I came across this soft bound journal a few months ago at Barnes and Noble and just had to get it after seeing how nice and thick it was. The inside paper has the grid design which just so happened to be what I was looking for at the time. I don't know about you, but finding a good journal with grid paper is so hard to come by where I live. Most of the ones I come across either have a spiral spine, too thin, or are the Mead Composition Notebooks, which are too big for my journaling preferences. But this black journal was just the right size and feel for what I had in mind- my own DIY Hobonichi Planner.
As you can see, the black journal is taller than the Hobonichi by a little over 2 inches and wider by an inch. This size is perfect for me as the pages leave more room to write and sketch as the Hobonichi only has about a 4x4 inch square to write in. You can see the difference in size with the dashed-in spaces I made below:
Now, while I still adore my Hobonichi planner (click here for the un-boxing post), I quickly realized that it was not cut out for an everyday diary as I had originally planned. My handwriting is somewhat large, so I found that the small pages didn't do too well with it. Plus, I wasn't able to use up all of the journal's pages as they're all dated. So for those days where there was nothing to write about, it would just be left blank, which I felt was a waste. If you've read "My Everyday Journals" post, you'll know that I now use it more as a manifestation/goals notebook, so it's still being somewhat used.
So now that I have this grid paper journal, I'm free to design it however I'd like. I can add the dates on top if I want, or not. I can draw in a free calender, or skip a few months. If I miss a day of journaling, the pages won't go to waste as they're all "blank." And what I love most about this notebook (besides the graph paper) is that it's so thick and full with a lot of pages! It'll probably take me like 2 years to fill this baby up!