Floral Stitches makes its mark!

Seen all over the world and throughout history, embroidery is a trend I’ve personally admired for years. I just love that we were able to recreate this age-old art with digital “stitching” to mimic the classic woven style of needle point. Our lead designer, Aby, worked with me to properly depict this stunning artistry…and FLORAL STITCHES was born!
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Fall Party Feature: Perfect Placemats for Every Occasion!

It’s fall, y’all and I couldn’t be happier! For my household, this means more family gatherings and reasons to celebrate. No matter who or what you choose to celebrate, I’m going to share multiple ways to use one of my favorite products to make all your parties feel extra-special…

Designer Placemats that are disposable and conveniently bound together in a pad!

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 Halloween Cookie Decorating
Whether it’s a full-blown halloween party or just an after school activity with the little ones, cookie decorating is a fun fall activity that feels even more festive when you set the stage with wicked fun placemat pads! Other than the obvious benefit of containing the mess of sprinkles and frosting, they can also be used in a TON of other ways.. pumpkin carving, anyone?
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Floral Ink Tea Party
All you need to throw a sophisticated tea party is classic tea set, a few delicious cookies, and a fabulous floral ink design to add a touch of fancy! The gorgeous color palette of this design makes picking a coordinated napkin color a cinch.
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Palms Backyard Entertaining

The epitome of elegance comes alive in a palms themed garden party! One of the best aspects of placemat pads (and the palms design) is their versatility- you can use them for almost any occasion! You’d be surprised at how instantly these gorgeous palms placemats add to your entertaining aesthetic!

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Hosting a bridal or baby shower? Share the love on a custom colored heart design that compliments the wedding theme colors or nursery. The text inside the heart is customizable so you can truly say it from the heart!

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Special Moments

Celebrate a soccer goal or a super grade! The pad of “You are Special Today” placemats is great to have on hand for any spontaneous celebration and a personal favorite in my family.

Looking more for party-planning inspiration? Shop all the delightful designs for our placemat pads here!

How to Apply NEW Nail Wraps!

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I’m obsessed with nail art these days and LOVE following the incredible work of nail artists on social media! However, for those of us that don’t have the tools or the talent, I absolutely love the brilliant invention of nail wraps (stickers!!!). We’ve partnered with NCLA who has some amazing collaborations with Beyoncé & Hello Kitty, so, I was incredibly honored to be collaborating with them for my first collection of wraps! The application process is really meant for DIY-ers and takes some practice to make perfect!

Here are a few hints to help you with an accent nail or full set of fashionable nails:

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What you’ll need:

  • Nail wraps in your favorite design – mini nail file included!
  • Base coat/Top Coat (not included with nail wraps)
  • Tweezers/Dowel (optional, also not included)

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1. First, clean and file your nails as you normally would before applying polish. Any nail shape will work, however, I recommend keeping them square to make the design really pop and to eliminate how much you need to trim them to fit!

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2. Apply a clear base coat (NCLA has a great option, but any clear base coat will work!) onto clean, dry nails, and LET DRY. I can’t stress this part enough- without a fully dry base, the stickers may slide and won’t adhere properly.

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3. Depending on the width of your nail beds, you may need to trim your nail wraps (don’t worry about the length, we’ll get to that in a moment). Should you need a trim, simply measure the excess against your nails and use cuticle scissors to cut them to size.

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4. Next, apply the round side of the nail wrap against the cuticle. Stretch from the bottom upward and outward until you have the perfect fit!

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5. Air bubbles? Don’t stress! Press firmly from the cuticle in an upward motion until the wrap is completely flat.

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6. Lastly, use a nail file to remove any excess by filing in a downward motion. Apply a coat of clear polish for a flawless finish!

Ready to ‘nail it’ with nail wraps? Shop all five designs here!

*Don’t worry if you forget these instructions when you get the wraps. They come with a full set of easy to follow instructions as well.

BLOGGER TAKEOVER: Nail Art with Nail Allie, Nina Nailed It & Wondrously Polished

I have always been a sucker for a flashy mani, but as of lately I am TOTALLY digging the EC Nail Art trend. It all began when I asked my local nail salon to imitate some of my fave cover designs and I was stunned by their ability to recreate these patterns so closely, and on such a small scale! I began lusting over a few artists on Instagram who have done amazing work and I knew we had to find a way to collaborate. After sending them each a LifePlanner™ Stylized Organizer (to keep their busy lives and mani pedis in check!) they each recreated their own favorite designs and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the final product. These three girls are some of the most talented artists I’ve ever seen and while they have all found inspiration in our designs, the inspiration truly is all around us! I hope their work amazes you as much as it has me, and inspires you to design your next mani around your favorite design… Stay tuned as might just have some nail news coming your way soon!

