Saturday, May 28, 2016

Pink and Lotus Gillio Medium Compagna Review

Gillio Medium Compagna is the IT planner from Gillio Firenze.   I have been a ringless planner girl for over 2 years.  Every time I see those beautiful photos on the facebook page, I told myself one day I am going to try the Medium Companga when the time and price is right.  So, when I saw this IT planner show up on the Gillio Good Deals Corner site, I made the purchase right away. 

I made the purchase on Thursday and received it on Wednesday.  At first I thought the shipping cost is high (22 euro), yet, the shipping is so fast from Belgium to USA that I think the price is well worth it.  

Customer service at Gillio is probably one of the best I have experienced as they offer the online chat on their website. When I want to make an luxury purchase, I love to get my questions answered right away.  The online chat offers the speedy service.  If they are not available at the time, an email sent via the online chat to them will be answered within 24 hour.  

So here is the first look of my Gillio Medium Compagna 

Pink outside with Lotus inside.  All medium compagna comes with a leather flyleaf matches the inside leather color.  According to the facebook page, the leather flyleaf is to protect the ring from indentation to the secretarial pocket.  I quiet enjoy turning the flyleaf and use it as sort of dashboard.

It comes with 25mm ring, leather flyleaf, two secretarial pockets, zipper compartment, 5 card holders and the most famous large back pocket.  Since it is a "Good Deal Corner" item, it does not come with any inserts, pen and the leather certificate.  More product details, photos and color choices can be find on Gillio Website

Here is the way I have it set up for the month of June.  There are a lot of bits and pieces hiding in different compartments.

I have made a vision board behind my very pretty La Dolce Vita postcard.  The vision board is inspired by Michelle at Seaweed Kisses 

I keep some sticky note paper and also a print out from HNIllustration  with Oliclip on the leather flyleaf

There are four sections in my planner,

  • Future plan monthly:  DIYfish Black and White Dream monthly
  • Currently:  Zeitgeber Planner inserts for monthly and weekly spread and DIYfish Black and White Dream daily page
  • Notes: Convert Philofaxy daily inserts into Wish List, Notes, and To Do
  • Expense Tracker: Wendaful Design income and expense insert

My four color coleto doesn't really fit in the penloop on the Gillio.  I got another stick on pen loop on my page lifter to house my coleto.  I don't have much stuff at the backside of the planner yet. Currently only have some washi tapes.  

This is how it looks when it's load up.  I still have a lot of room to put more inserts, but I am happy with what I have now.  

Since this is my everyday carry, I put it in the sleeper bag comes with the planner.  It is a perfect size!

Ever since I have received it, I spent a lot of time playing, rubbing and figuring out what works for me and what doesn't.  Even my cat has been complaining and decided to sit on my planner and ask for more attention :D

I hope you enjoy this review.  Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions or concerns.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Van Der Spek Nomad as Workdori

I recently purchased this Van Der Spek Nomad from the facebook sale group.
I have to say I LOVE IT.   The leather smells phenomenal and it just happened to be the combo I am looking for!

 Janet leather brown outside with matched stitching.  I now understand why so many VDS fans love this leather.  It feels buttery, durable with lovely leather scent.  

Inside leather is the Janet yellow with matched stitching.  Since I just moved in this wee, the set up is not completed yet.  I just put some essentials in to get myself started 

Week one 1 page with notes as bullet journal for my work

I custom ordered a fabric insert for my TN on ETSY.  It was planned to be used in my Midori traveler's notebook, yet, the insert is too big and can only fit in my VDS.  

Three card slots 

A zip pocket on the other side of the insert.  I put my pencil board and ruler at the back of the Nomand 

VDS made this wider than traditional traveler's notebook so can hold 4-6 notebooks without overhang.   Love the leather and the pocket designs.  I just need to be smarter on what I want to put in this TN as it gets a lot heavier.  

Overall I really love VDS Nomad.  The pocket design is the most functional one I seem so far and the leather quality and the craftmanship is amazing.  I especially love their capability to do custom works.  VDS site:


Sunday, May 15, 2016

My Journaling Essentials

Currently I am journaling in a personal size blank notebook which I cut down from the Midori refill 003.  It is a nice blank paper that can handle stamps, distress ink, water color and fountain pen.  I am not a huge decorative girl and depending on how creative I feel for the day, I will choose how to layout the page.  Usually I go with the easy route, washi and colored pen. 

Here is what I need to have round me when I am journaling
  1. Black or blue ink pen:  Currently I am favoring  Pilot Metropolitan fine nib fountain pen
  2. Metal Ruler:  to write straight and use as a guide to cut if necessary
  3. Polaroid Zip Photo printer.  I LOVE this little guy! I compared the photo print quality with my cannon printer and surprisingly, the quality of polaroid is actually better than my Cannon.  Note my Cannon is Model # MG5230 ink jet, not the selfphy. 
  4. Exacto-Knife 
  5. Different designs of washi
  6. Scissor
  7. White out
  8. Cutting board
Document your life and journal on~