Moving into a Hobonichi Weeks

I’ve had a long and drawn out planner journey, moving from a bullet journal to an A5 rings to a standard TN to a pocket TN. I haven’t been able to find the perfect size for me before. Enter the Hobonichi weeks, which I found thanks to some TN related posts on Instagram. I am absolutely in love!

The Hobonichi was my first foray into Tomoe River paper and I don’t think I can ever go back. The paper is able to handle watercolor like a champ while also remaining thin and super soft. This does mean that it takes a while for most pens – like gen pens – to completely dry which can cause smearing. I’ve been using Sakura Micron pens in my journal for a while and have had no issues yet on this special paper.

I love how the more that you use the paper, the softer and more crinkly it gets, plus it makes the planner thin portable. So many of my issues with previous planners were because they didn’t fit easily in my purse, but I can fit the weeks in my coat pockets!

The weeks isn’t for everyone because of how small it is, there isn’t a lot of room for larger handwriting, but it fits my little letters perfectly. The week on one side and a grid on the other allows for creativity without requiring an hours long set up (which is about how much time I spent during my brief foray into bullet journaling). There are also around 70 pages of grid paper in the back for any lists, notes or long-term tracking throughout the year.

Overall, I think I’ve made my first step towards achieving planner peace. I’ve only been in the Hobonichi Weeks for about half the year, but I can see myself actually sticking with it for years to come! I’ve already purchased and started setting up a weeks for 2020 (a post on that one hopefully coming later).

Blank 2018 Bookshelf – Free A5 Printable!

While I don’t always advertise it on here, I absolutely love to journal and plan. It’s so relaxing planning out your weeks and crossing items off! One of my favorite things is finding fun new printables for my Travelers Notebook (TN) and A5 planner.

I recently purchased “book planner” printables for both my journals, and really loved the blank bookshelf I could fill with the books I’ve read! Unfortunately, this layout didn’t come in the A5 size so I took to the internet to find a free printout, and ultimately wasn’t able to for this design. I ended up designing one myself and decided I may as well post it on the blog and share the love!

I’ve created two designs in this PDF, one with just “My 2018 Reads,” and one with this title as well as the months written out. This key can be used to color code what month a book was read if you so desire. I’ve also left a few blank spaces for those people that like drawing in their own little designs.

If you end up using this design, feel free to tag me in any pictures or posts! My Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are all @emiesnook as well.

I’m offering this design for free rather than selling it on Etsy as a lot of other people do, so please be courteous (a like and a follow go a long way!). Feel free to use this for personal use, but do not resell or distribute this design as your own. I’ve included my name and blog url in small font in the bottom corner and would greatly appreciate it if you do not alter this. If you’d like to provide a link or share with others, please credit me (Emily from Emie’s Nook) with the original design and/or a link to this post.


Making a TBR Jar

I’ve had a major problem recently making decisions on what to read next, even though I have a million unread books that I need to get through. I decided to repurpose a candle that I have that was almost completely burned, although you can use a mason jar or any other type of container. This candle is Tessa from Belle and Co. Candlemakers, based on the heroine from The Infernal Devices series (some proceeds from each sales from this shop go to the organization She’s the First, so check them out in the link above!). I thought the quote on the label was perfect for a TBR jar!¬†IMG_1696

“One must always be careful of books, and what is inside them, for words have the¬†power to change us.” – Cassandra Clare

Cleaning out your old candle:

Because this candle was soy based, it was softer than those you may be able to get through large retailers. If you don’t have a soy candle or want to see the original instructions, check out the link HERE. To get the wax out I followed these three steps:

  1. Knife out all the wax that you can. If you’d like, you can save it to be reused later (if you love the scent as much as I loved mine!). It can be reused in a wax melter, or just left out to let the scent spread. Make sure you get the metal wick stand out during this step.
  2. Turn your tap on as hot as it will go and let the water warm, then fill your mostly empty candle up about 3/4 of the way. Try to keep your label dry if you want to keep it intact. Let this sit for a little while to further soften the wax, then scrub it out! It may be necessary to repeat this step a few times to get rid of a waxy film left behind. During later repetitions, dish soap can be used.
  3. Dry out the candle and then it’s ready for reuse! A TBR jar isn’t the only thing you can make it into. It can be a planter, a bookmark holder, the options are endless!

IMG_1700Making your TBR jar:

To make paper slips, I folded up an index card and cut it into pieces large enough to write things on. I’m trying to knock some books I already own off of my TBR, but I also wrote down some books that I’d like to reread this year. I color coded the slips with a slash of highlighter to remind myself if the book is a reread, a classic (read about my 2018 Classic Challenge HERE), or one that I need to pick up from the library.

Then all you need to do is pick out a title, and pick up a book! Hopefully this will help me get some more books read that are already on my shelves. I think a TBR jar is perfect for someone who is indecisive when deciding what to read next like me! Let me know if you try this out!