Monday, 29 December 2014

Web Finds - 29 December 2014

So I hope you had a good Christmas. It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. Review Tuesday- A journal for the tea lover. - Embellish Everything
  2. Question for the gentlefolk in the Filofax and Midori... - Susan Has A Stationery Problem
  3. ZenKraft Distressed Brown Bison Field Notes Bi-Fold - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  4. Gratitude - Margate+
  5. Free Job Interview Workbook: turning your opportunity into a job offer - My Life All in One Place
  6. Experimenting with Traveler's Notebook Weekly Vertical as my bullet journal / to-do list (and loving it:) - Baum-Kuchen
  7. Midori Traveler's Notebook-style notebook cover - Renee's Ramblings
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. Filofax Flex Slim & DIY Fish - My Last Eureka
  2. 2015 planner decision made: Midori Traveler's Notebook and Hobonichi with a side Vera Bradley - Tracy Reinhardt
  3. How to print your Leonie Dawson workbook in booklet mode - Ju La
  4. Traveller's Notebook with New Interview Workbook - Ray Blake
  5. Midori Travelers Notebook Setup December 2014 - Florence Antonette 
  6. Flip of my Midori Traveler's Notebook Art Journal - Teddi Confetti
  7. Vlogtini Episode 1: 2015 Planner Setup (using Midori Traveler's Notebook & Hobonichi Weeks) - Dragonflykeep Vlogtinis
  8. Stickers!!! - Sketchantics
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 26 December 2014

Friday TN Question No.7

We hope you all had a very pleasant Christmas and may be you got some Travellers Notebook goodies from Santa....

So this weeks question:
What is your favourite leather colour for a Travellers Notebook?  
Please answer in the comments below, although I know a few of you will answer my question on Facebook.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Web Finds - 22 December 2014

So I hope you had a good weekend. It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. New MTN Insert - Julia's Bento
  2. New Sketchbook I’m so in love with: Midori - Creative Creations
  3. Raydori TN - 100 Words - Margate+
  4. ZenKraft Dark Brown Bison A5 Bi-Fold with Tech Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  5. Doane Paper Small Utility Notebook - Modern Stationer 
  6. Nock Co. DotDash Pocket Notebook - That One Pen
  7. For the Note Takers - Julia's Bento
  8. Leather cover for the Standard Memorandum - Blank and Write
  9. ZenKraft Tri-Fold Slim Plus in Kodiak Tan Leather - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  10. Video-Update on my Planners & a Look inside my new Midori Travelers Notebook - Creative Creations
  11. ZenKraft A5 Camo Bi-Fold Plus Notebook - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. Gillio Giramondo Unboxing & Side by Side comparison with Midori Travellers Notebook - Little Bird Studio
  2. Mes Midori / Happiedori / Fauxdori! - Aude B
  3. Happiedori Review - It's a Planner Thing
  4. (7) FieldNotes Traveler's Notebook- 1 mt later - SingleMomWitCurlz
  5. My new Travelers Notebook from Jennifer Harvey - Barbs Planner World
  6. Salty Dog Leatherworks Traveler's Notebook- REVIEW - tiny DiY momma
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 19 December 2014

Friday TN Question No. 6

Each week we ask our readers a simple question about their Travellers Notebooks and how they use them.

So this weeks question:
Have you ever made your own Travellers Notebook? If you have what problems did you encounter and how did you get around these problems? 
Please answer in the comments below, although I know a few of you will answer my question on Facebook.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

My Travellers Notebook - Yvonne

Today I would like to introduce to a long standing on-line friend of mine, Yvonne. 

Hello, my name is Yvonne and I am a notebook and planner addict. Anything involving leather, paper, pen and ink (preferably all together) is my happy place. I blog at The Zeitgeist of Zoe

1. How long have you been using a travellers note book for?

I first discovered Traveler's Notebooks in 2012 after stumbling upon a blog post from 2008 about different cool notebooks which featured a Midori Traveler's Notebook. At the time you could not purchase the Midori TN in the US, so although I wanted one, I didn't want one badly enough to jump through the hoops needed to order one from Japan. I purchased my 1st TN (an official Midori) from Baum-Kuchen in 2013 and have been hooked ever since.

2. What size(s) of travellers notebooks do you use?

Being rather notebook obsessed, I have several TNs. I started with one regular sized brown MTN, soon added a regular size black, a brown passport MTN, a 5th Anniversary Traveler's Star passport size...and now that so many talented people make them, I have added two in FN size from Chic Sparrow and two made by Ray Blake; one in FN size and the other in regular size. I will also be going back for one of his new Camel edition FN size after the holidays. So that's  8 and counting.

They all sort of go in and out of rotation as needed, but the ones which are included in my Every Day Carry right now that I use are my regular size Camel edition from Ray and my FN size Chic Sparrow Creme Brulee.

