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DIY Half Sheet Happy Notes

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Stationary Nerd

I freely admit, I’m a stationary nerd.  Actually, in general, I love stationary, writing utensils, and office supplies.  Lately, I’ve been really into my planner system and I love the flexibility of my Happy Planners.  Regularly, I use three different planners on a weekly basis.  In my Big Happy Planner, I track my Etsy shops, blog, social media and YouTube channel in a DIY Dashboard layout.  In my Happy Planner mini, it’s sort of my catch-all-on-the-go planner that houses a myriad of things.  In my DIY Erin Condren/Happy Planner Budget planner, I track my finances (to include personal and business numbers).

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a few videos on YouTube about the Hobonichi Weeks planner system (which hails from Japan) and I was instantly smitten.  I think mostly because it looks really functional but the way that the YouTubers decorated it was just so darn cute!  I like stickers, if you haven’t gleaned that already from several of my YouTube videos.

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I’m not going to lie, I immediately checked out to see if they had any in stock.  I’m not sure if they sell these on island, but my go-to is always  Luckily (or unluckily) they have them in stock but they run about $40 plus shipping (I didn’t see any that qualified for Prime since it is coming from Japan) and I can see that there might be issues with certain aspects of it.  First, its a bound system and having attempted bullet journaling in a Leuchterm 1917, I’m not a huge fan.  Secondly, the cost is prohibitive especially since I’d probably want to deconstruct it and put it in a disc-bound system. Finally, I wasn’t sure I’d like the layout in the Hobonichi weeks and didn’t want to pay all that money with the possibility that I’d hate it (although I’ve heard amazing things about the paper quality).


Of course, the YouTube community and especially the Happy Planner community are amazing at adapting existing items into new items.  There are quite a few channels that talk about a “HappyNichi” where they’ve taken the new Happy Planner Half Sheet Notes and turned them into a DIY Hobonichi Weeks layout (some have even done the Hobonichi Techo layout which is a daily planner style).

However, as with many things Happy Planner, I cannot source the Happy Planner Half Sheet Notes here in Hawaii.  So if I want to play around with the HappyNichi concept, I need to either purchase it online (that’s a rant for another day) or make my own.  I decided to make my own.  However, if you can source the half sheet notebooks near you, I would definitely recommend that.
I will be doing a four-part series where I show you the following:

  • DIY Half Sheet Happy Notes
  • DIY Hobonichi Weeks, Dashboard, and Horizontal Layouts
  • DIY Accessories: Divider, dashboard, and folder
  • DIY Accessories: Protective Cover and more

Materials Used:

  • Happy Planner Big Dot Grid paper
  • Fiskars Deluxe Paper Cutter
  • File Folder
  • Sticker(s) for the cover (Optional)
  • Happy Planner Big Punch
  • Happy Planner discs
  • Clear packing tape (if you have access to clear contact paper or a laminating machine, I’d definitely recommend those methods).
  • Clean craft mat or clean glass surface
  • Old/unused Happy Planner divider pages
  • Scissors


  • Inserts/Dividers:  9 1/4 inches tall by 4 1/8 inches wide
  • Cover (front and back): 9 3/4 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches wide.

As of 4/15/19, I’ve signed up again for the Amazon affiliates program so if you click the link below, I make a small commission on your purchase (but it does not alter your price). WIN/WIN! However, if you have access to Joanns, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc., you might be able to get these items at a cheaper cost.

  1. Fiskars Deluxe Cutter: Fiskars Deluxe Cutter
  2. Happy Planner Big Paper (lined): Happy Planner Big Paper (lined)
  3. Happy Planner Big Hole Punch: Happy Planner Big Hole Punch:
  4. Happy Planner Color Story Sticker Book: Happy Planner Color Story Sticker Book:
  5. Happy Planner Expander Metal Rings: Happy Planner Expander Metal Rings:
  6. Pretty file folders: Pretty File Folders:

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