It is so hard to believe, but I have now been using my Midori Traveler’s Notebook (TN) for 3 months!
You can read my first blog post I wrote when I first got it here. I had been toying with the idea of buying one for a long time but stumbling across the gorgeous Blue Edition online I just couldn’t resist taking the plunge. I am really happy that I did!
*Side note, when I bought mine it wasn’t as hard to find so the price was a lot lower.
The beautiful vegetable dyed leather cover has a wonderful worn patina to it that I absolutely love!! Plus that gorgeous leather smell. YUM! I cannot express fully how much I love this notebook!
Over the past 3 months, there have been a few changes. I started out with a few inserts that have since been swapped out for other inserts that fit my life and routine a little better. I find that fitness and food tracking work a lot better when I do it digitally than trying to keep up with it analog.
I have adopted a kind of hybrid Bullet Journal system for keeping up with my daily scheduling and tasks. I love LOVE the Bullet Journal system! I love it so much I have even started keeping a Bullet Journal for work that is separate from my personal Traveler’s Notebook. For that, I use a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook. It works better to keep just a single large notebook for work, that doesn’t have all of the individual inserts.
Watch the video below to see how the Bullet Journal system works.
It really is the perfect to do/task/scheduling system, at least for me!
Currently, I have the following 4 inserts in my TN:
- 2016 1st Quarter MONTHLY/WEEKLY Dated Quarterly Calendar – I use for my monthly/weekly appointment calendar/editorial and blog calendar/future planning
- Midori Traveler’s Notebook (refill 002) grid – I use for my Bullet Journal
- COOL SEAGLASS Traveler’s Notebook Insert – I use for notes/collections/lists
- Midori Traveler’s Notebook (refill 003) blank – For sketching and journaling
It is really easy to get carried away with the fun and creativity of keeping a planner. I have about a hundred links for sites and YouTube channels that are dedicated to just that. There are so many cool, watercolors, washi tapes, stickers, stamps, papers, die cuts…. it goes on and on and on! I have been trying to only buy things that I know I will use and really need. I don’t want to spend so much time and money decorating a planner page that it becomes impractical. What is the purpose of having a planning to help organize your time if you are then spending 2 hours a day decorating your planner page……
I will tell you though that a Midori Traveler’s Notebook is not cheap. The cover, if you buy an authentic Midori, can cost between $35-$60. But once you buy the cover it will last you a very long time. It is made of a super thick leather and you would have a hard time wearing it out. You just keep buying inserts when you run out and keep using the cover over and over. There is also a multitude of faux Midoris called Fauxdori… I know original lol. You can buy them on Etsy, Amazon, etc. Inserts range around $4.00 and up. You can even print and bind your own if you want to cut cost. There are lots of printables to get your hands on or design your own. In the 3 months I have been keeping my TN, I am just now coming to the point of replacing one of my inserts because it is full. Not too bad. I keep 4 inserts in mine, but you can put as many or as few as you like. That is what is so cool about a Traveler’s Notebook, it is completely customizable to you.
My sister and daughter both have started keeping a Traveler’s Notebook, so it is fun to share our finds. My sister has even treated me to a few care packages, she is so sweet!! Nothing like getting an unexpected surprise package in the mail. She sent me some adorable stickers and the most beautiful fountain pen and plum scented teal ink. She got me a TWSBI Diamond 580 clear acrylic with an extra fine nib for writing tiny and the ink is De Atramentis Plum. It writes so smooth and the scenting ink is pretty cool. I love seeing the ink slosh around inside.
I will write a blog post soon with a list of links where you kind find all kinds of Midori Traveler’s Notebook and planner goodies soon!