My Hobonichi Adventure in Seattle

In Late August, I embarked on a week long trip to Seattle to visit some friends. Of course I have to bring my Hobonichi along with me to journal and record the things I see and the places I’ve been. Although I’ve already built up a system or a habit of journaling in my Hobonichi, the hard part about doing it while you’re traveling is that your day schedule is so full, you’re usually exhausted at the end of the day. Fortunately, many of my plans in Seattle actually are stationery and planner meet ups with fellow journaling addicts, so we spent a lot of time in cafes writing in our Hobo or Traveler’s Notebook!

My simply set up consisted of a pen case with my favorite pens: Uni Pin fine line waterproof pigment ink pens for drawing, Uni Style fit for journaling, my TWSBI Eco fountain pen, washi samples, some sticker sheets, a small sticker book, and a portable watercolor palette! (For a more comprehensive read about how to keep a travel scrapbook, or you can check out a post about my traveler’s notebook!)

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I’m just going to jump right into it and show you my first fabulous meet up with three amazing girls in Seattle: Phyllis, Leah, and Sandra. They were kind enough to make time for me to meet and we all gawked and geeked over our Hobonichis. Of course we brought multiple journals, and there’s always the inevitable Planner Tower: Continue reading

2016 Hobonichi Techo Avec review

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

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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.

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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.

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How to Journal Everyday – Build a Hobonichi Habit

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve embarked on this journaling adventure with my Hobonichi. Every single page of my A6 English Planner was filled to the brim with doodles and writing. I couldn’t be happier.

How does she do it? 

Many of you might wonder how much time I spend each day journaling? How do I go about writing in each page and fitting in illustrations? In this post I’ll be breaking down my journaling process for you, and hopefuly it’ll be a motivation for you to start writing in your Hobonichi today!

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The size of the Hobonichi Techo may seem small (A6), but on days when you don’t have the time or motivation to write, that gridded space could be pretty daunting. This realization is more apparent this year since I’ve switched to the A5 Cousin size Hobonichi. Moreover, I’ve challenged myself to make time and journal in those pages EVERY SINGLE DAY, because I know how lazy impulses can turn into two days or even weeks very fast. With the larger space of the Cousin, I would feel more guilty if I have to flip through blank pages. Then again, I don’t want to turn this into an assignment. Journaling is fun! This is definitely a time I look forward each day to play with my ‘toys’ (stationery, art supplies). The most important thing is to enjoy the journaling process and eventually it’ll become a habit.

Journaling is a time of reflection and enjoyment. It’s not a timed task where you’re rushing toward the deadline. 

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Step 1: Setting up your journaling space

There’s a Chinese proverb that says: A workman must first sharpen his tools if he wishes to do his work well. I guess this speaks dearly to all of us stationery addicts’ heart (turns to look at my hoard of stationery items). You’ve bought all those stickers and pens and decorative washi tapes over the holiday, now put them to use!

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Hobonichi Flip through 2015 December

今年開始使用的是1101 Hobonichi的A5手帳分冊版,跟去年的A6比起來空間大好多~ 終於可以很盡情的大玩紙膠帶以及手繪!當然,消耗墨水的機會也在這極大的書寫空間 😀

Here’s a review of my first month in the Hobonichi A5 Cousin! 

十二月開始美國各處都充滿了過節氣氛~我忍不住也做了一個小手繪教學影片,主題就是冬季小插圖!

一開始還不太習慣A5的空間感,空空的位置就拿來填寫每天的晚餐食譜囉!


聖誕節就是要畫耶誕紅啦! 這次顏色下手很重,效果很棒~但是顏料抓皺紙張的悲劇也更明顯…

在台灣的朋友送給我一套企鵝的貼紙~ 好像是在台中一個以企鵝為主題的畫展所購得,整張貼紙的企鵝系列太可愛了,怎麼能不拿來用光光?

我和朋友在耶誕市集買了一些應景的小盆栽,但我才養他不到兩星期,竟然就乾枯死亡QQ (美國太乾了啦!) (絕對不是自己的錯…)


我很喜歡Unmistakable Creative他們所提出的 15 principles for living a creative life. 其中三項真的很貼切: It’s about showing up when you don’t feel like it. It’s about showing up when you’re uninspired. It’s about staying in something so far past where the average person would quit. 很多時候容易覺得這件事很煩躁就放棄他,雖然他們都是達成目標所必經的過程!

想不到要寫什麼的時候,填填歌詞也不錯

這些可愛的黃金獵犬都是工商雜誌封面剪下來的~美國人真的很愛黃金獵犬耶


  

我的牛角初體驗就這樣給波士頓了~雖然沒有像台灣一樣的吃到飽,但還是吃得很過癮

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學期結束一定要和老師拍張照!這邊的每一位教授都很令人印象深刻,尤其是他們願意和你溝通互動這點,真的是大學很少體會到的~

終於實現在戶外溜冰的體驗了~ 尤其是當黃昏接近,一個人在冰上刷刷刷的成就感

自從九月開始加入波士頓的速寫小聚會,沒想到竟然能夠有將我們的作品展出的一天!我的畫廊處女作就在Salem女巫城這邊展開!
  

