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!
cotBesides family and food, stationery store visits are one of the “must-do” while I am in Taipei. The revival of writing and paper culture worldwide has also reflected in the rise of specialty stationery stores in the City.
To me, the unboxing of a highly anticipated package can be exhilarating with a hint of magic. The downside to the heightened anticipation is checking that tracking number chronically. After about two weeks of waiting (I ordered mine on August 31, Pacific Standard Time), the signature yellow package from Hobonichi finally reached my door.
It is never too early/late to plan. My incessant debate over which planner to use for the following year begins as early as June, almost around the same time as when Hobonichi rolls out various announcements on its exciting offers for the coming year.
To see in-person photos of the 2017 planners, visit Hobonichi’s Facebook page.
Which one has caught your eyes?
This is the third year I have used Hobonichi planner. The first year, I have tried the original Techo in A6. The Tomoe paper was versatile and I like the possibility of having a planner that can also be a journal. The downside of it is that it is a tad small. The second year, I switched to Cousin that is A5 in size. Sad to say that it was an utter failure on my end, as life became busy to the extent that I found myself rarely touching the beautiful planner. In addition, I am suffering from the Goldilocks dilemma where A6 is too big and A5 is too small. Even though in the past I have not minded the blending of my personal and work life, it started to become gnarly where I find work related tasks in the midst of my personal journal jarring. A first-world dilemma, isn’t it? I am very reluctant of using the calendar on my smart phone because I have found myself simply dismissing the reminders before I read it, so the solution must be somewhere in the paper world.
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!