Mintlodica’s Pastel Nostalgia Washi Tape

Mintlodica’s Pastel Nostalgia Washi Tape

Mintlodica Studios owner Susan Lin, who specializes in making “ethereal pastel dreamscapes”, is selling this pair of washi tape patterns that I could not resist sharing with you (after my friend Kim couldn’t resist sharing them with me and others).

Paying homage to Nintendo’s beloved handheld, the tape rolls (10m long and 15mm wide) come in exquisite Game Boy Color and mint green Pokè Ball designs, priced at $8 each or $15 for both on her shop. After you place your order and while you wait for that to arrive, enjoy this lovely Earthbound dreamscape!

Uijung Kim’s Washi Tape

Uijung Kim’s Washi Tape

Your days look more fun when you dress them up in your notebook with colorful characters like these. Brooklyn-based illustrator Uijung Kim just started selling 10m rolls of this washi tape (“perfect for your planner, decorate gifts, cards, photos, diary and everything”) online, so this parade of weirdos can drive across your journal, too. I found more shots of the patterned strip in action on Twitter.

Uijung has the washi tape for sale on their Etsy shop for $6 — you can also pick up cute planner stickers and frog notepads there! And their website has more art and prints for sale.

Midori Secret Sticky Notes

Midori Secret Sticky Notes

The company behind the customizable Traveler’s Notebook/Midori Diary makes a lot of other fun stationery products, like its series of secret sticky notes:

“Each Post-it style note is designed to be folded up so that your written message is hidden and secret. When folded, the bottom half sits securely under the top half, showcasing the cute design. When unfolded, the image and note is revealed in all its glory.”

There are a wide variety of these, but my favorite is this kissing couple, perfect for marking romantic moments or passing sweet notes to your partner. The one with the dude’s wild haircut is also great lol:

Each pack includes 20 notes. A lot of import stationery shops are carrying these, including this Etsy one, which has the packs for around $6 each before shipping.

Korean Recipe Calendar

Korean Recipe Calendar

Finding ways to recycle items you’ve cherished, adding a new facet of joy to those beloved objects, is a vibe I am into, and I encourage you to send me examples from your planner experiences! I immediately latched onto this one from Planner Club member Mike Choi, whose work on the Switch Flip Grip accessory you might be familair with.

Mike clipped photos out of a Korean recipe calendar he used last year, laminated them, and turned them into colorful pencil boards for his Hobonichi Techo. It’s a way more personal and mouthwatering solution than the ones Hobonchi sells — the company says “keeping [pencil boards] underneath the page you’re writing on allows the reinforcement of the thin, comfortable board to provide an enjoyable writing experience.”).

“A good friend gave me the calendar, and I was looking for a use for it ever since the year passed,” Mike explains. “I started using the techo to plan out my meals (I cook a lot of Korean food), so it’s on brand for me lol.”

If you have access to a laminator at work or school, you can create something similar and personal with images you printed or cut from other sources. Or just find something like a calendar with a heavy card stock!

Pencil Snake Sticker

Pencil Snake Sticker

I picked up this serpentine sticker at Making Midwest last summer. From what I remember, a bunch of them were left unattended at the booth table for Columbus-based illustrator Andy J. Pizza. I’m not sure where you can cop one — maybe his Etsy shop when that’s back up.

If you’re digging the art here, Andy’s Instagram is pretty lit. He has a book, Creative Pep Talk: Inspiration from 50 Artists, as well as a dream journal called Strange Dreams, both of which look like they would be positive contributions to my life if I ever found them on a table, available for the taking.

Torinoha Stamps

Torinoha Stamps

Torinoha is one of my favorite follows on Instagram because the Japanese company posts aesthetically pleasing shots of its 1cm stamps applied to clean pages. They also post videos of the stamps being applied, and fuck those are pleasurable to watch.

As far as I can tell, the best way to acquire the stamp sets is importing them through the Hobonichi Techo shop, where they run from around $6 to $12. I love that the site describes Torinoha as “a stamp maker that aims to make planners more fun.”