This week, when it came time to figure out which notebooks I would use for journaling and planning, I came upon a wrapped calendar from Five Metal Shop. It was wrapped in a custom Tyvek bag. I looked at the sample and found it very interesting. The paper was like tracing paper, making the 366p calendar not very thick.
Initially, I wasn’t sure how I was going to use it but its usefulness became quickly apparent. It’s been a few months since I stopped bullet journaling. I kept journaling, but the process of designing my own planner each week was too time consuming. This year, I’ve decided to just keep on journaling but no longer keep a separate planner. Instead, I’ll finally use a Hobonichi Techo for the whole year. My bujo basically looks like one already, so it shouldn’t be that hard to use.
The calendar comes in very handy because instead of simply discarding the used pages, I glue them into my journal. That way I don’t have to spend too much time on designing and making all of the pages of my bujo. So far, it’s working out pretty well. I found some GLOO by Kokuyo, so it was a great match for my current needs. They have a glue strip dispenser and a few different models of glue sticks.
The Techo was sold out at ESLite, so I had to order it online. I decided to get the Mina Perhonen Wood Bird cover with the Techo. I’ve always wanted to get a fancier one. I just have a simple felt one from a couple of years ago. I even made a nice cherry blossom in watercolors, but forgot that the paper wasn’t very thick, so the writing could potentially run on the reverse side since I always write in fountain pen ink.
Since I was planning on using this calendar in my journaling, I had to opt for a larger notebook. It couldn’t be my typical B5 size. I had a Midori A4 available so I decided to use it. It takes a bit of research to find fountain pen compatible notebooks, especially if you go to shops instead of buying them online. For now, it’s working out fairly well. I’ll have to use 2 volumes for a whole year, by my estimation, but it gives me a bigger page to work with. I can also combine several days into one single page.