Posted in Musings

Conquering the Blank Page

Many of us are daunted by the blank page. We excitedly open our journals so ready to write and create and then nothing. We don’t know what to write or draw and we fear “messing up” the page…

FEAR can have two meanings:

  • Forget Everything And Run, or
  • Face Everything And Rise

Hobo Girl chooses to Face Everything and Rise, including the blank white page! Continue reading “Conquering the Blank Page”

Posted in Tools of the Trade

Stickers, Stencils, and Stamps

My oh my. We’ve reached the slippery slope of decorating and doodling in your planner…

There are two distinct camps on this topic:

  • Those who believe a planner is for “strictly planning.”
  • Those who believe a page in a book — any book — is fair game for artful decoration.

Being the weirdo that I am, I stand firmly IN THE MIDDLE! As an artist, I absolutely frickin’ love the creativity of artists and doodlers alike who create such beautiful masterpieces in their journals. It would make me not want to write on the same page! At the same time, the author in me makes me in love with the minimalist strictly planning pages that are all over Instagram too. Just words on a page. Bliss. Continue reading “Stickers, Stencils, and Stamps”

Posted in Musings

To Cover or Not to Cover? That is the Question…

The Hobonichi Techo is not a hardcover book. The cover is, however, stiff cardstock and very durable. Many go without covering their Techo. Many more pour hundreds of dollars into getting just the right cover(s) to complement their book. Covers, as well as Cover-On-Covers, are available through many outlets with the Hobonichi Store being the main source. There are something like 44 different covers available for the Techo Original & Planner alone…

Whether or not to put a cover on your hobo is a personal choice. Continue reading “To Cover or Not to Cover? That is the Question…”

Posted in Musings

Hobo Uses

As much as I love love love the Hobonichi, there is one drawback — the possible uses are endless!

I ranted and raved for paragraphs last week about TRP. I discussed the other features of the Techo such as the Yearly Index and Daily Pages. I spoke on how well fountain pens take to the page. However, I never talked about any of the many uses of the Hobonichi Techo. So this week, we talk uses… Continue reading “Hobo Uses”

Posted in Musings

Hobonichi Explained…

Soooooooo… What exactly is a Hobonichi anyway?

Glad you asked that question! The Hobonichi Techno is a planner made in Japan which contains the whole year in one book. It comes in several different styles:

  1. The Hobonichi Techo Original, the original Hobonichi Techo written in Japanese and is A6 sized.
  2. The Hobonichi Techo Planner, the English version of the Original Techo, in A6 size.
  3. The Hobonichi Techo Cousin, the A5 sized version of the Hobonichi Original, written in Japanese.
    1. The Hobonichi Techo Cousin Avec, the Hobonichi Cousin broken into 2 separate books spanning six months each.
  4. The Hobonichi Techo Weeks, the smallest Techo – wallet sized, broken down into the 52 weeks of the year.

There is a Techo version available for everyone! Continue reading “Hobonichi Explained…”

Posted in Musings

2017 Will Be Hobo Heaven!

I learned about the Hobonichi Techo a couple of years ago but never acted it on it. I fell down the traveler’s notebook rabbit hole instead…

I love traveler’s notebooks. They are the ultimate in flexibility while still being able to have everything in “one book.” The ability to put different types of inserts together into one notebook cover allows you unlimited customization options. The drawback: having to purchase multiple inserts throughout the year as they get filled up. And not only do you have to buy multiples throughout the year, you’ll have to have a storage solution for all of the completed inserts unless you aren’t planning to document your life. Then you can just toss the used inserts.

Thus we have the deal breaker for me… Continue reading “2017 Will Be Hobo Heaven!”