Meet My Cousin! (Hobonichi Cousin, that is)

So, I showed you guys a sneak peek of my DIY cover for my Hobonichi Cousin last time. I’ve decided to share a bit how I made it and how it looks.


The front. Yeah, it’s plain looking, that’s how I roll

It’s something I whipped up quickly because I just wanted to keep Hobo (that’s what I call it. Haha) safe. It’s really more of a temporary cover since I really want to get him a leather cover, but I want it to be a cover I fall in love with.



I spent nothing making this because everything was already from my stash. The denim came from an old pair of jeans and the blue cloth is from an old button up.


The front has pockets

Because I’m a lazy person and I really just wanted to do a quick project, I didn’t really do any proper measuring for this (if I had, I would have made the covers fit a lot closer to the gutter of the binding). Instead I traced around Hobo straight onto the denim. The slip pockets and front pockets were all eyeballed. I used the sleeve of the button up to make the pockets. See those hemmed tops? Yeah, I just used the hemmed ends of the sleeve so I would have to do less sewing.

This was basically just sewing a square. I think pinning it together before sewing took the longest time, just because I had to keep several layers in place. Yes, it’s kind of lopsided, but I love it still.

And as a bonus, I’m showing you a bit of how I’m using Hobo right now. I’m still trying to figure it out and I’m pretty sure once January starts and I start using the daily pages, I’ll settle into it.


Year view

I’m still trying to decide exactly how I’m planning to use the year view. So far, I’ve only got holidays in (I shaded the last box, so there’d still be plenty of space in case I do decide to use this for something else)


December month view

This is actually how I plan to use the month views during the previous month. To keep track of bills and income for our monthly budgeting. I used plastic sticky tabs so I can just move them to the January once December starts.

I don’t plan to use the month views for actually planning (hence all the sticky tabs). Planning will go into the week views. I’ll be using the month views the same way I use the month views in my previous planner, for recording the month’s fun events.


I do use the notes column at the end of the month view for tasks I know I have to get done in that month, but isn’t a set week or day for it yet. The picture above is from May. My driver’s license is expiring on my birthday, so I know I have to renew it sometime in that month.

I hope you liked this look into Hobo. I’ve never actually used a day per page planner, but the Hobonichi paper is just so gorgeous that I had my heart set on using it as a planner.

I know most of the Hobonichis online are being used as art journals, but I’m going to be one of those boring people who’ll be mainly using it as a planner. With some of my daily mini-journaling that I actually do in my weeks across two pages planner right now. I got the Cousin because I need the weekly pages for planning and A5 really is my favorite size for notebooks


I’m baaaack

So… I haven’t written an entry in more than a year. Ohmigod. I’m really bad at this blogging thing. I guess I’m really not much of a blogger, but I’ve decided that if I want to write an entry, by golly I’m going to write an entry.

I’m currently obsessing over my 2016 Hobonichi Cousin. I’d been lusting over the Hobonichi for quite some time now and was contemplating getting one for next year or even for 2017. Luckily, one of my friends had a conference in Japan in early November and that quickly made up my mind for me. I got him to buy me one since was the cheapest option, compared to buying from local resellers. I didn’t get a cover, though. I’m on the lookout for a cover I’d love, but for now I made a cover for it (I’ll probably do another entry on this, since it’s actually something crafted).


Here’s a pic of my Hobonichi Cousin in its new cover

I’ve also been making a bunch of Christmas presents. My Christmas list isn’t completely done, but I’m probably midway done. In case you haven’t noticed yet, I like to get my Christmas list done waaay ahead of Christmas. There’s just something about making lists and putting together Christmas presents that I love.


The bottom shelf of one of my bookshelves is reserved for Christmas prezzies (as you can see I already have some wrapped)

I’d love to say that I’ll be blogging more, but I don’t really know. Work has been eating up my days, and my life is pretty boring.