Items from the “wish-list” – A brief review of the Flow Magazine

Yesterday, I didn’t feel like staying home so I took my three year old and told him that we would go to a bookstore: Barnes and noble. One of the few stores of this kind left in our city. I wanted to go there because I know that this is one of the flew physical stores carrying the Flow magazine. If you are not familiar with this magazine, it is a Ducth magazine that focuses on different topics each time, except, they often release what’s called “paper lover books” and their magazines are visually rich. It is a true joy to both read them and look at them.

I bought the 19th edition titled “celebrating creativity, imperfection and life’s little pleasures”. This time this issue focuses on optimism. I have quickly looked at the entire magazine, which is thick, and have read about a third of it in detail. It is a beautiful issue! It looks like this:

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Among some of the fun things that you will find, are a drawing book and a chalk board exercise book where you can practice lettering and some doodling to create beautiful words on a chalk board. They also interview creative people such artists, artisans, illustrators, freelancers, ceramists and more. It is a joy to read their stories, especially when you are someone – like me – who work on a fixed schedule and where life has a rather rigid structure because of what I do. I love my job and it is rather different from most people’s jobs, but it is still structured. I am also a working mom who needs to be picking up my child from preschool not later than 5:30 PM so life is predictable in a way for me.

Anyway… if you have the chance to buy this magazine, do so! you will enjoy it, especially if you are into beautiful textures, visuals, prompts and great, inspiring content.

In addition to the 19th issue I also bough the “Big book of drawing”, issue 1. This is a beautiful book as well, and mostly, I bought it because I can’t draw. I used to be okay at it until I stopped doing it when I was a teenager. Now that I think of it, I used to be much more creative when I was younger than I am right now. So this is one of the reasons why I decided to get it. The book is about what the same says it is: Drawing! You will find different exercises throughout the book to learn how to draw simple daily objects, from a flower to a desk with stationery on it (how fun!). You also find a couple of extras in it, like another drawing book, and a couple of paper dolls that are left black from the neck down for you to draw their clothing and accessories.

It is a beautiful book and my aspiration is to actually complete all the exercises before the year ends – I want to feel like I actually accomplished something in 2017! I will let you know that goes.

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These magazines are a little on the expensive side ($24 USD) and this is one of the main reasons why I didn’t want to buy them online. Not only would I have to pay for each issue but also for international shipping which makes these magazines much more expensive than some of my planners. I can go to Barnes and Noble to buy them, but if you don’t have one of these stores near by, you can visit their website and order it online. You can also subscribe for 4 or 6 issues per year.

This is my short review, very on the surface but as time goes by and start exploring the magazines more and more I will make sure to share with you. Also, once I am done reading them, I plan on using some of the pages to journal on my Hobonichi techo.

Thank you for reading and let me know if you have bought these magazines and what is your opinion.

Until next time!

Em Jorden

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When in doubt, be a unicorn – Happy Monday!

Stationery Mondays

The other day I went to Black Ink, which is a store that sells Japanese goods, including stationery. They have a great variety of all-paper things, and I could easily spend HOURS there! I have written about this store before and you can read about it here

The shop has a great variety of erasers. I was looking into the bowl full of cute erasers and i found this one. I love it and for some reason, this little guy makes me smile so he lives on my desk. I hope it’ll make you smile too! Have a great Monday and a great week. Leave me your comments below and let me know if you like cute erasers.

Thanks for reading this short post,

Em J

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Planner stories from around the world

Meet Isabel from Mexico

Hi everyone, today’s story comes from Mexico, please share it and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog, that way you will be notified whenever I upload a new post.
Thank you for reading!

Who are you? What is your name or instagram name if you don’t want to display your name, where are you from and where do you live?

My name is Isabel, I’m from Mexico and I live in Mexico City; my Instagram name is Issyfrage and I mostly post about my love for stationery, planners, colorful things, positive quotes and sometimes I also post about my everyday life.

What notebooks do you currently use, what for and why these particular notebooks?

