Why Do I Need One?
This past month and a half I’ve been really into planners and notebooks. Partly because of inspiration online, Delphine’s post about her Hobonichi, and also a coworker of mine, who introduced me to the world of traveler’s notebooks.
As an online student, I’ve discovered that setting up a schedule is really important. Life as an online student can feel disconnected in some ways and I’ve found that I especially feel this way schedule-wise. It’s really easy to fall behind (at least in my own personal experience). Being the nerd that I am, owning a planner can be really fun! There are tons of accessories and materials available to make your planning as creative and fun as possible. And dependent on your needs, there are lots of physical and digital planners available to suit everyone’s individual tastes and needs.
As someone who likes writing things down, I own a physical planner but I know lots of people who prefer using digital calendars. Both are great!
What Are They?
The traveler’s notebook originally comes from Midori, a Japan-based paper company. The great thing about traveler’s notebooks is that they’re super customizable. Not only can you switch out covers, you can switch out the insides and even combine more than one notebook, using their elastic bands. Of course, now you can go online and find other elastic bands, notebooks and covers that aren’t from Midori. Other types of traveler’s notebooks are also called “Fauxdori” and there are a lot of different companies that offer a customizable planner experience (like Hobonichi).
The planner I’m currently using is from a K-Pop Idol’s season greeting package. If you know the size of your notebook or planner (mine is A5, for example), you can easily find a cover in different shops, like Etsy.
Personally, I love using notebooks. I use one for planning, for sketching, for writing, and for school note-taking. With a traveler’s notebook, you can just combine all those notebooks and just make it one notebook, using neat elastic bands (I still can’t get over how great elastic bands are, haha)–elastic bands are basically just fancy rubber bands. So, if you wanted to save some money, you could connect notebooks using regular rubber bands.
The best part about owning a notebook (apart from filling it out) is that you can get a sturdy cover. Unfortunately, there are a lot of leather covers and although leather can be really nice–there are so many shops online. You could easily find a non-leather alternative!
Washi tape, stickers and stamps are all great ways to personalize the inside of your notebooks and planners.
I personally really love Asian stationary stores. I have one near my area called Kinokuniya and it’s basically stationary heaven. If you’re overly obsessed like me, the type of paper and writing utensil also matters a lot. I use a multi-pen from a brand called Hi-Tec-C and you can switch out refills. It writes really nicely and even comes with pencil and eraser refill options, on top of different colored pens–so its all in one! I like using markers when I’m sketching and paper type also matters a lot.
Owning a planner has seriously changed my life! I also want to start writing in a journal (apart from my blog). It’s been a week since I started using a cover and owning a cover and being able to carry multiple notebooks in one is seriously life-changing.
In other news, I wasn’t expecting it to be more than a month before I updated (I sound like a broken record). I think I’ve just been feeling unmotivated when it comes to blogging and I also have been having a serious case of impostor syndrome–which probably could fill up another post. I also have been going to a skin clinic and although my skin has been really dry, I have been seeing slow but steady results. I had this post saved for about 3 weeks now and just remembered to post it (oops).
Thanks for reading!