Chicsparrow Deluxe Creme Brulee Pocket TN

One of the items on my TN wishlist has been the Chicsparrow Deluxe Creme Brulee, ever since I received my Pocket Classic Outlander. I really enjoyed the leather and workmanship and I knew I wanted a deluxe (a TN with pockets). The creme leather has been a staple recommendation in many TN groups, and I knew I wanted to own one. Back in November I was able to snag a discount during Black Friday, and after a long period of waiting (44 days exactly) it is finally in my hands!

The TN came wrapped in a dust bag made of this incredible suede-like cloth. It’s lovely! I’m definitely using this bag a lot!

And here she is, all set up to be my TN wallet. The Creme Brulee color is a right golden brown, and my particular piece came with interesting markings and striations on the front cover, almost like she has veins. The leather is quite stiff and thick, but I expect it will soften up with time and use.

The back shows the distinctive Chicsparrow branding.

Check out the view of the entire leather!

Here’s a quick video I made of a flipthrough of my TN wallet.

 

For those who are unable to view videos, here are some photos of the flip through.

In the front pockets I store most of my cards, identification, credit, and membership/rewards cards. I also use the back full-length pocket for this purpose, because I really have way too many cards that I bring everyday.

The first insert is a cloth insert made by @chrisella09 on Instagram. The left side are more card pockets, and the right is a zipper pocket where I store my cash.

The second insert is Ray Blake’s Daily Log Book insert, which I purchased from him as a printed book (instead of printable, because I didn’t want to have to cut my own this time). I use this as a sort of one-line daily journal. It’ll be interesting to look back at it when the year is done.

The last insert is a Field Notes Snowblind Edition, which I use as a catch-all notebook. At the back of this book I have attached a Leuchtturm pen loop to hold my very portable Pilot Birdie ballpoint pen.


At the very end of the TN is a secretarial pocket, where I put my doctor’s prescriptions, receipts, coupons, and random loose paper. There is also a built-in pen loop which is currently unused since one of my inserts has its own pen loop.

Overall I am super pleased with the Chicsparrow Deluxe Creme. The leather is lovely, smells great, and is not too heavy. The workmanship is of course quite excellent. The only thing that’s really difficult about ordering from Chicsparrow is the length of time it takes to arrive in the Philippines, but I do think it is worth it.

 

Bullet Journaling in Hobonichi Weeks

By now there have been lots of articles and blog posts already written on the topic of bullet journaling. If you’re not yet familiar with bullet journals, first check out the following: the original Bullet Journal system by Ryder Caroll, a comprehensive starter on bullet journaling by Boho Berry, and a short and humorous guide to bullet journaling by Buzzfeed. Each link is set to open in a new tab, so you can either go read those first or refer to them later on. I’ve always wanted to try out the system; I’ve incorporated some elements of it in my previous planning spreads before.

The aim of this post is to show you how to bullet journal in a Hobonichi Weeks. Or rather, I’ll show you how I do my bullet journaling in mine and maybe you can take away some ideas to incorporate in your own.

As you may know, bullet journals comprise of several sections. The beauty of the bullet journal system is the flexibility; you have complete freedom on how you lay out your journal and its components. Using the Hobonichi Weeks in this manner provides a lot of shortcuts since the Weeks already has its own sections. Here’s the basic breakdown of my Hobonichi Weeks as a bullet journal:

  • Monthly calendar – future planning
  • Weekly view – events on the days of the week, weekly task list on the right notes page
  • Notes section – index, collections, daily log

Monthly calendar = Future planning

The monthly view is just what it says. I log a list of events and tasks that will happen months in the future. I refer to the monthly calendar at the start of each week to copy any events that is scheduled for that week into the corresponding weekly view. Having this system also gives me a month-at-a-glance view of my schedule. For events or tasks that don’t have specific dates, I list them at the bottom right of the monthly page so I can remember them during the month.

