Oct 012014
 

Today I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t printed off the final month of this year for my A5 planner.  I’d made it a few weeks ago, got distracted then wondered where it was when I attempted to add an entry this morning!

I have an image for each month of the year ready made now so it is now on my Must Do list (as opposed to To Do) for next week to get all of 2015 month to view done for both A5 and Personal sizes.  These will be available free in my store as soon as they’re ready.

Credit for the calendar work goes to Ray Blake and Steve Morton for all their hard work.

month on 2 pages planner

December 2014

Sep 012014
 

Not wanting to make the post too picture heavy, I’m posting details of the inserts supplied with my Gigliodoro Divino here.
Today page marker and a large fold-out world map

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

 

 

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Memo

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Day planner/appointments

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Plain ruled

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Quadrille

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Contacts

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Projects

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Expenses

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

The dividers use both top and side tabs

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

At the back there are 3 plastic holders.  A side opening one with “Receipts” printed on (that contains some hole reinforcers and some small white tab stickers), a business card holder with space for 4 cards and another envelope type holder.  Right at the very back is a sheet of protective card.

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Sep 012014
 

I’ve been itching to add a Gillio organiser to my collection for a while.  Recently, Victor from Luxecadeautjes offered a nice discount to members of the Gillio group on Facebook.  I did resist for a few days but as you can guess, resistance is futile 😉   I really do have more Personal/Standard/Medium sized planners than I know what to do with and I do like working with the larger sized planner at my desk, and as this was A5 size, I decided to jump in.

It’s also a little different to most planners as it has a fold-over flap and a clasp as opposed to the usual popper stud or magnetic fastener.  It’s also lockable except that it has no key (I’m on a mission to find one).

Well packaged, it arrived in a box, in a green dustbag with Gigliodoro on the front..  There’s no calendar but it comes with a generous supply of inserts which I’ll go through in the photos further down the post.  Like most quality binders, it also has a leather flyleaf to protect the paper inserts.  Other contents include a transparent flyleaf, Today ruler/page marker and a large fold-out world map.

The cover is, of course, top quality leather.  It feels soft but it also feels very strong and it’s a gorgeous deep, rich brown.  There’s only 1 pen loop but as it’s at my desk I have plenty of pens to hand.    Inside front cover, there are 2 secretarial pockets, 3 card slots and one larger pocket below.  Stamped on this pocket is the Gigliodoro® logo and the model name “Divino” below that.  Inside the back cover there is one full height slot that’s around 3″/80mm wide.  This could be used for slotting in larger loose papers or even a tall, narrow notebook.  “Genuine Calf Leather Made in Italy” is stamped in small letters on the back cover.  Oh, and the ring mechanism and clasp are gold 🙂

This is the first time I’ve brought from Luxecadeautjes and I must say that Victor and  Eelke are efficient and very pleasant to deal with.  If ever I DO decide to add a medium Gillio to my collection…I know where I’ll be buying it from 😀

Gillio Gigliodoro

Gillio Gigliodoro

Gillio Gigliodoro

Gillio Gigliodoro

Gillio Gigliodoro

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

 

Gillio Gigliodoro

Gillio Gigliodoro

As you can see, there are a lot of inserts supplied.  I’ll show these in more detail in THIS next post

Gillio Gigliodoro

 

Finally, a wonderful and useful little freebie – a hole reinforcer and refills.

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Aug 312014
 

Just over a week ago when I had one of my “look through Ebay cuz I’m bored” moments, I spotted a very lovely binder.  A bit on the vintage side but looked good in the photos.  I put it on my Watch List.  Twice, I took it off, then put it back on again.   It looked much like a Mulberry planner, same styling, even the same odd ring spacing (A5 binder but the hole spacing is the same as Filofax personal).

I knew the name from somewhere too, so I Googled it.  Of course!  Although it’s no longer there, their factory was less than half a mile from where I used to work in Walsall a long time ago.  I worked on the Pleck Road (Hymac) and they were on Bridgeman Street which was off Pleck Road.   For those who don’t know, Walsall at one time was the heart of the leather industry in England.  The D&H brand is still alive, but they’re now under Pittards who are based in Yeovil, Somerset.

That sort of sealed the deal.  I went back and put in an offer, not thinking that it would be accepted, but it was 🙂  A few days later, it arrived.

The first thing I noticed is that it has the same divine smell as my Van der Spek.  Considering that this is from the early to mid 90’s era that’s not a bad, especially since I’ve purchased a few that have had a bit of an unpleasant smell to them, even after cleaning.  It feels lovely too.

It has a double stud fastening, 2 pen loops, on the front inside there are 4 card slots, 1 secretarial pocket and a full height very deep pocket along with what I think is a floppy disk pocket, which is where the name is stamped.  The back inside cover has a large zipped pocket.   It came with a few original inserts but I do need to make some of my own.

Oh, and the rings – they’re 1 ½” / 30mm Krause rings and despite their age are tight, no gaps and as smooth as silk to open and close.

Now for the photos…

Daines & Hathaway Daines-and-Hathaway-2 Daines-and-Hathaway-3 Daines-and-Hathaway-4 Daines-and-Hathaway-5 Daines-and-Hathaway-6

 

Jul 012014
 

A strange title for a post I know, but the reason for it is, last week I was snooping on Ebay (as you do) and I spotted a sale of a Finsbury A5 but the photo looked wrong so I clicked through to see the details.  It was on at a very low price too I might add.  Well, the seller must have been completely unknowlegable about Filofaxes as the photographs showed a Finsbury box, but the organiser itself was a Holborn.   One of the photos even showed a close up shot of the inside cover with “Holborn” embossed into the leather quite clearly visible.

It was on “Buy it now” or “Best offer”.  The seller mentioned that there was a slight fault in that the popper stud was broken, even though the item was brand new.  The current price of an A5 Holborn from Filofax UK is £99.00 and this was up for £16.75 with free postage.  I wasn’t too worried about the closure being faulty so I put in an offer of £15 which was accepted almost immediately.

It arrived today and I love it regardless of it’s little fault.  I surprised myself actually as it’s black and I don’t normally like black organisers.  I always regarded black ones as a serious colour – something the MD would have on his desk.    Though I thought I didn’t like red ones but I love that little pocket number I found a few weeks ago 😉  The leather is beautifully soft and supple, and it’s rather unstructured, similar to the Maldens, which I also adore.  Plenty of card slots and pockets, hidden pockets and zipped pocket.  Nice big rings that are holding currently, diary inserts that go right through to the end of 2016 (obviously, these aren’t 1PPD).  The seller really did not look at the box or contents properly.  The box, as in the photograph, stated Finsbury and it indicated the colour as pink.  The barcode sticker also said “Finsbury | A5 | PINK”.

I’m really loving this new Holborn (yes, it was brand new as described), and because it’s black, I’m feeling a little more grown up, veering away from my pretty colours and decorated organisers that I usually use.  Though, at my age, I don’t really need to feel any more grown up than I already am!!!

As for the closure, I can’t replace the stud without wrecking the leather or lining.  I was thinking of using self adhesive velcro but changed my mind on that.  I shall either leave it hangin’ loose or punch a hole in the strap and add a long leather lace to wrap around and keep it secure 🙂

holborn a5 holborn a5

holborn A5

Close up of the broken popper stud