Planner Peek: The Hobonichi Weeks and a Fauxbonichi Journal

Today is going to be a quick post because I have to get myself together for the RT Convention next week, but I wanted to pass along a little planner p0rn. :)

So y'all know that I have a planner and journal obsession. And the journey to "planner peace" is an ongoing one, which means I'm always poking around the internet and looking at all the options. Well, recently, I came across the world of Hobonichis and Fauxbonichis. What the heck is that?

Well, the Hobonichi is a Japanese planner that has a cult following because of the clever layout and the amazing paper--Tomoe River paper. This paper is very thin but can take fountain pens, watercolors, etc. without bleed through, which means that a lot of people use these planners as art journals. Just go on Instagram or Pinterest and search Hobonichi to see. It's amazing what some people do in them. And even if you don't use it for art, the layout is great. The Techo and Cousin versions offer monthly, weekly, and daily layouts all in the same planner. Hard to find. I'm strongly considering buying the Hobonichi Cousin (which is an A5 size) next year. But right now I'm sticking to my modified Happy Planner for my planning (I've put the Day Designer aside for a while because I missed my weekly view.).

However, Hobonichi has a wallet-sized weekly version. And when I saw that, I knew I wanted one. I don't travel with my planner because it's too big. But I needed something to have with me in my purse for when I make appointments and such. Yes, I could use my phone. But I don't work well with electronic calendars. This Hobonichi Weeks would be the perfect size. Plus, I get the Tomoe River paper and they offer an April start version. So I ordered one, and I have to say, it is really lovely. The paper is almost Bible page thin but they weren't lying about the no bleed through. That's impressive. And bonus, the travel wallet/passport keeper I bought fits the Hobonichi Weeks perfectly so I don't have to get another cover. Yay! Isn't it pretty?

Hobonichi Weeks

If you want to check it out, Amazon still has a few Hobonichi Weeks left last I checked, though I think pink is sold out. You can also get them directly from the Hobonichi store, but you do have to use a yen to dollars converter to figure out your costs. And here's the wallet. I did a lot of research trying to find one that would be the right size since there aren't a lot of options for covers for the Weeks version. This wallet comes in a number of different cute colors, is well made, and has the RFID blocking to protect your cards and passports from scanning. I was really pleased with it.

On to Fauxbonichis...

But after doing so much research on the Hobonichis, I discovered that people are doing DIY versions called Fauxbonichis to do their art journaling. (MissVickiBee seems to be the one who came up with this idea. Here's a link to her video about it.) This intrigued me because it would give me a chance to try out art journaling before committing to a pricier Hobonichi Cousin. I am notorious for giving up on journals and diaries. I've never been able to stick with one. But the idea of doodling in a journal and using it more as a memory keeper than a introspective diary type thing appealed to me. So I watched some YouTube videos (as you do) and decided to give it a try in a Leuchtturm journal I already had. (This is the one I have if you want to check it out.)

Well, I have been having so much fun with it! I'm hooked. I think it's serving as a relaxation tool like some people use coloring books. I get to draw and doodle and color, but at the same time, I'm keeping a record of memories and making a keepsake. This is also a nice lesson in fighting against my perfectionism because I CAN'T DRAW, lol. I have to accept that it's not going to look like those beautiful art journals I see on Instagram or Pinterest. And that's okay. The process is fun and I get a little thrill when what I draw actually resembles what I was attempting, lol.

So here are a few pages from my journal. The top sort of resembles the layout of a Hobonichi Techo, but I altered it to fit my own needs, including a place for a mood doodle. He's my favorite part. I've named him Moody Milton. :) I also record the weather for the day and use a little washi tape to brighten it up.


The pens I'm using are the Faber Castell PITT Artist pens to make the black lines and the Stabilos for colored drawing. Then I fill in with Steadtler colored pencils. Go ahead and judge me for having all those pens, lol. You can really use any pens you want. Just check for bleed through first because though the paper is very nice, it's not the Tomoe River. Some pens and markers will bleed through.

I use  this stencil  to make my lines and draw my little suns. 

I use this stencil to make my lines and draw my little suns. 

I've been having way too much fun with it and so far. And if you're intimidated by the drawing thing like I was, I've found that the easiest thing for me is to google, "how to draw (blank)" and once I see simple images, I can reproduce them somewhat. I have a hard time just drawing something from scratch without inspiration to look at. You may have no trouble at all, but if you're drawing-impaired like me that might help. :)

Well, this post turned out longer than I thought, lol. But I hope I've maybe given you some ideas and inspiration. Let me know if you decide to give any of this a try!

Also, I won't be blogging next week because I'll be at the RT Booklovers Convention, so see you in a week! :)



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What I'm Loving: Tiny Planner Stickers & Erasable Pens That Actually Work

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Hey guys! So if you read my post last week on Finding the Right Planner, you know that I'm currently in mad love with my Day Designer. Yay for planner peace! And I also mentioned that I'm dialing back decorating my planner because it wasn't working for me. However, that doesn't mean that my planner has to be dull. 

I bought these cute stickers from Faye Creates on Etsy and they are perfect for the Day Designer without being too busy or overwhelming. I have stickers for word count, yoga, dinner, date nights, blogging, reading, planning, etc. But they are tiny and fit on one line of the Day Designer and are uniform looking--which helps me by having a streamlined, non-distracting look.

Aren't they cute? A little pop of color and functional.

Okay, so that's my sticker plan. Next, my new favorite pens. One of the things I hear a lot of people talk about is how they buy a pretty planner or notebook and then don't want to mess it up by, you know, actually WRITING in it. Lol. I so get that. I can be a perfectionist. But the whole point of getting my planner was to help me be more organized and to streamline things and make it easier. Trying to write and decorate perfectly so that it's ready for a Pinterest photo shoot is not what I need my planner to be. (Not that there's anything wrong with the fun decorated planners. I love looking at those and the creativity people put into them. It's just not my need right now.)

So, how did I get over that "I'm going to mess it up" worry? Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens. I'd heard about these in a few groups, but I was worried it was going to be like the erasable pens of the 80s/90s--you know, the ones that tore the paper and made everything look messy? But these are definitely not like that. The ink flows nicely, they have pretty colors, and they erase by heat/friction. So you rub the end of the pen over it like an eraser and the heat makes the ink disappear. (Side note: I wouldn't use these pens if you're writing something that you want to last years or be a keepsake. Or to sign legal documents. I haven't had any issues with them, but if heat can make the ink disappear, you don't want to risk something important getting erased if it's put in the attic or left in the sun in a hot car.)

And for those things that you aren't worried about erasing, I heart the PaperMate Flair pens. They write really well and come in SO many different colors. Oddly enough, my favorite color of the bunch is the navy blue. It's different than a standard blue pen and I love the rich color of it. I've even been brave enough to use these in my planner for events or tasks I know I won't need to erase. :)

Also, a quick note, someone asked me recently if I have all these colors of pens because I color code things in my planner. I don't. I liked the IDEA of color-coding, but when I've tried it in the past, I've found that it's detrimental to the whole "write everything down" plan. If I'm color-coding and don't have the needed color right at hand, I won't write it down. If I don't write it down, it will be forgotten. So I use these colors at will. Sometimes I just use one color for a whole day. Other times I change it around. There's no rhyme or reason to it. All I want to do is make sure that the schedule and to-do list get written. The color is only for my enjoyment.

Okay, so those are my picks. What kind of pens and/or stickers do you like to use? Do you have different pens for different tasks? And do you color code?


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