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.
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.
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!
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 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.”
Based in Portland, Kiriko is an apparel shop specializing in vintage and modern Japanese fabrics. I’ve bought a few items from them before (tote bags, handkerchiefs), and they threw in one of these extra small patch kits with one of my orders for free a while back.
Here’s the description from the product page:
Mottainai, it’s a phrase in Japan that means “waste nothing.” It’s a value we live by here at Kiriko, we save every piece of fabric, with the intention of reusing it in the future. This kit represents our hope that each piece of fabric from our studio has a purpose and a story that will be continued. If you have a piece of clothing that needs mending, these patches will add that unique touch.
The 3x3″ patches (five included in the $8 kit) make great and unique bookmarks, too! You should also check out their notebooks and other stationery items.