Hobonichi Journal: A5 or A6?
Hey hey Ladies! I’m back on the blog today to talk about my Hobonichi Journal. I need your help!
If you aren’t familiar with Hobonichi, it’s a lovely brand out of Japan that sells gorgeous planners and other stationary. Their planners are made with Tomoe River paper and are laid out beautifully.
I have been getting back into journaling this year and was searching YouTube for inspiration. I ran onto a channel that I absolutely love called Sailor Mimzy. She does these awesome layouts, often in a Hobonichi. I love how she combines cut outs and hand drawn characters to document her days. I already knew that I loved the tomoe river paper, and also loved using water color.
I decided to start a Hobonichi Journal for 2017. Here’s what happened:
So, I placed my first order for the A6 size, thinking it would be nice a compact, and there wouldn’t be a lot of pressure to fill up a huge page per day. The box came in and I was soooooo excited! But then I was like “Well, this sure is Small!!” So I faffed around for a couple of days and decided to place (yet another) order. All the way from Japan. With really expensive shipping and handling. Jesus.
Hobonichi Techo Original 2017
This is the A6 size. It’s a spring start, which means the daily pages begin April 1. This is perfect since I didn’t decide to start journaling in a Hobonichi until mid-January. It’s beautiful.
It starts with 2 months to a page. You can use this spread to mark vacation, track holidays or travel, or even use it as a habit tracker like you might in a bullet journal.
Then we progress into the monthly spreads. I love the layout, and how white and pretty the paper is. Don’t you just love a brand new book?
Now the daily pages start. The A6 version does not come with the weekly spreads included, although you can purchase a separate weekly booklet in the same size. I do like the size of the daily pages.
Each daily page has the month and day number at the top, and the colors change by month. The colors are lovely and muted.
Hobonichi Techo Cousin Spring Start 2017
Of course, the A5 is much larger. It’s also a spring start.
It begins with the same future log, only it’s bigger and there are three months to a page.
Then we move to the monthly spreads. Again, really pretty layout with larger boxes. I may use the monthly for a doodle per day.
Next is the weekly spreads. I actually really really like this vertical layout with the hours listed. It would be perfect to be an index for the daily pages to come. I think if I end up using the A5 I’ll list out the most important things that happen on each day so that I can go back and find them easier.
The daily pages are next. Again we have the lovely white paper with muted colors that change by the month. They are so big and pretty. But maybe too big and pretty?
And here’s a closeup of the daily page in the Cousin. Ugh. I love it. Love that it has the phases of the moon as well, and the 5 check boxes at the top could be really useful for anything to what your current top 5 songs are, to 5 random things that happened that day.
Here’s the video:
I do a fair amount of rambling, even though I’ve not been drinking. Lol. I do get side tracked, show some current journaling in my weeks from last year, and tell a funny story about some coyotes in my neighborhood.
So ladies, I need your feedback to make a decision. What do I do? How do I choose a size? I’d love to choose one and commit for the rest of the year. So, do I go with the smaller size, so there’s less pressure to fill up a big page a day? And risk running out of room? Or do I choose the bigger size and know I’ve got space enough, and risk ending up with some partially empty pages? Help!!
Let me know in the comments below what you’d do? Do you journal? What do you use?
Interested in getting a Hobonichi? Go here.
So glad you stopped by. See you again in about a week!!