Weekly view = Weekly planning

The format of this section is simple: events on the left, tasks on the right. The tasks are unfortunately not specific to the days, which sometimes causes me some problems especially for time-sensitive tasks. To address that, I put deadlines on the left as well.

Notes section – Bullet journal

Here is where I consider the bulk of my bullet journal lies. The Hobonichi Weeks conveniently already comes with its notes pages numbered, and even kindly provides an index page.

I have decided to use a pair of facing pages for each week of the year. As I wanted to leave pages for my collections in the front, I started my daily log on page 19. However, since I started using this when the weekly pages started (November 28), this will only give me enough to last until week 22 of 2017. It’s not really a big deal, since I had already bought the supplementary Hobonichi Weeks notebooks which I plan to use when the notes pages run out. On the daily entries, I use the rapid logging system to mostly list down the things that happened during the day that I thought needs recording. I put my bullet legend on a sticky note that I just transfer to the current week.

After about six weeks of doing this, I find that the two-page spread is indeed enough for one week, with space to put some decorations should I wish it. I really like the look of decorated pages, so I do put in as much decorations as I feel could fit around the entries. I use a combination of pens, stickers, washi tape, and stamps for my decorating. Here is a sample of a completed decorated page, which usually matches the design of the weekly spread for that week.

Notes section – Collections

In the pages before the “daily pages” I put enough space for the collections that I want to keep for the year. A good example would be my wishlist (which I try to minimize as much as possible!) and my order tracker which gives me an idea of which packages are still pending and how long I wait for each to arrive.

My other collections include a 2017 Goals page, a book recommendation list, and a list of my TNs.

 

So far I feel that this system is working very well. The way I see it, the weekly pages tell me what I plan to do for the week while the bullet journal at the back tells me what happened during the week. The decorations keep me interested and look forward to each week, without making me feel like I need everything to be perfect. In fact, I do get a lot of mistakes in this book which I either just cross out with a red ink or use a correction tape. As the readings I linked say, the idea of a bullet journal is that it should be a tool that suits your purpose and its versatility is its strength. Take advantage of it and shape your bullet journal the way you like it!

 

Becoming Sleek 2016 Year In Review


Becoming Sleek has become (sleek?) a fully fledged planner and stationery blog in 2016, which is just the way I wanted it. It’s time to take a look back at the year that has been.

Monthly Highlights

January saw me acquire my second Zenkraft, snagged during the holiday sale. February continued the acquisition trend, and I finally got my long-awaited pocket TN in my favorite Gav and Sav cat print, and in March I got a Hobonichi branded cover in Framboise Chocolat. April saw me getting my first Hobonichi Weeks which turned out to be my ideal planner. May was very eventful blogwise, for it was then that I got the Midori Camel passport and mini as well as my first Chicsparrow, and I finally finished my blog series on traveler’s notebook features. I went on a beach vacation in June and of course I brought along my planner stuff. More acquisition in July, this time a custom cover for the Weeks by Sunday Leather Craft. August is when I started considerably posting less due to an increased workload, but I was able to talk about a pen loop substitute for planners and journals. In September I was seriously considering which planner system to use for 2017, which I ended up deciding in favor of the Weeks in November when I realized I had achieved planner peace with it. And finally in December, I rounded out a year of acquisitions with my most extravagant purchase of a matched pair of Weeks cover and pocket TN by Jaquie Ang.

Blog Statistics

Overall this is awesome growth for my little planner blog! While the yearly post count is practically the same, I received twice the amount of pageviews both in total and in average per day, all thanks to you my wonderful readers!

What’s Coming in 2017?

2015 has been quite a year of acquisition and the trend sadly continued all throughout 2016, and honestly there are still a few more packages that are coming in from purchases in the last few weeks of the year. I am determined to streamline my collection and keep only those that really makes me happy. One of my goals is to use what I have, not only in terms of traveler’s notebooks but in all things hobby related, so expect more review posts for stationery and a lot of Hobonichi Weeks planner posts.