3. How many inserts/booklets does your travellers notebook hold?

I'm not sure because the most I ever use are three. I'm an oddball in that I prefer sleek and compact to chunky and stuffed. I keep two FN notebooks in my Chis Sparrow and three miscellaneous notebooks in my Camel Edition from Ray.

4. What does each insert or notebook get used for?

The FN size is a Gratitude Journal. Every day I use as many sheets as I want to list things I am thankful for.

My regular size Camel Edition is used for big projects, so it holds a Midori Monthly calendar insert for tracking what is happening when, and separate notebooks for different projects that are going on. Currently I have one notebook for an upcoming house move and an additional notebook for research on purchasing a new car, which I hope to do early in the new year.
5. If you could have an insert designed just for you, what would it contain?

Actually my favorite inserts are Midori brand "005 Free Diary". They are a daily undated format on a comfortable sized quadrille paper. I use these for just about everything.

6. Have you ever considered making your own travellers notebook cover?

Oh goodness no! I don't have a creative bone in my body (nor any patient ones)....and there are so many wonderful TNs being made by others that it is far more fun for me to buy them :)

7. Apart from paper inserts, what else do you carry in your TN and how?

Mostly I use my TNs as notebooks, but I do have a Midori brand Kraft folder in my regular sized Camel Edition to capture any loose papers, etc. related to the projects I'm using the notebooks inside for. I will also clip a Midori pen loop to any TN that I'm carrying around in my handbag so that the pen doesn't come out of the elastic.
8. What attracts you to using a travellers notebook compared to other formats?

First and foremost is the leather. I love the way they age, scuff and patina with use. I feel like even my mundane life is an adventure carrying and using these notebooks. The simplicity is very appealing to me. I also like the flexibility of changing out notebooks and accessory inserts when needed. The fact that there are no rings makes writing all the way to the margins on both the right and left leaves easy.

9. What would you like to see in a travellers notebook design?

One of the things that appeals to me most about TNs is the simple, clean design. Really the only thing I would like to see is something akin to Personal/Medium size so that notebooks could be carried in either one's TN or tucked into one's planner as needed.

10. What advice would you give to a new travellers notebook user?

Know that they are addicting! So set a budget for yourself and try not to go too wild buying them. Also, USE THEM! They only get better with use...promise!

11. Finally, what would you like to see on Travellers Notebook Times?

Personally, I am more into using my notebooks as life tools than decorating in them, so I would most enjoy usage tips and practical information, as well as updates on any new inserts people come up with or new notebooks/designers.

Thank you Yvonne, thank you for your help and support. 

And if you would like to feature in 'My Travellers Notebook' please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Web Finds - 15 December 2014

So I hope you had a good weekend. It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. Update: 2015 planner and useful videos! - Break of Light
  2. Feng shui planner? - Brick Work
  3. Time management tool - Chronodex. - Blank and Write
  4. {Traveler's Notebooks} Journal Links - Seaweed Kisses
  5. ZenKraft Beaver Brown Cahier XL Tri-Fold Notebook System with Tri-Tech Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  6. Avoiding Planner Peace - Just Happy Me
  7. Midori TN - 100 words - Margate+
  8. The making of a leather "Journey" Travelers's Notebook... - Morgan Le Fae's Trinkets
  9. ZenKraft Red Zebra Pony Field Notes Edition Bi-Fold - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  10. Some reading for the Holidays - My Life All in One Place
  11. Mon Carnet de Poche - Julia's Bento 
  12. Bound in Brown - Brick Work
  13. ZenKraft Ninja Camo Field Notes Bi-Fold Limited Edition Notebook - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  14. DIY Planner for the Midori Traveler’s Notebook - The Well Appointed Desk
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. What Is A Midori Travelers Notebook - NReluctant
  2. Introducing Midori style travelers notebook cover (fauxdori, Andori, filofax) - Ann Osborne Reed
  3. Flip Through of My Australia Trip Traveler's Notebook - Scrappin' Love
  4. My 2015 planner setup in my Traveler's Notebook using Diyfish inserts - MadeWithLoveCrafter
  5. My midori traveler's notebook - Travis Boykin
  6. Midori traveler's notebook pocket stickers - Travis Boykin
  7. 2015 Planner for Midori Traveler's Notebook - Jessi Gutierrez
  8. Fauxbonichi / MTN Flip Through Nov - Dec - MyLifeMits
  9. Midori Traveler's Notebook Flip Through - howtomakeart
  10. Gillio And midori as main planner - My Life Re-Organised
  11. Planner Guide 2015 | Pick a New Planner!! - MissVickyBee
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday TN Question No.5


Each week we ask our readers a simple question about their Travellers Notebooks and how they use them.

So this weeks question:
What do you use the different notebooks for in your Travellers Notebook? 
Please answer in the comments below, although I know a few of you will answer my question on Facebook.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

My Travellers Notebook - LisaDiana

Today I would like to introduce you to LisaDiana.

