I have been on an intense stationery adventure recently, I have been getting brave and creative with my notebooks and it's both exhilarating and terrifying!
A few months ago I found that the Blue Edition of the Midori Travelers Notebook was still available to buy at Miscellaneous or Misc Store, an online shop I have started using. As anything blue and stationery related is a huge draw for me, I hit the order button with a large helping of enthusiasm.
Unfortunately I have no unboxing photo's which is a huge shame as the Misc Store deserve an award for their wrapping and packaging skills. The notebook plus accessories arrived in a beautiful box with a Misc sticker as closure. Inside, perfectly nestled into the exact size and shape of the box was a parcel, monochrome and delicious. I opened my gifts (see! I bought the notebook, but it arrived so prettily it felt like a gift!!!) holding my breath as I did so, in happy anticipation.
I wasn't disappointed, after opening the Midori packaging (simple, elegant and useful) I had my Blue Limited edition in my eager hands. The leather feels warm and smooth, it begs you to touch it and hold it in your hands. The leather is a slightly finer texture than the original brown Midori I own, and it is a joy to hold.
So I have moved in all my notebooks and inserts, using the Midori connecting bands. I have a monthly calendar, a weekly calendar and a journal.
I have used the Midori tabs to label the months and used washi tape and stickers for each months layout. Did I mention I have only just discovered Korean Planner Stickers??? Oh my, how did I ever live in a world where I didn't know that they existed? They are adorable and teeny and totally suitable for a grown up woman to use *cue primary school fancy paper daydream* ;p
I even made my own dashboard. I used some card stock patterned on both sides and die cuts and scrap booking cards from The Reset Girls August Lister's Gotta List Kit. I glued everything lightly in place and then sent the card through the laminator before trimming to fit. I am really pleased with how it turned out.
Next is my journal, which I try to write in everyday. It's mostly thoughts and daily doings.
Again I have been using washi tape in random colours, tipping in photos and using distress inks to colour the pages. The Midori paper is so good, it takes my fountain pen with no trouble at all.
I plan to add a Midori long pocket to the back of the dashboard.
The Pan Am branded zipper pocket from Midori is not available in Europe, but I was able to order from Goulet Pens in the US.
Inside I keep all my stickers safe and sound.
In my weekly calendar, I used some stamps and coloured them in with crayons. I was surprised at how much detail and shading I was able to get out of the kids crayola twistables! It was liberating and fun to sit down and lose myself for a few minutes as I coloured away. I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I'm considering getting some artists pencils for myself and see how I get on with them.
I'm liking the vertical layout so far. Colour coding is fun and a useful tool.
It is mostly addiction but I have three packs of the Midori puzzle point markers stickies! They are so adorable and fit perfectly in the back of the Pan Am zipper pouch.
In the long pocket at the back I hold stamps and a To Do list sticky note.
I have had so much fun putting my Midori together, and using it everyday. I carry it with me and don't find it weighs down my bag or takes up too much space. There is a little overhang with the long edge as the middle notebook sticks out a bit, but it doesn't bother me and it feels great in the hand. I enjoy sitting down with it every morning and checking my calendars and journalling.
Has anyone else a traveller's notebook they would like to share? Please add your links in the comments and I'll have a look :)