Back in May, I got interested in setting up a day planner, and loved all the things I found online for Filofax users. I used it well for a while, but lately the only reason I tote it with me is for the calendar in it… and it’s a little bulky to be dragging around for just a calendar.
At the time, I’d also been very interested in the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, but had gone back and forth between actually buying Midori products, or making my own cover for Moleskine notebooks like Diana did. My day planner ended up being somewhat bulky, with too much “organization” and not enough “journal” or “design” options, especially with the paper a non-standard size (for making anything at home) with a load of holes to hand punch. So I caved in and ordered a Midori.
I started cautiously… I only ordered the calendar insert at first, figuring worst case it could be used as a stand-alone. I was having trouble picturing the size and how it would feel to handle, and I can be a bit picky on the feel of the paper as well. It was a success. I like that it’s undated, so it’s not a waste having started in August. The paper is nice as well – thin, so there’s some ghosting with some of my pens (both my Paper Mate Flair pens and my Waterman fountain pen) – but so far, no bleed through.
Then I went slightly bonkers 🙂
|Midori Traveler’s Notebook front cover with pen loop|
|Midori Traveler’s Notebook back cover|
Between Goulet Pens and Amazon, I’ve now got a Midori Traveler’s Notebook leather cover, the pen loop, and a few inserts. Amazon was cheapest on the cover, zipper pouch, and pen loop, and Goulet Pens was cheaper on the inserts. I haven’t gotten to use it much, but so far I really like the look and feel of it.
|The “back” of the clear zipper pocket (refill 008),
with the double-sided tape insert (refill 010) in the pocket.
I’ve got three notebook inserts in it right now – 001 Ruled, 002 Grid, and 017 Monthly Diary. The notebook came with a blank insert, but I don’t have a lot of use for unlined paper right now (I prefer lines for writing, and I can’t sketch to save my life) and I couldn’t get four notebooks to seat comfortably in the cover. Perhaps after it’s broken in a bit?
|Refill 017: Undated Monthly Diary|
|Refill 001: Lined, with the bookmark string|
|Refill 002: Grid|
|Refill 008: Zipper pocket. I turned mine around so the pouch is in the back|
The reviews I read were pretty accurate – neat packaging (cover in a cloth sack, in a cardboard envelope, in a cellophane wrapper), but with a rather off-putting smell like mothballs. Thankfully, the smell is already fading! It doesn’t seem like it will be too difficult to write in the assorted notebooks in the cover, and I like that they can be removed easily. If I wanted to take just one of the notebooks with me (such as the lined one I’m using as a journal), it would be relatively easy to slip it out and leave the rest of the bundle home. I hope to spruce it up a little – I’ve seen a few neat ideas for decorating the elastic band that goes around the middle, and I love some of the Jim Holtz charms I’ve seen people use to decorate both the elastic and the bookmark string. It would also be easy to tie a ribbon to the spine elastics at the top to use as additional bookmarks.
|Side view, with three notebooks inserted|
I can’t wait to get using this more, and to get it more customized and broken in 🙂