It’s wonderful to meet you! My name is LisaDiana and I thought I’d share a little about myself so we can get to know each other. I wear many hats but “soul based artist, author and inter-faith minister daily surviving BiPolar 2 illness and sharing how to heal and thrive through art journaling” sums me up pretty well! www.lisadianadelaney.com or FaceBook.

1. How long have you been using a travellers note book for?

Less than a year.  I used to use a binder system and even tried the Hobonichi and ARC systems.

2. What size(s) of travellers notebooks do you use?

I love the 5”x8.25” but I also use an A6.

3. How many inserts/booklets does your travellers notebook hold?

My daily holds about 5-6 but I’m creating 2 quad-folds which will hold about 8 each.

4. What does each insert or notebook get used for?

EVERYTHING!!!  From daily planning to symptom tracker, art journal, Word of the Day, work notes, business notes, mandalas, Zentangles, medications trackers, blog and FB posts.

5. If you could have an insert designed just for you, what would it contain?

I do design my own.  My planner insert has a month on a page with grid paper to track things and a rayon two pages where I record personal To Do, work To Do, art To Do, FB postings, symptoms and more.

6. Have you ever considered making your own travellers notebook cover?

I do make them :)

7. Apart from paper inserts, what else do you carry in your TN and how?

Nothing at the moment.  I carry either a small pencil case of art supplies or a large art backpack.

8. What attracts you to using a travellers notebook compared to other formats?

I love how each insert can be its own category and can easily be removed.  I’ve always loved the possibilities of a blank notebook as well.

9. What would you like to see in a travellers notebook design?

10. What advice would you give to a new travellers notebook user?  

Take your time and figure out what works for you.

11. Finally, what would you like to see on Travellers Notebook Times? 

OH! I’d love to see photos and descriptions of what each insert is used for.  I’d also like for those who design their own to share tips and tricks with each other like dimensions, etc.

Thank you LisaDiana. 

And if you would like to feature in 'My Travellers Notebook' please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Monday, 8 December 2014

Web Finds - 8 December 2014

So I hope you had a good weekend. It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. Change... - Lonely Cards
  2. DIY Hobonichi Planner tabs - Seaweed Kisses
  3. Fauxdori Leather Charm - Indigo Blue
  4. The Daily Dashboard Midori insert - free files for 2015 - My Life All in One Place
  5. Wabi-Sabi and the Traveler’s Notebook - The Zeitgeist of Zoe
  6. ZenKraft Camo Bi-Fold with Double Tech Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  7. One Notebook, One Year Challenge - Lipstick and Letters
  8. New Midori Traveler's Notebook Inserts & Printables! Giveaway! - Mar Badiyan
  9. Midori Traveler's Notebook - DYSong Photography
  10. ZenKraft Brown A5 Bison Bi-Fold Notebook - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  11. Midori Traveler's Notebook - Notes to a Mouse
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. How I use my Fenner CRAFTS 'Explorer 3' Travellers Notebook - My Luxury Carry
  2. My Midori traveler's notebook and hobonichi plus - using this year to make 2015 better - Tracy Reinhardt
  3. TN Planner setup - Lauren Orsini
  4. Options for changing the elastic and tin clamp on a Midori Traveler's Notebook - Tracy Reinhardt
  5. Midori Traveler's Notebook December 2014 Layout - Dreamy C
  6. Faux Midori: Fabric and Paper with Moleskin and Handmade Inserts (Project Share) - Ann Osborne-Reed
  7. FauxDori JenDori Travelers NoteBook Wide Gemini - Joanne Delbaso
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday TN Question No.4


Each week we ask our readers a simple question about their Travellers Notebooks and how they use them.

So this weeks question:
Do you use a pen holder in your Travellers Notebook? 
Please answer in the comments below, although I know a few of you will answer my question on Facebook.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

My Travellers Notebook - Ray

Today I would like to introduce you to Ray Blake, for those that don't know Ray, I count him as one of the most influential people in our planner community, as well as a great friendly.

Ray runs the blog www.mylifeallinoneplace.com which features free, downloadable inserts for Filofax and Midori systems. He started the Facebook group Midori Traveler’s Notebook Resources where he remains an Admin. With Steve Morton he designed the Philofaxy range of diary layouts.

1. How long have you been using a travellers note book for?

Two years

2. What size(s) of travellers notebooks do you use?

My main notebook and planner lives in a full size cover, but I also use FN and Passport sizes on occasion, especially where I want to travel light.

3. How many inserts/booklets does your travellers notebook hold?

It will hold quite a few, but I’ve found carrying more than three at a time is counterproductive.

4. What does each insert or notebook get used for?

The first is my week-to-view diary. The second is a ruled notebook which collects information of various sorts – phone numbers, web sites I want to look at, various lists and the odd cryptic note to myself. I use it sometimes to draft blog posts and other writing. The third insert is plain paper, which I use for ideas, often with sketches and brainstorms – anything that’s a little non-linear, I suppose.

