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kikki.K Planner Review

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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.

kikki.K planner reviewI 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).

kikkik planner size comparisonWhile 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!)

kikki-k plannersThe 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!

Comparing kikki.K Planners

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14 Comments

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    margotmeanie.com
    January 22, 2015 at 12:59 am

    I have been wanting a planner this year. But I had no clue where to begin, all I knew was ‘filofax’ this is RAD!

    I def look forward to your custom print outs!

    <3
    margot

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      Jamie
      January 22, 2015 at 4:58 pm

      Ya Filofax is definitely a go-to and they’re fantastic. I just decided to try a kikki.K one since I was digging the gold leather ;> I know the Filofax UK site has a ton more options than the North American one. Paperchase in the UK as well are also a cool stationery company. I haven’t really found anywhere (yet) in Canada for what I’ve been looking for. And good to know there’s interest in alt-planner print outs 😀 <3

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    Kristen Rose
    February 6, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Hi! Which shipping did you use, and how long did it take. Thank you!

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      Jamie
      February 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Hi Kristin! I opted for the STANDARD (5-10 BUSINESS DAYS): $9.95 (USD) option, and it roughly took about 12 days to get to Canada (I’m not in a large city, so in a bigger city it might be quicker). A signature was required on delivery so I had to pick up at my local Canada Post, order came in quite a large box too. Hope this helps!

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        Stephanie
        February 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

        Hi,

        I was wondering where in Canada you had it shipped to and if you had to pay duties and taxes? Im from Quebec and I have a feeling I will have to pay something and I’m hesitating on ordering now because Im afraid it might be a ridiculous amount. Thanks 🙂

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          Jamie
          February 24, 2015 at 3:14 pm

          Hi Stephanie,

          I was super surprised actually – as I didn’t have to pay any duties, and it was a “sign for on delivery” package too. I placed two large orders though both were under $100 AUD, and no duties for either. I’m in Northern Ontario – Sault Ste Marie to be exact, the duties thing is so luck of the draw as I’ve wound up paying stupid amounts for ModCloth orders in the past. Maybe this differs because it’s not a textile? Not sure, best of luck!

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    Sabrina
    May 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    I’m waiting for my kikki.k right now, and it’s nice to read a review from someone else in Canada so I can have some notion of the transit time since tracking can be so spotty (I’m in Alberta!)

    One thing I was wondering, since I’ve ordered the large size too because I love the additional storage and writing space, is whether or not carrying your planner is something you feel you can still do with the size that it is? I’m a student so I usually have a backpack on hand or a large tote, but I guess I’ve seen so many suggestions about this size being “for the desk” that I’m a bit nervous about getting it and having it be too big for daily use.

    Love the review by the way and very glad to hear that duties may not be a thing!

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      Jamie
      May 22, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      Hi Sabrina, thanks for commenting! Having bought both, I ended up giving the smaller one to my Mom. For my preference it was too little and not enough room for how I like to write and schedule. Granted the large one, is, well large, I do take it every where with me and it fits no problem in my purse which is on the medium/large size scale. For my lifestyle, it’s not been an issue carrying it with me everywhere as I’ll rotate between backpack/tote/large purse normally. Has yours arrived yet now? Hope you didn’t encounter any duties! How are you liking it and the sizing?

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    Kristina
    June 25, 2015 at 7:28 am

    Thank you for such an in depth review. I am thinking of treating myself to a Kiki-K as my Filofax has seen better days! x

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    Zoe Pearce
    November 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    You just wrote my experience over the last month. “WTF? Who knew this existed? Well apparently it does” Seriously, WTF. And I couldn’t be happier 😉

    I wonder if you’ve had a similar experience trying to explain to your friends this new found obsession*cross-out* hobby … “Yes Sally, I spent the last 12 hours watching people explain to me what the write in their agendas”

    Best
    Zoe

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    Nadia
    December 1, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    I starterd reading your review and couldn’t help myself from laughing!! Your intro was hilarious, I went through the same last weekend, I literally couldn’t stop from watching planners’ videos!! M bro thought I was going insane… I just placed an order on Kikki-k and can’t wait to get it!! I am officially obsessed with planning. Cheers

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    Vesi
    December 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Hey! 🙂 I love this kikki k gold planner but i don’t find one to buy :(((( is it possible to purchase it from you? i live in Germany.

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    Charles The Pirate
    February 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Hey seen this, my girl is trying to order but there is no province for Canada… ideas?

    • Reply
      Charles The Pirate
      February 3, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      nevermind ,,,,,

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