Planner Picks for 2016

Mid-November is a good time to decide which planner I am using for 2016, and I think most people are also making their own picks. I want to share mine to give my readers some ideas for their own choices.

For daily planning: Hobonichi A6

Image credits: Hobonichi official store
Image credits: Hobonichi official store

As seen by my back to basics planning challenge, I am doing quite well with the day-per-page format of planning. This convinces me that investing in a Hobonichi A6 is not a bad idea, and it will definitely not go to waste as this kind of planning works for me. A Hobonichi A6 planner goes for about Php1.8k at Scribe Writing Essentials. Definitely not an easy decision, but I really wanted to try out the system and the fabled paper quality and I have made enough research to justify the expense.

For blog planning: Traveler’s notebook – my own layout, or a monthly layout with notes pages


My current layout with my blog planner seems to work well for me. I have enough space to plan until January 2016 in my current insert. I might just continue with the same format which is not a bad idea since I have a lot of unlined inserts stocked. Or I could go with a monthly planner that has some weekly pages in between, or better yet, one that has notes pages in between months. I think there are quite a bit of options for this, and some might even be free!

For daily gratitude journaling: BDJ Petit Planner


I really liked how the Petit Planner is very similar to how the Hobonichi looks. The weekly layout gives just enough space for a daily gratitude list, which is something I wanted to try doing and 2016 seemed like a good place to start.

Runners up: CBTL Giving Journal, Filed Scribble or Doodle Planner, Midori Pouch Planner, Leuchtturm Planner

These planners are all on my wishlist for some time, and each of them have their own strengths. I will probably not get any of them (well, maybe one or two? haha) since to be honest the day-per-page system of the Hobonichi should be enough for my daily needs.

Which planner/s are you using for 2016?

Round Up: Traveler’s Notebook Haul

Over the past month or so I’ve been on a binge buying of most of the known local makers of traveler’s notebooks. Here is a round up of all of them in the order of acquisition, as well as a short comment on what I liked about each one. Clicking on the photos will take you to the individual haul posts with more photos of each TN.

Macata TN by CNPapercrafts


The faux leather that they use for the Macata is the closest in stiffness and general feel to the Midori. Most Macatas are made naturally wide, and can hold a ton of inserts. It is a great affordable alternative and a good entry into the world of traveler’s notebooks.


Scarlet Dailydori by Planners and Journals


The only maker offering true leather, and their leather is beautiful and soft. They come with first-rate inserts as well.


Dark Brown Notedori by NotedJournalPH


Another good entry into traveler’s notebooks. The main difference with Macata is that they have a felt inside lining while Macata is more cloth-like.


Rouge Polkas Shutterdori by


If leather or faux leather is not your cup of tea, then fabric might be the way to go. Shutterdori is the more affordable option, although the notebook is built to hold less inserts. They support a livelihood program for local women.


Clock Sewdori by Gav and Sav


Another fabric TN, unique in their defined spine and the way their elastics are stringed. It is very sturdy, and comes in a variety of delightful designs. They are a special education (SPED) advocate.


Words TN by Aireescreates


The only paper TN, but it is also such a work of art! Being paper makes it incredibly lightweight yet it is tear resistant. The TNs and the rest of Airees’ products are made with the help of artisans from Mindanao.


Quest Journal by Belle De Jour


Comes in a really nice pastel pink color, and is similar to Macata and Notedori in terms of build. It is quite possibly the only one that will be readily available in big box stores such as Fully Booked.

Belle de Jour Quest Planner, Petit Planner, and Washi Tapes

Author’s note: I don’t usually do double posting on a day, but I thought this was worth publishing early for the benefit of people interested in buying these products while on sale.

This is actually an unexpected haul, but I got myself a few of Belle De Jour’s new paper products. I ordered these through their online store, which is currently having a sale that ends October 25!


Specifically, I got the Quest Journal (left), the Petit Planner 2016 (top right), and their two washi tape sets (bottom right). First let’s talk about the Quest Journal.


The Quest Journal is BDJ’s version of traveler’s notebook. It comes in only the regular size, and has two color options. I got myself this talc pink one (the other option is cool taupe), which comes with two inserts and a zip pocket/card holder insert. I thought this was a fair deal at the full price Php680, but is even better at the discounted price of Php500!


The cover material is quite stiff and smells like paint. The inside is a brown felt material. As you can see here, the back is embossed with Viviamo’s logo. The arrangement of the inside elastic is similar to that of Midori, but the outside closure is a spine closure. The elastics are black, and the holes do not have eyelets.


As I said, it comes with two inserts (one blank, one grid) with kraft covers. The paper quality seems a tad better than printer paper, but I have not yet personally written on it to really evaluate properly. The zip pocket/card holder insert seems fairly sturdy, but made rather on the narrow side. It can probably wrap around only one insert at best. The cover itself is made on the wide side, so I expect it can hold maybe four inserts quite comfortably.


The Petit Planner 2016 is an adorable little notebook in A6 size. If you are familiar with the Hobonichi Techo, then the Petit Planner is exactly the size and thickness of the A6 Techo. The main differences of course are that this is regular BDJ planner paper (Techo has Tomoe River paper) and this is a weekly planner (Techo is daily). The regular price of the Petit Planner is at Php320 which is pretty fair, but is even better at the discounted price of Php250.

I made a gallery of the inside pages in case you want to know what’s in there. Make sure to click and scroll for a bigger view, and read the captions for my comments!


Lastly I got myself all the washi tapes that Belle De Jour released. The regular price of these are Php100 for the set of two at the bottom, and Php 150 for the set of three at the top. The discounted prices are Php50 and Php75 respectively, which is a steal! It ends up at Php25 per roll!


The quality is surprisingly nice for such an affordable washi tape. They are 15mm in width and 5 meters in length. Really, it’s not bad even at full price! The designs are pretty cute too, and my favorite turns out to be the one with the birds.

There you go! I hope you got a lot more insight into the new offerings of Belle De Jour. If you want to avail of the discount, hurry over to their shop and buy now! Remember, the sale ends October 25.

Disclaimer: All products were bought with my own money.