I walk in Boston a lot, it is one of my favorite things to do. In Boston, tiu can walk from the center to the suburbs. I love it!
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,
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:
- 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:
- Yearly and Monthly overview, here I have all the important appointments, due dates, holidays, vacation days, birthdays, concert dates, Netflix premières hahaha!.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Brain Dump, because I always need a blank page where I can write down whatever without worrying about ruining my pretty layouts
- 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
- 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.
- A Neendori traveler’s notebook: This 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.
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.
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!
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
Happy Sunday! I have seen a few fellow bloggers and instagramers who have been talking about the planners that worked for them this year, and I thought it would be a great idea to write one of these posts myself. This year, my “Planner journey” has been rather interesting and I want to share it with you.
Let’s begin, shall we?
This year the planner that really worked for me was mostly my Hobonichi Techo in A6, I call this, “the planner that could” because it helped me survived changes at work, a very crazy schedule, organizing my life at home and for my son, dealing with day care schedules, tasks, bills, meals and everything in between. The reasons why this planner worked for me are:
- This Hobonichi Techo in A6 is portable and the size is great for someone with a busy life
- The layout – a day on one page seems to be perfect for me because I usually have a lot of things to write down.
- The monthly and daily pages are great although I have to stay that I stopped using my planner for about two months because I really need to have a weekly view.
Pink Fluoro Filofax in A5
Another planner that worked for me was a customized version of my which I use as my financial planner and I love! I believe the reason why this planner works so well for me is because, actually, this is a planner that I assembled myself using various kinds of inserts and I love it.
Martha Stewart discbound notebook
This notebook worked wonders for me. I customized it and use as a notebook where I write various things. I have both, the large and the smaller version and both are wonderful notebooks. Not only because of the possibilities to customize it but because the quality of the notebook is amazing and you can add as many or as little page as you wish. Also, you can change the size of the disks and that I think, is a huge advantage!
Filofax original in Navy – personal size
I used this planner for various things, it served as a planner where I would collect thoughts, ideas, lists and other content related to my blog. I love the size, the quality and the portability of this binder. It is amazing and one of my all time favorite planners.
Now let’s move on to the planners that DID NOT work for me — based on my lifestyle, preferences, planning style, and needs.
- Day designer day on one page – This planner is beautiful and I was excited when it came out around July this year. This particular planner was created after a collaboration between Day Designer and Sky Blue. The books are inexpensive, come in various sizes and also in different designs. I loved the idea of carrying this planner because of the format but after using it for a month I realized that it wasn’t going to work for me. I feel very limited because of the pre-set format it comes in and overall, it just didn’t call on me so I stopped using it as a daily planner and moved it on to using it as a workout planner where I just track my workouts, calories, and other health related matters.
- Erin Condren Life Planner — I have written about this planner before. Not only because I find them extremely expensive for what they are, but because for me, I just think that the price is not worth it. There are many other planners are out there that are better quality and I personally feel that this line of products is over priced. My story with these planners dates from two years ago when I bought my first EC planner. I ended up selling it because I wasn’t using it. The boxes do not work for me and neither does the format. Then, Erin Condren released a new series of planners with rose gold coil and I fell for it again. I ended up buying at the exorbitant price of $95 usd. After trying so hard to really like the planner I ended up setting it apart and using the pages as a finances planner. The reason why I was so disappointed is because the coil was damaged, the planner would not lay flat, the cover was damaged, and I was just not happy with the product. That’s the last time I bought an Erin Condren Planner and my inserts will end this December.
- Kikki.K personal size planners — while I love this brand I find that not all the planners work for me. I love the binders because they are beautiful but I ended up not using a few that I bought. I sold them and now I only have a bound planner with a day on one page that I will be using for 2017 as a journal/health diary. I don’t know why the binders don’t really work for me but I am a fan of the brand and I actually have bought a few other things for this year.
- Franklin Covey compact size synthetic leather — I love Franklin Covey but when their binders are not made out of leather, the plastic smell is too strong for me to bear it. I bought two binders and I ended up selling them. While I love the brand and I have used one of their binders in classic size as a work planner, I am not sure how I feel about other planners so for now, I decided to stop buying ring binders and enjoy using my bound books.
Now, these are the planners that worked and didn’t work for me based on my personal lifestyle, needs and planning style but it doesn’t mean that they won’t work for you. I have tried many many planners and I am slowly learning about what I truly like. It is difficult to not get carried away by the hype of things when they are released so, if you are thinking of buying planners, I would recommend you to read and do some research about them before buying them. Remember that if a planner doesn’t call you, and if you can’t get yourself to use it then it is likely that it won’t work for you. Planners should be something you use every day and something you enjoy using. They are a tool that will help us keep our lives organized and our days flow with ease.
Thank you for reading and please, let me know what planners worked for you this year. I would love to hear.
Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog.
¿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.
¿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.
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.
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.
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!
