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.
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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
- 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.
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.
Yesterday, after much resistance from my part to visit the local stationary store in Harvard square, which sells one of the best stationery supplies in the state, I decided to go to buy “just a notebook” (ahem, ahem, which obviously didn’t happen as planned) I discovered these notebooks from an Italian brand called Ogami. I remember seeing them maybe somewhere on Instagram and became very curious because the description read “the first notebook made from stone”. What stationery addict enthusiast would not be curious about this? I initially wanted to buy a larger size, probably an A5 size but because
I already had with me a few things, I decided just to try it out – because I could not resist – and buy a smaller size, like a field notes size for my midori traveler’s notebook. I am sure I will find a purpose for it.
The description of these notebooks says:
” Notebook with uncoated 300 gr. paper cover , internal REPAP® paper 120 micron, handmade Point Singer binding, inside pocket and a leaflet explaining OGAMI® and REPAP® paper characteristics.” – extracted from the ogami website.
What made me most curious about these was not how delicious and “creamy” the paper felt but the fact that the paper is made from stone. The label on the notebook says “Ogami paper is made up of 80% calcium carbonate and 20% non-toxic resins- The calcium comes from limestone recovered from quarries and from building industry waster. Mixed up with resins it makes repap, a resistance, durable, waterproof paper as well as soft, smoothe and recyclable”. To the touch, the paper feels smooth, resistant and “creamy” – if such an adjective applies to paper. This paper is sustainable because it doesn’t come from trees and it is produced with a process that produces less CO2 which is causing a lot of environmental problems.
Aside the fact that this paper to me seems to be a great option, to reduce the destruction of our forests, it takes any pen so well. It is smooth, thick and the notebooks come in different sizes for different uses.For now I will use this as an insert for my midori traveler’s notebook, and I can’t wait to use it.
So, we made it, it’s 2016 already and most of us, planner people, are still working on setting up our planner(s). In my case i use at least three planner for different reasons but I focus the bulk of my life in two of them: My work planner which is Hobonichi this year and my Franklin Covey flourish planner, which I use for all things home, family
appointments and to track different projects and other deadlines or time sensitive issues.
In the vastness of the planning tools universe, last year I decided to buy an insert by filofax, it was the year at a glance insert. Since then it became a very useful tool for me, new working mom and self appointed family manager.
This year at a glance insert is a one page insert, folded in many parts that comes in A5 and personal size filofax. It includes each month and each day of he calendar arranged vertically and horizontally.
The reasons why I find this insert so useful is because this particular view at a glance allows you to both track and forward plan any time sensitive items on a daily basis. With this i usually track doctor appointments for my child for example, I track birthdays sometimes and also past events that occur on a monthly basis or that i need to keep an eye on, like bills or deadlines. I am thinking that this insert would be useful for students particularly or someone who needs to keep an eye on multiple items that can’t be missed.
I bought this insert last year for the first time and I looked for it frantically this year as soon as I saw that my local stationary store was selling 2016 inserts already. If you don’t want to spend money on it, I know that there are plenty of sites, including Philofaxy where you you can download the file and print it for free. This is a very simple insert but a great tool that will help you be better organized and keep track of your life’s events, deadlines or highlights that you need to remember.
This is my take on this insert but let me know how you have used it and how it helped you keep a better organizing system. I’d love to hear your comments!
Often on my blog I have talked about how I started getting more into stationery, planners and all things paper as a way to have an outlet that will help you cope with the daily challenges of life. This year, 2016 has inspired me to take on journaling. I have tons of notebooks placed around my desk area and I started using a journal as a gratitude journal last year but I rarely would write in it. I bought this notebook at my local store, I decorated it and made it my own, I did write a few things but stopped doing it on a regular basis when I got a new job.
This year, I have realized that writing is one of the activities that help me reflect and think on my own outlook on life. So I decided that this year I will write much more.
For this post, I actually did a little bit of superficial research and quickly googled about the benefits of journaling. It turns out, the benefits of journaling on a daily basis are endless! What did you know?! There are so many benefits to why it is a good idea to write or incorporate writing to your daily routine and I will name a few:
1. It helps you get to know yourself better
2. It helps you clarify your thoughts and feelings
3. Reduces stress levels
4. It helps you solve problems more effectively
5. It helps you resolve problems with others much better
I found this list here in case you are interested in reading more about this topic.
And this is not in the list that I found but I will also add that it helps you reflect on the current, past and future state of things, and it could even help you find direction when you are trying to take decisions.
I would say that 2016 is the year to re-focus and give direction to your life. Let’s journal!