Folklore Prints Planner Kit January 2017 – Fresh Start

First of all, happy new year! 

One of the newcomers in the Philippine planner kit scene is Folklore Prints, who released their first kit last December. As I was super pleased with it, I knew I wanted to get the next one which happens to be the one to greet the new year. The theme for the month of January is Fresh Start which is an appropriate theme for the new year. It incorporates the Pantone color of 2017, Greenery. Let me show you the contents of this month’s kit in this virtual unboxing.

First of all, the kits come in this beautiful owl themed envelope with a handwritten sticker bearing my name.

Upon opening the kit I am greeted by a green tissue paper which matches the theme. There’s a note with another handwritten bit telling me that I received a little extra bit in the form of a cat decotape as thanks for subscribing to the first kit. I could already see that this kit is filled to the brim with awesome things! Let’s take a look at the contents.


Each kit usually comes with a set of six beautifully designed A5 cardstock. This month, one of them is personalized with my name, how awesome is that?! There is also a stack of A5 paper which I take to be a sort of letter paper which would be great to send to penpals.


This next bit really excites me! It is a cold laminated personalized dashboard and a monthly habit tracker insert, both pocket sized! I’m really looking forward to using this insert for the next year! I also got a cute little sticky note pad and a set of tabs, both very useful for planning.


One of the things I really look forward to in a planner kit is coordinated stickers, and Folklore Prints does not disappoint! I get three sheets of planner stickers and five sheets of deco stickers, both of which I’m sure I’ll be using in my planner and bullet journal. 


Since it’s the start of the year, I also got a 12-month calendar. Subscribers were asked to submit photos to be put into the calendar and of course I could not pass up the opportunity to get high quality prints of my cats. Aren’t they beautiful? I also received a set of five journal cards in the polaroid style, which would be great to use as tip ins in journals.


Lastly, I also got a pack of die cut ephemera pieces in the same theme. These are absolutely gorgeous pieces and my favorite is that adorable pair of peas!  

Overall I’m really quite pleased with the quality and design of Folklore Prints Planner Kits. They come with a whole variety of useful accessories for planners and are really designed to be used daily. I paid Php675 for the kit including shipping which I think is pretty reasonable considering the quality. This kit arrived on December 30, just in time for the coming month. My favorite has got to be the personalized calendar!

Interested in subscribing? Head on over to their website and watch out for next month’s release!

Jaquie Ang Hobonichi Weeks Cover and Pocket TN

One (well, two) of my biggest splurges this year is a pair of custom pieces made by a local leather artisan called Jaquie Ang. After ogling her Instagram account for a while, I bit the bullet and got myself a matched Hobonichi Weeks cover and a pocket sized TN in her denim gray leather. As they were both customized according to my specifications, it took about six weeks to finish but I’m happy to have gotten it before Christmas. Let me show you the jewels of my collection.

The denim gray leather is extremely supple and pliable, just the way I like it. It’s also the type of leather that marks very easily; in fact, it arrived having scratches already and it’s beautiful! Let’s take a closer look at each one.


The one I really wanted to get was the Weeks cover. While I do like the red cover that I previously had, it was obviously bigger and wider than the Weeks. The one I requested fit the Weeks like a glove, and I specified that I wanted to have the cover in cover included in the fit. It didn’t come with an external closure because I wanted the option of it being just a sleeve. I made my own elastic closure in case I want to travel with the Weeks kept shut.


The insides were kept very simple, with two full length pockets on both sides and a small secretarial pocket on the front. The back pocket is the one that anchors the Weeks (cover on cover included), while the front full pocket holds my stickers and the tiny secretarial pocket holds my Hobonichi stencil. The design isn’t really groundbreaking, but it suits my purposes very well.

I also requested a built-in pen loop on the back cover, and specified the size of pens I wanted it to fit. The pen loop is sturdy, and does in fact fit the fattest pens I normally use (Coletos and the Hobonichi pen).


