Polaroid ZIP Printer Review – PLUS 3 ways to use it!

Polaroid ZIP
Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share this with you because it has quickly become one of my FAVORITE planning accessories, the Polaroid ZIP instant photo printer!EC ZIP Don’t mind my little guy helping out 😉

Erin Condren recently teamed up with Polaroid to sell the Polaroid ZIP printer and ZINK paper. The EC bundle that I purchased comes with a Carry-All Clutch, sticker for your Polaroid ZIP printer, a pack of 10 sheets of ZINK photo paper (which has a sticky backing!) and the instant printer itself. Altogether a $167 value, but the bundle price is $149. The printer alone is $130 (same price on Amazon).

The photos are heat-printed on the special paper, so there are NO ink refills required. WIN! The photos print out on a 2×3″ adhesive sheet and are immediately dry to the touch.EC ZIPThat’s only half of why I love it. The other reason is that you can use the Polaroid ZIP app (which is free) to customize the size and amount of pictures you print on one sheet. If you print two to a sheet, they are the exact size of the Erin Condren Vertical day boxes. If you print four to a sheet, they are the exact size of half-boxes. There are more options, but those are the ones I use most.

This is what the app interface looks like:
EC ZIPYou can rotate your pictures and you can also resize them. The bar across the top lets you choose between layouts. This is the 4 to a sheet layout. When you’re done, you print the picture directly from your phone via bluetooth (no cords required) and it looks like this:
EC ZIPI just use scissors to snip mine apart, peel and stick!

Here are the 3 ways I’m using mine

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EC ZIPUsing pictures from events or just general pictures of things that are important to me make my planner so much more personal and it makes me happy to see them every day. You aren’t limited to pictures of people – you can include any images you like! It is SO convenient that this prints out on sticker paper. You just cut, peel, and stick.

On my monthly notes page of my plannerUntitled design (11)I decided to dedicate one page per month to memories. More collected than my weekly spread, this will be a place I can see all of the highlights of our month in one place. Blending planning with scrapbooking (commonly called “scrap-planning”) is a huge trend in the planner community right now and I think it’s a great, easy way to keep everything simple and in one place.

In my home notebook EC ZIPI use an Erin Condren Notebook to keep track of all of my ideas, resources, and paint colors for every space in and around my house. I also added an Erin Condren Stylish Storage Pocket using a CoilClip (I show how I added it on this post) to keep paint chips and other papers. I grabbed pictures from Pinterest, printed them, and wrote notes about the design elements I like. Pinterest alone isn’t enough for me, so this has helped me really visualize everything in one place.

Overall I TOTALLY recommend this awesome accessory if you want a convenient way to add pictures to your planners or notebooks. Also great on gift tags, in cards or other gift projects!

If you’ve never ordered from Erin Condren before, you can use my link to save $10 off of your first order by creating an account with my referral link. 

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My Krissyanne Designs Sticker Binder!

Krissyanne Designs Sticker Binder

My first purchase of planner stickers ever (from a shop that hand-made them) was from Krissyanne Designs about a year and a half ago. I had been admiring her stickers for a while, and the stickers themselves and her customer service had me hooked right away!

From the very beginning, it was clear that she was intentional about making her stickers as user-friendly as possible. She was one of the first sellers to cut her sheets in such a way that they fit in the back pocket of the Erin Condren Life Planner. Last Spring, she announced her plans to release a binder full of her stickers that were pre-punched for easy organization, storage and use. I love that she not only creates a wonderful product, but wants them to be as user-friendly as possible. Her first round of Sticker Binders sold out almost immediately! No surprise. They are BEAUTIFUL, functional and the highest quality.

I was SO EXCITED when one of these beautiful binders arrived in my mailbox a few months ago! I have used it every single day since then, and it has cut my planning time in half. Being able to flip right to what I need, peel it up and stick it in my planner has eliminated searching, flipping through piles, and taking sheets in and out of boxes and files folders.

Let me give you a tour!

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The Binders come in two sizes: Travel Size and Full Size. I got the Travel Size! (The Full Binder is a full-sized 1′ Binder, while the Travel Binder is a 1/2″ smaller binder.) It is a high-quality binder with reinforced corners and a personalized cover of your choice. It is sturdy and BEAUTIFUL!

