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Your Guide to Fall Launch Day!

September 02, 2018

Hi friends! Launch Day is just THREE days away! We are SO. EXCITED. to finally launch our 2019 Simplified Planners! Here is a quick run down of what's launching, tips for Launch Day, and upcoming fun events -- all leading up to September 5 at 10am EDT!

What's launching?
Will there be a Simplified Planner Bundle option?

Yes! We will be launching a Simplified Planner Bundle! You'll be able to choose between a Daily Edition Bundle and a Weekly Edition Bundle. Your bundle will include your choice of Simplified Planner (Dapperdesk not included), one Mini Notebook, one Sticker Pack (Sticker Book not included), one Paper Clip Set, one Page Marker, one Stretchy Band Set, one pen (or pen set). The Daily Simplified Planner Bundle is $115 and the Weekly Simplified Planner Bundle is $105. AND all orders over $100 will ship free (via ground shipping) in the U.S. (Notes: Dapperdesk is not included in the bundle. The Sticker Book is also not included in the bundle).

How fast will the Simplified Planners sell out?

We do our absolute best to predict inventory and have just enough for everyone. But our planners have been compared to Taylor Swift tickets. (Haha! The best compliment)! So they do go fast! Be sure to be online at 10am EDT ready to go on September 5.

Any tips for Launch Day?

Yes! Here is your Launch Day tip list:

  • Go to EmilyLey.com and create an account. Write your username / password down so that you can easily login on Launch Day.
  • Be sure you're on our newsletter list. We will let you know the minute they go live!
  • On Tuesday evening, our team will take our website down to begin getting the shop ready for the big day. If you visit during this time, you will see a spot for a password. That is for our team to access the site. You WILL NOT need a password to access the site once we've launched.
  • Watch walkthrough videos of the Daily Edition and Weekly Edition here. (Note: the Academic Editions are shown in these videos, but the only differences between these and the 2019 Editions launching this week are the dates. Academic Editions are dated August - July. 2019 Editions are dated January - December). 
Tell me all the fun things happening during Launch Week!

Have you chosen your 2019 Simplified Planner? 
Happy Stripe
Happy Stripe® is our signature design. We love classic, bold color, but we've wondered over the years exactly why we love Happy Stripe SO much. And, as it turns out, this ROYGBIV-esque pattern is the perfect, organized lineup of our favorites. It'll always be a team favorite.
 
Blue Tile
Our Blue Tile pattern is actually a compilation of some of our brand elements. If you look carefully, you'll see the top of our signature pineapple, little zig-zag shapes mimicking the sides of a pineapple, and a classic quatrefoil shape that's actually a nod to my earlier days as a wedding invitation designer (ten years ago!). It was the shape featured on a bestselling envelope liner pattern.
 
Watercolor Floral
As we rounded the corner on our ten-year anniversary, I found myself a little thirsty for movement, flexibility, and feminine whimsy amongst our more structured designs. For our Watercolor Floral pattern, we worked hand-in-hand with artist Jessa Brayy (not knowing she'd later become a part of our team!). Together, we created a look that included signature elements from our brand (you'll see our pineapples as tiny buds, as well as fluid versions of our wreath leaves throughout) but felt a bit soft-around-the-edges compared to some of our other designs.
 
Mint Pineapple
Our Mint Pineapple design just makes me so happy. I've loved pineapples since before this brand ever existed. They are the traditional symbol for Southern hospitality and make me think of relaxation, rest, and my favorite place in the world: Pensacola Beach. I love how playful this pattern is when paired with the structured layout of the design. This one is sure to be a favorite.
 
Navy Dot
We originally released the Navy Dot pattern in early 2014. It was this specific pattern and color way that won Best New Product at the National Stationery Show. I nearly fell over when the big blue ribbon was placed on the corner of our Navy Dot Simplified Planner. It represented so many risks taken, hopes believed in, and dreams come true. It will always be one of my favorite designs, thanks to its classic pin-dot pattern, timeless navy / kelly green pairing, and the special place it holds in my heart.
 
Thin Happy Stripe
The Thin Happy Stripe design is a nod to one of our very first Simplified Planner covers. The thin lines are classic and polished while the happy stripe color repetition gives the pattern just a hint of, well, happiness! This particular pattern is perfect for the gal who wants a bit of classic with a bit of fun.

Weekly Top Ten: Vol. 117

August 24, 2018

Happy Friday, friends! Launch Week is just TWELVE days away! Today we're sharing the top ten things we're MOST excited about this Launch Day: 

1. NEW Simplified Planners! This one goes without saying, but we JUST. CAN'T. WAIT!! We are so excited for these 2019 Simplified Planners to make their way into your hands! 

