Erin Condren Life Planner VS Happy Planner
Planning very quickly became a huge part of my life, I’ve always been organised and a lover of stationery but I never knew that my job would actually end up being creating sticker kits for the planner community. It’s a wonderful, friendly community and I’m so glad to be a part of it. As you may or may not have seen, I have (three) Erin Condren Life planners, and have recently been required to use a Happy Planner as well. These are very similar and I thought I would share a post comparing them.
I have written an in depth post all about the Erin Condren Life Planner and the ordering process if you would like to read about that here. Being a US company, it can mean waiting a couple of weeks for your order and also the possibility of a customs charge, my last two orders though haven’t had any customs charges at all.
I make stickers to fit in the EC planner and started to get a lot of enquiries about making my kits in the Happy Planner size. I had heard of this planner but never looked at it. I ordered one so that I could cater for the my few HP customers and realised that it is actually very reminiscent of the EC life planner.
PIN IT! PIN IT!PIN IT!PIN IT!PIN IT!In terms of the layout, the monthly views are pretty similar. The layouts are on opposite sides however the general look is very similar. The weekly layouts are also very similar, the space for planning is slightly larger on the HP but the bottom is a lot slimmer compared to the EC planner. You still have a sidebar on both which is also handy but there aren’t any spaces in between the columns on the HP.
Whether you want to use your planner normally or with the use of stickers, you can see from above that they still look great and lots of space to plan in. The above are using the HP planner sticker kits for HP and the EC kits for the Erin Condren. However, EC weekly planner kits do work in the HP planners as well.
PIN IT! PIN IT!The only page that is very different is the notes page at the end of each month. In the HP there are a lot of headers and calendars whereas in the EC it’s just blank so you can write down anything you like or use a sticker kit, like I have above. I personally find the blank a lot better as you can use the space how you wish, whereas you’re limited in the Happy Planner.
PIN IT! PIN IT!In general the Happy Planner is very nice, I love the marble front cover that I chose and you can remove all the pages and cover if you wish to make planning or customisation easier. The EC covers are also interchangeable. The page quality is a lot different, I personally love the paper in the HP, it’s smooth and white and what the EC used to be. The EC paper now is quite thick and an off white colour that reminds me more of craft paper.
At the back of the planners, the HP has just one page of note paper. The EC however has a sleeve for a perpetual calendar and space to carry extra documents or sticker sheets. Four sheets of stickers, next years calendars, three pages for colouring in and lots of note paper. This makes the planner a lot more convenient as you have plenty of space to make notes of play around with.
The HP is slightly bigger the EC and has plastic rings that link the planner together whereas the EC has a metal coil. In general the Erin Condren planner is a lot better quality but is twice the price of the EC.
Erin Condren planners start from $55 and a Happy Planner starts from £24.00, a lot of difference in price but also it’s noticeable in the quality. A great option if you don’t want to splash out or risk a customs charge and also great if you want to become a sticker addict like me.
If you are interested in purchasing an Erin Condren Life Planner, you can get 10% off your first order by signing up here.
Which planner will you be taking a look at?