For the past 3 years, that planner has been an an Erin Condren Life Planner. There were many, many things I loved about it- I could customize the cover (and now you can buy interchangeable covers), and the colorful calendars and weekly schedules made me want to use the planner. There were also things I didn't love about it-it was very pricey at well over $60 after shipping and photo upgrades, there was no ability to customize the weekly pages to allow for everyone's schedule, and the corners of the laminated covers ended peeling pretty badly on 2 of the 3 planners.
So this year, I have been using a Plum Paper Planner from etsy. I will review it in depth in a sepearte post.
I wanted to share what I had done with the "leftovers" from my old Life Planners. each of my EC Life Planners came with a "notes" section that I rarely used. I also had an original month at a glace notebook from EC that I got my first year trying her products.
I really didn't want all of that cute note paper to go to waste. So I did the unthinkable, I cut the plastic coil from my old planners took out the notes sections and created a new notebook!
How did I do it?
step one: Remove the coil from old life planners and/or notebooks. For the older plastic style coils I had to cut the top coil and unthread it, for my metal coil planner, I used pliers to unbend the top of the coil and unthread. (Save your metal coil)
step two: Decide what to keep. This was tough for me-I had 4 covers to chose from. did I want three clear pocket inserts or just one? How many keep it together pockets? I loved being able to customize my notebook.
step four: Recoil that mess. First, make sure everything is lined up nice and neat. I used two giant binder clips (ironically from Erin Condren-not sure if they still send them with orders) to hold everything together. Then starting from the bottom up, I recoiled the notebook using my metal coil from my 2013 Life Planner. I used pliers gently bend the ends back to keep the papers from falling off.
step five: Enjoy your new custom notebook. :)