1. Lindsey @WondrouslyPolished

Hello, all! My name is Lindsey and I run and create over on a little nail art blog called Wondrously Polished. I work full time as a civil engineer, then come home and spend my evenings dreaming up new nail art designs and doing my best to stay fit and healthy. While I have always been a stationary and planner lover (I recall a pretty sweet Lisa Frank planner growing up!), it wasn’t until the last few years that I really got into utilizing a paper planner again. A friend of mine shared a photo of her beautiful new Erin Condren LifePlanner™ and I knew immediately that I had to have one for myself.

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Up until getting my first LP, I had been trying to get by with writing notes, to dos, and random appointments on scraps of paper and just hoping I would remember where I put THAT specific scrap of paper! Not entirely efficient, and with big blogging, fitness, and life goals in mind, I needed something that could keep up with me. 

My first LP was this awesome photo floral cover and I LOVED it. As an artist (albeit in an odd medium), I am always on the lookout for new ways to find inspiration. My favorite thing to paint is fun prints and patterns and I think we all know that the EC covers are all about that! To celebrate this year’s LifePlanner™ and all the beautiful new covers, I figured I’d draw inspiration from the new cover I chose, Blossom. 

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And since I can’t control myself, I figured I’d do another look inspired by the new cactus print because, well, it’s fabulous.

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While both of these designs are a bit more advanced, if you want to give them a go yourself, you’ll need a base polish (like the black or pink shade I’ve used), some craft acrylic paint (or nail polish), and a detailing brush. You can also use a matte top coat like I have to really make the details stand out. 

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Follow me on social media or my blog for more! Or @wondrouslypolished on Instagram and Facebook.

2. Nina @NinaNailedIt

Hi, my name is Nina! While I’m a full-time nail artist, I’m also a full-time 11th grade English teacher and a total stationery nerd. My LifePlanner™ is the perfect representation of me, right down to the Instagram handle, @NinaNailedIt.

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It was so easy to be inspired by my planner because of the lovely color palette and geometric design. It’s the perfect back to school manicure and planner just in time to impress my students and keep me organized!

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3. Nail Allie – @NailAllie

When I first spotted the floral watercolor planner cover option for the LifePlanner™, I just knew that it was the one for me! It combines my love of flowers and watercolor art and I felt that it would look great all year round. Not only does this design look wonderful as a planner cover, but it also works well as a nail design!

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To recreate the watercolor floral pattern on my nails, I began by applying two coats of a white polish. Then, I gathered a few pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, and blue polishes for the watercolor flowers. To mimic the watercolor effect, I first put a small amount of polish on a piece of aluminum foil and mixed each color with acetone. This helped to thin out each of the polishes which made them less opaque. When painting on the thinner gray lines of the more detailed flowers, I decided to use acrylic paint instead of nail polish. This is because acrylic paint tends to dry a bit slower than nail polish, which allowed me more time to paint the smaller details of each flower.

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I finished the design by applying a matte top coat. I just loved carrying around my planner while sporting my matching nails!

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How Do You Sticker?

It’s probably no surprise to y’all that I am a very visual person… so when it comes to seeing my schedule, I am a sucker for stickers! Without the array of asterisks, colorful flags, and motivational quotes, it would be much tougher for me to make sense of my days- and a whole lot less fun! We know our fans are just as stoked for stickers, which is why we’re constantly developing new books and sheets so that your personality can shine through your sticker design!

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to use our stickers – I encourage you to find the system that suits you! However, if you need some ideas and inspiration, we’ve put together two short videos featuring our monthly and classic edition 2 books to walk you through all the ways you can sticker your way to success! I’ve also outlined the different ways I use some of our sticker styles below.

Monthly Sticker Book:

Classic Sticker Book Edition 2:

Flags: I attend a LOT of weekly meetings, so the brightly colored and uniquely cut flags are a regular lifesaver. The metallic accents make them pop against the page, they’re the perfect size to write on, and I love that I can color coordinate them so I never get confused on which meeting is which!

Asterisks: Aside from being adorable, I use these stickers to mark appointments and errands! We cut them in many different ways to fit all areas of your weekly and monthly spreads.

Quotes: Perhaps my proudest sticker accomplishment, the stunning metallic quotes are cut to fit the daily boxes of your weekly LifePlanner™ layout, giving you a a weekly dose of motivation or inspiration!

