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After you’ve chosen your Erin Condren LifePlanner, your stickers, and your add-ons, what’s left? Erin Condren sells a ton of cute writing utensils, and while they might not be the most expensive purchase on your list, is it worth it to buy and pay for shipping on things like markers, pens, colored pencils, and highlighters? Compared to the ease of picking up some generic pens at the grocery store, it can seem a bit superfluous. What if you don’t like them? What if they don’t last? Can you afford to roll the dice and risk the money?
We’re not-so-secretly major Erin Condren fans around here, so we tested out each and every writing tool by Erin Condren. These are the utensils you need to complete your online order!
Most people don’t have a need for wet erase markers, but if you use any of the dashboards (like the Erin Condren Meal Planning snap-in) or have one of the new Erin Condren notebooks, you will. These items are all designed to be used with wet erase so the ink doesn’t come off on the pages of your notebook or LifePlanner, and the colors are created to compliment the color scheme and design of Erin Condren’s product line. Yes, you could use the regular Vis-a-vis from the office supply closet, but where’s the fun in that?
As far as colored pencils go, these are pretty much what you would expect. You don’t receive a huge pack, but the 10 pencils come in a convenient metal case that will protect them if you want to throw them in your backpack or purse. The pencils are black rather than that boring old tan Crayola uses, which is fun, but not that important.
After test driving them, there’s absolutely nothing not to like about these. They fit the bill, and will make your hour of adult coloring seem much fancier. If you really really really love colored pencils, then go ahead and add them to the cart.
Erin Condren’s Colorful Dual-Tip Markers are the perfect addition to any Erin Condren LifePlanner. They have a fine-tip for everyday color coding and a marker-tip for the things that need to stand out in your planner. The colors are every bit as bright and colorful as any of Erin Condren’s designs, so every page of your planner will pop.
I’m no highlighter expert, but these brightly colored highlighters seem to get the job done. The design on the outside makes it stand out from your typical ugly highlighter. We also prefer the thinner tip that these highlighters have. The four colors (green, pink, orange, and yellow) are all very pigmented on the page, and they seem to work well when paired with the thin-tipped Erin Condren markers.
These markers are nice to have when using the thick pages in Erin Condren notebooks. Once again, I like the cute design on the outside of the pens, and I love that they come in a hard case that makes keeping up with them a lot easier. The colors (red, pink, orange, blue, green, and gray), though vibrant, don’t bleed through the pages in the Erin Condren notebooks and planners, or surprisingly, even in my thinner Day Designer pages. The fine tips make them function much more like a brightly colored pen than a marker, which makes them more useful for daily use.
UPDATE 7/24/2017 The Party Pops Markers have been discontinued.
Erin Condren also sells pencils. Now these aren’t revolutionary or anything like that, but they’re really cute. If you think it’s worth it to spend money on cute pencils rather than use those ugly golden yellow pencils, then these will make you smile. They come in a variety of designs to coordinate with your planner.