5. If you could have an insert designed just for you, what would it contain?

I do have that luxury and I’ve often thought about doing it. But then I realise I would miss some of the freedoms of blank paper.

6. Have you ever considered making your own travellers notebook cover?

I’ve made about 750 of them as at November 2014. But I actually spent a good six months thinking about it and mentally rehearsing the process before I made my first one.

7. Apart from paper inserts, what else do you carry in your TN and how?

I have a file folder and the Midori envelope. They let me carry business expenses receipts, various tickets and other loose papers. I don’t carry credit cards or cash in my TN.

8. What attracts you to using a travellers notebook compared to other formats?

I like the discipline of a bound notebook. The fact that you can’t easily just tear out a sheet makes you take more care about what and how you write. I’m keen too on the overall aesthetic: the patina the leather acquires, the low-tech securing of inserts, the string bookmark and simple elastic securing band. It all just feels right.

9. What would you like to see in a travellers notebook design?

There’s an astonishing variety in designs now. People have got really creative with the format. It’s hard to see what else could be added, but I’ve learned never to underestimate people’s desire to create and innovate.

10. What advice would you give to a new travellers notebook user?

Oh, there’s so much. But there’s one piece of advice that I believe you can’t repeat too much: remember it’s only a notebook. That means don’t be afraid to write, draw and scribble in it – the mundane as well as the profound, the hurried and untidy as well as the pristine. An empty notebook you just bought is a wonderful thing, but an empty notebook you’ve owned for some time is a tragedy.

11. Finally, what would you like to see on Travellers Notebook Times?

I’d like to see it continue to be a resource bringing a diverse set of TN-related web links together. Anything else is a bonus.

Thank you Ray, keep up the hard work on all fronts. 

And if you would like to feature in 'My Travellers Notebook' please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Monday, 1 December 2014

Web Finds - 1 December 2014

So I hope you had a good weekend. It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. Travel Journal made with Tim Holtz supplies - Stitch in Time
  2. A Dream... - Lonely Cards
  3. What is The Brick? - Brick Work
  4. Reason(s) - Margate+
  5. Word. x Hellbrand Leatherworks Leather Notebook Cover Review - The Desk of Adam
  6. Bullet-Journal Brick  - Brick Work
  7. Standard Memorandum 2015, now available. - Blank and Write
  8. Why ? -  Margate+
  9. Create art every day... - Lonely Cards
  10. Review Preview 01 - Barnby Bumble
  11. I can’t tell you how many time management systems... - Urban Farming
  12. Breaking Point  - Brick Work
  13. TN Times - Steve Morton
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. MTN Daily Journaling Flip Through #1 - Palestblue
  2. Thanksgiving Theme - My Purpley Life
  3. Gillio Giramondo as my main planner - update after 2 months - Just Happy Me 
  4. "Verne" from the Traveling Dori project - Midori Style Traveler's notebook. - Glenda Slanna
  5. MTN Daily Journaling Flip Through #2 - Palestblue
  6. Maverick Travelers Notebook - Jennifer Harvey
  7. Creating An Xmas Gift List Using StudioL2E Stamp Sets (Midori Traveler's Notebook/Happiedori) - Love4Createivity
  8. MTN Daily #3 - Palestblue
  9. DIY Tutorial: Notebook cover for Hobonichi style insert in Traveler's Notebook - MyLifeMits
  10. Witchy organization - JudeDirect
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 28 November 2014

Friday TN Question No.3


Each week we ask our readers a simple question about their Travellers Notebooks and how they use them.

So this weeks question:
How many booklets/notebooks do you carry in your travellers notebook? 
Please answer in the comments below, although I know a few of you will answer my question on Facebook.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

My Travellers Notebook - Steve


This is another new series here on Travellers Notebook Times, I hope some more of our readers will join in. In this first post I 'interviewed myself' ! But I'm sure you will get the idea especially if you have read any of the reader under the spotlight posts over on Philofaxy

1. How long have you been using a travellers note book for?

Only a few weeks since starting this blog! But I'm enjoying using it as an addition to using a Filofax.

2. What size(s) of travellers notebooks do you use?

At the moment just a Pocket size one made by Ray Blake as shown in the pictures.

3. How many inserts/booklets does your travellers notebook hold?

The pocket size cover Ray Blake made for me comfortably holds three Moleskine Cahiers

4. What does each insert or notebook get used for?

I'm using one for notes and ideas for this blog and another for Philofaxy, and the third one I just use for jotting down general notes in it. I think the dividing up of different topics in to different notebooks helps me focus my attention and where as previously I've not got on that well with a bound notebook for notes, this sort of approach seems to be working quite well for me. I continue to use my ring bound Van der Spek organisers for my main planning and task lists.