I currently use 4 planners which are the following:

  1. This month I’m using a Royal Purple Dokibook with zip as my Main Planner (since I have collected a lot of planners throughout the year, I switch the binder every month, although my sections remain the same) I have 5 different sections:
    1. Yearly and Monthly overview, here I have all the important appointments, due dates, holidays, vacation days, birthdays, concert dates, Netflix premières hahaha!.
    2. Bullet Journal, this is the section I use the most, I jot down all of the things I have to do every single day, from remembering to check my email to meetings with friends, I have a terrible memory, so this section is basically my life saver.
    3. Week at a glance, since my bullet journal contains a lot of important information, I don’t like to decorate too much and get distracted from my tasks, however we Planner Girls love planning because it’s a way of expressing our creativity so in this section I get to use all my beautiful supplies: color pens, washi tape, stickers, stamps, sticky notes etc.
    4. Contacts, in this Planner Community you’re always sending and receiving “happy mail” from your friends around the world, either planners, supplies, anything you can’t find in your country or sometimes even Birthday/ Valentine’s /Christmas surprise packages
    5. Brain Dump, because I always need a blank page where I can write down whatever without worrying about ruining my pretty layouts
  2. A Fluro Pink Original Filofax  as my Fitness Planner: Fitness has always been an important part of my life, so I had to dedicate an entire planner to it; in here I basically track the meals and exercise I do every day and I also have other fun  sections such as: Healthy Recipes, Tips &Tricks, Motivation and Challenges
  3. A Turquoise Domino Filofax as my work binder: This isn’t a planner exactly, but when you’re a Planner Girl, you always want to find a purpose for all the beautiful binders you own, so I decided to use this one for my work. I’m an English teacher, so I always need to have in hand information about my groups, my classes, extra activities, the school activities and so on.
  4. A Neendori traveler’s notebookThis one isn’t a binder so I wanted to use it for something different than organization, inside it I have a notebook I use as my everyday journal, another notebook for gratitude and a third notebook as a creative journal, where I can draw, paint, make doodles, just whatever my soul needs in that moment.

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Why do you plan?

I started planning since I was in the University because I’ve always have had a bad memory and I needed something to keep me on top of things, however, I started “Pretty Planning” almost 2 years ago.

Why did you decide to start posting pictures of your planners?

I can’t remember how I came across the Planner Community on Instagram, but if you check this hashtag, you can immediately feel drawn to it, I knew I wanted to be part of this wonderful community! What better thing that lovely girls and pretty stationary?

What drives you to continue using journals or planners?

I think for a lot of girls, this is the only creative outlet we have time to explore or we feel secure in, I continue to use planners and journals because is the best of both worlds: Something you can use to relax and develop your creative self and also something that helps improve your everyday life and deal with your obligations and responsibilities.

 

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What is your dream and what would you say to people who are working to achieve their own dreams?

I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs in life and I’ve learned that the most important thing is to feel at peace with yourself, to love yourself before anything and anyone else and by achieving this, anything you have ever wanted can become a reality… So my advice is: Be brave enough to love yourself in order to acknowledge that you deserve the realization of your dreams.

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What are your favorite stationery shops?

Kikki k, The Ink Road Shop, The Idea Owl, Hello Papercat, Lovely Scrolling (one of my Mexican friends), YupiYeiPapers and LetsPaperUp (Colombian friends) and Target, unfortunately, we don’t have Target here in Mexico, but everybody knows it’s basically Planner Heaven.

Who are your favorite journalers, entrepreneurs or people that you look up to?

I truly admire and love all the women in the Planner/Journal Community, lately these ladies have been some of my favorite journalers:

My dear friend Tina @pastelpaperplane

My sweet friend Amy @amiecrux

The amazing Sophie @plannerphie

How did you learn to journal the way you do, and what keeps you inspired?

I don’t think you can learn how to journal or even decorate a planner, we all have different styles and perspectives,  we get inspiration from each other and we share our methods for anyone who needs them but at the end you eventually end up finding your own style… Besides, it is extremely frustrating to try to journal or plan or decorate as someone else.

