Last week was Hobonichi day and the kickoff to planner season! Did you get what you wanted?
As I mentioned last week, I’ve been taking a look at what I’ve been using for the last few years, and while I really like it, I’m always interested in seeing if the grass really is greener over on the other side. I also cleaned out my stationery cabinet recently (an Ikea Alex unit) and found a Chic Sparrow A5 cover that needed to be used.
So I set off on a hunt for planner pages to fill it with. I quickly stumbled on Paper Republic, an Austrian company focusing on leather covers and paper. I looked at a few of their offerings and settled on the Timeless Planner – 2 x 6 months ($18).
The Timeless Planner is just a fancy way of saying its pages are undated. The set comes with two 6 month notebooks, enough for a year, making the $18 pretty economical. The paper in the notebooks is fountain-pen friendly 100 gsm paper in a creamy white. It’s not ivory, but I’m not sure it’s 100% pure white either. The notebooks have cardstock covers in an olive/sage green.
The layout of the notebook is perfect for me – week at a glance. Each week you simply add the month, fill in the dates and you’re ready to go. You have a vertical column for each day and the weekend is a single column split into two. The columns aren’t preprinted with numbers, though you certainly could add those in if you wish. And the pages are blank and clean – ready for you to add anything.
I tested out a spread for next week including washi and stickers, noting important appointments and things to do (can’t forget my Tuesday post!). The paper is fountain pen friendly. I tested a couple of different inks, albeit mostly fine nibs, and there is no bleed and absolutely no show through. The footprint of the A5 planner, even when open, isn’t too big for my desk and enables me to keep a clear eye on what’s coming in the days ahead.
For me, this feels like a good solution for what I should do this year. I’ll revisit it early-mid next year and let you know if it’s working out. Have you decided what you’ll use next year yet?