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Thursday, April 9, 2015

My Madori-Style FauxBonichi -The Plan

Before I became a stay-at-home parent, I worked a "9 to 5" in an office. I liked the stand alone, spiral-bound, floppy calendars my company would supply each year, but didn't like that I couldn't add to it or reorganize it like a you could with the FiloFax/Dayrunner ring-bound setup.

Then I found Office Max & Martha Stewart's (Levenger has one as well) disc-binding system, which uses discs and specialty holes to create a really nice and very flexible binding system similar to (but SO much better than) a spiral bound book. 

After I found that, the search was on for  a better calendar format. I had no use for the plan every hour of your day, I just answered the phones and "pushed paper." But still needed a calendar for meetings, events, appointments, etc. I watched countless YouTube videos of artists and others making their own out of this, that, and the other with brilliant colors, painted pictures and anything else you could think of. I didn't need all that either.

Just recently I found the Hobonichi. A calendar format popular in Japan. It is more free form than I have ever seen and very much geared toward art journaling, list making, what have you. It's more of a way to document your life than plan it, and as a now stay-at-home parent, I don't need to plan much.

But you can only get the Hobonichi in Japan, the only English version you can get is an A6 -not the A5 size I so love and adore, and it's a bound book, so you can't easily add/reorganize it. 

While I was searching YouTube, I also came across another binding system much like the spirals I love and with somewhat more flexibility. The Madori. And YouTube is filled with videos of people demonstrating how they made their faux items! (You can even make a  "fauxbonichi" using a book from Barnes & Noble and drawing everything.)

So, here's the plan:
I'm going to make a "FauxDori" and fill it with "FauxBonichi" books, pocket inserts, and the like and attempt to film the process and post it to my YouTube channel (which has nothing on it) during the process.

SIZE: A5 - 5.5 x 8

13 calendar books (not all at once):
- 1 book for each month: 1 month= 31 days /4 days per paper = roughly 8 paper per book.
- 1 book of Hobonichi-style monthly planner pages.
- Various other inserts as found on YouTube.

I have an old 8.5 x 11 Pro Art sketch book I barely used for an art class I will deconstruct for paper. Covers have yet to be determined.

Now I just have to figure out how to make a YouTube video without a video camera...

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