This past week I met with Sophia, handle Excessive_planner on Instagram, for a planner meet-up. This was my first meet-up and I learned a great deal. Sophia is a fan of Gillio and Van der Spek and brought a few of her planners for me to see. The one I fell in love with is below.
This is a Special Nomad (Travelers Notebook) from VDS. The material is Touch Me Noir. @inkimperfections created this special edition and it is brilliant. It is meant to be used as a wallet, journal and planner. Sophia shared her set up with me, and I have to admit I was envious. How convenient to have one item that serves three purposes. Currently, I have my planner (a L'Agenda Moderne in close to an A5 size), my Louis Vuitton wallet and I have a separate Gillio Apunto planner that I use to take notes (personal and business uses). That's a lot to carry in one handbag. I think the biggest question for me is whether I could adapt from a true planner set up to a nomad set up for planning purposes. And I wonder if having my wallet incorporated into my planner is the best set-up for me. I like to compartmentalize things, and combining two very important parts of my life might be more unsettling than helpful.
Above is a photo of the planners Sophia and I brought to the meet-up. The VDS Special Nomad is in the upper left corner. And my current L'Agenda Moderne planner is the orange one to the right of the Nomad. The others include a number of Gillios and VDS planners, as well as a Louise Carmen traveler notebook that I recently purchased during my trip to Paris (orange notebook at the bottom of the photo with my initials - PJZ). The Louise Carmen traveler notebook is only used when I travel. It houses my passports, boarding passes and other travel documents. It also includes a journal that I can use to capture thoughts/ideas while I'm visiting new places. And it's a wonderful keepsake from my travels to Paris.
And here is Sophia. I'm thrilled to meet someone else who is as passionate and interested in the planner world as I am. And our hope is to get together again next month and share more planner insights. Thank you for taking the time to meet, Sophia.