2016 planner setup

Around this time last year I was awaiting the arrival of three planners. All three bought on a sleep-deprived crazy moment.

A couple of months into the new year, I’d decided that I had chosen poorly and needed to plan for planning. I found the Midori, the Bullet Journal and Hobonichi. And my goodness, are they beautiful.

Over the year, messing around with layouts and ideas, I came to realize that what I needed was a weekly task layout and a way to keep track of long-term plans and random information. I love random information.

So this here…..is my starting setup for 2016.

A Hobonichi Weeks and a wide Fauxdori/Vandori from VanHook & Co. I love the tri-color pen that comes with Hobonichi planners.

Although I loved my forays into Hobonichi-hood, as mentioned above, I need a weekly layout. The Weeks let’s me have the lovely Tomoe River Paper, and a dated planner that fits nicely in my purse.

The Vandori gives me what the Midori system is loved most for…being able to morph into pretty much  whatever you want. During 2016, I have about 2-3 main events that will take over my life, one of them being our impending move later this year; and although we still have no clue where we’re going yet, there is about a million and one things to do, including reducing the moving load.
Part of the ‘not knowing where’, includes not knowing what size of house/apartment/abode we have to prepare for and reducing what we have is a must. When we arrived in Alaska we had about three pieces of furniture and they were the kind that could be pulled apart for travel. We have acquired a few things in the last 3+ years and have to figure out how to move with them, yay! A part of me is glad my husband is close to retirement.

So my Vandori has three inserts: brain dump, planning move and long-term goals. I decided to start a “100 things in 10 years” bucket list kind of projects and it’ll travel with the Vandori for the coming years. The inserts are two May Designs notebooks and one Moleskine cahier. I wish the May Designs were cheaper and had less pink in their layouts, haha.
The triple rivet bookmark I got from Hobonichi as well.

 

And that’s about it for my super duper fancy planning. I still don’t do stickers, washi or fancy pens. I like to doodle from time to time, but that has to wait until I have actual time. Exciting my planning is!

We did acquire a large desk calendar and hung it from the wall, so we could ‘sync’ our appointments and plans a little more easily.

I hope your 2016 has so far been great for everyone!

Hobodori 2.0 and One Book July 2015 update

One Book July 2015 is halfway done. If you participated this year, what have you learned about your planning style?

My Hobodori planner has become my Hobodori System. The Hobonichi and Moleskines combo work very well, but they needed to split up. Why?

I ended up feeling the need to separate my daily planning from my journaling and writing.


So, the Hobodori 2.0 is in fact a split system that works together.
Allow me to break it down, along with my One Book July 2015 update:

1. On Day 1, I forgot to add: a pad of sticky notes. I always keep one in my purse.

2. The Hobonichi side:
Now flying solo in the Kokuyo cover. I absolutely love this notebook/planner. From the Tƍmoe River paper to the grid. I’d often heard the Tƍmoe described as “Bible paper”, and I agree. It’s very thin and smooth, and it feels wonderful to write on it.
I only write with a pen, so I can’t attest to Tƍmoe’s abilitiy to take just about every single writing/color/art media around.

Because it is so thin there is some shadow of a ghost on the backside of the page; and it doesn’t particularly bother me. When it comes to writing pressure, I’m somewhat average. You can feel it on the back of the page as well, but I like the “used” texture it creates on the pages.

Unlike the full 12 month Hobonichi Cousin, the Avec does not have a weekly layout. I did not think this was going to be an issue for me, since I don’t have many appointments, but I was surprised to find I actually miss it.
I started listing/notating holidays, events, etc on the monthly layout and journaling on the dailies.
I found I missed the weekly layout for appointments and other week to week occurrences.
I even though about getting a weekly calendar to use for the rest of the year, but I think I will make do with what I have in the setup for now. Sticky notes can help me with appointments.

I have, however, decided that I will be getting the full year Hobonichi Cousin for next year. I like the A5 size and I have plans for the layouts.

Sorry about the lack of interior pictures. I’ve been journaling personal material and you’d just end up staring at a blurred out picture if I put them online.

The Avec on its own in the Kokuyo cover fits quite nicely. I’m hoping the full Cousin will fit there, considering that the Avec and two Moleskines fit comfortably. Just in case, I’ll start saving money for an actual Hobonichi cover.

3. The Midori side:
I really, really love the concept of the Midori Travelers Notebook. I wish I’d found out about them years ago.

Why didn’t I get one now?

– Size. The regular size seemed a bit awkward. The passport seemed a bit small.

– The placement of the closing elastic on the back cover. I’ve never held a real Midori, so I don’t know this for sure, but I feel like it would bother writing on that side of the notebook. Real Midori users, please feel free to correct me. I’m curious.

– Availability of inserts. I know that there’s 1000+ tutorials on how to make your own inserts. But I have a limited amount of time in which to work. I type up posts, edit and upload pictures for this blog on my phone, between baby naps, meals and other housework. My crafty endeavours need to be very easy and very small. Measuring, cutting and binding inserts would take too long for me at this point.
I could, of course, order Midori inserts or Etsy inserts, but I’d still end up with shipping costs and wait time.

{……….I really need to open my own stationery store}

I like using Moleskine in part because I can just go to the bookstore and buy a couple of packs of three cahiers, and they work well with my A5 setup.
I’m sure that if I had found out about the Midori when we were stationed in Japan, I would’ve had the opposite situation. Moleskines would’ve required shipping and the MTN inserts would’ve been a drive away. In the end, it’s more an issue of availability over size.

So…..the Moleskine are out of the Kokuyo cover. Where have they gone, you ask?

I’ve been doing a Konmari purge/house cleaning (more on that on another post). I found a couple of things I could sell, so I went ahead and jumped into the Fauxdori wagon.


The Vandori, sold by VanHook and Co. , is made from tooled leather, has 4 elastics, spine closure and is beatiful. It popped up on Instagram as one of the more affordable leather Fauxdoris.
I ordered the A5 size and it fit the Moleskines nicely. I don’t have a lot in it right now, just two different writing notebooks. I’m trying, within the limits of my randomness, to remain with my One Book July setup.
I do plan on adding more to it after July. There are good tutorials for folders that seem quick projects.

Do I still long for an original Midori TN? Kind of. It is the doom of your hobbies. My husband has the same issue with camera equipment.

I know myself well enough that at least a passport size Midori might end up on my table someday. I’ll have to keep up with the Konmari cleaning and sell more things, haha.

What else has changed in my setup?

– A quick pen loop for my Hobonichi. Quick project by Robyn Lott.
– My food log hasn’t gone into the Vandori. I’m leaning towards keeping daily life in the Kokuyo and writing in the Dori. I have, however, left the food log in one of the cover’s outer sleeves, so I can grab it easily.


The Hobodori System 2.0 has expanded and morphed some, but I am definitely enjoying it!

I wish you all a great day!