Gillio Medium Compagna in Epoca Orange

I'm seriously thinking about making this a blog about obsessions, because I suffer from all kinds of them. This Filofax obsession turned into a stationery obsession, which turned into a general planner obsession, and these days I just seem to be obsessed with ..whisky. And boys.

Another current obsession worth mentioning is my precious Gillio(s). I've been using my orange Slim Compagna since I received it exactly two months ago today. I wasn't sure I'd like the Slim, as it only has 15mm rings and I'm a certified insert hoarder, but I like that it's light, easy to write in without having to remove my pages first, and I'm actually unable to clutter it up with useless inserts, stickers and sticky notes. I'm not usually a very big fan of orange, but Sir Ludo - which I just realized I haven't even mentioned before - made me fall in love with the color. And Gillio. I'll talk about Sir Ludo later. Since I've also come to the realization that naming one's planner is borderline insanity I haven't named my Slim, and keep calling it ..«it».

Gillio Medium Compagna

I've now talked myself into another dazzling confusion, and no longer have any idea why I started this post, apart from it having something to do with my Slim Compagna. I know that much. And I think it might have had something to do with stamps as well.

Let's talk about Sir Ludo instead, shan't we? The story behind this purchase is rather long, but to make it shorter I purchased it pre-loved from a woman through Facebook. It was love at first glance, and I dubbed it Sir Ludo. The color is gorgeous, the texture on this specific planner reminds me so much of a luscious orange, the fruit I mean – which is also the color of this epoca leather, and I love the fact that any scratches can be rubbed out using only your fingers. This type of leather also develops a very nice, shiny patina from frequent use, which is very much desired buy all Gillionaires out there – and to be quite honest, these are the only planners I’d rather purchase pre-loved than new just because they age amazingly.

So there you have it. My current obsessions.

Photo(s) © Shamini Thevarajah 2015


Making inserts for my planner

I don't know about you, but I always feel like whenever I find a set of inserts for my planner that I really like, there's something lacking. Some feature that would have made it perfect for me. I've mainly been using Filofax Week on Two Pages Diary, Gillio and DIYfish (my current setup), and although every brand has something amazing about them, I end up rather distracted from its real purpose because I don't like the layout very much.

Ever since I started using a planner again I've been toying around with the thought of making my own inserts, but with Adobe InDesign in front of me I felt demotivated and bloody stripped of creativity. As we all know I'm immensely creative when I should be sleeping like normal people, but suddenly one night it all came to me. I don't know what happened as I wanted to design a set of Wo2P, but ended up with a practical Do1P instead. Don't ask. I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. Unfortunately my life isn't interesting or busy enough to be using Do1P in my planner (also it would probably make my planner explode), so it was back to the drawing board for me.

I've been using the DIYfish LMI V3s1, but to me they are in dire need of some tweaking to be functional to me. I ended up using them as a template of some sort, redesigning them, tweaking them to more suit my likings. I wanted some blank space for stamps (like the infamous water bottle, or maybe something indicating the daily weather or even my mood) or doodles for every day, and I didn't need the weekly chart. Some days I need a few checkboxes, other days I just need to remember an appointment or an event, and the most important thing was leaving them undated.

These are the inserts I ended up with, for now, and I've been using them for a about a month. I have also made some other inserts, mainly for tracking monthly happenings and staying on top of things, and I've had much fun doing so (even though it might quite possibly have caused me to sprout another gray hair). I just wish I could make up my mind on which kind of paper I prefer it printed on.. it would make my life so much easier, and my planner so much more consistent.

Photo(s) © Shamini Thevarajah 2015


Gillio Firenze

Earlier this year I stumbled upon Filofax again, in all its glory, and rekindled the love I once had for these beautiful planners. Since then quite a few of them has come in to my possession, one way or another, in different sizes, colors and models - and some have become favorites above others. I prefer those made from real leather, as the smell and feel are divine with every single one.

Now, every experienced Filofaxer have heard about Gillio Firenze (and their exclusive handmade leather planners called «Gillios», previously known as «Gigliodoro»), and I'm sure just about every one of us have dreamt about owning one. These planners cost a small fortune, but with these you certainly get what you pay for. Their planners are customizable, rings can be changed and you can choose between gold and silver, same with the poppers, the leather comes in a variety of colors and different textures, and there are different sizes and models to choose from. From what I've heard the age beautifully, developing a much sought-after patina, becoming shiny and softer to the touch.

As lucky as I am I stumbled upon an (expired) offer, on a Gigliodoro Compagna Croco in medium. I'm not a very big fan of textured leather, I prefer the smooth kinds like the Epoca, but this Gillio was too special to get off my mind - and the offer was excellent. Some call it «Monster», others call it «Savage», but to me this planner will always be one reminding me of an old favorite horror movie of mine; A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Can't you just see Freddy Krueger in this planner? I know I do, which is why I love it so much.

I'm guessing this will spark a Gillo craze, and I'm already dreaming of a Mia Cara in medium, made from some kind of brown Epoca leather. These planners develop a patina over time, and the more they've been used, the more beautiful they become - and this is coming from someone with severe OCD regarding usage of personal belongings. I really doubt she'll be mine though, even in the future, as these planners are way out of my price range - but some day I might be able to snatch up a used one, at a reasonable price. I'm allowed to dream, am I not?


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