My unicorn is a pink Baroque Filofax but they are so sought after I know I will never find one for sale at a price I can afford. The thing is, if I did somehow stumble across one I'm not sure I would be able to use it. Can you imagine finding your dream planner and then being too scared to even put it in your bag? Could you spend money on something and then only ever look at it longingly and never put it to use? Now I have always been very careful my Filofaxes. I try to keep them spotlessly clean and avoid getting marks on them and they are just regular, easily available filos. I hate to think what I would be like if I tried to use a Baroque! I have been in my fluoro pink Original for the last five months which is the longest I have stayed in one Filofax since I started my collection. It still looks brand new but I am fed up of having to check every surface before I put my planner down on it just to keep it clean. A lot of the time I write with the Original balanced on my knee but that makes for messy notes and it annoys me.
|My pink Original still looks brand new|
I want a change, I have decided that instead of a unicorn I need a workhorse. I want a binder that I can just use, one that will improve with age and who will develop imperfections that I will see as part of it's character. I want a binder that I can fill with everything I need, something to carry my life around in, to take everywhere and use it as a planner and my purse. I want a binder I can use until it falls to pieces. If I am going to do that then I will to need bigger rings! My Original is already stuffed as full as I am comfortable with, I don't want to damage the rings by overfilling them and the strap doesn't allow for much more to go into it anyway.
I have been looking at the 30mm ring Van der Spek organisers for a while now and I think one of these would be perfect for my workhorse so I have started saving up for one. I love the idea of designing my dream planner and the option of such big rings is the icing on the cake! I have spoken to Petra from Van der Spek (she is lovely by the way!) and ordered some leather samples so I can find my ideal combination. Once they arrive I will take some pics and share them with you. At the moment I am thinking dark and practical on the outside with a pop of colour on the inside.
It might take me a while to save enough money so I am going to move into my white and gold Webster's Pages Colour Crush Planner until then as it has larger rings than my Filofaxes. I can tweak my set up and see exactly what I want and need in my planner, it can be a dry run before I commit to the custom VDS.
What kind of planner do you prefer, a unicorn or a workhorse? I would love to know!