23 May 2019

Van der Spek - Custom A5 Manager

I weakened... again! Yes I ordered another Van der Spek Custom A5 Manager organiser.

I spent several weeks deciding on the design of this one and Petra Van der Spek was very patient answering my questions about what was possible and what leather was available etc.

So here it is. The details of the leather colours etc are as follows:

Leather Dark Brown JL 101Yellow JL 106
Stitching Ivory Dark Brown

The Dark Brown JL (Janet Leather) is a reserve list leather. It is a gorgeous vegetable tanned leather. I saw it on another custom order late last year and although I had to wait for Petra to get it back in stock again, it was worth the wait.  I have a similar combination of dark brown and yellow in another leather planner from another brand and I really like the combination.

As you can see from the table above I went for contrast stitching on both the outside and the inside.

On the outside, this Van der Spek looks like any other, there are no alterations or hidden pockets.

The organiser arrived in this very smart black box with their logo in the centre.

And here is the inside of the A5 organiser. I've removed the flyleaf to show you the details.

I once again opted for 35mm Krause rings. Despite pruning the contents of my A5 to the bone, it I put all of the sections in one organiser, it is a little more than a 25 mm ring mechanism can cope with.

The first obvious change is the inside front cover, I opted for the Van der Spek '454' layout, I have this same layout in another A5 organiser and I really like it.

The photo below shows the comparison between the layout I chose compared to the regular one. I don't need that many card slots, I find three slots more than enough.

Looking in detail at the inside front layout, it has as I have just mentioned three vertical card slots. One slip pocket behind those. A slightly deeper horizontal slip pocket above that as well. There are two full height vertical slip pockets as well.

Overall there is an excellent amount of storage in the front cover alone to store maps, brochures, tickets, documents etc. And based on previous experience of this layout I make full use of it.

Additionally there is an elasticated pen loop on the front cover.

The addition of the embossed logo is a nice touch, this was added at my request, but I don't believe it will appear on all custom orders. It is due to appear on the limited edition planners announced at PlannerCon EU.

Whilst in close up, note that all pocket edges are stitched, rather than just cut.

The A5 flyleaf is in the same leathers. One colour on one side.

And the other colour on the other side.

The rear inside layout includes a gusseted zip pocket with a full height slip pocket behind that. There is also the second elasticated pen loop.

I use both loops, one with a mechanical pencil the other for a pen.

I also requested the addition of the full width back pocket. This is useful for full size A4 sheets, such as print outs of travel confirmations for hotels or trains etc. This pocket is very nicely lined too.

The gusset of the zip pocket is at the top and it gives this pocket quite a large capacity as well as making it easy to get things in and out of it. 

The zip has a small leather flap to cushion it and stop it denting your inserts when the organiser is closed. When open it doesn't interfere at all. 

Another requested option was an extended clasp. To make sure it didn't look 'untidy' when the organiser was not so full, I requested an additional popper on the clasp. This seems to work quite well. 

I've seen similar arrangements on other brands, sometimes with two poppers on the cover rather than the clasp 

Thank you to Petra and the team for making this organiser for me.

Further Information.

Web Site: http://www.vdsshop.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VanderSpekLederwaren
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vanderspekorganiserfans/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vdsshop/

22 May 2019

Video Web Finds - Wednesday 22 May 2019

So I hope you have had a good weekend.

So now it is time to enjoy a great collection of videos from around the internet.