Borders: I’m a total weekend warrior, so I love to anticipate a fabulous weekend of fun by bordering my Friday-Sunday stretches with the metallic border stickers! Cut them to the size you need, or use them to fill the margin above your monthly spread header- they are just the right dimensions!

Sheets: The most versatile of all our sticker collections, designer sheets are a do-it-all dynamo when it comes to organizing your LifePlanner™! These sheets can be cut to make all sorts of stickers (more info on that here) and look absolutely lovely in the margins of a neutral planner to add pops of color!

Sticker heaven is waiting…buy any sticker book and receive our first classic edition FREE!

Inside EC Spotlight: Photographer Carol Reach

In addition to being an all-star mom, her southern charm and years of photography experience make her an invaluable addition to our team. Her images capture the heart and soul of our brand, which is why we felt she deserved a featured post on our blog- along with a Q&A to inspire all our fellow photographer friends!

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Q:  Carol! Can you explain just how and when you agreed to join the EC team!?

A:  Waaaay back in 2004, Erin realized her growing business would need professional photos for the website, marketing, etc.  Since I am married to Erin’s brother and was already working as a commercial photographer, it was natural for her to come to me when she needed product photos. We’ve always worked well together and have a great time and productive creative sessions, so as the business has grown bigger, I just keep shooting more and more.  Now, I shoot exclusively for EC, as well as shoot video and create stopmotion videos for them as well.

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Q:  What does your typical day-to-day look like at the office?

A:  I come in and set up for whatever product or campaign we have on the schedule for that day and then go with the flow of the creative team. It’s a collaborative process here with Erin and the amazingly talented designers, and we all go back and forth until we get the right vision and shot.  We have brainstorming meetings and spend a lot of planning and prepping.

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Q:  Do you have a favorite EC photoshoot/campaign that resonates with you?

A:  The Holiday 2014 “Auntie Claus” campaign will always be in my top favorites.   It involved EVERYONE. And by that, I mean everyone with a desk in this office and also my family and Mom! The work team spent endless hours creating the products, wallpapering the walls, and decking out the mantle and tree with the design of the season and voilà! we had the Jolly Jester (design) theme extreme! My mom happened to be visiting so she became team seamstress making Erin’s skirt, scarf & my daughter’s nightgown.   My husband brought the kids for the shoot so I could focus on the photography. We weren’t sure if my daughter would make the “naughty” or “nice” list that day (only a two year old!) but everyone cooperated beautifully and it turned out to be a ton of fun for all!

Q:  What inspired you to be a photographer?

A:  I was always creative when I was little: drawing, painting, & sewing with my mom and during my free time.  My dad taught me all about his camera and gave me my first one in the 2nd grade.  I won a photo contest in the 4th grade and that definitely sparked an interest in photography.  I kind of forgot about it for a while until my best friend took a photo class in high school and I thought, “Hey wait, I want to do more of that, too!” Looking back I can see that I took A LOT of photos over the years (way before iphones and Instagram). I just loved it and couldn’t get enough. When I went to college I majored in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography.  When I moved to California for more school, I started shooting portraits and weddings, then on to commercial & products.

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Q:  What is the Erin Condren product you couldn’t live without?

A:  I LOVE my “Oh What a Week!” Schedule Pad for my busy family of 5, which I fill out weekly (corresponding to my rose gold, vertical LifePlanner™).  My kids love seeing our week’s activities.  I’m also an EC notebook junkie. I keep different ones for blog, marketing, video, etc. Hmm, I can’t say which product I love the most – they are all absolute necessities for keeping order around here!

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EC Nails: Matching Planner Manis!

Over the years, my obsession with nail art has grown- but it hasn’t always been this way! Believe it or not, even with my love for color, I used to keep my fingers bare. Yet I was so amazed by a photo I saw on Instagram by @willpaintnailsforfood that I simply had to give the whole nail art thing a go- and wow, am I hooked! Meghan, my Instagram nail artist muse, had created a fun and funky paisley design to match the cover of her LifePlanner™, and I was so inspired and intrigued!

For this year’s launch, I knew it was time to give some of my favorite covers a little nail art nod of approval. After all, what’s more fun than a matching mani & LifePlanner™ to make planning that much prettier?

I started with my all-time favorite shade, turquoise, then let my nail artist (who is a genius, by the way) go wild with gold foil! I love the way she used the negative, white space of the nail to accentuate the minimalist elegance of the luxe LifePlanner™ – it’s safe to say she “nailed” it.

