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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

Labelling Heaven

Sharing a quick pic of my new labeller on Facebook recently proved that I'm not the only one with a bit of a geek streak...

London Themed Name Stickers
I'm a bit of a sticker freak, using them all the time in my diary, to jazz up files and on items that might get stolen "mislaid" at work.  I even have some London-themed stickers with my name on.

I think I'm getting a bit obsessed with this labeller though; it brings out the organiser in me. I thought I was being a bit nerdy with the labeller love, going round the house tagging all the wires behind the television and in my study (aka the spare room which has a desk in it) so I thought I'd take it one step further and make a list of ten things I labelled this week...


Brother P-touch H75 Labeller
  1. Printed return address labels for the outside of eBay packages.  I type mine out like this:  [SURNAME] [door number] [POSTCODE] to save printing a full address out.  
  2. Labelled my camera in the same way inside the battery pouch.
  3. Tagged my lunch so that it didn't go walkabout in the work fridge.
  4. Labelled food in the freezer because all the plastic tubs look the same from the outside.  I also printed some "use by" dates.
  5. Replaced worn out keys on my laptop keyboard.
  6. Taped together pairs of knitting needles with the size on the label
  7. Tidied out the larder cupboard and put labels on the edge of the shelves to organise everything
  8. Put stickers on some of the grandchildren's toys so they learn while they play.
  9. Named all the plugs in the "shack" (my husband's indoor Man Shed for electronic gadgets).
  10. Entered the realms of washi tape with labels over the top and now may end up actually migrating back to my Filofax in the new year now that I have found a way to pretty it up and rename the tabs on the dividers.  I'm even happier now I've found the symbols and images on this labeller.

Or you could just copy other geeks and use your labeller to brighten someone's day.

And maybe I should have called this post "I Am Typeset" (suggestion courtesy of Becky)

Review Information

I was sent the Brother P-touch H75 Labeller to review.  In a nutshell, it's one of the smartest labellers I've used with very easy to follow instructions and plenty of designs and useful functions.

The Machine

The dimensions are 107 mm wide, 202 mm long and 56 mm high.  It has an LCD display and a ABCD keyboard (which can feel a little strange to use because it's not a QWERTY layout).  A mains adapter is available but isn't supplied.  Included in the pack are 6 x AAA batteries and a 4 meter cassette tape with black ink and clear tape.  The machine is quite weighty but is comfortable to hold in one hand.


The labeller prints in normal, bold and outlined print.  It also can be programmed to run horizontally or vertically (handy for files) and mirrored text.  Frames are also a design feature with "candy", "banner" and "wood" being my favourites.  Additional symbols and 'pictures' are also available on the menu.  Margins can be altered and text size can be reduced to print two lines of text.  A small negative however is that features are not displayed on the LCD screen.  A memory function is available for up to nine labels.  The cutter is embedded into the labeller and cuts easily with just a light touch.


Available on the Brother website for under £15 at the time of writing - what a snip (see what I did there...)!