Here it is in comparison to my Erin Condren Life Planner:

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and from the top:

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My binder came with 22 sheets of stickers that were punched and already in the rings, like this:

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Included with a binder purchase are two binder-exclusive sampler sheets (which I love and as you can tell, have already used):

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I LOVE – cannot describe how much – being able to just flip to a page, write, peel, and stick.

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Speaking of writing on stickers, Krissyanne Designs stickers are semi-gloss, and I recommend using a permanent marker so it doesn’t smear. I tested it out here (Pilot permanent on top, Pilot G2-07 Gel smeared below):

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My favorite is the Pilot Ultra Fine Point Permanent marker. Sharpie permanent markers, Bic permanent markers (or really, any other permanent marker) will work fine as well! Team Blue, of course 😉

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When I first posted about my binder, everyone asked how I was going to incorporate the dozens of other Krissyanne Designs sticker sheets I already had. I decided to hack apart an old Erin Condren Life Planner folder and tape the two sides into each side of the binder.
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I was easily able to add all of my other sheets to the back and front pockets! It didn’t add too much bulk, either.

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There aren’t enough heart eyes emojis:

IMG_6598Binders are sold as an inclusion with a minimum purchase of sticker kits. Once you purchase a minimum amount ($100 worth of sticker kits for the Travel size and $200 worth of sticker kits for the Full size), you add a binder to your cart and the binder price drops to $0.00. It is SUCH a great deal. Essentially, you are buying stickers at a discount (in comparison to if you were to purchase each individual sheet from her site) AND you get a personalized binder with two sampler sheets included. Kits range in price from $20 to $100.

SPEAKING OF KITS… I’m SO happy to share that there is now a JenPlans sticker kit! It includes 20 sheets of what I personally consider essentials for functional planning. These are the stickers I use most frequently and recommend most often. If you purchase the JenPlans kit, it is enough of a minimum purchase for a binder which will also give you two additional samplers 🙂 This was created as an easy way for me to recommend stickers to those who ask.

If you have additional questions about the Sticker Binders, check out the FAQ in the pinned post of the Krissyanne Designs Facebook group. Kristin will also be doing a live Periscope broadcast to answer any questions sometime (TBD) on Thursday evening, October 1, which will stay up for 24 hours. Be sure to follow Kristin’s channel here if you want an alert when she goes live!

The next round of binder sales will open at 9pm CST on Friday, October 2nd,  directly from her website. The last round sold out quickly, so if you’re planning to purchase, be sure to set your alarm and write it in your planner! 🙂 I am so excited to order more kits for my binder! Can’t wait to see what everyone else orders!

This was NOT a sponsored post. I was not asked to publicly review this product.
All opinions are genuinely and enthusiastically my own.

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Planner Peace: I’m switching back to vertical.

The very first thing I need to say is that paper planners are SO personal. What works for one person might not work at all for another. The most important thing to remember when choosing a planner is that it MUST work the way your brain does, or it won’t be a helpful tool to keep you focused and organized. Does it organize your schedule in a way that makes sense? Can you keep track of your tasks in a way that keeps them from being lost on the page? It can’t be overwhelming to you or it won’t work. I use my planner in a function-first way, and as a naturally forgetful person, I rely on my planner every day to keep me on track. Many of you know this as “Planner Peace.”

Since 2011, I’ve used a vertical Erin Condren Life Planner, until this summer, when she released a horizontal layout for the first time. I really wanted to try something new and I LOVED the colors and layout. When I was given the opportunity to preview the planner, I chose the horizontal layout.

There are some things that I still love more about the horizontal; I love the room (I think there’s more writing room than the vertical), I love the colors (more muted and single-color-scheme per week), I love the lines (more grayscale and not overpowering), and I love the flexibility for people whose schedules or tasks vary from day to day, and I love that I don’t have to be bound by a morning/day/night set-up.

All that said, I’ve been feeling very lost and unfocused for the last month or two. I’m forgetting things, I’m not as motivated (in any area of my life), and I’m feeling overwhelmed. I have been writing more in notebooks and on pads of paper instead of using my planner. I write things in my planner but don’t really reference them or go there first when I need to organize my day. I was losing my groove because my system just wasn’t working. When you’re a compulsive planner, you NEED to feel comfortable with your system.