Oh! And there isn’t any better way to continue to be inspired than to check all the planner posts on Instagram, Pinterest and You Tube, I can always get inspired and motivated in these sites.

Tell us about 2017, what are the next steps and how do your journals help you get there?

I’m pretty excited for 2017, I have the feeling it’s going to be a year that will change the direction of my life and in order to do so I know it’s important to continue in this intimidating but so rewarding journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance and I know my journals and planners will be there with me every step of the way because I do need them to continue being this place where I can shelter myself from the outside world and concentrate on only colorful pens, pretty papers, and cute stickers.

As of right now, I’m setting a “Well-Being” Planner/Journal, a binder where I can gather all the beautiful things that cross my path that help me enjoy life even more, a binder where I can turn to every time I need information to become a better person or information that reminds me the valuable being I am whenever is imperative.

Thank you for reading!

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Thank you so much to Isabel for accepting being featured on my blog. Note that all photos belong to Isabel. If you want to borrow any, ask for permission from her.

And of course, don’t forget to follow her on Instagram as @Issyfrage

xox

Em J

¿Qué es una agenda Midori?

¿Qué es un cuaderno o agenda Midori?

Hola amig@s — me llamo Exa, soy MypaperedWings en instagram y en my blog “Mis alas de papel” o “Mis alas empapeladas” y escribo artículos y piezas de información relacionadas a todo lo de papelería, agendas y todo lo relacionado con la organización de nuestro tiempo pero en papel.

Casi no escribo en español pero de hoy en adelante estaré publicando más cosas en mi propio idioma. Soy mexicana y vivo en Estados Unidos. Llevo una agenda desde que estaba en la escuela primaria, me encantan y me encanta organizar mi tiempo. Cuando era estudiante también llevaba una agenda y fue así como aprendí a organizarme en mis tareas, proyectos y en mis clases. Espero que con éste Blog yo te ayude a ti a organizar tus ideas, a aprender cómo organizar y crear tu propio sistema de planeación de tiempo, tanto para la escuela o trabajo como en tu vida personal. Mi lema es “trabaja de forma inteligente”. Por medio de las agendas podemos saber cuánto tiempo tenemos disponible para trabajo y cuándo podemos tomarnos una o dos horas para hacer tareas o sacar adelante algunas actividades que hemos estado postergando. Yo te ayudaré a poner tu propia agenda, elegirla y aprender a organizarte.

Déjame tus comentarios y dime qué temas te interesan más. Espero que la información que publico te sirva mucho.

Hoy el tema es las agendas midori, qué soy y para qué son. He visto muchas You Tubers, incluyendo Julieta Jareda quién ha publicado varios videos relacionados a las agendas japonesas midoris. Aquí te explicaré para qué son, qué son, cómo se llevan, cómo se forman y cómo tú puedes llevar una.

¿Qué es una agenda Midori y para qué sirve?

Las agendas midori nacieron en Japón y fueron creadas por la compañia Midori que hoy en día se llama Traveler’s company, son japonesas y fueron creadas con la idea de utilizar una cubierta de piel o cuero, a la que le puedes agregar tantos cuadernillos como tú quieras. Ésta cubierta es de diferentes colores y originalmente sólo existían dos tamaños el tamaño regular que mide 11 cms x 21 cms y el tamaño pasaporte que es la cubierta más pequeña y que mide 9 cms x 12 cms. Hoy en día existen muchísimas compañías en Estados Unidos, Japón, Taiwan, Europa y Asia que hacen estas cubiertas y que las venden por medio de tiendas en línea tales cómo Etsy.com

Las cubiertas Midori o cuaderno de viajero como se conocen hoy en día, sirven para llevar cuadernillos dentro de ellas. Las cubiertas tienen varios elásticos en las que pueden insertar varios cuadernillos del mismo tamaño.

¿Cuántos cuadernillos le caben a las cubiertas y dónde los compro?

