Mar 292016
 

I’ve had some Tim Holtz Metal File Tabs for ages but not found anywhere to use them….until now.

My VDS has been the same for ages, except for new diary inserts, so I decided it was time for a change.  They’re not perfectly straight and they have dents where I had to hammer them closed, but I think that adds to their charm 🙂

tim holtz file tabs

 

Mar 062015
 

I was contacted by one of my readers yesterday asking all about my lovely VdS Standard, and how it had fared since I bought it.  Well, in all honesty, if anything, the leather has IMPROVED, taking on a slight patina now from everyday use.  There are no visible scuffs or scratches on the outer leather, and for the record, I’ve never used any conditioner on it.  The rings are as tight as when they were new.

So here are my 9 months on photos taken in daylight and they give an accurate as photographs can, vision of the condition of the leather 🙂

 

Van der Spek Brandy Italian Van der Spek Brandy Italian Van der Spek Brandy Italian

Aug 092014
 

Along with the binder and flyleaf, I also added a set of inserts to the order.

I’ve been making my own dividers for years now but I quite like the ones included with these even though they’re plainer than I usually prefer.  They’re sort of calm and peaceful.  I had some time on my hands after lunch today so I went through taking all the stuff out of the binder I’d been using recently (Filofax Malden) and discarding a few unnecessary pages (not many!), then mushing them together with the  inserts and dividers that came with my new binder.   I changed one of the tabs from “Goals” to “Info” as I don’t really do goals.  I have projects, plans and to do’s.  They keep me occupied enough without the added goals!

I’m happy with how this is all sitting together.  My beloved Malden personal has now been relegated to being used for making notes on my blog posts 😉

Wanna see?

Van der Spek Standard setup

Van der Spek Standard setup

Extra pen loop and some sticky notes

Van der Spek Standard setup

What’s left of my 2014 calendar

Van der Spek Standard setup

Van der Spek Standard setup

You can just make out here where I’ve stuck a blank brown tab over the Goals tab and changed it to Info

Van der Spek Standard setup

Van der Spek Standard setup

Aug 082014
 

First impressions?? I love it!  It smells divine and the leather is so soft and touchable like no other planner I’ve ever had.

  • Leather colour outside : Brandy Italian
  • Leather colour inside : Camel
  • Mechanism : 25mm Gold
  • Stitching colour outside: Brandy Italian
  • Stitching colour inside : Ciocolatto
  • Stiffener : No

OK, here’s some photos…

Van der Spek Standard Organiser

The colour is really lush and rich – the photo doesn’t do it justice

Van der Spek Standard Organiser

Also had a leather flyleaf in matching colours

Van der Spek Standard Organiser

The front cover lifts a bit straight out of the box

Van der Spek Standard Organiser

But lays flat when there’s equal inserts either side

Van der Spek Standard Organiser

Although there’s no stiffener in this, it’s very sturdy but beautifully soft and squishy.

So, there we have it.  Tomorrow I shall amalgamate my existing inserts in with these (I may have to remove a few to start with) and then my setup shall be complete 😀