My Planner Collection

Today I thought I’d share a little stationery love with you and indulge in my planner collection. I’ve used a planner since I was a teen, when I had a pink pocket Filofax which got me through my studies and early adult life. Now I have so much more to keep track of, so I have upped my planner game.

I currently have 6 planners (one not pictured, but more on this later). I use one of these planners to keep track of my personal and business life and then switch in and out of them when I fancy a change. My preference is to use a ring bound planner (rather than spiral, disc or book bound), as I find it easier to organise.

Collecting planners can be an expensive hobby, but I figure it is better than buying cigarettes or alcohol!


My current planner is a Large Perforated Leather Kikki K one in ice blue. This is equivalent to an A5 size planner from Filofax. Kikki K are definitely my favourite planner brand and I’m so psyched to see their London store open later this year!

This is the first planner I’ve had with a popper closure rather than an elastic and I find it stays in better condition. The Kikki K inserts are sometimes a little thin in paper quality, but the beauty of a ring bound planner means you can change that if you wish! See my full review and unboxing of this planner here.


I also use the Kikki K Large Leather Lilac and Gold Time planner, which again is A5 sized. I think this is no longer in stock, but Kikki K release new planners all the time so it may come back in a different form!


These planners can be stuffed pretty full and both have gold rings inside. The front inside cover is probably my favourite of all the planners as it has plenty of little pockets and a zip section.


I like to create custom dividers and ‘dashboards’ (the first page of your planner) and also decorate each week with washi tape, stickers and journalling cards for quotes.


Next up is a Filofax planner. Also ring bound, the Filofax A5 Domino Patent Organiser in turquoise has probably been used the least. I love the colour and shiny look, but all my papers and sticky notes kept falling out of the inside pocket each time I opened it. Apart from that, it’s a great planner and is really affordable in comparison to leather planners.


I also have the A5 Domino Filofax Planner in deep pink which is a really solid planner and also affordable at about £35 in most retailers. Mine did suffer a few scuffs and dents in my bag, but that is to be expected from a planner which gets daily use. At the moment, it holds spare planner paper and inserts.


Last year I was introduced to a new planner – The Happiness Planner. A gratitude journal combined with a planner, it encourages self reflection and positive thinking. Even though it was a hardbound book, I loved it’s gold foil design and inspirational contents.

You can see my review of the 2015 planner here and do come back on Saturday when I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the 2016 Happiness Planner. It’s really quite pretty and is selling out fast!

A-Review-of-Happiness-Planner-by-ClaireabellemakesEDIT: I may have also miscounted. I actually have 7 planners after I got the Blogtacular x Lollipop planner for organising my blog!



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Filofax inspiration #11: Kikki K Perforated Planner Review

It has been a while since my last Filofax Inspiration post, so today I’m sharing an unboxing and review of the new Kikki K Perforated Leather Planner in Ice Blue.

If you’re not a planner person, Kikki K is an Australian stationery brand and most of their planners are 6 ring binders. This means you can easily switch in and out from other planners such as Filofax.

KikkiK-Perforated-Planner-Review-Ice-Blue I had previously been using the Lilac and Gold Time Planner from Kikki K and after that, the Filofax Turquoise Domino Patent Organiser, both in A5 size.


Kikki K planners come packaged in decorative boxes delivered to the UK via Parcel Force. The courier delivery often means you are hit by a customs charge. I paid around £65 for the planner and then an additional £24 in customs fees. However, I do consider this good value as the planners are excellent quality and each one is handmade.


As the planner was purchased mid-year, it didn’t contain a specific calendar, but had plenty of tab stickers and plain dividers to customise with. In addition, generous amounts of to do paper and generic monthly calendars on a two page layout were included.


I think it probably could have had an 18 month calendar included, but I’ll switch in from my previous planner, so I am not too fussed.


In order to keep my planner clean in my satchel, I purchased a cotton gift bag to keep it in. The planner’s popper closure does make it difficult to fit the large A5 size planner in this, so I may use it for supplies or paper instead.


This planner is the first time I have tried a popper closure. I think I may prefer it over an elastic closure as they are difficult to keep clean and do loosen over time. One thing the planner was missing was a page divider/ruler, which I use daily.


Just to note, this post isn’t sponsored by Kikki K, I just really enjoy their products and have found all their planners to be great quality. You can have a look online using the hashtag #kikkikplannerlove to see what other people think of their planners.

KikkiK-Cloth-Gift-Bag KikkiK-Perforated-Ice-Blue-Planner

I’ve also filmed a planner unboxing video on my YouTube channel so you can hear my detailed opinion if you are considering purchasing a planner. You can find the video here if you are unable to play the embedded version below.