Las cubiertas originales de la Traveler’s Company solo cuentan con dos elásticos en los que por medio de ligas puedes agregar hasta cuatro cuadernillos juntos. Hoy en día hay compañías en tiendas de Etsy en dónde puedes crear tu propia cubierta y agregarle hasta seis elásticos. Por ejemplo Foxy Fix y Pellestudio tienen muchas opciones para que tu crees tu propia cubierta y las hagas incluso más anchas o de tamaños más pequeños o más grandes, dependiendo de lo que tu quieras. Estas cubiertas de viajeros, hechas por compañías alternativas o pequeños empresarios son de tan buena calidad o mejor que las agendas originales.

Los cuadernillos se venden en Amazon, Pellestudio, FoxyFix y otras compañías pequeñas pero también hay muchas opciones que tu mismo puedes adaptar. Por ejemplo la compañìa Moleskine que se vende en muchos países vende cuadernillos de varios tamaños que le caben a estas cubiertas de piel. Por ejemplo, si compas un tamaño Fieldnotes, de 5 cms x 3.5 cms, puedes compar los cuadernitos de Moleskine que se llaman “mini”. También la mejor opción y más barata es que tu mism@ puedes hacerlos. Incluso puedes usar varios tipos de papel y crear cuadernos que te acomoden mejor.

61y5uvvr2sl-_sl1000_¿Cómo uso una agenda o cubierta de Midori?

Las opciones para usar este tipo de cubiertas son infinitas. Comprando los cuadernillos que tú necesites para organizar tu tiempo, por ejemplo si necesitas cuadernos en dónde tengas un calendario mensual, o semanal o de diario, puedes tú organizar tu agenda como mejor te acomodes. Si utilizar más la vista de una semana en dos páginas, puedes comprar un inserto o cuadernillo con éste formato. Incluso tú mism@ puedes dibujarlo usando una regla y un bolìgrafo.

Mucha gente también usa estas agendas o cubiertas para hacer diarios artesanales, diarios artísticos, para escribir historias, anécdotas, para usar como Bullet Journal, para decorar, para llevar consigo como cuaderno de cabecera o reflexionar, en fin! hay un montón de opciones y aquí en Instagram puedes encontrar muchas ideas.

¿Cómo puedo aprender a usar una agenda Midori?

La mejor forma de aprender a usarla es usándola! en YouTube puedes encontrar muchos videos en dónde puedes aprender pero también no es necesario enrollarse tanto. Simplemente utilízala como una agenda normal y usa cada cuadernillo cómo una sección distinta. En lugar de tener las páginas separadas con un divisor, puedes usar un cuaderno para cada tema o cada sección. Por ejemplo, mi cubierta midori tiene seis cuadernos y los uso para las siguientes secciones: Planes, listas, diario personal, diario artístico, anotaciones de libros que leo y cosas por hacer cada día.

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Yo decoro mucho mis páginas porque me ayuda a relajarme pero si a tí no te gusta, simplemente puedes usar tu agenda como tu mejor te acomodes.

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Yo compré mi agenda, y aunque no es de piel real, me gusta mucho. Está hecha por una compañía que se llama Webster’s Pages. Son baratas y son mucho más anchas que las Midori originales, pero me gusta mucho porque cuenta con tres elásticos en dónde agregué seis cuadernos. Me encanta!

Llevar una agenda así te permite usar tu creatividad, llevar tu recuento de memorias, momentos, eventos, cosas por hacer, recordatorios etc. además es muy divertido y una forma positiva y auténtica de utilizar métodos más personales para escribir, en lugar de hacerlo siempre con la computadora.

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Espero ésta información te haya servido mucho. Por favor, déjame tus comentarios y dime qué otros temas te gustaría tratar y en qué y cómo puedo ayudarte a llevar la organización de tu tiempo de forma más eficiente y efectiva.

Gracias por leer mi blog y si te gustó mi publicación por favor, comparte!

