Midori Traveler's Notebook

If you've been long time reader of my blog, it'll come as no surprise that I'm a lover of notebooks and planners.  Recently, I discovered yet another notebook that made me all warm and tingly!  As soon as I saw it, I knew that I HAD TO HAVE it!  It was one of those drop-everything-I-was-doing and FIND THAT NOTEBOOK!  Within an hour, I had it ordered and within a few days, I had it in my hot little hands.  And folks, it's a total love affair.  Allow me to introduce you to my new best friend...the Midori Traveler's Notebook!

If you haven't heard of the Midori Traveler's Notebook, have no fear, neither had I.  But, these little notebooks are quite the cult fave, so if you like what you see, just do a google or youtube search and you'll see TONS of reviews and tutorials (for making your own notebooks, how to bind your notebooks, and even how to make your own cover if you don't want to buy the Midori one!).

Let's talk about why I love this notebook SO much!

First...check out the cover.  It's a gorgeous leather and I am a total sucker for nice leather (especially ones that look a little 'rugged').  

It comes in either this chocolate brown or black.  As you start to use it and toss it around in your bag, it will get scuffs and scratches.  But, that's the beauty of this type of leather...it just makes it look more timeless and awesome!  I mean seriously, can't you see this as the perfect travel companion!  I can totally see myself sipping a cup of cafe au lait at a street side cafe in Paris while jotting down my adventures for the day in my Midori Notebook!

Now...let's talk about the notebooks.  And yes, you read that correctly...notebookS, not notebook (single).  What I LOVE about the Midori Traveler's Notebook is you can put multiple notebooks in here!!  Yes ma'am!  

This thing is completely customizable so you can include whatever you want!!

The Midori Traveler's Notebook is really just a leather cover with some elastic binding.  The beauty of this is the flexibility to add numerous notebooks, pockets, calendars, etc.  You make this what you want!  

After checking out numerous blogs and youtube videos after I received mine, I decided to use mine as a place to jot down ideas, random thoughts, quotes and lists.  A lot of people use this as a planner and you can buy calendar inserts just for that, but I have something else I use as my planner and I really didn't want to use it for this.  I also plan to use it as a travel journal when I take trips.  I'll just swap out a notebook for one dedicated to my travel notes and I'll be ready to go!

So, how does this work?

There are numerous types of inserts.  When you order the cover, it comes with one notebook with plain paper.  I added two additional notebooks...a lined notebook and another plain one, but with thicker paper.  

I ended up ordering one with kraft paper, which I LOVE, but I haven't decided how I'll use that one, so for now, I don't have it in my Midori (it'll likely be my travel notebook).

 Once you have your notebooks, you bind it together with the elastic and either rubber bands or the extra Midori elastics that you can order separately (which I highly recommend!).  I'm not going to go into how to bind these in this post, trust me, there are TONS of tutorials out there, but if you would like me to show you how I put mine together, just leave me a comment and if enough people want it, I'll put something together!

Want to take a peek inside?

My Midori Notebooks

The Midori notebooks come with plain kraft covers, so I decided to jazz them up a little.

Notebook #1: Ideas

In this notebook, I jot down any ideas that spring to mind during the day.  This could be blog ideas, project ideas, recipe ideas, whatever!  If I complete a project, I'll cross it out, but I love that I can flip through the pages (which isn't too many yet, but will fill up over the next few months, I'm sure!) and see what has been on my mind.  Sometimes it sparks new ideas!

Notebook #2: Remember This

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I use this notebook mainly for quotes that I run across that I love and want to remember.  I also plan to note measurements when doing home projects so I have them with me while out and about.  It's also a good place to paperclip a business card or someone's contact information.

Notebook #3: Lists

This is probably my favorite of the notebooks because I'm a TOTAL list maker! I have a running list of upcoming blog posts ideas (since this is just a title as opposed to jotting down specific details for a blog post idea, I have this in my list notebook.  I do take some of the titles and expand on them in my Idea notebook, though), home improvement projects, photography ideas for shoots, books to read, etc.

You can even accessorize your Midori!

Right now, I haven't done too much in the way of accessorizing mine, with the exception of the pen holder which I did order with my Midori.  Some people have added charms to the strap that holds the notebook together, others have added them to the placeholder string that's attached to the cover (I might add some beads to my place holder string!  I haven't decided on this yet, though.).  

You can order pockets that stick to the inside of the cover (either front or back), or inserts that have pockets, business card slots, zippered envelopes, etc!  

Basically, you can totally pimp this thing out to meet all of your needs!

But, I wanted to keep my simple and not too thick so it's easy to cart around with me.

Where to Order?

I ordered mine from Baum Kuchen and they had wonderful customer service!  I also used them to order the extra notebooks, pen holder, and elastics.  Amazon also sells the cover with the one notebook, but I'm not sure about the refill/extra notebooks.  

The other beauty about this notebook system is the refill notebooks are pretty inexpensive.  They're about $6-$8, with the planner notebooks running a little more, in some cases.

My Supplies for Customizing my Notebooks

Since I know some may ask, here are the supplies I used to customize my notebooks!

Notebook #1 & #3

  • Washi Tape - Michaels Craft Store
  • Stamp Set for the word "ideas" and "lists":  Outline Alphabets Stamp Set by Papertrey Ink
  • Red & Turquoise Sharpie markers for filling in the words 'ideas' & 'lists'
  • Blue & Lime Green paper clips: Poppin Paper Clips via Staples
  • Check mark stamp (notebook #3): Studio Calico stamp set (unlabeled, so I don't know what it's called, but unfortunately, they generally only keep stamp sets for a very limited time)

Notebook #2

  • "Remember This" Washi Tape:  this came in a monthly kit via Studio Calico and I don't believe it's available for sell separately
  • Ampersand paper clip:  this also came from one of the monthly kits via Studio Calico and doesn't appear to be available for individual sale at this time
  • "Don't Forget" stamp:  Good Stuff stamp set by Studio Calico (also, no longer available)

Your turn!  What is your favorite way to keep track on what's on your mind?  Are you a pen & paper girl (or guy), like me?  Or do you rely solely on digital these days?  Leave me a comment and let us know!!