Since I was already ordering a custom piece, I decided to get myself a matching pocket TN to serve as my wallet. It uses the same incredibly supple denim gray leather, and this one did come with an external elastic (though I did change it to red when I set both up).


The interior is again made to my specifications. There are full length pockets on both sides, like the Weeks cover. The additional pockets are two credit card pockets in front and a large secretarial pocket in the back. Actually I didn’t order the full length pocket at the back, but Jaquie put it in for free for structural integrity because the leather as I mentioned is really pliable. 

The TN has six internal elastics because oftentimes I like to stuff my TNs, and because of that the spine came reinforced. At the moment I using only two of the elastics but I like having the extras for future need.

Overall I’m very very happy with these two. They did not come cheap, but I feel like I got my money’s worth on both if these pieces. Did I mention they smell wonderful? If you are interested in checking out Jaquie’s other work, you could find her on both Instagram and Facebook, just search for Jaquie Ang. 

CBTL The Giving Journal 2017

One of the things I look forward to in the holiday season is the “coffee planner” offers of various coffee shops. CBTL (Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) is my preferred coffee shop and I really do like the look of their planners even if I don’t end up using them in its entirety. Last year, I attempted to use its weekly layout with notes page as a creative journal but to my sadness the paper couldn’t stand up to brush pens and fountain pens, and that killed the drive for me to use it. This year, I still got myself a CBTL Giving Journal anyway and I am planning to use it for some sort of journaling.

One of the things I like about this journal is that it only takes 12 stamps to complete. It didn’t take me long to get this, and in fact I was already able to acquire this before December.

The journal, as always, comes with a cardboard sleeve with the name of the journal and the CBTL branding.

At the back is a nice big caption with space to put your recipient’s name if you are giving this as a gift.

I chose the purple journal, to match the one I got last year. It’s great that the icon embossed on the cover was a top view of a coffee cup, which I thought was appropriate given my coffee addiction. The cover has a nice smooth leatherette/suede feel to it, and it’s a delicious shade of purple. The journal also has two ribbon bookmarks built in.

The first page is the personal information sheet.

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The next few pages are a sort of introduction. I really like how the artwork is scattered all over the place, and the doodly style of it is really appealing.

The start of each month has a sort of cover page, with a two-page artwork with an inspiring quote. It’s really beautiful, and I think it can even be colored in if one wishes.

The spread after that is a monthly overview, with top 3 priorities, goals, learnings, featured here among other things. The opposite page gives us a bit of a peek into the activities that CBTL holds for their charity.

Next we have a two-page monthly spread that starts on a Monday. Each day has a nice amount of space for either appointments or artwork, depending on how you would like to use the journal. There’s also a smaller, fainter copy of the monthly artwork on the bottom of the left page.

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The weekly pages are structured in the same manner as last year’s. The notes pages alternate between blank and lined. The weekends are grouped onto one line, which may be a turn off for some.

The very end of the book has a few pages of lined pages for any additional notes.

The back cover has a gusseted kraft pocket that has a sheet of planner stickers which are always appreciated. What surprised me about this is the branding of the sticker as being made by Viviamo, which is the company that makes the Belle De Jour group of planners. I’m not sure if that means they made the entire planner, or only the sticker sheet.

Overall I am quite pleased about the entire Giving Journal, and I am really hoping I can do it more justice than last year’s.

Do you have a CBTL Giving Journal? What do you plan to use it for? I’d love to hear about your plans!

 

 

Red Unbranded Weeks Cover

I really enjoy looking around stationery and bookstores for interesting things, and one of the these interesting things that I discovered is this very affordable standard size traveler’s notebook, which I turned into a cover for my Hobonichi Weeks. Why did I call it unbranded? It is because I could find zero traces of branding on the TN. It was actually advertised as a notepad holder, and it came with an actual notepad (mine has already been claimed by my daughter, so I couldn’t show it to you). What caught my eye is the color (a nice bright Christmassy red) and the weight (very light).