Em,

xox

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Planner stories from around the world

On the second installment of Planner stories from around the world, a new section that I started blogging about a couple of weeks ago, today I am featuring  My Summer Touch. Initially, I called this section “Dream chasers” but I am still undecided about the name so, for now, let’s call these stories “Planner stories from around the world”. As a reminder, this is a section where I will be featuring stories from people within the planner community, who are writing their own stories. People who have the courage to be creative, act on their own dreams, be happy and write new beginnings with YouTube channels, online stores, blogs, planner systems and so on.

Enjoy Clara’s story and please, share it widely. Thank you for reading and if you have suggestions about someone I should reach out to, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section. Enjoy!

Planner stories MySummerTouch

1. What is your name, where are you from and where do you live?
My name is Clara,  people know me as MySummerTouch on YouTube,  Instagram,  blogger, Twitter,  Tumblr,  periscope.  I realize that it’s  a lot.  And I am Marusya Ivanova on Facebook! Ha ha!  A whole another story about this name! I’m from Russia,  lived for several years in the US  and then I came back to a different part of Russia where I am right now.

2. What notebooks do you currently use, what for and why these particular notebooks?
I have quite a  long history of using different planners and journals. Originally I “came out” on YouTube as a planner lover,  showed a lot of Filofaxes,  and then my love explored in using Franklin Covey,  Midori Traveler’s notebooks,  Hobonichi,  Lovedoki.  Fairly recently I started to show my journals,  and this love turned out into the love of art journaling, which I am yet to show.

3. Why do you journal or plan?
I just recently realized that I have always loved planners and journals, loved to collect books on time management,  artist journals,  traveler’s notebooks,  sketchbooks,  and have always watched those on the Internet,  on YouTube particularly. I love to be organized,  love to organize,  and love to write things down.  Even poured out myself on paper,  and I love beautiful things,  so it all came into what I’m doing today.  I’m on Instagram every day,  and I try to post out videos on my YouTube channel MySummerTouch every week on weekends.

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4. Why did you decide to open your youtube channel?
After some time after getting back from the US, I realized that I forgot my English,  and started to listen and read books in English.  It wasn’t enough,  I wanted a real chat with people from all over the world.  I always loved YouTube,  and the main thing that I was watching on it were planner videos,  so it was a no-brainer to start a YouTube channel about planners and productivity in English.

5. What drives you to continue working on your channel?
I have the need to share my joy and my happiness with other people,  and I enjoy the interaction with people literally from all parts of the world.  It makes me happy.

6.What is your dream and what would you say to people who are working to achieve their own dreams?
I’d say,  there is no failing,  just not enough attempts.  If you won’t stop achieving your dreams,  you will get what you want! Don’t ever stop,  it’s worth it to continue to pursue your dream! My only dream right now is to be happy, I’m getting there,  I’m much happier now than before!

7. What are your favorite stationery shops?
I like to visit one of the big towns that are closest to where I live, there they have a huge bookstore that sells stationery and art supplies,  and I spend there half a day just choosing things I love to try out.

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8. Who are your favorite journalers, entrepreneurs or people that you look up to?
My absolute favorite instagrammer is @janethecrazy, I enjoy beautiful Midori Traveler’s Notebooks that she writes in,  her style is absolutely perfect,  I would say,  it’s  creative mess.  And I consider my art journaling teachers Mary Ann Moss and Teesha Moore,  love their color sense and artistic expression!

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9. How did you learn to journal the way you do, and what keeps you inspired?
I started to journal because I needed to clear out the mess in my head.  It’s almost necessary,  I’d even say it’s necessary to keep me thinking clear. Then I was bored with just plain pages,  then I bought my Midori Traveler’s notebooks in China,  and started to decorate my journals with magazine clippings and writing over them.  Now I am fully into painting and sketching.  There is nothing more inspiring than an artistic journal to me.  Just yesterday I received two  private messages on Instagram,  one said that my all my work is just amazing,  another one said that my journals inspired the person to make her own artistic journals.  I was surprised and pleased.  I’m glad I get to inspire people!

