If you have been following me on twitter then you know about my obsession with my planner and more recently, with stickers. Stickers were my very first love in this entire world, even before kittens, and I started collecting them when I was three, but as I grew up I forgot about my love for them, until now. I asked my mom yesterday, "Mom, where did my sticker collection go?" And she said, "I don't know, I probably threw them away." I think that is the worst thing I have ever heard to be quite honest, because had she kept them I would have a whole collection of vintage stickers from the 80s and 90s, but it would also mean my mom would be a hoarder, so maybe it's best she threw them out after 15 years of me not thinking about them.
I have been a planner addict since college. I discovered my love for the planner during my freshman year of college after purchasing the school's planner at the school bookstore during orientation. I thought I was so cool; I had a college planner. I was so. freaking. cool.
That planner ended up catapulting me into a planner obsession that lasted all four years of college, and my most exciting purchase every year was the school's newest planner for that year. My planner, at that point, was for function but not for fun, and I wasn't yet introduced to the love that is colored pens, sticky notes, and stickers (let's not even get started on washi tape, I hadn't even heard of the stuff at this point. Was it even a 'thing' back then?). Here's a picture to show you how well loved (if not very pretty) my planner from college was (I happened to find this in the closet of my bedroom at my parents house and got SO EXCITED to show you!!).
After college I struggled to find a planner that was similar in style to my school's planner, but I sadly failed in my quest. I found a small online community that was really into Louis Vuitton planners with Hello Kitty inserts, and I became obsessed with having one. After saving up money earned from my original Glitzy-Glam store, I finally decided to purchase a red Vernis Louis Vuitton planner with the hello kitty inserts from Amazon (this was a huge splurge for me, especially at the time), but after about a month I realized I wasn't using it, I wasn't even liking it, and I made the sad decision to sell it. I ended up using the money made from selling this planner to buy more makeup, which fueled my YouTube channel, which has fueled my planner kick, so it's really come around full circle in the end. The problem with that particular agenda was that the planner was too small, and also I didn't enjoy the rings inside the planner... they would hurt my hand when I would write on the left sides of the pages. After that fail of a planner quest, my love for agendas dwindled for a bit.
Fast forward about a year, and the obsession came back. We started selling agendas on Glitzy-Glam, so I grabbed one to use, and I fell back in love. I ended up filming a video on how I used to organize my planner for school, and people loved it. You can watch it here, if you are interested.
Once I started using planners again, I started to regret selling that red Louis Vuitton one; it had been so gorgeous and shiny and luxurious. I must have mentioned this in passing to my Mom, who always files things like that away in her head, because for my birthday that year she got me a Limited Edition Louis Vuitton planner. It was the most beautiful planner I had ever, and still have ever, seen. I promptly bought new Hello Kitty inserts and started to use her, but sadly, again after a few weeks, I realized it just wasn't working... the rings were bothering my hand again.
Thankfully I didn't give this planner away like the red one because I would be so upset about it now; instead I kept it and used it in my closet "as decoration" (it's that pretty), but as soon as I get back to LA I am going to find a use for it. If anyone has any ideas on what I could use this little purse planner for when I'm already using a big one, please let me know in a comment!
|My original red agenda on the left, and the limited edition one my Mom got me for my birthday on the right.|
My planner love didn't come back again until last year, when I first learned about the Erin Condren life planners, and realized that it was set up in the same way as my beloved college ones were. I was sold, instantly. Shout out to Kristina over at PrettyShinySparkly for being the person to introduce me to these planners; I ended up getting the same one she got and loved it. I used her link, and received $10 off. If you would like to receive $10 off, you can order through this link here. You sign up and then you will get your credit in an email. This link is one of those referral links where you get $10 and I get $10 in credit, but obviously I don't need another planner, so last time I used the credit collected through people ordering through that link to give away a couple of planners to readers of this blog. That way, iheartyoucoffee readers helped out other readers!
This is my gorgeous planner from last year. It's the Turquoise Gold Foil Edition.
I fell in love with that planner, and with it came my love for colored pens and washi tape. My entire planner became a rainbow wonderland of color-coding and pretty patterned tape. I still didn't feel the need to have 1000 different washi tapes; I wasn't obsessed, I just liked my 20 pack of Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens and a few rolls of metallic washi tape that I bought from amazon. For the record, I still adore these pens, and after a whole year of using them they are still working perfectly and none have dried up. Plus, the colors are bright and beautiful, as you can see in the above picture. Oh, and my little tin of cute washi strips that I thought was so unique and brought so much color and fun to my agenda without costing more than $5 came with me everywhere.
Since then a year has passed, and as it was time to order a new planner, I bopped on over to the Erin Condren website and saw that she has pink ones this year!! Omg the excitement levels over this pink planner were through the roof. I ordered a Bubblegum Platinum Foil Edition. It's not going to even ship until the 19th and I am being VERY impatient about the whole thing, but I know it will be worth the wait. The reason her shipping takes a long time is because everything is personalized, so it's all worth it in the end, but I do wish I had it right this very moment.
Since then I have been obsessing over planner decorating videos, organizational pictures, and little stationary stores, and I have purchased orders from 7 different etsy stores already, as well as a haul from both Target and JoAnn's (shoutout to Macy over at JoAnn's for being AH-MAZING). I already have a sticker organizational system within a expandable file folder WHICH ALREADY BARELY CLOSES, and my mom thinks I'm insane. I had an obsession like this twice before; once when I got into makeup and started my YouTube channels, and once when I became obsessed with getting a kitten and got Pinecone. I'm a do-er, you know?
Tonight I decided, I'm not waiting anymore, I NEED TO DECORATE A PLANNER PAGE AND START ORGANIZING MY LIFE DARN IT! So I grabbed last year's planner, opened it up to a January week I hadn't used (I didn't receive my 2014 planner until late Jan), and decorated it up. I decorated the whole week and then planned out tomorrow (Monday) and some weekly goals and then left the rest blank to fill out as I go. I don't have all my new stickers and accessories that I have ordered from Etsy but I think I did quite well with my Target and JoAnn's goodies. I'm going to use it for this week until my new baby comes.
I think I have come a long way in terms of decorating in the years I have had planners, don't you think?
I'm also highly considering getting a Kikki-K planner because they are so darn beautiful, but I think the binder rings would bother me the way they Louis Vuitton ones did. For any of you that have a Kikki-K, why did you pick that one over the Erin Condren? Does it hurt your hand? Is it worth getting one to try and compare them?
So my questions for you are:
Do you have any name ideas for my planner series?
Do you have any ideas for what I can use my little LV planner for since I'm going to be using my big Erin Condren one too?
For current planner and sticker addicts: Do you have any favorite Instagram pages or Etsy stores I must check out?
Would you be interested in seeing things like sticker hauls? (LOL!)
Also, feel free to leave requests below for types of posts you would like to see within this series! And a giveaway for you lovely readers, of course...
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