All products in this post were purchased from the Kikki K website. I’ll be working on a planner set up video and blog post soon – I’ve made some pretty dividers and inserts to get myself organised!

Are you a planner geek like me?



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Filofax Inspiration #8 – Kikki K Lilac Time Planner

Today’s Filofax Inspiration post is a review of the Kikki K Lilac Time Planner.  I came across Kikki K stationery about a year ago, but only purchase goodies from there as a treat as shipping and customs from Australia can be a bit pricey!

The 2015 Time Planner is made from lilac leather and has gold detail on the outside. I opted for the A5 size as I wanted to transition from my A5 Domino Filofax easily.


The leather is really soft which is nice to touch, but could be easily knocked and dented in a handbag. I might need to sew a planner pouch to keep it pristine.


There are plenty of pockets for sticky notes, business cards etc in the inside front cover. I particularly like the zip pocket too.


The hardware is gold and seems pretty sturdy. One of the plus points for me is that the planner lays flat when opened. I much prefer an elastic closure to the Filofaxes with a popper closure.


The Kikki K planner has an elastic pen loop and comes with a week on two page inserts for the diary section. Since this photo was taken, I have ‘moved in’ from my Domino Filofax with week per page inserts which I printed for free from the Philofaxy blog.


Kikki K has some really pretty fineliner pens, so I grabbed a lilac and gold one to match. It is pretty snug in the pen loop though. I have already made some new dividers which I’ll share soon as some of the Kikki K ones don’t apply to me (shops and restaurants?!!).


The planner also comes with a notepad in the back cover which I’ll most likely use. The paper quality is fairly thin but it’s fine for lists and the like.


The A5 is a big planner so I’ll definitely be able to stuff it pretty full. I usually keep all my blog and business scheduling in my planner as well as personal sections such as monthly budgets and my migraine diaries.


My Kikki K Lilac Planner joins the Mint Leather notebook I got last year. Pastel stationery heaven!


I’ll soon be sharing my set up and handmade planner dividers in another post, so stationery lovers and planner geeks should stay subscribed! Let me know if there is anything specific you’d like to see.



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Kikki.K Stationery Review

I get all kinds of excited when I find a new (to me) stationery and homeware brand.

Kikki.K is an Australian company with a great business story. A passionate Swedish born stationery lover started her dream from a one bedroom apartment, 10 years later and there are now 500 employees.

I try to buy from brands I believe in, but buying online is always a risk so I look for reviews and recommendations. Hence writing this today!

I couldn’t get my hands on the Mint Kikki.K Time Planner which sold out completely, so I found the rest of the collection and luckily there were sale items in the mint and pastel pink stationery ranges.

Large planners and notebooks come in gorgeous gift boxes.



The ‘Dreaming’ range was where I shopped for most items. This notepaper is going to be my snail mail letter writing pad I think.


Each page has a different design….bikes! SO me.


Some pages have quotes and pretty illustrations.


I decided on a Mint Leather A5 Notebook as I am starting a new photography course this week and of course I need a ‘back to school’ notebook!


It has a popper closure and sizeable pen loop, which I shall add my Kikki.K Dreaming gel pen to.

It is a refillable notebook which is great as the paper quality in this one was slightly thinner than I prefer. I hear this is the same in the sought after planner too.


I also went for a hardback mint journal in the Dreaming range which has gold detailing along the spine and page edges.


Once again, the pages inside are just lovely. Lots of colour and picture variation and ‘dreamer’ type quotes.


There are also some pretty homewares available. I am addicted to scented candles and usually prefer natural soy ones, but this candle jar was too cute to resist. I am not sure I have the courage to burn it so it may remain decorative.


The mint doily isn’t from Kikki.K, but actually from a local Etsy seller who has a beautiful shop.

I also snapped up some greetings cards as they were on offer. The paper/card quality is fantastic and they were so reasonable.


So there you have it, a mint/pastel stationery haul which I am totally loving so far.


One thing that was a bit of a sting is Kikki.k works out your cost in ‘local’ currency. For UK customers this is US dollars which is a slightly higher rate than AUS dollars. Also be aware of customs charges when delivering to the UK. I wasn’t prepared for that one!

I’m not sure how long we will be waiting for a Kikki.K shop in the UK, but if anyone is in Australia I would love to hear about the stores themselves and of course see a photo. For now we can shop online on the website.

Have you come across any stationery brands you love lately? Please share in the comments below. You must know by now how much of a stationery freak I am! Back Wednesday with an Etsy stationery video.



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