Having been in exactly the same style custom Van Der Spek binder for about two years now (first my undyed binder for 14 months, and then my Janet Leather standard binder for almost 5 months), I had been planning to move into one of my LV binders with the same layout. The problem was, I couldn’t decide which colour! Yes, first world problems indeed.
So I decided to move into my black standard size Touch Me. It’s pebbly, has 30mm rings, and smells deliciously of leather.
I love the Touch Me layout and the leather of the brown and black ones. It is buffalo leather and feels like an old beloved bomber jacket. Plus it is INCREDIBLY hardwearing. The internal design is also extremely good. Plus it is available off the shelf.
My setup is always pretty much the same. Because I use my binder as a wallet I need:
- many credit card pockets
- zipped pocket for coins
- somewhere to keep paper money
- somewhere to keep vouchers, coupons, gift certificates
- place to keep keys, spare usb stick, tokens for supermarket trolleys
And because I need to keep on top of my schedule and to dos, all I have in my organiser is
- vertical week on two pages for my bookings
- vertical week on two pages for daily to dos
- notepaper for notes and longer term to do lists
I use clear plastic rulers to divide the different sections. They are more functional and less bulky than traditional dividers, and because they are clear I can see through them to read what is underneath.
The leather is really pebbly, the leather is tough but light, and my trusty ladybug leather charm goes on the rings as always. It follows me everywhere!
Left, below: in the secretarial pocket I have papers (receipts, guarantees, valuation certificates, a referral for some medical tests, one ticket stub for the dry cleaner and one ticket stuff for jewellery I left in to be polished, checked and valued). In the zipped pocket I have coins, keys, tokens and a usb stick. In the small credit card pocket I have subway tickets, receipts and a business card from a client.
Middle, below: in the black leather Filofax credit card holder I have my paper money, three store bonus cards and a work ID card.
After that I have a set of David Bowie dashboards that Nicole L made me, with my favourite photos and lyrics from my favourite songs. I use all of them because I like paging through them in spare moments. That is the beauty of 30mm rings.
My driver’s licence goes in the clear pocket of my flyleaf, which also has a pen loop.
On the next page is another flyleaf, created for me by Maryanne Moll
Behind that is my first vertical week on two pages with my bookings and schedule.
- Today is a public holiday so I have put washi tape through it.
- Tomorrow I am translating all day
- Wednesday and Thursday I teach all day (look at how busy Wednesday is!)
- Friday I have one lesson and then am translating all day
After that, I have a second vertical week on two pages calendar where, each evening, I write down the to dos for the following day.
PS these photos are a bit crooked and messy because I had a cat on my desk and a kitten climbing my leg while I took them…
Then I have various to do pages for longer term to dos.
The daily planning pages below are excellent for me if I have a full or complicated day. I can put these in my weekly pages and they help me orient myself as I go.
Two maps – one for me and one for my students, for when I am briefing them about trips abroad. It is amazing how often I use these. Often you don’t know whether a country is or which other countries border it and it is nice to have these at hand.
A flyleaf made for me by Courtney Diaz. As you can see, I keep and treasure all the gifts made for me by my readers. They go with me everywhere.
You will see in many of my clear pockets I have scraps of paper. They can be addresses of people I wish to send cards or gifts to, names and phone numbers people have jotted down for me, keyboard shortcuts for when I am translating.
Also below are some euros.
Two bookmarks – the cat given to me by Nati and the ladybird given to me by Ashley. Also stamps and the name of a good tailor and cobbler.
A mini Atlas with more detailed country information, also for briefing purposes.
Credit cards, loyalty cards, my SIM card codes, medical card, business cards.
Under the back secretarial pocket are more papers and bits and bobs.
I hope you enjoyed this tour through my Touch Me. If anyone is considering buying one I say go for it – you won’t be sorry!