The next planner-inspired mani I chose was meant to match the original rose gold metallic LifePlanner™. The look was really feminine and chic, and I knew the combo of rose gold and lavender background color would look lovely as a nail design!  

Now this is something I didn’t even know was possible: marble nails! How anyone discovered this is beyond me, but I’m so glad they did! It’s the perfect way to blend color and texture to create an effect that is as unique as it is beautiful- exactly what I look for in every design we create!

While it would be totally overdramatic to say that that “nail art changed my life,” it did make me realize what a world of fun and creativity was waiting at my fingertips! They may be tiny canvases, but I’ve come to see my nails as little artistic expressions of personality that deserve to be decorated and celebrated.

Show us how you’re matching your nails to your LifePlanner™, notebook or journal! by tagging us on Instagram! Who knows, it may just be this week’s #FanFriday challenge…

FriDIY: Little Tikes Car for My Niece

Being an Auntie is one of my proudest roles and of course, I am occasionally guilty of going overboard on gifts for my nieces and nephews. Twelve years ago, when my twin nieces were born I bought TWO Little Tikes cars and decked them out with DAISIES! The gifts were such a hit, so when my brother and his wife were surprised with a baby girl named ROSE, (after two boys) I knew exactly what to do for her first birthday….make a “Rose Royce!”

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I bought fake roses at Michael’s and used a hot glue gun to stick them on the roof of the car. I believe everything is better when personalized, so I used a paint marker (also from Michael’s) to write her name in fancy lettering and added polka dot details to the side door.
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The gift was once again a huge hit and we couldn’t get Rose to leave her car for the rest of the party! The best thing about this gift is that she didn’t grow out of it for a couple years. Two years later Rose was still taking her “Rose Royce” for a ride around the neighborhood and at the ball park during her brother’s baseball games!

Want to see more DIY projects, product sneak peeks and exciting news around the EC office? Follow us on Instagram!

Moving Day – Moving Into Your New Planner!

When we think of “Moving Day”, most people dread the thought! However, there is something so wonderful (and even therapeutic!) about MOVING IN to a new LifePlanner™. If you are a #plannernerd like I am, you too can appreciate the feeling of a blank canvas and an entirely new “journey” that awaits. 

Choosing a cover is always tough for me. I’m trendy and I like to switch things up depending on the season, the event I’m going to or the outfit I’m wearing… I love that our covers are interchangeable!

I love to add special photos (with a CoilClip™ Connector!) that are nostalgic and spark wonderful memories throughout my LifePlanner™. I transferred this one from my old planner, I’m just not ready to part with this memory!

I recently saw a greeting card that said, “Facebook did not need to remind me that it was your birthday!” The LifePlanners™ comes with 4 sheets of colorful stickers that help to highlight birthdays and other special events. I also love to add “bling” to my book with designer stickers that can decorate and inspire….

 The idea of a PERPETUAL calendar is so that you can keep one book year after year that holds all the important birthdays and events that never change. However, I must confess that I actually ENJOY rewriting these special dates year after year in the new Perpetual Calendar. Can anyone else relate? Ha!

Even after years of planning and organizing, I still get a thrill each time I start a new planner. What’s your favorite part of “moving day?” Share your thoughts with us on social!

Let’s Party: Au Fudge Press Event

You don’t need to ask me twice to throw a party… so when my team came up with the brilliant idea to host a press event showcasing our new LifePlanner™, I was immediately sold. We reserved a serene space at the amazing new restaurant, Au Fudge in West Hollywood and began the party prep. We knew there had to be food, flowers and FUN, and so there was just that. Mixed summertime blooms in bright corals, pinks and yellows brought the LifePlanner™ party to life one pop of color at a time.

As the intimate group of influencers started to trickle in, the room began to beam with excitement and chatter of which layout each attendee had chosen. We pre-printed each gal’s book to ensure she was ready to rock her new LifePlanner™ look upon arrival.

We even set up a DIY decorating desk for attendee’s to stage a snapchat or start filling out their new book!

Planning is hard work, so we made sure all attendees we’re fueled up for a long day of chatting and planning with light bites and sweet treats. Mini waffles and tea sandwiches made for a delightfully delicious afternoon.

All that was left was for our guests to go home and start planning. It was such a pleasant afternoon showcasing our new LifePlanner™ collection and getting to know a few of the gals we work with and appreciate so dearly. We can definitely say the event was a success and we can’t wait for the next!

Are you interested in working with us? Please email our team at social.media@erincondren.com!