Last year, I made myself a dupe for the Hobonichi A6 Daily planner using Happy Planner supplies. My ‘Midi’ Happy Planner is bigger than a micro but small than a mini. Continue reading “Journaling Challenge for January 2020”
I know that most people start the new year with lots of goals and resolutions. Not me. It wasn’t that I wasn’t thinking about them because I have been since September. Continue reading “Make your own Planner Trackers 2020: Social Media, Wellness, & Reading”
Laminated Traveler’s Notebook Cover
I’ve been making Traveler’s Notebook covers for quite some time now. I make covers for Mini Happy Planners, Starter Budget kits, and B6 Traveler’s Notebook sets for my Etsy shop. However, the size of a Happy Planner Half Sheet (Happynichi) proves to be more challenging. The challenge comes in because of the size of the Happy Planner, letter or legal sized laminating sheets don’t really work.
Interesting question in the Happynichi Inspiration Facebook Group
In the Facebook Group that I recently created, HappyNichi Inspiration, one of the members asked what a HappyNichi was and I was quite intrigued. Immediately, two answers came to mind. But I’ll get into that in a moment.
Planner Spread Inspiration
I prefer Instagram. There, I said it. I like the fact that most of the caption is hidden so I get to choose how much I want to read and really, it’s just about looking at the pictures for me. If I want to know more about the picture(s) or if the caption is intriguing, then I’ll hit ‘more’. That’s the main reason I don’t like Facebook. There always seems to be a lot of drama. TONS OF DRAMA. Sometimes, the drama gets to be of reality TV proportions and I’m not here for it.
However, since I started my Happy Planner/YouTube journey, I find that Facebook can be a great place to get ideas and inspiration in my own planner journey. Especially if you belong to Facebook groups. I belong to several that deal with Happy Planner, Happy Planner Layouts, Bullet Journaling, etc. Lately, I’ve been enamored of the Hobonichi Weeks and have watched tons of videos on YouTube.
The Hobonichi Weeks is a yearly planner from Japan and has been around for quite some time. However, it’s only blipped on my radar for a few months now. I like that it skirts the functionality of a traditional planner system but provides the freedom of a bullet journal system. The fact that there’s so many people showing their decorated layouts certainly makes it more intriguing for me. However, there are some cons about a Hobonichi Weeks. As I can only get it from Amazon, 1) it seems kind of costly since with shipping, it would run between $40 – $50 and 2) its in a book bound system and I’m pretty sure I would find that annoying.
Fortunately, based on a tip of Anika from YouTube (Anika’s Kreative Plans), she suggested I check out another channel, Magical_Plans who made her own ‘Hobonichi’ out of Happy Planner products. Intrigued, I checked her out and I’ve been down the rabbit hole ever since on all things HappyNichi, Fauxbonichi, BujoNichi. I’m not sure who coined the term HappyNichi, but I think its an appropriate term.
As with many things Happy Planner, I can’t source the Happy Planner Half Sheet Happy Notes here in Hawaii. So I’ve made my own – I’ve included the video below. There will be a series of videos as I make a variety of components for my HappyNichi.
Strangely enough, however, I couldn’t find a Facebook group for HappyNichi spreads. Although I know zero about creating, moderating, or running a group, I decided to create my own. Right now its a public group (I really need to research the pros and cons of having a public vs. private group) and I’m hoping if you’re going down the HappyNichi rabbit hole too, you’ll consider joining. Lets go on this journey together!
HappyNichi Inspiration FB Group Link: FB Group: HappyNichi Inspiration
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).