I have been journaling for quite some time and I wasn't introduced to traveler's notebooks until this past winter in 2014/2015. I know there is a huge traveler notebook community and planners are becoming a huge thing lately. The original, Midori Traveler's Notebook, originated in Japan. The original comes in standard and passport sizes. Lately, traveler's notebooks have becoming popular for a variety of things. It's a great system once you start using it.
What's a Midori Traveler's Notebook?
The Midori Traveler's Notebook is essentially a piece of leather that is folded in half to create a cover. This simple piece of leather has a vertical elastic strap down the center of the spine that holds paper inserts. There is a tin clasp that holds the strap into place. There is also an elastic loop that secures the notebook together. The traveler's notebook comes with a bookmark cord and there are a bunch of inserts you can purchase. The original Midori comes with the traveler's notebook, ones blank insert, an extra elastic loop and a thin cloth bag. The Midori Traveler's Notebook is a minimalist system and is easy to customize.
What's a Fauxdori?
Fauxdoris have been quite popular lately and there are a quite a few vendors on Etsy that make homemade fauxdoris. A fauxdori is a traveler's notebook crafted by artisans. The great thing about fauxdoris is the customization; you can customize the cover however you like. You can choose the color and type of the leather (or fabric or vinyl), the number and color of outer elastics, the number and color of the inner elastics, the size and you can personalize your fauxdori with embossing, stitching, pockets and inscriptions.
Why should you purchase a traveler's notebook?
With YouTube videos, blog posts and Facebook groups, there
is so much love for this wonderful notebook. What I love is that you
can customize your traveler notebook in so many ways. You can choose the
cover, the elastics, the inserts and the setup of your traveler
notebook. There are different sizes you can pick from to suit your every
day needs. Some people have one notebook but others will have several
and will use them for different things. All your thoughts can be compiled into one notebook and it will help streamline your life.
What can you do with a traveler's notebook?
Art | drawing, painting, coloring, scrapbooking
Brain Dump | reminders, lists, notes
Budget | expense tracker, couponing log, payment deadlines, online shopping log, gift buying log
Health and Fitness | recipes, water intake, exercise log, meal planning, medication tracker
Home | address book, cleaning schedule, babysitting log, shopping lists, pet log
Inspiration and Motivation | quotes, prayer, ideas, personal development, focus, reflection, goals
Journaling | daily, travel, dream, time capsule, gratitude, project, hobby, bullet journal
| monthly calendar, day-to-day, weekly, to-do-lists, party
planner, baby planner, wedding planner, teacher planner, work planner, student planner, blog planner
Puzzles and Games | sudoku, crossword
Reviews | book, movie, music, wine, restaurant, etc.
Travel | itinerary, road trip
My Traveler's Notebooks
My first traveler's
notebook is the original standard size brown Midori Traveler's Notebook.
I also have a second one which is a custom made standard sized one from
3 Speckled Fawns. Before buying a traveler's notebook, I used to use
regular bound journals and notebooks to write in. I love how the
traveler's notebook is easily customizable and how I can swap out
inserts whenever I please. I am also fond of the feel, look and smell of
the leather covers. I am also a big fan of keeping several inserts
together in one place. The traveler's notebook has helped me organize my
life and my thoughts.
Definitely check out the links below for more information about traveler's notebooks and the accessories.
Favorite blog posts and YouTube videos about traveler's notebooks include the following:
Jet Pens' Midori Traveler's Notebook Comprehensive Guide
Pretty Neat Living's Show and Tell: Traveler's Notebooks video
So Obsessed With's My Foxy Dori & Other Favorites
So Obsessed With's Guide to Faux Doris: The Inserts
So Obsessed With: Guide to Faux Doris: The Cover
Stuff & Things Midori Traveler's Notebook Review video
Where to buy Midori Traveler's Notebooks and Inserts
Goulet Notebooks and Inserts
Where can you buy a Fauxdori?
3 Speckled Fawns
Lyra and Co (Cloth)
Onica Hanbury Studio
Ray Blake's Raydori
Favorite Insert Brands
Lyra and Co
Papier My Day
The Planner Emporium
Favorite Sticker Vendors
Hello Ashleyann Prints
It's Planning Time
The Planner Junkie Inc.
That Moxie Chick Studio
Whimisical Flamingo Co.
Favorite Stamp Vendors
Ms. Kimm Creates Stamps
Mommy Lhey Designs
Sweet Stamp Shop
Bookmarks | Handmademits, R H Mohler
Dashboards | Hobby Lane Designs
Folders | Onica Hanbury Studio
Facebook Traveler's Notebook Groups
Inserts, Inserts, Inserts for Traveler's Notebooks
Midori Traveler's Notebook Resources
Looking for a planner instead?
Emily Ley Simplified Planner
Erin Condren Life Planner
Inkwell Press LiveWELL Planner
Plum Paper Designs