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10. Tell us about 2017, what are the next steps and how do your journals help you get there?
I hope to turn my journals into something more beautiful and pleasing to my own eyes.  I am my own harsh critic,  I try not to destroy pages when I don’t like them.  My next steps will be improving my calligraphy and to combine my art journaling and journaling together in one place,  even to combine it all with a planner,  all into one place,  so it will be one journal for everything – journal,  art journal,  sketchbook,  commonplace book.  I also want to learn to paint as a professional that will be a lot of work,  but I’m willing to go there.  Just recently I have drawn a model’s face in my Hobonichi,  and I was so immersed in it,  that I almost physically felt happy.  I completely forgot about time,  and I had something to show as a result! I want to draw more faces and people in general.  It makes me relaxed  and feels like meditation. I encourage you to try it too!

Thank you! 

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You can find Clara at:
Blogspot: mysummertouch1.blogspot.com
Instagram: @mysummertouch
Tumblr: Mysummertouch
YouTube: youtube.com/MySummerTouch

Thanks so much Clara for sharing your story with us and for inspiring us to do what makes us happy!

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The joy (and benefits) of journaling

I have always loved notebooks and especially when I am stressed, I tend to sit down and write. I have kept a journal on and off throughout my entire life since I can remember. Now, since I have access to all kinds of stationery products and notebooks, I use different notebooks to keep a journal but there is one in particular that I have been working on for two years now.

I have felt inspired to work on my journal and I decided to show you how it looks like. This page has been inspired by the journaling style by Kaila Ocampo from Rainbowholic. I will start developing my own style but for now, I decided to create a journal entry based on my three hobonichis, which I can’t wait to use.

I have written before about the benefits of journaling, so I will only write a few highlights here for you to read again, but if you can and have access to any notebook at all, I encourage you to journal. To keep a notebook where you can write, reflect, think, come up with stories or simply document your life. I think these days we get too caught up in the complications of stickers, washi tape and what not, but journaling can be as easy as using pen and paper. If you can, it brings many benefits including the following:

  • Stretching Your IQ. …
  • Evoking Mindfulness. …
  • Achieving Goals. …
  • Emotional Intelligence. …
  • Boosting Memory and Comprehension. …
  • Strengthen Your Self-Discipline. …
  • Improve Communication Skills. …
  • Healing.

Source The Huffington post 

Many psychologists encourage people to keep a journal, and I am not a professional but I am someone who throughout her life, through the ups and downs has kept a journal, including when I lived abroad on my own. Often, only my written downs, the pen, and the paper were the only tools that helped me heal, deal with homesickness and also, make sense of all the new experiences I was going through on my own, away from everything I knew.

So, here you have them! If you don’t know how to start I would say: Grab pen and paper and start writing, write about anything that comes to your mind, anything that’s bothering you, anything you don’t want to share with anyone, anything that hurts, and anything that makes you happy. If you can keep it up, it will be a great way to put the pieces together and make sense of your experiences.

Have fun and enjoy! Thank you for reading another post.

Em Jorden

 

 

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Four differences, one hobonichi

If you are new to hobonichi and want to get a book for 2017 but you are not sure which size is the best for you to buy, keep on reading. Here, you will find a brief explanation of the three different hobonichi sizes and their main differences. Hopefully, this post will be useful to you!

Hobonichi techo is a Japanese book that translated means “life book”. It is made in Japan and one of its main characteristics is that tomoe river paper. This paper is special because it is very thin, yet resistant and strong in a way that can even be used with fountain pens and water colors. When wet, it will wrinkle but there won’t be transfer to the other side of the page. It is a fantastic paper, and if you are a stationery enthusiast like I am, you will love this paper because it is smooth, yet thin and mighty.

