I was never one to religiously keep a journal or a diary for any given period of time. I would have some great yearning to kick off the year and complete a photo-a-day or something to that effect. At the moment I have an Appointed weekly diary, which serves it’s purpose for the time being. I keep track of my daily tasks on my weekly spread and note down any important dates on the month view.
More recently I’ve had an interest in journalling and sticking bits and pieces from my day into my diary. I love the idea of incorporating elements of scrapbooking and documentation. I find it fun to look back on what I did on any particular day.
This started my hunt for the ideal diary for next year. I stumbled on the Hobonichi Techo – a Japanese lifestyle diary made from Tomoe River paper which can withstand fountain pens with minimal bleed through. There are countless vlogs and reviews of how different people have used them in different ways. This was the biggest selling point for me. I love seeing how creative everyone is getting with these books!
I’ve settled on the A5 Techo Cousin Avec book, which basically means the entire year is split up into two 6-month books. This is ideal for me as I dislike carrying too much with me (I already carry way too much in stationery heh).
I’m having issues with deciding which cover to pick with the Cousin. I really love the Hanajutan cover as it reminds me of a plush carpet of moss. If you know me you’d know that I am more than a little obsessed with mossariums.
Not meant to be though. It’s only available for the original A6 size which is just too small for my purposes. The Liberty cover this year is a little underwhelming. I love Tana Lawn fabric but the butterfly-eque pattern isn’t really doing much for me, nor is the red interior. I love how Hobonichi have styled these photos BTW. It does wonders to the customer experience to be able to see these covers in context.
I’m tossing up a couple of the zip around cases – the Mermaid and the Flower Rug have caught my eye, but I’m not sure about how practical the zipper would be. I like to be able to just access my book without barriers and flick to the page that I need to go to. Plus would it sit flat on my desk? But the patterns are so adorable and I love how luxe the fabric looks.
Either way, if you’re interested I encourage you to see the full line up over on the Hobonichi website. Hobonichis don’t come cheap, so it is a bit of an investment. I’m keen on the idea of archiving yearly books onto my bookshelf, sorta like photo albums for the year. We’ll see how I go.