I haven’t shared any shots of my notebook spreads recently, and I am just so in love with this Bando notebook that I couldn’t let that continue! As it always seems to go, the thrill of whatever planner challenge I was participating in earlier this month has dissipated; I’m once again struggling to find a way to use my kikki.K without shoving myself into a box that doesn’t suit me. Last week, I set my kikki.K aside for perhaps the last time. Despite how I enjoyed that white birch notebook, the deep connection just wasn’t there. So I transferred all of my addresses, to-dos and even drew a spontaneous calendar into my Bando. The pages are sturdy, thick and hold up to inks and paints well. Dare I say that this could even serve as an art journal?
I’ve been participating in a daily photo challenge centered around planners this August. Here are my shots so far!
Despite my love for my gold kikki.K, I’m simply too much of a spontaneous hermit to get much use out of planner, hence my silence and lack of planner-related posts for the past weeks. I’d been dedicating significant brainpower to figuring out how I could still use this gorgeous, amazing binder without actually printing out planner inserts and trying to keep track of my life that way. So I decided to turn the kikki.K into a ring-bound art journal. I loved the single-ring art journal I had earlier this year, and it seemed natural to upgrade, so to speak. In order to protect the hardware, leather and fabric of this beautiful planner, I take each page out when I work in it, unless it’s a simple sketch or paint-less preliminary design. 🙂
This system of having an art journal and an “everything journal”—wherein I keep daily rants, ephemera from life, notes, to-dos, plans, lists, dreams, ideas, fiction, literally everything—seems to be working very well for me. And of course, I have tons of sketchbooks as well. 😛 In addition to these, I also have a large plain Moleskine with a soft cover in which I paste all my beautiful received mail.
From the very start, I wasn’t pleased with the inserts that kikki.K gives out with their planners. The designs are mediocre at best and the paper quality is abysmal for such a nice leather organizer. I knew I’d be designing my own sooner or later, and I’ve finally made switched from kikki.K’s inserts to all of my own—as well as extra cool notebook papers ripped from various journals!
If you’d like any of these inserts for yourself, feel free to check out the Free Printables page where you can find links to the PDFs for these inserts and more. 😀
What a misleading title! XD You know that A5 Lilac Compendium I’ve been trying to get my hands on since February? After being thwarted liek three times srsly, I finally received it in the mail! It’s so beautiful, and I’m going to use it for everything mail related.
I told a group of kikki.K enthusiasts in a Facebook group about this magnificent item’s return, and it was sold out again (but this time probably permanently) a mere three hours later. Since it’s for letter writing, I shoved in some postcards, some cards, stamps and a cute pen.
Of course, I’ve updated the Printables page. If you’d like to see it in action, look no further!
I couldn’t help but make new dividers after I discovered this wonderful “Blush Glam” (what a silly name) paper pad. Gods, it’s gorgeous.