The hobonichi techo comes in three different sizes and four kinds of books

  • A6 (4.1”x 5.8”x 0.6”) known as Hobonichi Techo original; Weight: 210g this book comes in Japanese and English
  • A5, also known as Hobonichi cousin only comes in Japanese (148 × 210 mm)
  • A weeks hobonichi book, Wallet-Size (3.75”x 7.4”x 0.4”); Weight: 135g
  • Hobonichi cousin avec, equivalent to A5 (148 × 210 mm), these are two books each one carrying six months which means it is a lighter version than the cousin

All of them have the same following characteristics:

  • Tomoe river paper
  • all of them lay flat, except the weeks book which needs a little bit of training
  • All of them lay flat, 180 degrees binding
  • Quotes on each page
  • January start or April
  • Tons of covers to choose from, and all of them can have a cover on cover

The main differences between the four books are:

  • Hobonichi techo A6
    – Has monthly, yearly and daily, and a few blank pages to plan, but this book
    doesn’t have a weekly       overview
  • A5 cousin 
    – Has yearly, monthly, weekly and daily pages in addition to blank pages for notes in
    the back
  • Weeks hobonichi
    – It only has monthly and a week on one-page overview, the beauty of this book is that it has over 30 blank pages to take notes on and it is narrow and taller than all the other books. It fits a traveler’s notebook cover.
  • Avec cousin hobonichi
    This book only comes in A5 size like the cousin, the different is that it comes in a pair and each book has only six months each, one from January to June, the other from July to December. It has a yearly, monthly and weekly view of the days.

Personally, I love all of the books and each can be destined for different uses depending on your planning system and lifestyle, it also depends on whether you want to carry the planner with you every day or if it will stay at your workplace or at home. All of them except the cousin are very easy to carry. The cousin can be a bit heavy because of its size, none the less, I still plan to take it with me sometimes.

Here you go, I hope this has been helpful and please don’t forget to check out the hobonichi site for more info on sizes and differences if you’re still undecided.

Happy plans!

Em Jorden

Three reasons why the traveler’s notebooks are super fun

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I have been using a traveler’s notebook in field notes size for about a year and I love the size. I enjoy using a traveler’s notebook because of how versatile and fun they are. Also because, for some reason, your creative energy goes a little crazy. You feel more free to use the notebooks however you want. I love this!

I recently purchased the new Webster’s pages traveler’s notebook. They are so nice! good quality and they have tons of pockets. I also took the time to cut some notebooks to size, I decorated the pages and actually did some kind of set up. At least a set up that can function for now until I figure out what exactly I want to do with this cover.

But nevermind the details. Traveler’s notebooks have a different feel to them than ring or spiral bound planners. Here are a few reasons why I think traveler’s notebooks are great fun and great to use when you ate doing more things than just planning your days.

Reason 1. You can find all kinds of inserts and add them to your cover as you please. You can also add, remove or exchange inserts depending on your needs at a specific point in time. These days you will find mixed media, ruled, tomoe River paper inserts and much more. The sky is the limit so to say.

Reason #2. You don’t have rings or a spiral on the way. Maybe this is one of the most fun things about it. I love my Filofax but sometimes I actually end up taking the pages out individually so I can write on them because the rings can be a bit on the way, depending on how your writing style is, but for me, they do get on the way.

Reason #3. You can add as many or as few notebooks as you want. You can also do this with a ring binder, at least until the rigs snap open because you added too many pages. The traveler’s notebooks covers allow you to add notebooks or remove them without much headache. With the Webster’s pages in particular you don’t have over hang because the covers are wider and a little bigger than the regular midori sizes. These cover are extra fun because of the size, which I wasn’t sure about in the beginning but now that my notebook is so stuffed, I am madly in love.

These are only three reasons but I would add that they are portable. They are easy to carry with you, especially if you add all your necessary notebooks in one place you are all set for a trip. They are well made and the strings can be changed if they get lose.

So here you have them. Do you have another reason why traveler’s notebooks are fun to have? Please let me know. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Em j

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Make your own Traveler’s Notebooks, three ideas

I am not exactly the most crafty person, I do make some inserts myself and I try to come up with ideas but I am not very handy or crafty when it comes to  making big projects. I admire people who do and I so wished I was the creative kind. This is also why sometimes I also force myself to make things because I believe that it will stimulate my creativity, the one that once upon a time was very active.

