The Hobodori 1.0

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If you’re in the planner universe, you’ll be used to all the funky names for planner combinations. The KikkiCondren, the Fauxdori, the Fauxbonichi, etc.

Meet the Hobodori. What in tarnation am I talking about?

A Hobonichi-Midori Travelers’ Notebook mashup (someone out there has a Midorichi).

My mind jumps around a lot, so bear with me.
It all started with this picture:

I’d decided not to buy materials to make a Fauxdori for the time being,  but I kept looking around at what other people where making, because I obsess about researching.

Thus, I found the Filodori (Filofax+Midori), clicked on the hashtag and my brain flipped a little. People where removing the binder rings from their Filofax covers, making holes on he cover (some adding eyelets), threading elastic string and voilĂĄ ….Midori cover.

It attracted me immediately for one very important reason: I’m very rough on the items I carry around. It just happens.
While the idea of a Fauxdori seemed interesting, I wasn’t sure how well the basic cover would hold up to me being me. But the idea of spending that much on a ring-bound planner, to then make holes in it wasn’t very exciting.

Much clicking of links took me to the Flexdori and it seemed a better solution. A basic notebook cover turned Midori cover using a plastic insert and elastic bands.
So, I looked up the Flex line at Filofax and boy is it expensive. Specially since the Flex are very limited in the U.S. store, so it would imply international shipping prices. Not to mention that their cheapest offering was in Magenta, which is happily tap dancing in my “oh, hell no” color list.

Back to the drawing board!

I started looking for other notebook covers, which could be sourced locally or nationally and in colors/designs that didn’t make me cringe.

I did think of Oberon designsI have bought two of their electronic covers in past years and not only are they gorgeous, they’ve put up with an awful lot of mistreatment from me and are still shining. I found a video where someone used an Oberon journal cover for their Hobonichi. I asked them about it and they were spot on with their answer: the cover button would get in the way. So, I moved on.
[Oberon designs does make some amazing covers in general and I heartily recommend them. I love mine. They just didn’t work for my purposes in this case. I did email them about Midori covers a while back and they seemed interested, so fingers crossed. How many times do you think I can type the word cover in a sentence?].

The search continued. And it somehow landed me on this post by Patrick Ng. The Kokuyo Systemic Refillable Notebook Cover looked like a promising idea. They have a new ‘model’ for this product, but I liked the original better.

I’ve enjoyed Kokuyo Campus products before. I own B5 and A5 binders by them and their filler paper is very good quality.

I wasn’t aware they sold a notebook cover, so I went looking for info on it, and I ordered one from JetPens. You can also purchase it through Amazon and other vendors.

The cover is offered in black/grey and red/grey in both A5 and B5. It is made of canvas, comes with one notebook (fits two Kokuyo Campus notebooks) and features two bookmarks, elastic closesure and the fabric layering on the outside creates pockets to store pens, papers, etc. on both sides.
I do have to warn you, that there is a bit of a smell to the cover and notebook when you pull them out of the wrapper. Plastic-y. I set them out on the counter overnight to air and it’s pretty much gone.

[Planner charm by LittleWitchHandmade]

The Kokuyo fits the Hobonichi like a glove. Right now I have the Avec, the included Campus notebook (for writing) and a Moleskine (food log) in it.

I tried doing a Flexdori type insert, but I think I need a sturdier material for it to be successful.  I will be trying again, once I can figure out what to use (I have a few ideas in the works). I don’t mind leaving the Moleskine loose for the time being. The notebook cover keeps everything tightly together once it’s closed. I’m not posting a picture of it, because I’m still playing with the design.

The cover does fit about four Moleskine if you’re thinking down the Midori road.

Have I considered making a Hobodori out of a Hobonichi cover? Yeeeees @_@

It will require saving many many pennies and waiting  until next year. If you try it out, do let me know how it works for you.

I haven’t worked too much with the Avec, because it isn’t July yet. I’ve entered birthdays, anniversaries, etc. So far I’m liking the paper and I think it’s going to work well for me. I have come to notice, though, just from writing things here and there, that grid paper is my friend and my next Moleskine cahier purchase will be in grids.

I tested out the multicolor pen that came with it on a sticky note. I’d forgotten how much I love Uni fine points and ink.

I also found some nice stickers at Michaels and couldn’t help myself. All planners need a sense of humor and what better way to decorate the inside cover of your planner, haha.

The Hobodori keeps on trucking and I’ll keep on working with it. Hopefully, version 1.0 will give way to a greater 2.0. I can tell you this…..planner peace is settling in.

Thanks for reading!