5. If you could have an insert designed just for you, what would it contain?

I think I would create/print a blog planner of some kind for this blog, at the moment I'm piggy backing things in to my Van der Spek I use for planning things on Philofaxy. I'm sure Ray might have created a suitable insert I need to take a look and turn it in to a booklet for next year. A simply monthly calendar and some notes pages or something like that.

6. Have you ever considered making your own travellers notebook cover?

Not yet, but I might try to make one soon, something that takes the larger Moleskine Journal Cahier (210x130mm) would be excellent.

7. Apart from paper inserts, what else do you carry in your TN and how?

Just a pen at the moment.

8. What attracts you to using a travellers notebook compared to other formats?

Their simplicity and the ease of manufacturer on your own kitchen table/worktop with the minimum of tools.

9. What would you like to see in a travellers notebook design?

May be a simple pen loop, or some pockets but definitely a pen loop. I tried a clip on one but that didn't work so I currently tuck my pen under the elastic.

10. What advice would you give to a new travellers notebook user?

Give one a try, I wasn't sure if I would use one at first, but I'm finding it helps me focus my mind on the many different things that crop in life, I've tried using a pocket Filofax of similar size before and whilst it sort of worked I didn't carry it around as much as I do the travellers notebook.

11. Finally, what would you like to see on Travellers Notebook Times?

More readers comments! And more people sending us details about their blogs so we can include them in our weekly web finds.

And if you would like to feature in 'My Travellers Notebook' please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Monday, 24 November 2014

Web Finds - 24 November 2014

So I hope you had a good weekend. It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. My Fauxdori Set Up - Mrs Brimbles
  2. Traveler’s Notebook - John Estey
  3. Midori passport snippets - Seaweed Kisses
  4. ZenKraft Red Zebra Bi-Fold - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  5. Happy Friday #31: On Journaling - Julia's Bento
  6. Alternative stringing for your DIY Traveller's Notebook. - My Life All in One Place
  7. What my bed loooks like right now.. #filofax #jendori... - TheresaJOI
  8. ZenKraft Distressed Bison Bi-Fold with Double Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  9. Own your own Camel Traveller's Notebook - My Life All in One Place
  10. My daily Traveler's Notebook, planner and common place book / journal - Morgan Le Fae 
  11. Tomoe River Paper - John Estey
  12. ZenKraft Black Oil-Tanned Tri-Fold with Red Tech Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  13. Planning my planner for 2015 - Break of Light
  14. A music insert for your Midori Traveler's Notebook - My Life All in One Place
  15. Post Card from Tabiyo Shop. - Blank and Write
  16. Walk-Through of My Traveler’s Notebook - Scrappin' Love
  17. A knitting insert for your Midori Traveler's Notebook - My Life All in One Place
  18. Traveler's Notebook (FauxMidori) - Video - Kisiwa
  19. Friday TN Question No. 2 - TN Times
  20. TN Times - Steve Morton
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. Review of my Honey Whiskey Tan Travellers Notebook from Fenner Crafts - Mr Luxury Carry
  2. What's in my pencil case - craftymommy24cs
  3. Flip through november 2014, Traveler's Notebook - Monique vmb
  4. Fauxbonichi / MTN Flip Through & update - MyLifeMits
  5. Flip through of my field note size chic sparrow wallet - Lauren Ornisi
  6. Midori Traveler's Notebook Hong Kong Tramways Edition ~ 1st Impression - Justine L
  7. Elastic travelers notebook made from canvas. - Wolfwoman09
  8. Traveler's Notebook (Fauxdori) - Kisiwa82
  9. Midori Travelers Notebook - Travel Journal Flipthrough - Hollydaly
  10. Walk Through of My Traveler's Notebook & Setup for The Family Trip - Scrappin' Love
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday TN Question No. 2


Each week we ask our readers a simple question about their Travellers Notebooks and how they use them.

So this weeks question:
What pens do you use with your Travellers Notebook? 
Please answer in the comments below, although I know a few of you will answer my question on Facebook.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Web Finds - 17 November 2014