Choosing a pen for your Hobonichi Techo books
Often, I see this question being asked by (new) Hobonichi users “What pens are best for the Hobonichi Techo?”. This is a bit of a relative question where the answers can vary a lot. There’s a myriad of pens and also a myriad of answers. Choosing a pen is a personal choice and choosing one for a particular type of paper depends on so many factors, for example:
- Paper thickness
- Width of the pen that you like
- the boldness of the pen
- Ink type
- Fountain, roller ball or felt tip
- and so on…
Personally, I like pens that are smooth, that are on the thin side and that have super dark ink, usually black. My favorite brands are Pilot, Papermate gel joy, Faber Castell and Staedlers triplus fine liners. I do love some fountain pains but my collection is not huge so I wouldn’t dare to recommend one for you because I am still learning about these. I do have a couple of Lammy pens and Faber Castell but I don’t know yet what I love — fountain pen wise.
Because the Hobonichi Techo is made out of Tomoe River paper which is a very special kind of paper — and the main reason why many of us love the Hobonichi books — Not all pens write the same and not all pens will offer the same experience. Personally, I have also used normal rollerball pens and I find that the glide. It is hard to get traction with them, and also because the paper is a grid kind, you can’t really write smaller with these pens.
I think I have tried all kinds of pens on my Hobonichis, from the cheapest to the fancy Lammy fountain pens and Faber Castell. I find that the ink needs to be on the liquid side, but not too much like the jelly rolls, otherwise it will smudge. From my experience the best pens to use on a Hobonichi techo are these and I hope you will find it useful, at least until you find THE pen that you love to use.
- Faber Castell basic black rollerball pen
- Staedlers triplus fine liners
- Pilot pens, usually the most basic ones are amazing
- Ink joy gel pens in 0.3 by paper mate
- Paper mate flairs – although if your handwriting is large, you’ll end up using a lot of space on your notenook with these pens
- Jetstream uniball in 0.5
- Lamy safari
Thanks for reading, let me know which pens are you favorite.
During the week, I am great at keeping my time organized, because I carry my Hobonichi where I plan my days, both for work and personal life. During the weekends, however, it is a different story. I don’t use my planners much because my days are more relaxed. I do keep a log of what should be happening and what I should be doing to be ready for the week. It is not a strict plan that I stick to.
I thought it would be nice to post and write about how my weekends look like, with a planner but without a strict step by step plan of the day. How do you keep inspired during the weekends and how do you use your planners?
Thanks for reading!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Thanks so much Clara for sharing your story with us and for inspiring us to do what makes us happy!
One of the ways to buy a cover for your Hobonichi is through the official Hobonichi websitewebsite. However, if you live outside Japan and you have ordered from the Hobonichi store, you soon noticed that the shipping costs are sometimes equal to half the price of a Hobonichi book or more –depending on where you live.
What happened to me was that I placed an order for a set of things but I didn’t order a cover for my weeks Hobonichi. When I received the order I regretted not having ordered a cover, but I didn’t want to place an order whose shipping would be much more expensive than the articles themselves. This is when I started looking into alternatives for my weeks cover, and I found a few options which I thought I should share with you.
Here they are:
- What I ended up buying for my weeks was a Filofax Saffiano Zipped binder. The reason why I loved it was because the Hobonichi weeks fits perfectly, it was tons of pockets and also –the best feature of all– the rings are removable and you can use it simply as a weeks cover!
- You have Jepens.com which sells both, the hobonichi covers and the book in A6. Actually, I bought my Hobonichi in A6 from this shop and shipping was free.
- Kawaii Tokio on Etsy sells covers and some accessories as well
- Lunablue bags also sells covers on Etsy, and basically Etsy has a myriad of options to find a cover for your books
- Amazon also sells some covers
- FoxyFix sells leather covers, beware of choosing a cover that’s the right size and width.
- Gillio Giramondo has amazing leather covers as well, although more on the pricey side
So, here you have them. If you placed your Hobonichi order but forgot or didn’t want to order a cover, there are many options out there where shipping is less expensive and that are great options for your Hobonichi books.
If you have ordered covers from other places, do let me know in the comments. Thank you for stopping by!
Dreamers, but does too. “I am a dreamer but not the only one” the song says. With this in mind, I decided to open a new section where I will feature creative minds and thinkers from around the world. People who have touched my soul and/or who have crossed my path –at least through the Internet– in one way or the other. Each one of this individuals have inspired me.
With this new section, I want to pay homage to all of those amazing people, creative wanderers who have followed their hearts, written their own stories and said “F**ck it, I won’t do what you all expect me to do. I will follow my dreams, do, create and carve my own path. Yes, I will.”
This creative group of people has given me back the drive to pursue my own story, my own dreams and work hard, especially work hard! I will be featuring people from around the globe who use journals, planners, diaries, and really, who use a pen and a piece of paper to create, to let their minds and souls free and touch our spirits along the way. The men and women that you will read about here, all of them carry a journal, a planner or a diary in some shape or form, some of them even have YouTube channels, shops, and stationery physical stores. They are creators and inspire all us to do the same. I will feature their personal stories with the idea that they will encourage you to continue creating, and pursuing what really, REALLY makes you happy.