This said before I bought the traveler’s notebook that I have right now by Webster’s Pages I thought of making my own cover. I gave up! I still watched many videos about how to make my own and about how to make a cover without all the craftiness. While searching I actually found a few ideas that I am sure will help you create your own fauxdori if you are interested. Even if you don’t want to spend money on a cover – which I understand – I encourage you to watch these videos and try to make your own. These ideas go from very simple, for example, I love the idea by Journalingmylife in Youtube where she made a fauxdori out of a Filofax flex! Her set up is brilliant and I enjoy her videos a lot. Also, she is based in India and I just think it is great to have a fellow stationery lover from across the oceans! Check out her videos and enjoy them, she has some amazing ideas for different set ups!  You will fine her under her handle journalingmylife  and her video is here .

Last year, I remember what came super popular was buying a passport cover by Kate spade and turning it into a fauxdori which I thought was brilliant too. Ms. Wendaful has a great video where she shows her “Katedori” and I find it so fun to watch. You will find the video here  and of course, don’t forget to check out her blog where you will find some beautiful inserts and more ideas.

Last, we have the highest level of being crafty which to me is this video made by  Craft Made Simple where she teaches us how to make a fauxdori cover with fabric which I love love love. You will find the video here . This fauxdori cover that she shows is so pretty and I love it! If you have the tools and the energy to create one fauxdori from scratch, check out her video! It’s so neat!

And these are all the ideas I have for a traveler’s notebook without being super crafty – like myself – so check them out and let me know what you think!

I am really loving this traveler’s notebook fever and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am!

Thank you for reading! Happy end of the week.

Em J

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Blitsy store, a dream for crafty people

I just discovered the Blitsy store because I was looking for a decently priced midori planner. I found out that Websters’ pages actually sell now a traveler’s notebook and I have wanted one for the longest time.

This year I have been super good at not buying planners but I can’t resist buying a fauxdori, I am not sure if I will like the standard size midori traveler’s notebooks, so far I have only used the field notes size, and I love it! I have been looking for a midori traveler’s notebook that will be at a good price. I tried also the fauxdoris made by local crafters but they are a little too expensive for me right now, and I am not even sure if I will like it.

One of the reasons why I love using my traveler’s notebook in field notes size is because it just feels like I can do whatever I want with it, I can set up my own system and change the notebooks to my liking as life changes or my needs change. I have had this Fauxdori for about a year and a half now I think, but it is starting to become too small so I decided that maybe, it is a good time now to try the Webster’s pages travelers’ notebooks. The reason why I am inclined to try this brand is because they are reasonably priced.

This is how I found Blitsy, a dream for all crafter people! This is an online store where you can buy stamps, stickers, planners, watercolor sets, brushes, pens, paper sets and so on. I spent hours looking at it! – I know! It turns out that when you open a new account with them you will get a $10 discount when you spend $40. I thought at first that I didn’t need to spend $40 and that I only wanted the traveler’s notebooks which cost $28 usd, but then with the shipping costs it comes down to around $40+ and I would only be getting the planner, so I decided to break my promise of no spend on planner things and but a few other things.

In total, I spent $42, including shipping and I got a few other things that I had been looking for at my local store, but never found them (luckily because that allowed me to stick to my no spend plan). They sell them at Blitsy so I thought, why not?!.

This store sells most of their merch with a discount, and right now they have some major discounts as well. Some things are a good bargain and others are almost just as expensive as on amazon or the local Michael’s, especially when Michael’s has coupons all the time. None the less, It is still a great place to buy some ring planners,  happy planners, and now Webster’s pages.

If you are like me, who has been waiting to try the new Webster’s Pages traveler’s notebook, have a look at the shop.

I have a referral link for you where you can get $10 discount if you open an account, so feel free to use it:

http://blitsy.com/ref/xd5g0k

If you are curious, here’s the travelers’ notebook that I bought, it is very cutesy-cutesy but I REALLY wanted one and I thought this was the best bargain. I will let you know how it is using it and what kind of inserts fit in there.

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Thank you for reading. Happy reflecting on your planning!

Em Jorden