There’s something kind of strangely fascinating about the world of planners and planner devotees. Recently I decided to start using a physical planner again to help me get ‘organizized‘. Yes, organizized (Thank you Travis Bickle).
As I tried to figure out which one was best for me I turned to the interwebs – cue falling down the rabbit hole of blogs and vlogs and forums dedicated to NOTHING BUT PLANNERS.
WTF? Who knew this existed? Well apparently it does, and I found myself losing a day pouring over these posts and videos so lovingly curated all in praise of the world of filofax and personal planners.
I couldn’t look away. The videos of people joyously opening packages containing leather bound binder action, rolling around in stationery, waving glitter gel pens in the air, it was almost too much for me to take. The videos inevitably would end more times than not with a filofax being manically clutched to their chest, toothy grin as wide as the Joker’s, and a fervent look in their eyes.
HOLY SHIT BATMAN, I NEED A PLANNER TOO.
That’s what I thought to myself as I watched video, after video. Thanks YouTube downward spiral, thanks.
Anyway, teasing aside, it’s pretty impressive how these folks adeptly organize their lives using planners and filofaxes. So after much obsessing research, I placed an order with kikki.K an Australian stationery company that sells Scandinavian designed products. Just to note this is a genuine review and not a sponsored post, I purchased these items myself.
KIKKI.K PLANNER REVIEW
Overall ordering from kikki.K’s online store was seamless, with fast global shipping under $10 USD.
My order consisted of: a leather personal planner in gold (A5 Filofax size), a 2015 medium leather time planner also in gold (personal filofax size), stickers (ya I’m a 30-something buying stickers for myself, THIS is what being an adult means), gem sticky notes, and a ‘vision board‘ (basically a bunch of cards that nag/motivate you to do stuff – carpe diem etc).
While a lot of people opt for the medium kikki.K planner/personal size filofax in order to be able to carry it comfortably with them everywhere, I really prefer the larger A5 size as it has a lot more room for me to easily write. The smaller time planner was a gift for my Mom and the size was perfect for her to use for appointments, month at a glance, address book and general list making.
The paper included with both planners was rather thin though and if you’re using glitter gel pens for example, the ink does tend to show through on the other side.
I opted to remove the kikki.K paper from mine and bought a colourful bunch from Kiddy Qualia (as recommended by Gala Darling in her Beginners Guide to the Filofax post). And man are they also super nice and their paper lovely (Quest to-do’s anyone? Awesome!)
The pen loop is super useful, and I like how both planners have a clasp button closure. The best thing of all though (in comparison to my High School planners of yore), is that this style of planner and filofaxes in general have binder rings. Meaning you can refill as you need, move things about and really customize. Sweet.
The gold leather is unusual while still in keeping with my style, and in general I’m really loving my new planner.
One thing lacking for sure though, are printables that really apply to my lifestyle. I’ve already started tinkering about with creating some for Record Wishlists, Gig lists, Travel Adventures and more.
In case any other weirdo’s rocking a filofax are looking for geeky ways to curate their list of dream tattoo artists, I’ll be sure to share these post-punk planner printables. But only after I can get the bloody things to print correctly though. That’s a special kind of hell I don’t want to torment anyone with!