Monday, October 14, 2019

Back in Franklin Covey Compact

What the ever-loving-eff?! Here's my explanation in a nutshell: I miss pre-decorated pages and beautifully colored tabs... That's it! I couldn't hold out any longer. If there were an option for A6 size, I'd buy a room full of the pages. Franklin Covey makes a "pocket" size which has the same A6 hole punch, but the pages are too narrow to match any other pages available out there. I'm NOT going to hand make all other pages- not happenin'.

I've resurrected my custom-made planner and have adopted Franklin Covey's daily pages. The best feature is the "daily notes" page on the right hand side. Perfect for a right-hander, and more perfect to journal in daily. I have a journal in my first planner from the same Etsy shop, which is simply filled with Franklin Covey compact lined pages. Having a separate journal meant I would only journal sporadically; sometimes months would be between entries.  Now I will have pre-dated entries, meaning if you drop your binder you won't cry as long putting it back together.

Here are both together, the further one is my previous journal:

Since the planner lacks in card holders, I love that my VDS card holder fits nicely on one side- its bulk helps in keeping the pages away from the pen loop when closed. I like taking this card holder out prior to shopping - it holds all necessary cards and small amount of cash- and I can keep my planner in my handbag.

 Franklin Covey makes a nice card-holder/pouch insert which holds other less-used cards.

I have been journaling every day now- 

Beautiful tabs for their month on two pages:

I purchased the frosted side-tab dividers from DividersRUS on Etsy, and asked that their Personal Wide size be left un-punched. I trimmed them and hole-punched them myself. I kept the fly-leaf that came with it, in its original size to keep pages from getting caught into the back pocket with my card-holder. I bought the bottom-tab dividers from a store that is no longer open on Etsy.

I still LOVE the grid paper I get from Handy Forms . I originally found them on Etsy but can't find the link there, luckily it's easy to find on Amazon.

In about a month I'll be receiving my custom VDS and will post photos of it here and on Instagram. Meanwhile, I'll be enjoying this beast :) 

Monday, July 8, 2019

YACP (Yet Another Custom Planner)

Maybe you've noticed that I like the color red 😍. Here's more evidence of my affliction:

My latest custom VDS Un-widened Senior (A6) in burgundy Janet Leather. It has the same configuration that I have been using for the previous customs..A4 closure strap, full back pocket, ring protectors, and both sides have secretarial pockets. This and the previous senior I bought in red Italian are 25mm rings - and again UN-WIDENED. (VDS automatically widens the planner for the bigger rings, without any special request- see the dimensions on their website )

This time I asked for extra foam instead of stiffener. BEST IDEA EVAR

The burgundy is on the right prior to moving in. The left planner is my Italian red VDS that I skipped posting about -maybe because I am a little mad at myself for not ordering completely correctly- I mistakenly clicked "yes" for stiffener 😥 (The red Italian is otherwise perfect and since being used, has actually become molded exactly to the shape I want)

I'm grateful that I stalked photos in the Facebook VDS fan group to see burgundy JL in other photos. It's NOT burgundy, it's a dark, cooler red. I actually do not like burgundy at all! And luckily, this color doesn't have the brown or purple undertones that I find icky in a true burgundy.

Here's a group shot of the red leathers I have purchased at VDS in the Senior model:

From left to right, top to bottom: 1) JL red 20mm rings with A4 widened strap, 2) Papavero Croco 20mm rings with A5 widened strap,  3)JL burgundy 25mm rings with A4 widened strap,  4)red Italian 25mm rings with A4 widened strap. The JL red (1)is quite orangy and bright- the "burgundy" (3)is darker and has a blueness but not so much as to make it purple. The croco and Italian reds are the truest reds. The croco and the Italian leathers have a shiny finish and therefore come already with a patina. The JL leathers are very squishy and the pieces I have, have a sheen that I love.

Hopefully this answers some questions you might have for some of the different red leathers available at VDS.

-----edited to add more photos of the JL "burgundy" :

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Red Janet Leather VDS Un-Widened Senior

ops, I did it again..another VDS un-widened senior (A6) - this time in Janet Leather RED yeahhhh.

I asked for extra pebbly, and foam "stiffener". It really should be called "squishy-ner". It gave it the squishiness I love so much that my Gillio Amica has.
you're gonna want to enlarge these photos..



time to switch from my trusty brown...

all moved in 

squish squish squish

nice and tidy back wallet pocket

Monday, February 4, 2019

Janet Leather Brown (JL104) Custom Un-widened A6

Van Der Spek!   My latest order arrived today- let me tell you the shipping delays only added to the excitement. (yet I'd never choose it on purpose). Here's my fractured order info - I had forgotten the left secretarial pocket, and two other items I had to request via email since not on the website menu: 

Added to this order was the forgotten left side secretarial pocket, a big fat A4 sized strap, and a custom credit card holder. 

I wanted a more substantial but not bulky, credit card holder with space to put paper currency in. This request is due to my unease of opening my planner in public to make purchases. Not only is it awkward, it makes me feel exposed as I write personal items in my planner. Instead, I can grab this and leave my planner in my bag. This size credit card holder makes me less worried I might lose it.

It has three slots on each side, on opposite ends so it may lie flatter in its pocket:

The rest of these photos show the same features as my last A6 un-widened custom order from Van Der Spek, but added even more width to the strap:

This strap!!


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