First Look: Van der Spek Custom Organizer

09 May 2014

Van der Spek (VdS) is a company that produces planners and other leather goods. I heard very little about them until I joined the Van der Spek Organiser Fans Facebook group out of curiosity. Of course, being the Plannerd that I am, once I saw some of the gorgeous photos of VdS planners posted in the group, I was immediately hooked. I was particularly drawn to the idea of designing my own organizer which happens to be one of the products that Van der Spek offers--a specially made, customizable planner. Seriously? Yes, please!
With the help of Petra Van der Spek whose family owns and runs the company, I began the ordering process. It was fairly easy thanks to her awesome customer service. She was very kind, informative, and responded to my e-mails very quickly considering what a busy woman she is. Probably the most difficult thing in the entire process was the actual choosing of the leathers and customization options. One could easily get carried away or, in my case, overwhelmed with it all. There are a multitude of leathers to choose from in different colors, prints, and textures. Depending on the size of your planner, there is also ring size and hardware color (silver or gold) to decide on, as well as what color stitching you'd like to use to put everything together. And if you're willing to shell out just a bit more for your planner, you can also add things like an extra pen loop, a zippered pocket, leather flyleaf, and/or even configure your planners interior pocket layout. Now, do you see why I was a bit overwhelmed?

From The Bottom of My Heart

01 May 2014

A big thanks to all those who participated in April's Filofax Photo-a-Day Challenge. I had a blast, and I hope you did, too. The next challenge is scheduled for July. And seeing as how fast time's been flying by, that'll be here before you know it. Stay tuned!