2016 Hobonichi Techo Avec review

It’s that time to buy new planner again! Or is it?

(image from 1101 website)

Well, Hobonichi is definitely a smart company, and they came out with the half year Avec Hobonichi Techo this June to entice people to try out and use their planners. I willingly fall for it every time. I fell into this rabbit hole from an A6 Hobonichi Techo, to the English planner, then to the A5 Cousin size, and finally to the A5 Cousin Avec Hobonichi Techo I’m using this year.

(image from 1101 website)

During the normal planner sale season, you have to buy the Hobonichi Avec versions as a set: The January – June, and July – December booklets. As we are approaching the half of 2016, you are now able to purchase only the July – December Hobonichi techo planner (or Avec, as they named it) for the second half of the year. You can find information about how to purchase it in Hobonichi’s online webshop.


I’m a big advocate for the Avec, because if you are a decorative girl like me, your Hobonichi tend to bulk up before the year is over. I fill my pages with watercolor drawings, washi tape design, and random stickers to spice up each day. Be nice to your shoulders! The Avec Hobonichi Techo is more convenient if I want to be able to bring my planner out to write in public. It is thinner and won’t take up much space in your bag too!

For those venturing into the world of Hobonichi, it’s a great way to test out its grid and design and see if you want to commit to it for the whole year next time.

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(images from 1101 website)

While you’ve already got that item nice and hot sitting in your shopping cart, why not pick out a simple cover for it. I think I told you it’s a rabbit hole right? Soon you’ll be exploring an infinite choice of different covers from Hobonichi themselves or other crafty sellers.



When it comes down to it, Hobonichi’s dated pages will motivate you to journal or create in it every day. Go for the A6 size if you’re still unsure about how frequently you will write in it. If you are an artsy person who has a stash of stationery and decorative washis to spare, I’d suggest the A5 Cousin size. I’ve been using my “toys” (deck of stickers and washi samples) liberally in each page.

IMG_1491(my shameless washi sample stash…)

Have fun with the Hobonichi, and fill your daily pages with your summer adventures!


PS. If you are in need of some prompts, feel free to join the Hobonichi Challenge for June. Share your sketches or entries about these subjects on Instagram with the hashtag #hobonichichallenge



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