So I hope you had a good weekend. Sit back and relax and here we go.
  1. The Journal Diaries- Wen yea's Traveler's Notebook - Seaweed Kisses
  2. Mir Ardhon helped me make a file folder - Morgan Le Fae's Trinkets
  3. Fountain Pen Review - Storage Studio
  4. Standard Memorandum, a pocket planner full of memories. - Blank and Write
  5. How to add extra booklets to a Traveler's Notebook - Morgan Le Fae's Trinkets
  6. Filofax/MTN Setup, April 2014: My new combined notebook/rings system. - Filofancy
  7. ZenKraft Field Notes Slim Bi-Fold with Maroon Quad Pockets - Zencraft Traveler's Notes
  8. How I am Combining My New Filofax With My Midori Traveler's Notebook. - Filofancy
  9. Writing.... with fountain pens. - Blank and Write
  10. Watercoloring with Tim Holtz Distress Markers - Seaweed Kisses
  11. ZenKraft Black Bi-Fold with Boar's Hide Pockets - Zencraft Traveler's Notes
  12. The Daily Dashboard for the Midori Traveler's Notebook - My Life All in One Place
  13. Happy Friday Vlog #30 : Gouache - Julia's Bento 
  14. The Journal Diaries- Kolby's hiking journals - Seaweed Kisses
  15. ZenKraft Cahier XL Kodiak Brown with Tri-Tech Pockets - Zencraft Traveler's Notes
  16. Photo - TheresaJOI
  17. TN Times Magazine - Steve Morton
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. Planner Update - Lalaboobaby
  2. Flip Through My Midori Travelers Notebooks With Me! - Tootooamy
  3. Trifold Travelers Notebook - Jennifer Harvey
  4. Voyager1 ~ Midor Travelers Notebook - My Home Matters
  5. Review: Free Printable for Midori Travelers Notebook - MyLifeMits
  6. Journal with Me in my Midori Travelers Notebook - Housefulofgris
  7. Midori Traveler's Notebook Setup as a Traveling Notebook - Jessi Gutierrez
  8. Robyn's Little Nest - Travelers Notebook - My Current Set Up - Robyn's Little Nest
  9. How I Made my MTN (Midori Traveler's Notebook) - Planning Panda
  10. Filofax & Midori Travelers Notebook Setup: November 2014 - Rachel Dunaway
  11. My Midori Traveler's Notebook - Flip through - Robyn Lott
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 14 November 2014

Friday TN Question No. 1


As you all know I'm very new to using the Travellers Notebooks, sure I've used some notebooks in the past and I've used a Filofax Flex with mixed success. With so many people in our planner community going down the TN route, I had to try it out for myself.

However, I am the curious sort of bloke and I'm always interested in how people use different planner  solutions. So by asking some simple questions, one each week, I'm sure I will learn a lot more about how people use their Travellers Notebooks and hopefully other new users will do to.

So this week I will kick off with a simple and safe question:
Do you use a Travellers Notebook instead of a Filofax or as well as? 
Please answer in the comments below, although I know a few of you will answer my question on Facebook.

And don't worry I will shortly be revealing how I use my lovely Travellers Notebook that Ray Blake sent me soon. It's not just a photo prop!

Monday, 10 November 2014

Web Finds - 10 November 2014

So I hope you had a good weekend. Sit back and relax and here we go.
  1. Customized Habana Notebooks - Quo Vadis Blog
  2. Introducing the 2015 Starter Pack - inserts for your Midori Traveler's Notebook - My Life All in One Place
  3. Die “Travellers Notebook Times” - Notizbuchblog
  4. The Pocket Dump - Blank and Write
  5. ZenKraft Bearcat A5 Bi-Fold Notebook - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  6. Recovery with a New Pen - Julia's Bento
  7. Guest post: Federal Supply Memoranda notebook review - Plannerisms
  8. ZenKraft Hex-Fold Slim Notebook System  - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  9. Crafty Links - Seaweed Kisses
  10. Something Wonderful... - Lovely Cards
  11. ZenKraft Kodiak Black Quad-Fold Slim with Maroon Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  12. Journal Flip #2: Second Midori Traveler's Notebook Refill ... - Living in the Moment
  13. Free printable planners - Plannerisms 
  14. TN Times Magazine - Steve Morton
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. My Traveler's Notebook Setup - Kaitlin Eckenrod
  2. November Setup - DIYFish MTN v2 DO2P & Small Projects Inserts - Carrie Harling
  3. Unwrapping & Moving Into My Happiedori - Love4Creativity
  4. diy travelers notebook - rayne tolentino
  5. My Midori Traveler's Notebook Setup - Chit-Chat with Nit-Nat
  6. Flip Through My Midori Travelers Notebooks With Me! - tootooamy
  7. Flip through of my Fauxbonichi / Midori Traveler's Notebook Oct #2 - MyLifeMits
  8. My Journal Journey - Julias Bento
  9. Field note size travelers notebook - Lauren Orsini
  10. Fauxdori vs Midori Review - GinasOrganizedLife
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 7 November 2014

Travel Wallet or potential notebook cover?

We were given this Smith and Canova travel wallet as a leaving present when we left UK back in 2010. It has sat in a cupboard still in the wrapping for a few years. That is until I spotted a video by KateB TPS, the layout was very similar to ours, on looking at the makers name it was the same make as well.

Unlike the one that Kate bought this one has a clasp and two poppers on the front to allow for expansion. In Kate's video she showed how to use the wallet with notebooks in it. With a little bit of inventiveness I managed to create a simple notebook for the wallet which is 205 mm tall by 11cm wide a size that isn't that dis-similar to what people are already using in their Traveller's Notebooks already. I made it slightly shorter so that it would slip in to one of the pockets, but the wallet will take a full height 210mm notebook.

