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:
- This Staples Arc Paper Punch
- These Staples Arc Notebook Discs (link to 1.5″ but you can get 1″)
- A Paper Trimmer like this one