2. NEW Dapperdesk Covers! We've updated our Dapperdesk Planners for 2019 and are thrilled to now offer it in both navy and blush vegan leather options! You can find all the details on these here

3. Simplified Prep-Work! This year, every Simplified Planner comes with Simplified Prep-Work! Before you start the year, take time to evaluate what worked, what didn't, and what you can improve on in 2019. 

4. Pink Boxes to celebrate TEN YEARS! 2018 marks TEN years as a company for Simplified! We're so grateful for your support over the years, and we're celebrating big with limited edition PINK boxes for every Simplified Planner!

5. Throwback Cover Options! Speaking of celebrating ten years, we've also brought back two throwback Simplified Planner covers for 2019! Our Navy Dot and Thin Happy Stripe are two of our original Simplified Planner covers from past years, and we are tickled pink to have them back in the shop this year! 

6. Simplified Coaching Emails! We've revamped our Simplified Coaching Emails with video tips from Emily! Starting about a month after you purchase your Simplified Planner, you'll receive monthly emails from Emily with tips on how to get the most out of your Simplified Planner in the year ahead. 

7. NEW Mini Notebooks! This is a brand new product coming to the shop on Launch Day! You'll now be able to get mini notebooks to match each of our 2019 Simplified Planner Covers! Which one will you choose?

8. NEW Team Members! We've added TWO new members to the Simplified team since our Spring Launch (and one new baby!). We can't wait to celebrate the day together as a team of eight!

9. Hand-Painted Covers! We're still swooning over the watercolor details on this years' Watercolor Floral and Mint Pineapple Simplified Planners! Our Art Director, Jessa Bray, painted these covers for us long before she was ever a part of Team Simplified. After we put these into production, our team began to grow, and Jessa joined our team as our full time Art Director! We're the luckiest to have her. 

10. Spending the Day with You! Our very favorite part of every Launch Day is spending it with each of you! Sharing behind-the-scenes on Instagram, talking with you on live chat, and seeing your posts on social media reminds us just how incredible this Simplified community is. Here's to the most fun day on September 5!

 

Don't miss out on any of the Launch Day fun! We're kicking off Launch Week on Thursday, August 30, with Facebook Lives each day leading up to September 5! Set your alarms, and sign up here to be notified when 2019 Simplified Planners are available on our site!  

Clearing Cell Phone Clutter

August 13, 2018

Let me preface this post by saying this: my husband's cell phone gives me hives. Seriously. Love the man, but when it comes to being organized or simplified in his personal spaces... he's a work in progress. :) Let's put it this way, he has about twenty-five folders full of apps -- and at least three of them are called "Finance". But the apps have nothing to do with finance. And his 72 unread emails... I can't. I LOVE YOU BRYAN LEY, BUT YOU'RE A MESS!

I'm campaigning for him to let me at his phone (you know I love a challenge). He's not sure this is a good idea. So I started trying to explain to him exactly what I'd do to clean up his phone and how it would make his entire life better (ok, but really). Can I get an amen?

So, here, my friends, are the steps I'll take to clear the clutter on Bryan's phone (IF he'll let me at it) and bring about world peace. We're going to focus on a few key elements:

  • Lockscreen
  • Homescreen
  • Apps
  • Notifications
  • Notes

LOCKSCREEN: This is simple. Choose an inspirational quote, a special photograph, or a simple beautiful screen to be your lockscreen. Keep this in mind: anyone who picks up your phone (even if you have a password on it) will see this. Be sure the time stamp and date don't cover up anyone's faces. (IE: Don't create visual clutter). 

HOME SCREEN: Yes, this includes your wallpaper, but what I'm really talking about here is your home page on your phone - Page 1. I keep mine pretty simple with just a few rows of apps.

APPS: Any apps that I am trying not to overuse, I keep in folders, not on the homepage. (IE: social media apps -- yes, even though I use those for work. It's not that hard to swipe to the back for them when I need them. But if they're staring at me on my home screen late at night, I'm tempted to spend mindless time on them.) I sort my apps into 8 folders categorized by color (an idea I got from The Home Edit). I didn't think I'd like this method at first, until I realized my brain actually looks for apps by color, not by icon or name or category. Delete any apps you don't use.

NOTIFICATIONS: This is life changing. Are you ready? There may be certain notifications you have to keep on or need to keep on (work related, etc), but the other ZILLION red dots and buzzes and dings and alerts and push notifications... TURN. THEM. OFF. Yes! You can turn them off! And once you do, you'll never go back. I get text messages. That's it. Oh, and phone calls. And I let my iCal alert me too because our team is remote. Other than that, OFF. You're welcome. Seriously, TRY IT. You do not need to get a pop up notification every time someone likes your Instagram photo. Nope.

NOTES: If you have an iPhone, here's a tip: utilize your Notes app to keep running lists and important information. It's so helpful and easy! 

Alright, Bryan Ley, I'm coming for your phone when you'll let me! I promise it'll change your life! ;)

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