I grabbed a file from Ray Blake's site and just adjusted the margins a little, and there I had a simple notebook. I had some 160 gsm paper as well to create a cover and with the aid of a long arm stapler I was able to create a simple notebook.

Looking at this wallet though it could easily take two or three notebooks. With the clasp moved to the expanded popper I can get my fingers between the closed covers easily. And the notebooks could be easily held in place with elastic bands going over the outside of the cover.

For me though just the one notebook is fine tucked in to one of the big full height pockets. The wallet has plenty of card slots and outside cover slots for train tickets and airline check in boarding cards as well. There are pockets for your passports and small zip pockets for coins too. And all in a nice leather cover.

The travel wallet is still available at John Lewis in UK not this colour but the brown one as shown in Kate's video.

The Front with a full height slip pocket on the left

Two poppers to allow for expansion and the left hand
one is still covered when the right hand one is used

Lots of pockets and card slots and a pen loop too

The diagonal topped pocket is ideal for boarding cards and train tickets

The notebook I made. 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Web Finds - 3 November 2014

Thank you for all the feedback on the Facebook page last week, we continue to add to our set up to refine things here.

Please don't forget to tell us about blogs we can feature.

So I hope you had a good weekend. Sit back and relax and here we go.
  1. Good morning, Washington DC! - Seaweed Kisses
  2. ZenKraft Distressed Brown Bi-Fold with twin Secretarial Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  3. Credit card insert for my notebook cover. - Lonely Cards
  4. ZenKraft Bearcat Cub Field Notes Edition Notebook - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  5. Happy Friday #28 : Happy Halloween!!! - Julia's Bento
  6. My Midori Traveler's Notebook Set-up: Oct 2014 - Filofancy
  7. Writing Wednesday: Journaling while traveling - Quo Vadis
  8. Bullet Journal brain dump and new signifiers - Plannerisms
  9. Fauxdori Sketchbook - Progress so far - Indigo Blue
  10. Innovative Bullet Journal Symbols (for the bored and crazy) - Filofaxuations
  11. ZenKraft Beaver Brown Bi-Fold with Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  12. Halloween Special! - Carie Harling
  13. Midori snippets in Washington DC - Seaweed Kisses
  14. ZenKraft Black Kodiak Bi-Fold with Maroon Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  15. October 2014 Planner Setup in my Fauxdori - Break of Light
  16. Planner Supplies - The Storage Studio 
  17. Traveler’s Notebook setup for Health & Fitness - Total Health Fitness
  18. FREEBIE: Undated Month on 2 pages MTN insert - Break of Light
  19. TN Times Magazine - Steve Morton
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. (3) Fauxdori Traveler's Notebook for Everyday planning, Set Up Oct. 2014 - SingleMomWitCurlz
  2. 20140722 Travel Journalling Midori Flipthrough 11 - Omar Khan
  3. Journal Flip Week 8 - Christy Clark
  4. (5) Field Notes Travelers Notebook - SingleMomWitCurlz
  5. October Planner Setup in My Fauxdori - Erin Joy
  6. FennerCrafts Travellers Notebook Review - My Luxury Carry
  7. Bullet Journal Setup Update: Organize To-Do Lists + Plan Ahead! - Haley Cairo
  8. Travelers Notebook By Chic Sparrow - Barbara Lee
  9. Fauxdori Travelers Notebook - Mona Rae
  10. My Travelers Notebook - Angel Adams
  11. Into to my First Traveler's Notebook/ Fauxdori - Agnes Texeira
  12. My Fauxdori Traveler's Notebook Setup - Chit-Chat with Nit-Nat 
  13. How To: Stuffing your Midori Traveler's Notebook - Jessi Gutierrez
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 31 October 2014

The journey to TN - Natalie

My journey to Traveller's Notebook began when I was a teenager back in nineteen seventy thrump when I was given a five year diary with a lock and key for Christmas.

I progressed through ordinary page-a-day diaries (and my daily journal keeping never lasted longer than a month) until I started nurse training in 1980 and needed somewhere to record my shifts. In those days we worked either an Early (07:30 - 16:00) or a Late (13:00 - 21:30), and recorded it in code; ELEOOLE EOOLLEE LELEEOO. Woe betide you if you turned up on a Late when you were meant to be on an Early. This was in the days before mobile phones and it was quite likely that you wouldn't discover your mistake until you walked onto the ward to a very frosty reception from Sister.

So I bought a Filofax.

At about the same time I acquired something VERY unusual while on holiday in France. A little brown cloth covered notebook, about 10cm wide by 14 cm high, which had (be still my beating heart) SQUARED PAPER, and the sort of brown elastic strap which we now associate with Moleskine and Leuchturrm1917.