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I am pretty sure it is made of faux leather, but I have to say that the workmanship is pretty good. Let’s take a look at the outside first. On the cover is a weird blue-foiled sentence that says “Hello. I am your best friend I hope to make you dally life to be full of funny energy” which makes me think that the maker is not a native English speaker. The blue foiling is very pretty and contrasts well with the red material, but it is already beginning to fade in parts.

The elastic closure is very thick elastic, and is threaded with a metal plate stamped with “My First Step” which I thought was pretty cool. Except that it keeps wanting to turn over, and most of the time you cannot see the stamping anyway. I couldn’t figure out how to remove this metal plate without cutting off the cord, so I kept it on there as it doesn’t bother me too badly.

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The inside of the traveler’s notebook is the treasure! It comes with awesome stitched pockets! Before we focus on the pockets, I would just like to briefly point out that the TN comes with only a single elastic, and it is the same type of elastic as the outside one. As I am not actually using this as a TN, I just ignore this inside elastic. There is a felt-like fabric on the inside of the faux leather, and it is in a pleasing light blue shade that matches my Hobonichi pen.

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The left side of the cover has this interesting pocket configuration. There’s a smaller, credit-card-sized pocket on top (which I use to hold the elastic closure for the Weeks), a bigger pocket below that which I use to hold a stencil and several sticker sheets, and under all of that there is a full-length pocket that I use to hold even more sticker sheets. The shape of the pockets are very pretty and unique, and the stitching seems to be acceptable enough.

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The right side only has a full-length pocket to match the one on the left, and into this pocket I slide the back cover of the Weeks (cover on cover included!). As you can see here, there’s a small slit near the top of the pocket, where the notepad was intended to be slipped into. In here I just inserted a Weeks notebook, and there is just enough space to slide in a second pen by its clip. I also put in a small set of decorative sticky notes into the big pocket.

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Here is how it looks like when closed. The Hobonichi pen goes into the pen holder I have in the Weeks, and the Zebra Sarasa into the notepad holder, and they both seem to fit snugly into the overhang space.

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Here it is compared to my Blue Traveler’s Company TN. It pretty much has the same dimensions, although it will appear bulkier because of the pockets.

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The height is exactly the same.

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Actually the thickness doesn’t seem too different from this angle.

I’m very fortunate to discover this TN, and for the amazing price of only Php250! It’s a great Weeks cover, and I foresee using it until my custom Weeks cover arrives in December.

 

Sakura Gelly Roll Gel Pens + Blog Update

Let’s start with the important part: these wonderful pens!

Sakura Gelly Rolls are pretty much well known in the pen universe as good, nay, great, gel pens, and I’ve always wanted to try them out. After checking several places, I finally found a Sakura stand at SM Stationery (SM Makati). I helped myself to one of each type of Sakura Gelly Roll available. The best part? Each is just ~Php50 each!

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The pens are all in the same general slim, translucent barrels, with a round-ended cap and the distinctive Gelly Roll branding. The caps vary depending on the pen type. The ones I was able to try are (from top to bottom, above): Classic (in blue), Gold Shadow (in green), Metallic (in gold), and Stardust (in red). The Classic has a matte solid colored cap and nothing on the clip. The Gold Shadow has a sheeny solid cap with gold glittery stars on the clip. The Metallic has gold sparkles on a translucent cap and nothing on the clip. Finally, Stardust has a clear cap with silver sprinkles and a comet stamped on the clip. The butts of the pens also differ: the Classic and the Metallic have colored butts while the Gold Shadow and the Stardust have white/translucent butts.

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The pen tips are all pretty thick, I’d say at 1mm for all except the Classic which comes in 0.5mm. Normally I would shy away from such thick nibs but for such interesting gel pens I’m pretty okay with 1mm.

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How do they write? Pretty smoothly, and glides nicely especially on good quality paper such as the Rhodia lined pad above. The Gold Shadow and the Metallic have shiny sheeny ink, which would go nicely on things like greetings cards and gift tags. The Stardust has silver glitter in the ink and is super pretty as well! The Classic is a great generic gel pen that writes just as smoothly as the rest.

