I’m still pretty new to the planner world. I tried my hand at bullet journal late 2017 but it seemed to be so much work to maintain the spreads. In October 2018, I took the plunge and purchased my first Happy Planner. I’d always felt that I didn’t have much going on in my life to warrant a traditional planner but as I was trying to focus more on my social media and business, I thought I’d have more to track. I’m so happy I took the plunge! The functional aspect of a Happy Planner can not be overstated – being able to take pages in and out is such a game changer. However, the added bonus of being able to create decorative spreads gives me the motivation to return to it again and again.
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with my Happynichi. It’s a planner system that is part Hobonichi Weeks, part bullet journal, and part Happy Planner. You have the slim design of a Hobonichi Weeks; the freedom of a bullet journal; but the flexibility of a Happy Planner. Being from Hawaii, none of my local stores sell the Half Sheet Happy Notes Notebook (which the HappyNichi is made of) from Happy Planner so I made my own of materials that I had on hand. Because I also do YouTube videos, I found it a bit difficult to find the various sizes of Hobonichi and Happy Planner pages. I wanted to do a really simple blog with that information in hopes that it might help others who are making their own products or accessories.
YouTube video: How-to DIY your own Happy Planner Half Sheet Happy Notes
The Hobonichi system of planners originated from Japan and is becoming wildly popular with the U.S planner community. There are three sizes and two styles of Hobonichi planners: Cousins, A6 Planner, and Weeks. The Cousins and A6 Planners are done in the daily style while the Weeks is done in the planner style. I do not own any of the Hobonichis but I heard the size, portability, and paper quality of the planners are excellent. Below you’ll find the sizes of pages for each of the various planners. Please note: the cover sizes for the Happy Planner is usually about .5 inches wider than the page.
Hobonichi Cousins: 148 x 210 mm or 5.8 x 8.3 inches
Hobonichi A6 Planner: 105 x 148 mm or 4.8 x 5.8 inches
Hobonichi Weeks: 95 x 187 mm or 3.75 x 7.4 inches
Happy Planner Sizes
In 2015, the Happy Planner system was launched. Two factors that I believe make it so successful is that 1) it uses discs and 2) the company’s endless array of planners and accessories. The Happy Planner currently has four (official*) different sized planners and five different layouts (to my knowledge). The disc count for each planner sizes are as follows: Micro (4), Mini (7), Classic (9), *Half Sheet (9), and Big (11). The various layouts that I am aware of are the horizontal, vertical, dashboard, academic, and monthly.
Happy Planner Micro: 3 x 4 inches or 7.62 x 101.6 mm
Happy Planner Mini: 4.5 x 7 inches or 114.3 x 177.8 mm
*Happy Planner Half Sheet: 4.125 x 9.25 inches or 106.172 x 234.95 mm
Happy Planner Classic: 7 x 9.25 inches or 177.8 x 234.95 mm
Happy Planner Big: 8.5 x 11 inches or 215.9 x 279.4 mm
(I’ve also made my own Happy Planner Midi which is a (5) ring system and 4.25 x 5 inches or 107.95 x 127 mm to emulate the Hobonichi A6 Daily Planner)
*I mention this since the Happynichi aka Half Sheet Happy Note is not a planner system Happy Planner currently makes and is part of their notebook line.
I hope you find this blog useful. Since I generally make my own products and accessories, I find having all of this information at my disposal makes it easier for me to work on my projects rather than always having to hunt down the information.