I am in LOVE.
Last week I visited Paris with my family. It was an amazing few days before we left for Brittany and visited a number of French villages on bikes. But while in Paris, I went to Bon Marche. If you've never been there, you MUST go if you are a lover of all things stationery. Their selection of planners, stationery, fountain pens and inserts was impressive. I could have spent hours there. But I was with family, so I had to limit my browsing to 30 minutes.
Above is the planner I regret not buying. It's a L'Agenda Moderne. It's size is approximately 7 x 8 1/2 inches (looks close to an A5 size). It has five rings. And the inserts are beautiful and perfect for a fountain-pen.
I did buy the L'Agenda Moderne planner in the lower left corner (in above photo). It is the less-expensive version of the three, and I am thoroughly enjoying using it. While it is a bit larger than the A6 size I have been using for almost a year, it is flatter/less bulky and I am really enjoying the larger space to write in.
I also love the clean lines of the planner. The inside front cover has seven business card slots and one large vertical pocket that spans the height of the planner. I am using the pocket for receipts. The back cover has two vertical pockets. It has a minimalist design look, which to me is very French.
The inserts are well-designed and beautiful. I am using a week on two pages format. And I have developed a weekly task list that I insert in between the two pages per week. It is working quite well. I also have a number sections in the back of the planner for information I use weekly.
The display at Bon Marche was lovely. If you are ever in Paris, I highly recommend you visit. And let me know when you are visiting. I will give you some money so you can buy me the planner I regret not buying.
In my current planner set up (Gillio B6 size), I am using 5 different insert companies. FIVE. I had never really thought about it before, but when you rely on your planner everyday, it's important to have a set up that you enjoy using. And it needs to be easy to reference. The above photo is part of my weekly calendar set up. I recently went from a day on-a-page to a week on-two-pages format. It's been an adjustment, but I am liking it. The inserts are from Gillio. I really like that the paper works well with fountain pens. And the stock isn't too heavy, nor too light, in weight.
I use the above inserts for my weekly Personal and Business todo lists. I date the top of the page and then title the left hand column "Business", and the right hand column "Personal." I place this insert in the middle of my week on-two-pages layout. This insert is from Brooklyn Grace. I just recently learned about this company, and have only used the inserts for two weeks. But so far, I like the quality of paper. I just wish my fountain pen worked better with the paper stock. The ink bleeds a bit.
My monthly dividers are cardboard and pink! And they are from Cloth & Paper. Next time I will order her plastic monthly dividers because I'm seeing some wear on the cardboard, but I do enjoy the pop of color!
These are my tried and true Filofax inserts. I've used them for years. In the back of my planner, I keep a bunch of information: grocery lists for the week, Thanksgiving shopping lists/menus for the past four years, Christmas shopping lists, etc. All of these are on Filofax inserts.
I also have Cloth & Paper subject dividers that I use in the back of my planner. These are for Passwords, Boards I serve on and My Investments. I like how the title is at the top of the planner (called a vertical insert), as opposed to being on the side (horizontal insert).
Lover of paper, pens, planners and calligraphy. Brands I'm enjoying right now include L'Agenda Moderne, Gillio, Pilot Vanishing point pens and Cloth & Paper.