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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

Bags of Love Personalised Gifts - Review

I love it when someone goes that extra mile to find a gift for me that is a little bit different so the "personalised gift" websites are a fantastic idea for exactly that purpose. When Bags of Love offered to send me a personalised journal my "stationery gene" kicked in and I jumped at the chance.


I have a favourite picture stored on my computer.  It was taken at Blackpool Zoo a number of years ago with our very first point-and-shoot digital camera.  I have always wanted it on a canvas but the quality isn't quite good enough.  It was, however, perfect for the cover of the journal.  It is a close-up of a peacock's tail and the colours on the picture are just amazing.

When the journal arrived I was more impressed than I thought I would be.  You all know I'm a Filofax girl at heart but this size of notebook is going to be ideal for note-taking at the up-coming Blog Camp and Cybermummy conferences next month.  The cover of the journal is hard-backed and slightly textured which, in this case, adds to the overall effect of the picture I chose to use.  The metal-tipped corners (front and back) are a brilliant idea as this will stop any damage to the journal when in every day use.  The inside of the cover is well finished too.



The journal is A5 size (145mm x 210mm) and is about 1 cm thick, so perfect for day-to-day use.  The 80 pages are a cream/ivory colour and they are 120gsm (for the paper geeks).  See below for the all important pen test.

pencil, biro, gel pen and ink
with the reverse of the page shown too
As you can see there is a slight show-though but I'm quite heavy handed with my writing and this could be part of the problem.  I don't think it is intrusive enough not to be able to use the next page.  All in all, I love the product.  It gets a massive thumbs-up from me.