 

The sheen in the three non-Classic Gelly Rolls

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I fell immediately in love with the Metallic the most, and bought myself some extra colors to use in gift tags for the coming holidays. I’ve also seen a Sakura Gelly Roll stand in Scribe stores, so you can go buy yours there!

 

Blog Update

It’s been quite barren in my blog for a while, and this is due to several life things that got in the way. My rule has always been to deliver good quality posts, even if it takes some time, as opposed to delivering mediocre posts in a more regular posting schedule, which is what happened here. Right now, I think I’ve been finally been able to catch up with life and should now be able to resume my regular posting of stationery and planner goodness, so do watch out for that! As it is, I’d like to thank you all for sticking around and for your continuous support.

 

Hobonichi Weeks 2017 – Meow Meow Meow

A few weeks ago I wrote about having a planning dilemma of choosing between the Hobonichi Weeks and a pocket sized planner for my 2017 planning. I had been sorely tempted with a particular Weeks, the Meow Meow Meow, purely because it has cats. The more I read up about it and watched people’s Hobonichi unboxings, the more I became convinced that I had to have it. In addition I had moved back to the Weeks after a few weeks using a pocket planner, and found that I really liked the idea of having a single bound (but portable!) volume for the whole year.

When Crafty Lane opened another preorder batch, I finally decided to jump on it and order the Weeks. My package arrived about a couple of weeks ago, and I feel like I had made a good decision.

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Here is the Meow Meow Meow Weeks. It is undoubtedly pink, on the side of soft pink, with the cats embroidered on it. The cover feels very much like fabric, and compared to my 2016 Weeks it is a little bit more of a soft-cover book.

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Here is a close up of the cats. The fabric pattern is more apparent here. I really like the effect of the embroidery, and the cats are adorable. The fabric does feel like it would get dirty easily and show it in a very obvious manner, compared to the darker colored and more sturdy surface of my 2016 Weeks, which means it absolutely requires a cover.

I did already write about the innards of my 2016 Weeks, but I wanted to show what differs with the 2017 version and what I plan to use each feature for.

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The first spread after the cover is the 3-year overview. There really isn’t any difference with the 2016 version.

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The next spread is the year-on-two-pages, where each day of the year gets a tiny little box. I am not sure what I’ll use this feature for yet, but it seems to be made for some sort of tracking. Again, nothing is different here between 2016 and 2017.

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We come to the monthly views next, which spans December 2016 to March 2018. The only difference here is that the Sunday boxes have been increased by one column so that all days of the week are sized the same. It’s a small but definitely positive change. I am probably going to use this the same way, which is to record appointments so I have a visual overview of them.

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After the monthly views we come immediately to the weekly views, which comprise about half of the whole book. It starts on the first week of December, which means I can start using the Meow Meow Meow as early as November 28, 2016 (I’m so excited!), and if I’m not mistaken it goes all the way to the last week of December 2017. The biggest and most annoying change that happened with the 2017 Weeks is on the weekly spread, and that is the removal of the three lines at the bottom of the days of the week on the left hand side of the spread and was replaced with a two-page spread of the Japanese quotes. I used to put motivational phrases there, or something I really wanted to remember for that week. Now, it’s a whole five rows of unusable space, and I need to think of a way to reclaim it.

The main body of the weekly view will be used the same way as I do now, which is appointments on the left and task manager on the right. It’s working really well, so I see no reason to change it.

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After the weekly pages, we come to the bulk of the other half of the whole book: the Notes pages. We still get the index in front, and you can see here that a page has been added and now we get a total of 72 pages of notes (compared to the 71 pages of 2016). Extra pages are always welcome! There’s quite a lot of things I’m planning for this section, and it deserves its own post, but the main block of it will be used for bullet journaling.

