Posts on Hobonichi planner are no strangers to this blog, but I often wonder whether there are alternatives to Hobonichi that will work for my current two-planner situation. Plus, trying out new stationery items is always fun. Obvious win-win!
Have you been following Hobonichi’s feed for news about the imminent 2018 release? The wait is almost over as the store will be active for purchase on September 1, 2018 at 11AM Japanese time (that is August 31, 2018 at 7pm for Pacific Standard Time; August 31, 2018 at 10pm for EST; September 1, 2018 at 3AM BST; September 1, 2018 at 4AM CEST). The Hobonichi store layout has some useful changes. A prominent one is currency display. On the top of the page right next to the cart icon, one can change the currency by using the drop-down menu with a list of major currency (I interpret the list as places where Hobonichi are popular). It can be a handy reference to see how much damage you have done 😉 Another is the favorite feature that you can use to save items that capture your heart. Since the store front is only for browsing now, I am unsure whether a function of adding all items on your favorite list to shopping cart, but it is something to look forward to.
I am not sure about you, but I am more drawn to the varieties of cover-on-cover more so than the covers themselves; therefore, I am inclined to keep using covers I already have and opt in for one of the whimsical cover-on-cover. How many planners will I purchase? That is a difficult question because I am ruminating on several possibilities. One, combine work and life by purchasing a larger cousin. Two, keep work and life compartmentalized in two planner, one in Weeks Mega and the other in Cousin. Three, streamline life in general by using Weeks Mega only. Obviously first world problem, but I shall sort it out eventually.
Head over to the store for a peek!
KWZ ink started with Konrad Zurawski’s interest in improving saturation in one of his ink. This passion has flourished and it has caught the stationery world’s attention with its extensive iron gall line. The premise of Konrad’s story and ink line reminded me of Organics Studio (I have reviewed its Foggy Bottom, an ink specially made for one of the D.C. Fountain Pen Show several years back).
How is everyone's progress on the choice planner this year? In case you are jumping on the wagon for a Hobonichi in 2018 or just curious of which covers would be part of the line-up, check out this link (sorry for the late notice on my part!). Hobonichi will unveil one cover a day until August 12th. The full line-up will be announced on the 18th.
Are you looking forward to your future planner?
Late winter/early spring is probably one of the most anticipated time for fountain pen lovers. Lamy usually announces its limited edition Safari and Al-Star, various brands broadcast new products/lines, and new paper goods also start to surface. Pelikan is not an exception. Around this time, it announces its ink of the year. What makes the announcement even more exciting is the competition component, where Pelikan solicits all Pelikan fan’s creative license to mix their choice of ink digitally and vote for the color that makes their hearts skip a beat. If I recall correctly, Amethyst was the first fan-elected color, as a shade of purple was sorely missed in Pelikan Edelstein’s otherwise gorgeous line.
When the original Sailor Jentle colors were discontinued several years back, I could literally hear the shattering noise of all ink lovers’ hearts. Perhaps now it is time to mend that wound. I just read an announcement from Goldspot Pens that the original Sailor ink line will return. As to whether this release is limited or permanent, it is still in the wind. If you have a hankering for Apricot, Grenade, Epinard, Ultramarine, Pêche, or Sky High, you may want to consider signing up for the notification email from Goldspot, as the ink will be available in early May. However, if you have purchased Sailor ink from its second release back in around 2013 or 2014, you may want to check out this post, for some colors in this line up are very similar to the original line.
*I am not affiliated with Goldspot Pens nor was I compensated for writing this post. Just want to give a friendship shoutout to those who may have missed the opportunity several years back 🙂