, and activities. Basically, we just try to ensure that what we DO enjoy and involve ourselves with is meaningful, quality, and a blessing instead of a burden. We also do not allow much screen time, which for us means none most days.

      Hope that helps!

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