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There are still a few pages of informational stuff after the notes pages, but they are all written in Japanese. I did appreciate this particular one, which is all about cats and dogs. I’d have a lot of fun figuring out what it’s saying, and it’ll be good Nihongo practice for me.

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Towards the end of the book we come to the address pages, which had been reduced to a single page; the 2016 one had four pages. I do understand why this change was done, as I imagine a lot of people had turned to their phones to record their contacts. I do use these pages though, for doctors’ information. I still get space for six contacts, so that may be enough for my needs.

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Lastly we come to the information page and the serial number for my particular book. Nothing has changed here between the years.

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The Weeks itself came with the sticky pocket which I think is really essential, so I’m happy they did not change this. Since this is the first time I’m using the Weeks from the beginning of the year, I also get to receive the railway map and the Life Book flyer. I forgot to include it in the photos here, but the Weeks also came with a Uni Jetstream multipen in powder blue. It turns out to be a good writer even for a ballpoint, so I’m quite pleased by this inclusion.

The changes in the 2017 Weeks are a combination of good and bad, and while the loss of the bottom section in the weekly spreads are quite substantial I think it’s not a deal breaker for me. The rest of the features have been maintained, and that is the one I really care about. Overall I still feel like I’ve found planner peace with the Hobonichi Weeks, so I am quite satisfied with my purchase.

Are you also using Hobonichi Weeks for 2017? I’d love to know how you plan to use it!

 

Planners and Journals October Planner Kit (Insertless)

It’s been a while since I subscribed to a monthly planner kit, and the reason for that is more of my having too much stuff than I can use. I had stopped subscribing for nearly a year. What made me interested again was Planners and Journals releasing their “insertless” kits! Don’t mistake me though; PnJ makes really awesome inserts, but as of yet they do not make pocket size inserts for their kits. Insertless kits are the next best thing, and at Php100 less than the usual kit price it seemed pretty reasonable. Knowing PnJ’s quality, I did not hesitate to sign up for three months.

 

 

The first month that had the insertless option was October, and October’s theme is Tea Party. Score! I love tea themes, and the overall color scheme of this kit is just awesome. I immediately filmed an unboxing in my Instagram Stories (follow me!) even though the lighting wasn’t that great. I finally got the chance to take photos for a closer look at the items in the kit. Without further ado, here are everything I got in the October Tea Party Planner Kit!

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For some reason, I focused on a big-to-small sequence. The first things that caught my eye are the papers included. PnJ, if you recall from my previous kit shares, always includes two or three sheets of cardstock that they designed for the kit. This month’s papers are stunning! I am loving the pastel blue and green color scheme with accents of rose pink and blueberry purple. Delicious!

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I’m also very happy when I saw three sheets of matching planner stickers. These are lovely designs, and I can’t wait to stick them into my planner (and journals, actually!). What I really like about these stickers are the size profile – it fits perfectly in my Hobonichi Weeks as if it’s made for that!

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Next in the kit comes two sets of beautifully designed note paper, measuring 9×11.5cm. There are ten sheets for each of the two designs, and the paper feels pretty good as per PnJ’s standards. The only problem I am facing with these is that it’s too cute to use! I must fight the tendency to hoard!

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The kit also gave a set of six journaling cards in the same theme, and boy are they triggering my hoarding tendencies too!

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Next we have a gigantic cupcake made of thick acrylic (below right), and at first I had no clue what this thing was supposed to be. It was too big and heavy to mount on a paperclip. I figured it’s probably meant to be a sort of drink coaster. I also received a cute little handmade paperclip with a gold-and-pink bow, which is always a nice touch. Perhaps my only issue with the bow clip is that it feels a little out of theme.

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Lastly we have a set of cute little ephemera in the same theme. There’s a good variety of designs, but again there’s the idea that it’s too cute to use! My favorite here are the stacked cups, super cute!

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I am very happy to have subscribed with PnJ again. I feel that Php550 per month is a very reasonable price for what I am getting, even without inserts. Check out Planners and Journals’ Instagram account for more info if you want your own kits!