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2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner Unboxing + Overview!

After many trials and tribulations, my 2015-2016 Erin Condren Life Planner is finally here! I’m super excited about this for two reasons: HORIZONTAL LAYOUT and it means a fresh start! Now, I’m not just here to talk about why I’m excited about the new planners, I’m also here (as always) to give y’all an unboxing and overview of the new launch…as well as do a giveaway again! That’s right – once you finish psyching yourself up about the prettiness of the planners, you can enter to win a Vertical Layout Rose Gold Life Planner! So without further adieu, let’s take a look at both the Vertical and Horizontal Erin Condren Life Planners…along with a quick comparison of last year’s! Check out the video to see the planners in more detail and read on for some photos and descriptive terms. 😉

As a refresher, you can check out my previous unboxing of the 2014-2015 Erin Condren Life Planners and then my 6 month update! Now, let’s start with the Horizontal layout, shall we?

Not going to lie, I reeeeeally like the horizontal layout except for one thing: it lacks some of the cute touches that the vertical has. However it’s not lacking in it’s own special touches and I’m head over heels for the coloring!


Hello, gorgeous.


A goals page!


The month colorings are coordinated (sorry about the contrast in these two photos) and cute. Just like the new notebooks there is a note page prior to the start of the month with a quote on the opposite page. I love the extra room for notes and have started using it for budget items I know we’ll need that month and some other general things! The “Goals” section on the monthly view used to be “Notes” – which I honestly preferred.




Here are the sadly uninteresting graph and unlined horizontal note pages. Prior to these, the note pages are pretty cute (themed like the monthly designs) but nowhere near as fancy as the vertical planner design that you’ll see later 🙁 They also reduced the number of pages in the back. It saves space but it makes me much more hesitant to use the pages!


The Keep It Together folder is somewhat plain in the horizontal, but still contains the (ever unused) Perpetual Calendar! Plus hello cute (but also ever unused) stickers. There are a total of 4 pages of stickers: 2 already printed and 2 without any printing.


I adore the new pocket! Previously, it just had a red line across the top under the seal; the dots are a vast improvement! These are the items that came in the Ready to Ship planner: some compliment cards, do it all dots, referral cards (you can add your referral link on the back), and a coil clip!


Vertical time! Just like in the horizontal planner, there’s now a note page prior to the month with the quote on the page before the full month.

vertical layout erin condren life planner

I LOVE the changes they’ve made in the vertical. No more things telling you what to do along the bottom area, a cute flag area on the sidebar, and I like/don’t like that they’ve removed the calendar! When I used the vertical last year I would put a peppy sticker in the morning section of every Monday – this little square will be perfect for saving space but keeping the cute! I do miss the cute dots that used to line the sidebar though. RIP dots 🙁


Adorable patterns in the note pages for vertical!


Again, I adore the more subdued color palette of the horizontal but I really miss some of these cute touches that are only in the vertical. The chevron pattern and brightness of the Keep It Together folder are so happy!

erin condren life planner comparison 2015 2014

In case you don’t want to compare photos in this post to my other Erin Condren posts, you can see some comparisons here between the 2014 vertical and the new 2015 vertical and horizontal.

Erin Condren Life Planner 2014 2015 Monthly Weekly Comparison

More comparisons!

erin condren coil comparison

So the coil situation is a little less than spectacular. You can see in the photo above how much bigger the new coil is compared to last year. I miss the smallness! I would attempt recoiling but a) I’m terrified and b) rose gold 🙁


I bought the Classic Sticker Book and the stickers are SO cute! The only downside is that there are quite a number of “tag” stickers (like Happy Birthday and For You) and I’d rather there just be stickers for the planner!


The updated Party Pop Markers are so great! I’ve had an issue with the paint on the pens smudging though, which is a little odd.

Overall I am SO excited to be using the horizontal planner and I really like the updates that have been made to the vertical planner. I’m excited to see what’s in store going forward, but honestly, after the issues from this launch and ones I’ve had previously I may not be ordering again. Check out the video (way up at the top) for more information on some of the troubles I’ve had with Customer Service at Erin Condren (because it’s too long to type).