I put everything in this wee book - ideas, travel plans, books to read, drip calculations for intravenous fluids in drops per minute, a recipe for banana loaf and a master grocery list. I carried it everywhere for about seven years.

After it fell to bits (a sad day, I'm sure you understand) I didn't replace it, and instead I turned to my Filofax. The was in the heyday when it was still possible to buy recipe pages and shopping list pages, but it just wasn't the same. The Filofax was stiff and didn't slip into my coat pocket, and I missed that lovely squared paper. I persisted but was never really happy with it as a planner system, and only my stubborn streak kept me using it.

In the early 2000's I was doing a job where my work planning required me to use a standard A5 page-a-day diary, to record client names and visits but no other information (in case it was lost) and this diary had to be kept for 21 years as a legal record. My old black Filofax was relegated solely to home planning and I rattled around in it because I simply do not have the stuff-as-much-paper-in-as-possible gene. I discovered Google Calendar in 2009 and finally abandoned the now battered but still very, very, very stiff black Filofax.

I came back to Filofax a couple of years ago, into an A5 Holborn Zip, buttery soft and delicious, but I still wasn't happy.
Clearly, my middle name is Goldilocks.
An A5 was too big.
A Pocket was too small.
A Personal size was not right either.



And then last Summer I discovered the regular size Traveller's Notebooks.


I needed pockets, so I made pockets!


A friend asked me if I would make one for her.


And she asked for pockets too!


In June 2014, we went to Japan. I promise it wasn't ONLY so that I could visit the TN factory!
Maybe I'll post about that another time.



And this is my Traveler's Notebook today with sixteen months of daily use. It has been out in the rain, dropped in a puddle, been to movies, libraries, supermarkets, on planes, trains and even out on my bike.
I use it to brainstorm ideas for work, to plan meals, record where I am in the current knitting project and at the moment it's being used to plot and research a novel.

It's tall enough to use up and down, and wide enough to use sideways.
There is a pen clip and a pencil.
What more does one need?

I'm home.


Natalie

Monday, 27 October 2014

Web Finds - 27 October 2014

Well this is the first of our Web Finds posts, we hope to find the best of the Travellers Notebook posts from around the internet and videos too.

So I hope you had a good weekend. Sit back and relax and here we go.
  1. ZenKraft Beaver Brown A5 Tri-Fold with Double Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  2. Double threading elastic for your Traveler's Notebook - Morgan Le Fae's Trinkets
  3. Brain Pocket - Regular Size Traveler's Notebook - Blank and Write
  4. My Midori-style journal cover... - Lonely Cards
  5. My 2015 Hobonichi Planner - Sea Weed Kisses
  6. 2015 Diary Planning - Midori Option - Imysworld
  7. ZenKraft A6 Bi-Fold Kodiak Black Hobonichi Techo with double Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  8. NaNoWriMo prep for 2014 - Morgan Le Fae's Trinkets
  9. Review of the Gillio Giramondo - My Life All in One Place  
  10. Writing in my passport.  - Blank and Write
  11. ZenKraft Cahier XL Bi-Fold Kodiak Black with Tech Pockets - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  12. NaNoWriMo, how about that book cover...  - Morgan Le Fae's Trinkets
  13. Midori Traveler's Notebook终於都到手啦~~ - Hippo's diary
  14. Using a Midori Traveler's Notebook as a Planner, Again! - The Storage Studio
  15. ZenKraft Quad-Fold Slim Edition, Kodiak Black - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  16. TN Times Magazine - Steve Morton
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. Restringing the Gillio Giramondo - Ray Blake
  2. Vlogtober day 12: Vicky's TN! - Sophie Hurden
  3. Scrapbook Travelers Notebook Inserts!!! - WillowMuck
  4. First impressions of the Gillio Giramondo (Traveler's Notebook) - Just Happy Me
  5. My first english video with my new Gillio Giramondo - Nati Zou
  6. Vlogtober day 20: updated planner set up - Sophie Hurden
  7. Traveler's Notebook - Fauxdori Setup Tutorial - My Life Mits
  8. Midori Traveler's Notebook How To - NReluctant
  9. My Travelers Notebook Setup!!! Tri-Fold Regular Size made by Jonel!!! - WillowMuck
  10. DIY Money Slip Pocket for Passport Traveler's Notebook - Jessi Gutierrez
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

Enjoy

Friday, 24 October 2014

Welcome

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Welcome to Travellers Notebook Times, a new blog for fans and users of all varieties of travellers notebooks.

I'm Steve, I blog also over at Philofaxy a blog for Filofax and other brands of ring bound planners. I will be using my experience from developing that blog to provide Travellers Notebook users with a useful resource and central point for news and links to a variety of websites.

If you have a blog that you post on about your travellers notebook please leave a comment here. I will get an email address sorted shortly.

I will try and set up a page dedicated to sellers to signpost their sites and Etsy shops as well.

Enjoy....
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