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Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

One of my favorite things about the Erin Condren brand is how it's constantly evolving and adapting. It's a company I truly admire. So when they recently released Hardbound LifePlanners I had to give them a once-over. You know, for research. 

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

Up first is the vertical layout. It's 8x10 so all of the dimensions are slightly larger than the regular coiled vertical layout. A bit frustrating for us sticker makers, but change is change.

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

A lot of the inside of these planners follows the layout of the coil options, but the vertical offers this more floral interior. There's a yearly overview page for future planning. It's a great space to use dot stickers to mark vacations, sick days, and other broader subjects.

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

The vertical layout also has a spread for goals. Lots of room to track weight loss, business successes, family memories, monthly projects, and loads more.

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

The monthly views are all different colors, but have the same floral pattern at the top of every month. I do really enjoy how large the monthly view seems with just an extra inch on either side.

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

The weekly view looks just like the coiled version, just slightly larger. 

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

My favorite section of the planner is still in the back of the hardbound options. I love having a space to write in next year's appointments, weddings, and whatnot. Nothing is worse than having to schedule something that's beyond your planner's dates. This way it all stays in one place and I don't overbook myself the following year without knowing it.

As for paper quality, it feels a bit lighter than the new coiled planners, but still a nice thickness that doesn't feel cheap.

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

The horizontal option follows the same setup as the vertical, but is smaller than the coiled planners. So the hardbound options cover other parts of the size spectrum the original coiled planners haven't hit. It has the same swirl pattern like the hardbound vertical.

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

The weekly pages have a nice pop of color and just enough room to jot down a few appointments or meetings. 

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

The layout is super simple, but it compliments the smaller size and hardbound nature.

Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

So my overall thoughts. I love that Erin Condren is giving more options since no two people plan the same way. These planners are cheaper than the original coil options ($30 for the small and $35 for the large), making them more accessible. I imagine these hardbound planners working best for people in school or just starting into decorative planning. Since they are hardbound, sticker bulge will be a serious problem over time. They're definitely not for heavy sticker application, which lends them more towards simpler planning styles. 

They seem sturdy enough, but over a year's worth of wear and tear will definitely be seen on these. The coil options also take wear, but you're able to switch out a cover and make it look like new. So if you like to tote your planner around with you like a security blanket, I'd highly suggest getting a planner case to protect it.

These planners are definitely not for me, but as a certified planner addict I felt it my duty to give them an honest flip-through and relay my thoughts back. I'm giving the smaller horizontal layout to a neighborhood friend just dipping her toes into the planning world. 

But I'm giving away the vertical layout TO ONE OF YOU!


Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner Review & Giveaway

To enter to win the vertical hardbound planner, a PlannyPack, and the new Erin Condren sticker book, just enter the Rafflecopter below! The giveaway will run for one week and is open to any planner lover 18-years-old or with parental consent.


What do you think of the new style of planners? 

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