Hey guys! I’ve always liked the idea of a planner, but I struggle to keep interest in it. I recently came across really cute pictures that inspired me to take a creative approach to it. If you look up #hobonichi or #planneraddict on instagram you will find people making cute planners decorated with drawings, stickers, washi tape,and photos. I love the visual aspect that gives it an art journal quality.
image from Mike-Inu’s Tumblr
This is a Hoboinichi, a popular brand of Japanese planners. It is popular for being versatile, easy to customize, and nice quality. Some people even use it as a diary. I mention Hobonichi because through its hashtag I found really cute pages that inspired me. An American equivalent is named Filofax.
So I started my own planner in early April using a small sketchbook. I ripped out the monthly calendar page from a planner I bought last year and I pasted April and May in my sketchbook. I’m glad a few usable months were still left. I created blocks on the blank pages to create daily entries, to do lists, and occasionally journal like entries. I picked up a couple of washi tapes at a Japanese store. I already have stickers and cute memo pad papers .
I also make my own stickers. I’ve been doodling cute things, coloring them, and cutting them out to put into my planner. I enjoy that it makes it more personal and specific to my interests. It helps because I can’t paint or use markers directly in my sketchbook due to its thin paper.
Here are some of my favorite pages I’ve done so far.
Another trick I found was using the top of memo paper as well as the area underneath. I also seen people add several little papers.
Washi tape makes cute little borders and a good bookmark for special pages. I like to throw in the other things such as tea bag labels, movie stubs, or tags from purchases.
This way of using a planner is relaxing, helps me remember what I need to to, and also help me see what I have been able to accomplish.
Here are some awesome people I found and helped inspire me on this project!
Hobonichi LIFE – youtube
44non0904 on Instagram
@jennillustrations – instagram – where I first saw Hobonichi pages!
Let me know what you think! Do any of you keep a journal or planner?