by Louise Ionn
I have been planning and journaling as part of the global analogue planning and stationery community for a few years now. I won’t expand on it here, just look at @lionnuk on Instagram to follow the journey….it’s been the greatest of fun.
For some reason, I feel a strong connection with the Hobonichi Weeks and its delicate Tomoe River paper and seemingly endless capacity to absorb plans and thoughts, but ever so discretely. It works as a shopping list in the hustle and bustle of a supermarket just as easily as under the spotlight for social media. Here are some shots from my current Weeks, the Spring start ‘Kind Cat Po’, as I found the back story and imagery on the cover irresistible. I have learned so much from so many of you over the years, so here is paying it forward!
I use a Hobonichi book band and page keeper to keep the Weeks safely closed and carry two pens.
Kind Cat Po is watching over those important tasks or things I am procrastinating over as a gentle reminder. These Muji cat post-its are very sticky and remove easily from the front pocket. Don’t forget the Weeks yellow stencil is invaluable too!
Make a mini gallery inside the front cover (these were from Moo stickers, UK). Also, the gorgeous cat stickers here are washi flakes, which are so fine and delicate they add no bulk…splurge on these when you find them!
Here I have made the yearly view calendar easier to follow and added an image to make it look more like a mini wall calendar.
It’s hard to track everything, so I choose a couple of key things I would like to improve at each month and see how things go here.
Washi is one good way of marking in your holidays, the first thing I do in my monthly views. I have created a black and white / cat theme for this Weeks to try and narrow down my choices when making stationery purchases… it can get overwhelming!
Here I have used neutral page flags to accentuate the days of the week as they sometimes look a little lost. I also rule a simple line before the weekend…my finishing line for the busy week! Book darts are very fine and hold my day location, while the magnetic bookmark clips my shitajiki (under sheet) in place under my weekly tasks.
I put some basic washi down a few weeks ahead so life can go with the flow in my Weeks. The new drawer pouch from Hobonichi fits so much and is so small – these two are now inseparable!
Here I have used a folded over strip of Kitta washi to make a simple tab to find the start of my notes pages quickly.
There is a mini reference library on the first pages of my notes, mostly for information about stuff I find out or may need to refer to, like a commonplace book. The pages are all stamped at the top with the alphabet.
Here is a reference page for icons I can use throughout the Weeks. I add to them when needed and they can be personalised to suit you. No more searching for or buying icon stickers here!
This page from last year shows just how versatile the back notes section is for journaling, and the paper is wonderful with watercolour – just not every day…. that’s where the A6 techo comes in!
Thanks to Hobonichi for these great stretching exercises too…no translation required!
Sadly, I can’t read the wisdom being imparted on these pages, so they become storage for little sheets of paper I can hand out as notes to friends.
Don’t forget to put the ‘My 100’ pages to good use. I found 100 too daunting, so I divided it into 4 lots of 25. The very thin grey washi is a great standby tool for dividing lines.
This little sticker keeper was in the Hobonichi store in 2015. It’s long gone, but I do wish it would make a reappearance!
Here I have used a Midori film pocket sticker to keep a photo and lastly, a Hobonichi Weeks notebook in the back for more long term notes I can move from year to year.
Hi all! I am a teacher from the UK, originally from Australia. I would like to dedicate this article to the Japanese friends from Kagoshima I met when I was a teenager. We lost touch after many letters (was pre-email!) but they instilled a life-long love of Japanese stationery.