Not quite Handicraft with Bleistift IX – Labelling old Hobonichis 6


Work is keeping me very busy, but to prove I’m still around here’s a quick blog post, taken from the top of my pile of unfinished blog posts.

Just a quick look (not a proper Handicraft post) at how I label old Hobonichis, so that I can see the year from the Techo’s spines, i.e. without having to take them from the shelf.

I love Post-its on a roll. Not cheap, but very useful. Even though Post-its are supposed to be reusable I often use Post-it tape for permanent labelling. In this case I just used white tape and make sure the labels are all at the same height by applying the label on the new Techo when holding the previous year’s Techo next to the new one.

If it comes off you could prefold the tape to make sure there’s a proper 90 degree angle where the cover meets the spine and/or use longer tape so that it has more area to ‘grab’ the cover. I should add that to the blog post.


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6 thoughts on “Not quite Handicraft with Bleistift IX – Labelling old Hobonichis

  • Gunther

    A clever idea! I hope the tape doesn’t come off on its own. – I suddenly had the feeling that my stationery stock would not be complete without this tape so I had to order it 😉

  • Matthias

    That’s a good point. If it comes off you could prefold the tape to make sure there’s a proper 90 degree angle where the cover meets the spine and/or use longer tape so that it has more area to ‘grab’ the cover. I should add that to the blog post.
    By the way, I don’t know about Lidl Germany, but Lidl UK has their own version of this tape on offer at the moment. The packaging is labelled in several languages, including German. They just don’t have white…

  • Koralatov

    How odd that the Techos don’t have the years on their spines. Or is it perhaps just the Avecs that lack that? The English “Planner” definitely does, at the bottom in gold lettering.

    Four years after a person threw out my 2014 Hobonichi Planner, I’ve worked up to ordering a new one. This year I went for the A5-sized “Cousin”. I’m dreading the inevitable customs fees when Parcelforce get their hands on it.

  • Matthias

    Koralatov, nice to hear from you again. This year I had the Japanese cousin (A5, full year version) and it also doesn’t have the year printed on the spine.
    I just got my customs bill. Parcelforce’s handling fee of £11.25 is always the worst part of the fees 😕

  • Koralatov

    Yes, their fee really does sting. I’ve had some packages come by DHL and UPS and their customs fees are much more reasonable. Royal Mail/Parcelforce only get away with their fees because you don’t have a choice with it — they automatically get it and then you’re at their mercy.

    My order is en route and currently showing as “Item presented to import Customs”. It’s the biggest order I’ve ever made, an A5 Cousin and cover for myself, and a Planner for a friend, and accessories to go with both. I’m expecting a bill of around £37 from Parcelforce.

    What made you decide to switch to the Cousin? Didn’t you previously use the A6 Planner?

  • Matthias

    I hope your fees were not too high in the end…
    I love the fact that I can get so much more information on the big A5 pages. I use the Techo for work, so 90% in there is probably work related and pages get pretty full, but the size means I can’t easily carry it with me any time. I do remember carrying the smaller version with me more often when I still had it, which means I have it when I might need it. I hope to use A6 this year and have an extra small notebook for notes that don’t fit in the Techo.
    I am not sure whether it will work and I might revert back to A5 next year.