Last week I confessed about my minimal decorating despite my over-abundance of kawaii stickers and washi and all that pretty stationery stuff.
I LOVE me a good, quality leather agenda with perfect rings! It doesn’t matter if it’s a Filofax, Gillio, Kate Spade or Van der Spek! But what planner addict doesn’t??? I have a pretty sizable collection of binders from all of the previously mentioned companies and well, let me share with you my current love! The one I’ve been using since it arrived on my doorstep a month ago. You may recognize it since it’s the planner in my planner addict image above. This one was love at first sight + touch + sniff!
This my friends, is a Van der Spek Standard aka personal size organizer. It’s oh so absolutely gorgeous and made of quality ostrich print leather in a fabulous shade of grey! And wait for it…..
this yummy planner has been customized to be made EXACTLY the way I wanted it! from the choice of leather, the thread color, the layout of the inside of the binder, all of it chosen by me and made with some of the best organizer craftsmanship I’ve seen yet!
Let’s take a peek inside shall we!
On the inside of the front cover there is a secretarial pocket with 6 card slots, a little pocket below and a full length pocket behind the slots. As you can see, it opted for a matching leather fly leaf. What you may not be able to see on the fly leaf is the additional secretarial pocket I requested! Yep, that’s right! Two secretarial pockets when you first open the binder! AND he inside of the back cover also has another secretarial pocket!
I’m a top-tab girl at heart! I rarely ever have any side tabs in my planners except when I need to add a page flag to be able to find something quickly. The tabs are all ones I made myself using clear cardstock, my WRMK Envelope Punch Board and some fabulous chevron washi tape from Doodlebug Designs!
Now let me tell you a little known secret about this gorgeous binder….
YES, you read that right! 30mm rings used to be hard to come by in a personal size 6 ring binder! The VDS customers asked and Van der Spek made it happen! As a comparison, personal size Filofax Maldens have 23mm rings. While 7mm may not seem like that much of a difference, it really allows you to store a lot more pages!
They’re not just any rings either. These babies are Krause rings, some of the best rings out there! And did I mention that you can change them??? Should the rings ever become misaligned or gapped, you can easily swap them out with replacement rings and the replacements are pretty darn affordable too!
Never heard of VDS? Well let me tell you a little about the company.
Van der Spek Lederwaren is a family owned and operated business. Petra Van der Spek is the face of the company, she’s their sales person, she handles customer service and is oh so patient and NICE! I don’t know how many emails she and I have sent back and forth since I discovered the company but I always received a prompt response and she always patiently answered any questions I had and explained further if I didn’t get it! If there’s a problem with your organizer, Petra and her family will work with you on getting it taken care of! The customer service is top notch and the best in the business!
There you have it lovelies, I’m a leather binder addict and I am in love with my Van der Spek! Maybe one day I’ll fess up and share my collection of binders but that’s for another time!