It took me about 30 seconds after seeing the Wonderland 222 planner before deciding I had to try one. I reached out to the company and one of the creators Liisa Roberts (photographer + designer) wrote back and offered to send one to me for review. The planner was developed by Liisa as well as her business partner/co-owner Andy Panske (graphic designer).
Therefore, in full disclosure I did not pay for this planner. But I am being genuine when I say I see myself purchasing products from them long into the future.
I love this planner.
It has almost all of my favorite elements of the Hobonichi, plus more. One cannot deny the similarities between the two: both have very similar (if not the same) Tomoe River paper, both have the same size gridlines in a very similar style, and both have weekly/monthly/daily pages (plus more).
Wonderland 222 is divided into two books instead of one, and has even more features. For a detailed tour, definitely check out the episode above!
But in brief:
There are two books that comprise this system, a Planner (shown to the left) and a Notebook. They all come in 3 colors: black, pink, or dark green. You can buy them separately or together and there are A5 and B6 sizes available.
(Mine is the A5.)
Shown here is the dark green Planner on the left and the pink Notebook on the right, nestled into my 2020 Hobonichi Cover.
Here is the system on its side. Yes, it’s fairly thick but not tight. I do wonder what will happen when the pages get more used. Time will tell and I will definitely update!
After some index pages and printed yearly calendars come a compact yearly spread. You will see some filled out pages below but I could not bring myself to write on 2021 pages yet!
I plan on using this as a health/illness tracker for the family. (I used the Hobonichi’s annual page for something similar in the past and liked having the info.)
The tabs you can see along the side are to delineate the months (this planner book contains Nov 2020 – Dec 2021, so it’s not hard to get a little lost). I used these from Jetpens though Wonderland sells tabs, too.
I love this next section – a little quarterly calendar with blank spaces to the right! I am going to track goals here (will adapt it to my ‘quintiles’ method somehow!).
Then come Gantt-style charts for every month! On my November page below, you can see I am tracking daily habits + the books I am reading. I think it will be fun to see how long each book takes to read.
Each month is flanked by Overview and Review pages. They both have the layout below. I am going to use Overview for goals/events and Review to track progress on various goals + financial progress (savings) as well.
Having the Review pages is a reminder to celebrate the wins each month. I love that.
The monthly pages are fairly standard. The weekend is very lightly shaded, which I like. You will never make the mistake of thinking the week starts on Sunday. I use this to track big events / call schedules
Weekly pages! I admit – I first was concerned when I saw that there were no separate columns for Sat/Sun. But there is plenty of real estate and it has been a complete non-issue so far. I divided up my page to include workouts, meals, and to do lists along the bottom (separate for work vs home).
Dailies! I’m including a few examples. You can see that there is some show-through. This is a reality with Tomoe River paper (same with the Hobonichi). If you want think luscious entirely opaque paper — this planner is not going to be for you. (For me, it’s a fair tradeoff for being able to carry around so many pages at once. I also feel pretty used to it as a Hobonichi user for years!).
The first two are real. The third is fake as I was playing with layouts!
Note: there are about 80 blank grid pages in the Planner and the Notebook contains 365. I probably would have preferred a touch fewer in the Planner for a slimmer system (maybe 40-50) but having these two books and so much flexibility means there is no need for any accessory notebook like I was using previously.
Basically, the pens that work well in this system are the same as those that work well in the Hobonichi. I prefer the Uniball Jetstream plus some brush pens for accent. Gel pens will smudge. Pigment pens will smudge too (the Uni Pin was the least smudgeproof of the ones I have tried below). My beloved Pentel Gel Clena is a total no-go on this paper. Surprisingly the Clean Color Dot pens do not bleed through (they do on many other types of paper!).
I absolutely love this planner and am planning on using it for 2021 (though I am keeping my Hobonichi avec around because it is always possible I will need a fresh start in July).
Happy to answer questions!