It has been just about 3 months since introducing you to Cappuccino, my first Van der Spek binder. Although I first wrote about her in April, she arrived in March, so she’s been my active planner for more than 3 months.
I can honestly tell you that she is a thing of beauty. I love her. She is aging quite nicely.
So here is a little update on how she’s aging. Without stiffener or foam, it’s all about the leather.
She has gained a bit of a shine to her (I believe this is called patina, though I’m not well versed in leather lingo, so correct me if I’m wrong). Still, she has not lost her super soft suppleness. And she still smells divine.
One thing I have noticed is that the undyed leather interior is faded somewhat. Well, I thought it was fading, but after speaking with Zoe, I have learned that it is simply tanning. You can see what I mean here:
The lighter color is where my inserts lay when the binder is open. The darker shading is what catches the light. Perhaps a few close-ups show the tanning better:
Surprisingly, being as OCD as I am, this doesn’t bother me at all. It gives my beloved binder a wabi-sabi feel to it. The idea of planner wabi-sabi is something that I accepted a long time ago. It makes me love it more. It illustrates love and use and durability.
My Cappuccino has been a faithful companion to me, not to mention a workhorse. She even got to attend two meet ups—the Philofaxy meet up in New York City and a mini meet-up with Zoe in New Hampshire.
Here she is with Zoe’s Hobonichi planners:
The latest adventure for Cappuccino is the addition of a sister.