New, custom, A6 traveler’s notebook set up with hobonichi techno

When I started this year I, like every other planner and Stationery geek, went out and purchased the Planners I needed to help me keep my life together. 

I knew I wanted a wo2p desk diary, a do1p and then a traveler’s notebook to carry around with me you can see the products I chose in my post HERE.

There I was, cruising along the Planner peace highway when my friend Jayme sends me a hobonichi techno in a6… it was love I’m telling you, if you can love an object haha.

Of course she needed a new home and I’d been asking Trevor to make my Harry Potter themed a6 for ages… this is what he came up with..


At the front I have 2 large secretarial pockets and at the back I have 4 card pockets, this will be my daily carry so will house my cashcards and coupons etc.

Inside I have my 3 dot notebooks and the hobonichi techno at the back. The leather is so soft and floppy it’s stunning. Now I just cannot wait for my next planner kit to arrive so I can pump her out, I purposely left the inside nude so that I can change my colour scheme as often as I like without fear of clashing.


I filmed a flip through of this notebook that explains everything in more detail HERE.

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A6 Traveler’s Notebook set up and Studio Calico Unboxing

I am absolutely loving life in my A6 UglyDori, the inserts from @annieplansprintables work well for me (although I’m not a fan of the fold out pages) but my whole set up just didn’t have my heart singing with joy!

I knew my Planner Society kit from Scarlet Lime Crafts would be arriving soon and hoped that I could pimp my planner out with that!

Then my studio calico scrapbooking kit hit my doormat and I fell in love,  I’m not  normally a floral girl but the florals in this are bold and colourful, the colour palette both clash and compliment each other at the same time and looking at the whole kit together I could literally feel spring bursting from the pages!

I knew as soon as I opened it what the first project would be and I am so pleased I did. I filmed the unboxing and first part of my planner set up which you can see HERE, unfortunetly I have managed to misplace the second half of the footage..

In my eagerness to craft this sensational kit into something wonderful for my UglyDori I also forgot to take any pictures of the whole kit.. so today’s blog and video go hand in hand and by watching/reading them both you’ll get the whole picture haha.. I promise to be more careful with my footage in future and less eager to use the products so that I can snap a few pictures… who am I kidding, I’ll end up doing the same again next month haha.


I used 4 of the papers to create dashboards for my inserts, I had some gold foil stickers from simple stories that I placed on the blue cover and decided that this will be my positivity journal and that I’d write down all the positive things that happen to me every day.

Plan My Week : #1 – My 2017 Planner Set Up

It feels good to be back, we had the loveliest Christmas and New year and it has been amazing being able to take the time off to spend together, Trevor has worked in security for the past 4 years so has always worked over Christmas and New Year, it’s been lovely having him home and not having to worry all night about his safety!!

Because we had been away the week before Christmas I hadn’t really had time to set up my 2017 planners (yes I have more than 1) so yesterday I took a couple of hours out to get organised.

I currently have these 6 planners which I will be using regularly (L-R Top; Recollections planner, A5 Carpe Diem, A5 DO1P Paperchase… Bottom; A5 UglyDori, Regular UglyDori, A6 UglyDori) the recollections planner is what I intend to use for memory keeping so you probably won’t see much of that one.

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The A5 Carpe Diem is more of a storage folder, I made 12 dividers with some scrapbook paper I had lying around, I added some small top tabs (available in my Etsy shop) so that I can access the months easily. When any appointments come through or letters from the school etc I paperclip them to the month they are relevant to and then write the appointment in my Paperchase diary. It means I never lose any paperwork and have all the information to hand when it is needed.

I decided I need a desk diary this year to keep track of my lists and to do’s and to help me plan my day to be most productive. This Paperchase diary is a DO1P (Day On 1 Page) will sit on my desk and be more of a notebook, in fact last year I used a notebook in the same manner but I missed it being dated so that I could add things in for later in the week. I’ll not decorate this at all so again you will probably see very little of her (unless i develop my Bullet Journal technique).

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Last but certainly not least are my UglyDoris, the Harry Potter one (regular) will still be used for my blog, productivity and goal setting. The A5 (middle in picture) currently has some lined pads in it for journalling and notes/brain dumping. The A6 (right in picture) is what i’ll use as my every day carry, it has a monthly diary that I can refer to when i’m out and making appointments/plans, she also has a weekly overview and a couple of notepads for ideas whilst I am out.

Currently I am happy with this set up, it looks a bit more complicated than it is but it is, in essence, the same as I was using for the last couple of months in 2016 and that seemed to work really well for me. To watch the corresponding video please click HERE!

I am currently working on my blog and YouTube posting schedule as I have a few new series that I will be introducing, I will put all this up in a separate post this week.

Michelle