Here are a selection of the latest Filofax videos for your enjoyment.
  1. Plannercon Europe 2019 Jour 2 + Mon Avis - De jolies choses
  2. Plannercon Europe 2019 - Fée Bricoleuse
  3. My thoughts about PCE 2019, and consequences - From Chaos to Order
  4. PlannerCon EU 2019 - Découverte des goodies bag et Haul/achats sur place - Lydille
  5. PlannerCon Europe 2019 - Haul | Deutsch - Lorelei Lee
  6. Plannercon Europe 2019 Haul ( Part 1) - JennyLane Creates
  7. PlannerCon Europe 2019 Experience!! - Planner holics
  8. PlannerCon Europe 2019 - Vlog and Goodie Bag | ms.paperlover - ms.paperlover
  9. PlannerCon Europe 2019 junk journal - Ju La
  10. PlannerCon 2019 | PCE 2019 Brüssel | Brüssel - Drehzahl2014
  11. Goodies Bag Et Haul Plannercon Eu 2019 + Concours - De jolies choses
  12. Plannercon Europe 2019 Haul ( Part 2) - JennyLane Creates
  13. PlannerCon Europe 2019 - Swaps and Shops Haul | ms.paperlover - ms.paperlover
  14. Van Der Spek A6 Rings Flip Through - Spencer And Jude
  15. 2019 planning update - Reneesplannerplace
  16. Updated Cash Envelope System | Filofax Saffiano & Mama's Gotta Budget - Stephanie Anne
  17. Filofax Bujo Flipthrough May 2019 - Ganchi_mH
  18. My Updated 2019 Planner Stack - Elyssa Nalani
  19. Unboxing Filofax Pocket Stone Malden Planner - Robin Plans
  20. Filofax Malden Mini Setup - deskofbexxi92
  21. Do Filofax Inserts Fit into a Patricia Nash Chieti Agenda? Tooled White Copper A21307 - Confessions of a Scorpio
  22. Modelo Personalizavel Da Filofax - Apresentado na Go Wild - Bala Mental
  23. Planner situation in 2019 spring - From Chaos to Order
  24. Filofax Wochendeko KW 19 - starflower_plans
  25. My Ink Journal: Filofax Domino - gadgetstop321
  26. Updated 2019 Planner Flip Through | Filofax Pocket Finsbury - Janice
  • For tips on how to improve your videos, please see this post.  Also this video too Webfinds 
  • Your Filofax/Organiser Videos could appear in this list, just contact philofaxy at gmail dot com to be added to our monitoring list. 
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21 May 2019

Free For All Tuesday - No. 433

So what questions or discussion points have you got for us today?

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or a more experienced user of organisers, we want to hear your thoughts, questions, opinions etc.

We are here to answer your questions.

Make today the one day you post a comment or a question.

It is Tuesday after all so fire away.

20 May 2019

News from Filofax

At PlannerCon Europe in Brussels last weekend, we were fortunate to have a talk by Julia from FLB Group to give us some indications about future products. We should start to see these in the next year or so.

Coming soon is the Original model in Pocket size. Since its introduction in 2013 it has only been available in Personal and A5 size. I'm sure this additional size will be well received. 

Other existing models haven't been forgotten about. The Holborn will be coming out in a new colour a dark purple. 

The Malden continues to be popular and it will be coming out in 'Iris' a pleasant purple colour. 

With Filofax being established in 1921, they are starting to plan to celebrate their 100th anniversary. As part of this 'celebration' they have recreated the boxes that items were sold in back then. 

The Classic Cross will be returning, but in a slightly textured leather, but with the same stitching detail on the cover. The samples on the stand were presented in soft pastel colours. 

At PlannerCon in 2017 we were shown the 'Chester Collection' of leather organisers and other products. This was going to be exclusively available in the Japanese market only.

However this collection will be available later this year in the rest of the world, it includes organisers, folios, and travel wallets. No detail on prices but these looked very desirable organisers to own. 

The Clipbook range will be expanding with an A4 model, it will have the standard 4 ring spacing mechanism as existing A4 Filofax organisers (80 - 80 - 80mm spacing) 

A Clipbook Zip model in A4 and A5 will also be released. Even though this is a zip model it will still be able to be folded back on itself. 

The Filofax Notebooks were also featured in the talk, unlike normal bound notebooks the Filofax ones (originally based on the Miracle Bind system) allow you to insert and move pages around. The spacing is the same across the range of different size notebooks meaning that you can move pages between them. 

Letts of London has been existence for nearly 225 years and the company is credited with creating the very first diaries. The product range has recently been updated and brought up to date with modern cover colours, but retaining excellent quality paper. Our goodie bags included some samples too. 

Filofax have been taking part in PlannerCon in San Francisco earlier this year as well as events in Japan. 

Look out for announcements on all these new products in the coming months.