Now for what you’ve all been waiting for: the giveaway! The winner will receive:

• 2015-2016 18 month Erin Condren Life Planner in Rose Gold Vertical
• A set of the Elastic Bands
• A code for a free personalized cover
• The sticker, postcard, and fancy box (plus, sealed with Hello Kitty tape)

This giveaway will only be open to US entries. Enter below using the Rafflecopter form!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Have you received your new planner yet? Let me know how you like it in the comments!

Wishing you all the entries,


PS – Don’t forget to check out my other Erin Condren posts for more shiny planner things 🙂

PPS – You can save $10 off your first order if you sign up for the site using my referral link! Yay savings!

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  • Reply Tips & Review from 6 Months with the Erin Condren Life Planner - Shantelle Marie Photography

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    July 8, 2015 at 7:15 am
  • Reply destini Harkins

    I’ve always been an EC fan! The rose gold is great!

    July 8, 2015 at 7:31 am
  • Reply Em

    I will use my planner to plan trips 🙂

    July 8, 2015 at 8:03 am
  • Reply LRC

    I will use my planner to keep up with my boys’ sports, family doctor’s appointments, meal plans, bills, birthdays, and trips! You know, just the usual stuff 🙂

    July 8, 2015 at 8:50 am
  • Reply Autumn

    I love EC planners!!! I would plan for school! 🙂

    July 8, 2015 at 8:54 am
  • Reply Collette Alyson

    Loving the hair! Always an informative and fun blog read! Thanks for an honest review. I would use the planner for my own photography business. I am finding that with more portraiture shoots/couples shoots I am needing a better system of tracking editing/deadlines etc.

    July 8, 2015 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Katie B

    Thanks for the detailed comparison of the planners.

    July 8, 2015 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Akshita

    I’ve always been a big stationary fan! I will use the planner for my etsy shop. 🙂

    July 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Leslie

    What i am most excited that i keep seeing is the organizational aspects of these planners. I love the colors and the size. I have never used an ECLP before and I feel I am going to need it with my personal/work life, kids schedule, husbands schedule, extra curricular activities etc….

    July 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Jhanique Green

    Thanks for such an honest review. I’ve been with the company for 5 years now and I’m so disappointed in their customer service. I’m a teacher and using this planner will keep me organized in the classroom and at home.

    July 8, 2015 at 3:23 pm
    • Reply Jhanique Green

      P.S. I forgot to add that I’m really happy about the changes in that it’s more streamlined and she truly listened to customer’s request (removing the text at the bottom, MDN labels and of course, the horizontal layout).

      July 8, 2015 at 3:26 pm
  • Reply Beth D.

    I am most excited about the horizontal lay out

    July 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm
  • Reply Adella G

    I’m excited about the Rose Gold Planner. It’s so beautiful. I’ve wanted one for a year now. =)
    Thank you for the chance to win. XOXO


    July 8, 2015 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Georgeanne

    I love how customizable the ECLP is.. 🙂

    July 8, 2015 at 5:37 pm
  • Reply Lindsey Cassels

    The ECLP planners are amazing! I want one now more than ever! And I need to get my chaotic and crazy-busy life much more organized!
    Thank you for such a fabulous giveaway!

    July 8, 2015 at 6:41 pm
  • Reply Ana

    Love this rose gold Planner!

    July 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply Ana

    I’ll use my planner for my housewife life. Organizing and stuff.

    July 8, 2015 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Thank you for your review! I want th EC, is so beautiful and perfect life planner! Hope I win that!

    July 8, 2015 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Afifi Jemat

    I am excited for the horizontal layout ♥♥♥

    July 8, 2015 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Chalia Orellana

    One thing I am excited about for the new Erin Condren Life Planner would have to be the new layout of the vertical life planner. They have changed many aspects of it and it will defiantly make planning in the vertical planner much easier and do-able. I also love the rose gold!!

    July 8, 2015 at 10:50 pm
  • Reply Jocelin

    I have been wanting an Erin Condren. If I get one, I will be excited to use washi tape to decorate the planner. I have seen videos and it just looks so colorful. I love it!!!

    July 8, 2015 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Isabel Olea

    I am most excited about the goals page because I have a lot of goals for myself this upcoming year! I also love that the planner as a whole is more customizable to everyone’s individual need and creativity!

    July 9, 2015 at 11:51 pm
  • Reply isselmartinez

    I will use my planner for school/work/personal life.