After reflecting on why things have been this way lately, I have just realized that my brain thinks vertically. I need the morning/day/night structure. I instinctively plan my day that way, even when I have a more flexible schedule. I have decided to switch back into my vertical planner. Around launch time, I ordered a 12-Month Rose Gold Vertical ECLP that I will move into in January, but until then, I’m going to switch back into my old planner next week. I already feel a million times better knowing that I’ll be “home” again. With school coming up for the kids, I NEED to have a reliable system to keep things organized. As much as I still love the horizontal for so many reasons, it’s just not for me.

To transition back into my vertical ECLP, I snipped the weeks I’ve used out of my horizontal and put them into my old vertical so that I don’t lose those weeks. I might also add a notes page from my notebooks before each of the remaining months because I REALLY love having those back and would be sad to not have them for the remainder of the year.

It was very easy to remove the pages. I just grabbed the ones I wanted to remove, took a small pair of scissors and snipped right under the coil on each hole, like this:
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I carefully pulled them out from the coil and made sure I had everything I wanted:
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Next, I removed the unused weeks from my vertical ECLP so I didn’t have unnecessary bulk:
Removing pages from old planner

Then, I carefully snapped the horizontal pages into my vertical, just like you’d snap in a bookmark, dashboard or new cover – just more carefully:
Inserting pages back into vertical planner

This week is kind of a Frankenstein week, and I will miss the colors of the horizontal, but here’s the finished product!
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Do you have planner peace? I know I will now. HOME SWEET HOME! Now the wait until January when I can use the newest version. 🙂

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2015-2016 Erin Condren LifePlanner Unboxing!

It’s here! The 2015-2016 Erin Condren LifePlanner! I’m very fortunate and thankful that the Erin Condren team shared a preview copy of the new horizontal LifePlanner with me so I could give you all a sneak peek! Here is my unboxing video – I’ll share a full review soon.

Included are my thoughts on the new horizontal layout, new EC markers, planner bands, dashboard and new EC sticker book. Plus, see the extras included in this year’s LifePlanner!

I can’t wait to share more in depth thoughts! If you’re buying your first ECLP this year, feel free to use my referral link here to save $10 (I get a $10 credit, too, which I often use for giveaways).

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(Im)patiently awaiting the new Erin Condren Life Planner

This week, erincondren.com released peeks of the newest versions (!!!!) of the Life Planner which will be available for purchase on June 9, 2015! After a survey earlier in the year, the planning community anticipated a few of the changes that we’re seeing in the previews; two layouts (vertical and horizontal), a change incolor schemes, and more versatile sections within the weekly layout.
I was going to talk about the history and evolution of the planners but I’m way too excited and want to jump right in – so I’ll save that for another post.
Erin Condren 2015 ECLP

First, in arguably the biggest change in the last five years, there will be a horizontal layout option! This is HUGE for people who either want a change or whose brains work better in a horizontal format. As much as I LOVE my vertical layout (which is one of the reasons I switched to EC), I’m so excited for the change that I want to try something new. I will report back on which I prefer after I live in the new one for a while!
I’m MOST excited about the notes page being added back after each month! If you’ve been an EC user for at least three years, you remember a time when there were notes pages after each month. A few years ago, they removed them and it was a sad day. (Could you hear me crying?) I used them for SO many things and I’m beyond excited that they’re reappearing this year. I’ll share how I plan to use them in a review post!
Other new features I’m looking forward to: That “Flag your Future” spread where you can use 12 small sections to keep track of goals, future events or monthly focus ideas, the new layout for the year-at-a-glance (which I intend to use this time around), graph paper in the back of the planner (room layouts, weight loss graphs, monthly checklists…) and new colorful stickers! For the vertical layout users, I’m SO glad to see the text all over the week removed so that people can customize their subsections. So many people stray from morning/day/night that this change will benefit somany people without taking away from people who use them as they currently exist. I also LOVE the printed flag on the sidebar of the new vertical layout.
To see the most up-to-date details, visit the Erin Condren Look Book by clicking here.
If you’re a new customer, you can save $10 off your first order by signing up for an account using this link.
I’ll be filming an unboxing and plan with me video as soon as my new planner arrives, so if you’d like a notification, be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel here and follow me on Instagram here! 

See you soon!

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