I really hope you will love it as much as I did writing about them. If you have a suggestion about who to reach out to, do let me know. Enjoy, and keep on moving forward! The world needs more of that, especially right now.
Dreamers but DO-ers
Kayla Ocampo – Creator of
Kaila’s header is “Rainbowholic is a real-life manifestation of dreamy aspirations of a Kawaii Girl who wishes to share positivity & happiness through her lifestyle blog.”
Here’s the interview I made to her. Sit back and enjoy!
Hi, I’m Kaila! I’m currently based in Saitama, Japan but I’m originally from Manila, Philippines. I’m a kawaii lifestyle blogger, content creator, and entrepreneur.
I have a lot of notebooks with me right now and they all have different purposes. I have my own schedule organizer (from Paper Stone PH) where I plot important dates and such. I use my hobonichi techo (A6) as my daily kawaii journal / diary.I recently got my own Midori Traveler’s notebook and I’m currently using it for train stamp / stamp collecting and travel documentations. I also have my own #ABCDailyJournal by my friend Abbey Sy. It’s my creative / “art” journal.
I journal to unwind and dream at the same time. I’m a big dreamer and I strongly believe that journaling / listing down your dreams and actions plans are important to keep track of your progress to realize your goals. I journal because I want to surprise myself in the future that even with all the good and bad days combined from the past months / years, I still chose to enjoy and celebrate the big and little things in my life during those documented times.Read Why I Journal / Kawaii Journaling to know more about why Kayla decided to start journaling.
I’m continuing my blog because it has a purpose. I want to somehow enlighten others on how they can also achieve their dreams by working hard and creating your own luck. I’m aiming for this blog to become a source of motivation for others (the target market person is similar to a younger version of Kaila who used to feel disheartened about many things). I decided to open my shop because I also want to share the materials / things that I’m using for my crafts. I also aspire to create and manage my own business full-time in the Philippines someday.. and that’s why I’m starting with an online store for now. I really have big dreams for my Rainbowholic business. ^^I’ve been on YouTube for many years (hardly updated haha) but it’s only been just a few months ago when I really devoted time to document my hobonichi sessions. I really enjoy creating and learning at the same time. I never actually thought that people would watch my videos but after receiving positive feedback so far.. I got more inspired to create more.
6. What is your dream and what would you say to people who are working to achieve their own dreams?
I have a lot of dreams but my ultimate dream would be to become a full-time content creator + businesswoman combined. Right now, I am still employed at my brother’s company here in Japan (still very thankful, of course). In the future, I want to build my own company both based in Japan and the Philippines. These two countries are both my homes and I’d like to fly back and forth (more freely) in the future.
To people like me who are also working to achieve their own dreams, let’s do our best effort (come what may)!! We may get discouraged or feel a little lost along the way (important life knowledge / experience masked as failures) but with eyes on the goal and a brave heart, anything is possible! Believe in the great things that we all know that we deserve. ^^
See this Related video for more of Kayla and his Rainbowholic dream
My favorite stationery shops are LoFT and Tokyu Hands.8. Who are your favorite journalers, entrepreneurs or people that you look up to?
I look up to Abbey (www.abbey-sy.com), Chichi (www.hello.chi-chi.me), Ashley (www.ashleydy.com), Reese (www.reeselansangan.com), and Allie (www.thefoureyedwonder.com). They are all amazing and super creative people and I’m proud to call them as my friends. They are just some of the many people who I look up to.
9. How did you learn to journal the way you do, and what keeps you inspired?
I learned how to journal the way I do by doing it every day and sticking with the habit. I love expressing myself, my thoughts, my beliefs, and everything through a cute / kawaii way. I keep myself inspired by staying offline, reading creative books and blogs, looking through many photos, going out & taking a walk, exercising, traveling, and the like.
10. Tell us about 2017, what are the next steps and how do your journals help you get there?
I think that 2017 will be still a continuation of everything that I started and launched this year (2016). I just want to continue and experiment with my blog, shop, and youtube channel. Definitely, my journals will help me a LOT to keep track of my progress and they will always serve as a reminder for me to stay grounded and to remember my roots and humble beginnings. My dreams may become bigger and bigger as I grow older and unlock goals but my child-at-heart nature and love for kawaii & stationery will forever stay.
Edited by author Sept, 2017: For 2018 Kayla has featured a video on her YouTube channel where she shares with us her new cover for the coming year (The hydrangea cover) in a new unboxing video. Go check it out! She has also started doing stationery tours in Japan which I plan on doing one day when I save enough for only a trip to Japan. If you are interested in her blog, below are her links. It is a true joy to watch her working on her hobonichi, read her blog and follow her on social media as she comes up with new fun hobonichi and stationery related projects.
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Thanks for reading Kayla’s story on my blog,
Thank you, Kayla, for inspiring us all!
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