I recently mentioned that I had bought a new planner as a birthday present for myself, and here it is: a custom made leather planner from Van der Spek, a Dutch family company that makes and sells both ready-made and custom hand made leather goods. I discovered them through a Facebook group and fell completely head over heals for their planners, and in particular their ostrich-texture leather. I mean come on, look at that color! Teal ostrich? How completely ridiculous and beautiful is that? I have already told you all about my love for leather planners and I didn’t need a new planner at all, but it was my birthday and the stars aligned, and after a lot of to-ing and fro-ing I ended up ordering this little beauty.
- Ordered from vdsshop.com, their online shop for custom planners.
- Size: Standard, comparable to Filofax’s “personal” size. Fits personal size paper.
- Outside leather: (239) Teal ostrich.
- Inside leather: (21) Pool.
- Stitching color: (19) Turchese.
- Hardware: silver.
The inside setup is very similar to the one I had in my pink patent leather Filofax, but with a few minor changes. You see, it pains me to admit it, but I went a bit cray with the matchy-matchy. I did. Full disclosure. Just look at this:
Etsy has a wide selection of wares for the planner aficionado, and the first thing I got was this laminated teal polkadot thing. If you speak Planner Nerd you will call it a “dashboard”, but just think of it as a fancy front page and you’re all set. It is pretty and it matched my planner.
The glitter dividers
The next thing I got was a a set of glitter dividers. Because I’m a pretty princess. And I’m 5.
The month-per-page fitness journal
The self-designed fitness journal is still going strong, updated for 2015. If you didn’t read my last planner post it then here is a quick explanation of how I use it: the day gets colored in yellow marker if my diet was clean or pink marker if I ate candy or junk food, and the goal is to only have one pink day each week. If I worked out the day gets a big X in black pen, and if I was sick, injured or anything else out of the ordinary it gets written down in the notes section at the bottom. I’m not hardcore enough to keep a detailed fitness journal, so this system is perfect for my needs.
The vertical year planner
This is my vertical year planner. This is where I write down any major events, trips, birthdays and holidays so that I have my year at a glance in a simple and easy way. Perfect for when you need to get a quick update on your schedule for the month, or when you want to look back at what you did throughout the year.
This is where I write down my plans, appointments and daily notes. I’ve also started noting down any upcoming blog posts to keep track of the content that I write in advance. Confession: sometimes I won’t remember that a new blog post was auto-published until well into the day! January has been kind of rough for me so far though, so as of right now I’m writing as I go, and you might have also noticed that I’m nearly a month behind on replying to comments? Ouch! Fingers crossed I will be back to my usual goody two-shoes two-week head start in not too long, because let me tell you, it is a much more comfortable way to work.
The blog post check list
Speaking of comfortable ways to work, this is a brand new addition to my planner: my self-designed blog post check list. This is where I check off everything that needs to be done before I publish or schedule a blog post. Spellcheck? SEO? Adlinks? Many of these things are terribly easy to forget, so this list has been a huge life saver for me.
And last but not least: post-its! Aren’t they cool? I will never buy regular post-its again!
I also still have my notes section, my spare paper, my to-do lists and my zip lock envelopes, but I figured you didn’t need to see them one more time. I try not to overstuff my planner as I keep it in my everyday bag and take it with me to work, which means that I spend at least an hour every day carrying along with the rest of my everyday “essentials”. We need to keep the shoulders and back in mind too, am I right ladies?
As for the planner itself, I am so so happy with it. The quality is impeccable, the leather is yummy, and I know I won’t ever come across another person with a planner like mine. If you’re an ultra planner nerd you can customize your Van der Spek planner even more – do you need it to be a size that they don’t currently offer? Do you want larger rings? Do you need to have a special kind of layout for those inside slits and pockets? Shoot them an e-mail and they will make your planner dreams come true. Oh, and their customer service is divine. I had second thoughts on my choice of the color for the inside leather, and they kindly sent me a photo of my leather colors side-by-side so that I could compare and make up my mind. Who else does that? All in all I can warmly recommend planners from Van der Spek, so if you’re feeling extra fancy I would definitely check them out. I keep mine on my desk at all time, and I get so happy whenever I look at it. I think I might have achieved – nerd alert – planner peace.