    July 10, 2015 at 1:44 am
  • Reply lindsay Stevenson

    I am back in school and have been looking for a good quality planner and would love to try this planner out! It seems perfect for me!!!

    July 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    I was thinking about getting the markers. What do you think of them?

    July 10, 2015 at 4:43 pm
    • Reply Shantelle Marie

      I like them MUCH more this year. It looks like they still sell the old ones, so make sure you get the party pop version that I linked in the post. They don’t bleed through the pages like the Flairs do this year (really just a shadow on the Flairs, but it sucks) and I love the thickness – not too thin, not too thick!

      July 10, 2015 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Lauren D.

    I’m most excited for the blank page before each month. So much more space to write out long term plans for the month!

    July 10, 2015 at 9:50 pm
  • Reply Yamay acosta

    I’m mostly excited about the new layout and they have more space so you can decorate to your personal touch

    July 11, 2015 at 6:32 am
  • Reply Susan Chew

    I have to be honest, I’m excited about everything!

    July 11, 2015 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply Hannah

    My neighbor has an EC life planner and I am officially obsessed! I want one so badly!

    July 11, 2015 at 10:08 pm
  • Reply Adella G

    I’m excited about everything Erin Condren! I hope I win…. 🙂

    July 12, 2015 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Shannon Jenkins

    Love the planner! Will use for school 🙂

    July 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Excited to switch from my Lily planner!

    July 12, 2015 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Ana Martinez

    I absolutely ♡ how you compared both the vertical and horizontal planners..I love how the horizontal has space for Notes..This giveaway would greatly help me since I am now entering college in the Fall and I am not used to attending different classes on different days.

    July 13, 2015 at 1:26 am
  • Reply gretchenlarsen

    I love Erin Condren and would love to win the planner!

    July 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply SarahM

    Love EC planners- I use it for EVERYTHING!

    July 13, 2015 at 4:20 pm
  • Reply Alberto Martinez

    Well, I am actually entering this giveaway for my sister because she’s been wanting one for a long time but my parents nor I could afford it. I think she told me she was most excited about how the horizontal has space for notes

    July 13, 2015 at 7:04 pm
  • Reply Melissa Martinez

    I am most excited about how the horizontal planner has a lot of space for notes

    July 13, 2015 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Maria A.

    Thanks for comparing both planners.

    July 14, 2015 at 1:31 am
  • Reply Shes

    I love the new design

    July 14, 2015 at 9:42 am
  • Reply Marina Herrera

    One thing I most excited for in this new 2015-2016 Erin Condren life planner is the horizontal layout. This in my opinion would make planning so much easier for me.

    July 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply Michelle D.

    I’m excited for the blank beaders! That means more personalization!

    July 14, 2015 at 8:46 pm
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      July 14, 2015 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Can’t wait for the rose gold edition 🙂 fingers crossed! I never win anything haha

    July 14, 2015 at 8:54 pm
  • Reply Alma

    Hello! My name is Alma and I’m going to be a freshman this upcoming school year. August 25th is Move-In day for freshman at the University of Rochester. I am sooo excited. The entire summer is so exciting because its like a never ending shopping haul. I was in the search of a planner, because academics are NO JOKE at this school. I fell in love with this one, but it is pricy:/ I know it would help so much to stay organized in my academics and social/work life. I am affording this school by a scholarship and to keep it, I need to stay in good academic standing. I really really hope you pick me! I will use every single page! It would mean the WORLD to me! BTW thank you for giving your supporters an opportunity for such an amazing product.

    July 14, 2015 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Dolores

    I am most excited about the layout.

    July 14, 2015 at 11:26 pm
  • Reply Lola C.

    This Rose Gold life planner is just really beautiful. It would be perfect for me since I am returning to school get my masters degree after a very long time. It will help me juggle my work as a teacher and the assignments I will need to complete when I return to school in the Fall.

    July 14, 2015 at 11:41 pm
  • Reply Roberto Macias

    OMG Like this planner looks amazing. I could finally plan out all my class schedules

    July 15, 2015 at 12:00 am
  • Reply JFran

    Hi for the pages on the back in the Vertical version are those pages reduced also?

    July 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm
    • Reply Shantelle Marie

      Sadly they are! It looks like a universal change for this year.

      July 26, 2015 at 9:27 am
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