It arrived: Hobonichi Planner 2014!!

So what I didn’t realise when I ordered it was that they were on holiday until 7th Jan (seems odd to me for people in the diary business to close for such a long time over christmas,  but what do I know…) so it only arrived a few days ago, and of course I wasn’t home so had to get it from the post office yesterday…

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New Brand Find: MUCU

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My boyfriend bought me a really nice little notepad for Christmas – he knows stationery is the way to my heart! (He also bought me Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats which was a TOTAL dream come true and I have wanted for years, but that’s a different story!!!).

As you can see it’s a reporter style flip notepad, secured with a fabric elastic band. When you open up, it’s a ring-bound, grid pad.

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New Year, New Blog!

Ok, well here I go. 2014 starts with a new blog about one of my interests… Stationery!

The best place to start in January is with diaries.

Now, I’ve been completely unorganised (precisely why I need a diary, I suppose), and left it until the last few days in December to order one. It’s winging it’s way here from Japan at the moment (or at least it will be when they’re back form their holidays on 7th Jan) so I really hope it’s worth it.

It’s called the Hobonichi Planner and you can read all about its features here. There are so many things I like about it, in particular the criss-cross lined pages (an obsession of mine, but that’s for another post), as well as the lay-flat binding – don’t know if you’ve every been trying to follow instructions from notes you’ve made without a spare hand and your note book keeps closing itself… I also hope it’ll encourage me to keep more of a journal. There are numerous covers you can buy to go on your planner, but I didn’t order one as I like things quite traditional and think I’ll prefer without – plus it’ll fit better in my bag.

I think I’m pretty late on this one… I only found out about it through my boyfriend who saw it on a design blog. I get the impression it’s a bit of a Japanese institution. I just found this tumblr, with examples of people’s filled out planners – they look amazing! I hope I can do mine justice.

Anyway, I really really hope it doesn’t take too long to arrive – I’ll do a review once it does.

Until then, this is the sad state of my current diary – a post-it stuck in the back on my 2013 one:

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It’s not even in date order! I might even have to start using google calendar… 😦