It is planner season again. How fast has this year passed! I thought this would be a great time to review on I have used the Hobonichi Techo that I have shared at the beginning of the year. Does it worth the hype?
Just as a note, I do not use planner in an orthodox way because I am pretty bad at using planner for its intended purpose, such as planning (and pre-planning), jogging down to-do list, and appointment, though I have gotten better with this particular planner. Instead, I am using it as a quasi practice book, scrapbook, and of course, as a semi-planner. As I have mentioned before, the paper that is used in Hobonichi planner is the famed Tomoe River paper, hence, extremely tolerant to all types of fountain pen ink. Because of how much this paper can take, I have been pushing the boundary a bit. For example, I have tested out a new gouache with a dip nib, as well as watercolor pencils. Besides minor buckling, there is no bleed through or feathering in any form. It is good to mention that Tomoe River paper is thin, any pressure placed on writing will leave an imprint. To mitigate this problem, one can place a plastic sheet or mat underneath to avoid any imprint or carbon transfer, if you would use a pencil.
|I copied a recipe in an unused portion of the page. Can anyone guess which recipe is it?|
|Adding elegant postage from a thoughtful friend to brighten up the pages.|
|More the better!|
|Colorful addition for days spending at a library conference.|
|I do use planner for serious business, albeit so occasionally. Here, I was keeping track of viable sources for a research project in Korean.|
|Keep track of different projects in the monthly planning pages.|
I am definitely not a devoted user who plan out every single day; there are times when you are afraid to see how much to need to be finished. I used those blank pages to practice to do penmanship and calligraphy practices since the paper is too nice to go to waste.
|Here, I used the two days of blank pages to lament Cristina Yang leaving Grey’s Anatomy.|
Of course, I still utilize some functions of a planner, such as keeping track of due dates and deadlines. Since each page has a center divider, I often keep personal due dates (school, home) on one side, and work on the other. To emphasize the due dates for different classes, different styles of page markers are used.
|Using these page markers, I keep tracks of due dates and deadline. At one point, I used three different sets.|
|This little guy keeps track of all the books I would like to read.. eventually.|
I have used several different types of planner before Hobonichi and there is always something about the planner that I am not satisfied with. If there is one advantage about Hobonichi is its open format/space that is suitable for any types of journaling/planning/lifestyle. The thin and accommodating paper is fountain pen fans and artists’ dream, but of course, the original intention is to keep the planner portable, light, and laying flat 180 degree. In my case, I totally destroy that well-intention by stuffing various pieces of memories on these pages. As a result, the planner has progressively become heavier in the messenger bag.
So what is my planner next year? Because my hand tends to fall off the pages on Techo, I have elected to try Cousin, which is size A5 (14.8cm x 21cm; 5.83 inch x 8.27 inch). That is roughly double of Techo, which is in A6. So far, the larger format has more hand room and my writing becomes ever so minuscule as well. I have also chosen the two-volume “Avec” version, so I will not need to carry whole year worth of time with me at all time. I will let you know how it goes!
|Present and very near future.|
What is your favorite planner this year? Have a happy new year!