就像去首爾街頭要找卡拉OK加菲貓,來到波士頓一定要現場聽一下Keytar Bear的街頭演奏!

波士頓圖書館又大又乾淨,尤其喜歡他那舒適的座位及空間感,很適合讀書或打瞌睡…

我揪成功了!在波士頓第一次的Hobonichi手帳聚會!雖然大家都是第一次碰面,但將文具們大把大把拿出來的那一刻,我們彷彿是多年不見的好友~文具癮無國際!


聖誕夜那天我前進紐約過節囉!紐約不愧是耶誕城,每個角落都有不能錯過的聖誕裝飾!


文具狂到哪裡都要失心瘋,除了充滿日本文具用品的Kinokuniya,在西村有好多美術行及文具店!逛得不亦樂乎~~


就像在台北那樣的隨性悠閒,走累的就挑間順眼的咖啡店或是小餐館喝杯咖啡,吃個甜滋滋的甜甜圈~

我的朋友是福星,因為我們竟然抽到了中獎機率超低的Broadway Lottery Ticket~ Kinky Boots真的很好看!

這幾款星空紙膠帶在我的IG上詢問度超高,但我完全不記得是誰出的~去過太多次文具聚會,捲了一堆來路不明但每的要命的紙膠帶…

天阿~新年快樂!2015就這樣結束了! 畫下完美句點的那一刻我們正在Mckittrick Hotel與Sleep No More的劇組在舞池裡狂歡!

這個月下來A5的空間感實在令文具手作狂感到過癮~期待2016年將他寫得滿滿的!

喜歡以影片模式觀賞的人,請用這個Flipthrough影片

My To-Go Stationery Setup

I tend to hoard stationery items. I love to see new things that comes out, and try to collect them all. As a result, I have with me a whole stack of wonderful pens and writing tools. However, today a friend asked me to show her my to-go stationery set up, and I realise that I ended up always going minimalist when taking my writing tools on the goal. In this post I will be sharing the items that I bring with me whenever I go out. It’s almost embarrassing to examine how simple the combination is, but here goes:

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(From Left to right: A portable watercolor palette, Moleskine Pocket Sketchbook, Tabiya leather pen case, and finally a Hobonichi Weeks (spring start) )

As you can probably guess, they are all super light and easy to carry. I want to eliminate the hassle of ruffling through my bag whenever I want to find something. Also, as an urban sketcher, it’s important to always have a small booklet that you can whip out and draw at the moment (hence the Weeks and the Moleskine)

Upon closer inspections are the contents inside the pen case and inside the pocket folder in my Weeks:

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Stationery Haul from Japan Summer Trip

This summer, I planned a special trip to Tokyo as a goodbye tour to Asia as I prepare to move to the US for the next two years (Goodbye, stationery heaven!). My friend Esther is nice enough to offer me a place to crash in Yokohama, so I had the opportunity to explore many places between the Kanagawa prefecture and Tokyo city!

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I compiled a detailed list of stationery stores I have to visit from reading various stationery related magazines in bookstores. Of course, with some help from google translation, I also found many local unique stationery stores that have interesting items. The random finds on this trip are also an intriguing experience, and you bet I definitely stock up on a lot of stationery items!

I’ll be sharing in this post my haul from my Tokyo trip. I like to get things that are practical for my journaling hobbies, pen pal exchange tools, and paints for my drawings and water-colour doodles. Another fashionable trend among stationery addicts are small toys they call Table Top Things (such as figurines from gashapon dispensers and paper weights), and I cannot resist getting some cute ones to put on my future reading desk.

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Mini Stationery Haul – Fountain pen and Inserts

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On April 25th, a few of us planner addicts got together to a Planner Meet-up, where we share our planner usages and materials we use to decorate daily pages. After the event, a few of us decide to continue the stationery-high we were in, and check out a famous fountain-pen boutique in Taipei: 小品雅集, and a cozy stationery store tucked inside a discreet alley: Vision Stationery.

小品雅集 ‘s owner is a fountain-pen lover and collector. He imported a variety of inks and fountain pens from all over the world, and sell them at very fair prices in his boutique. The collection of fountain pen range from beginner brands (Pilot Kakunos, Sailor Candy) to more costly and high-end products (Montblanc, limited edition Graf Von Faber-Castell).

As a fountain pen beginner, my objective was Pilot’s Penmanship Fountain pen. It is a introductory fountain pen with Continue reading