After the EPIC fail suffered by my good self this week, where I was in the wrong place at the wrong time three times, I thought maybe a move to a different binder was what I needed. A change is as good as a holiday, right?
I usually switch binders every two or three weeks to prevent boredom and keep me using them with great enthusiasm. I have been in my undyed binder since November 2014 and have not wanted to move out. But this made me think that I do need a change – even if only a temporary one – to reinvigorate me and my organisation.
This personal-sized Van Der Spek custom binder is the first ever binder made from the first batch of Janet leather, which I found in the storage area of the Van Der Spek factory. It was full of marks and scars which is what I loved about it.
It is exactly the same design as my undyed binder except it has no ring protectors and is fitted with a second pen loop. The flyleaf has a secretarial pocket on the back for notes. I have a matching pen case for it.
It feels and smells gorgeous. The credit card slots are still very tight as it has never been used. This leather is fantastic – like leather used to be. Reminds me of the wild west!
This is the leather it was made from:
I watched it first being drawn up by Petra as I told her what I wanted, and then cut by JP, who asked me at every stage which part of the leather I wanted.