I don’t get jealous easily but i’m currently suffering journal jealousy. All those people who have a Midori Travellers notebook. I WANT ONE!!!!! so badly!
I have found a couple of how to sites (here and here) and went shopping for some supplies. Leather is expensive and hard to get here so i was going to use a couple of other ideas I’ve seen for making the cover. I really want an A4 one to hold all my teaching supplies so was going to be my first make.
I ended up buying a material placemat for $2 and a plastic one. I also stumbled on a shop which sold leather quite cheaply and bought myself a nice piece of brown leather.
I didn’t have a metal rule, cutting board or a knife so i used scissors. It worked ok but was very hard to keep the edge straight. I also got a single hole punch to punch the holes, they were a bit big for my liking but work fine. I’m not strong enough to punch through the leather but my BF did it for me.
I ended up having enough leather to make a small passport sized book and an A5 ish sized one. I made the bigger one to fit some large plain moleskin journals I had got from Whitcouls. The smaller one I made to fit a small moleskin journal I had some years ago from Etsy seller XX. I left this one with a flap of leather to cover the opening.
I had struggled to find anywhere to buy the inserts and other things that Midori sell to go with their Traveler’s Notebook. I joined a Facebook group who pointed me in the direction of a shop in Devonport which sold Travellers Notebooks.
I headed over there and was very restrained, I only got a set of stick on pockets, A set of the official elastics, a plastic organiser pocket and an unnumbered monthly calendar. I nearly got a Travellers Notebook as well but couldn’t justify it.
Now I have the opposite problem. I suffer from ‘my notebook is to nice to write in’ so just keep them and don’t brave the blank page phobia. I might be ok as these I am going to use for my travel journals next year. I will start prepping some of the pages soon ready for some adventures in the New Year.
All I need to get now is a funky charm to hang off the elastic to jazz up the A5 sized one. More shopping here i come!