I got an exciting delivery this week; the new Kikki K time planner! There has been a lot of discussion about the lilac collection so I thought I would post a mini review.
The planner is so beautiful. The colour scheme is gorgeous - lilac leather with gold foil diamonds. The leather itself felt very soft and the size was good. (I ordered the Large which is A5 Filofax equivalent).
The elastic closure is something I'm going to have to get used to. I can't help but think it doesn't loop on far enough in, and feel that if the planner gets too full it might slip off. Time will tell I guess!
The pockets on the inside covers are many and spacious. Enough to hold a good selection of stickers, sticky notes and even a small notepad (which I had purchased from Kikki K previously). I found that the zipper of the vertical pocket had slightly marked the first divider, though, although that could have been from the shipping. I'll be replacing these anyway.
The inserts are good. I personally think they are better designed than Filofax, and probably about the same thickness (no felt tips on this paper!) I like the monthly and weekly views, and the expenses section. The to-do lists are perforated so that you can tear them out which I thought was a nice touch. I probably won't use the birthdays and shops/restaurants sections and will replace with something else.
The hot topic of Kikki K planners, it seems! I have to admit, that the negative reports had me opening my planner almost *expecting* a fault, but I was lucky enough to find all the rings closed properly. They are wobbly on the base, and that is because they are studded into the leather on small central studs (which you might be able to see from the picture). This makes the whole planner feel a bit loose and not as sturdy as a Filofax planner. Again, time will tell the effects. The opening and closing of the rings is fine, if a bit of a knack on the wobbly central spine!
I really like the Kikki K Time Planner. I wouldn't say it's going to last me years, like I would expect from a Filofax, but then, the price wasn't that of a same sized Filofax, so I guess it evens out. It looks pretty on my shelf and the colour makes me happy every time I use it. The pen I added into the order also helps me stay positive! Overall, a worthy addition to my Kikki/Filo family!