I was a bit surprised by the size of the padded envelope it came in and it definitely felt heavier than I was expecting. On opening it, I realised why as it is actually the discontinued A5 planner size instead! The next thing that I noticed was that it was quite dirty and sticky for some reason. It took a bit of TLC with several wet wipes, drying off with tissue and then some Nivea hand cream to get it ready for its photo shoot.
It's a stunning binder.
On the left, there is a full length pocket, two smaller handy secretarial pockets, an ID window and three card slots. On the right, there is another full length pocket, a large gusseted zipped pocket and the single pen loop. On first inspection, the pen loop didn't look particularly large, but with a tiny amount of persuasion my Lamy Safari fits quite nicely.
The fastener comes with a double popper setting, and quite cleverly extends or can be pushed back into the recess on the back.
I think the A5 planner is a bit of a strange beast as it takes A5 paper, but uses the personal size ring mechanism, which could be more handy if you don't have an adjustable punch. As you can see from the photo below, the A5 sheet of paper has both standard A5 and personal holes punched together. I don't own any washi tape, but I would imagine that you could use some to help reinforce where all the holes are lined up together.
- Mulberry still sell a limited amount of planner size inserts which will fit (you need to scroll down to find them)
- Steve also helpfully pointed out that the Quo Vadis Timer 21 Range will also fit without the need for re-punching.
Ironically, after writing this post I shortly found that I was missing using the A5 size as it's so handy for helping to deal with A4 paperwork. I have decided that my 2014 set up will consist of two binders as I've realised two important things:
- Despite having minimalistic tendencies, I am allowed to own more than one binder as I enjoy using them and they will help me become more organised
- I cannot possibly fit everything into my personal crimson Malden, and the additional storage and page space the A5 provides will encourage me to plan and write more.