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.
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.