That the Midori Traveler’s Notebook has such a loyal following is due to: high quality products; clever branding; and the infinite variety of ways to make it your own.
In fact the notebook becomes uniquely yours very quickly as the cover picks up scuffs and scratches and rapidly develops personality. I can only think the cover’s been made especially to age like this and to do so with style.
This is only the beginning. The Traveler’s Notebook is its very own rabbit hole. I have so far only dipped my toe into it, if it’s possible to dip your toe into a rabbit hole. (I suppose it is.) I swapped the black elastic band for the included orange band. Adventurous, heh? (The black notebook comes with a red rather than orange band. This will be relevant later.)
I’ve spent more time thinking about how to configure the refills. I have: a plain refill for sketching in (I have a sketch paper refill ready for when I use this one up), a lightweight paper refill for journalling and a grid refill for jotting down ideas and working on projects. These are bunched together around one band. I wrote about all these in part two. Around the second band I have a Kraft paper refill for very sporadic scrapbooking and a plastic wallet refill for whenever it might be useful (not often, so far, I’ve found).
Here are some of the other Midori-made refills you can choose from: lined paper; a Kraft file; a card file (credit cards, business cards); just about every diary configuration you can imagine; and a page of sticky notes.
Here are some of the Midori-made accessories you can spend your money on: various charms to attach the the elastic band; stickers (mostly travel orientated); pocket stickers of all shapes and sizes (to stick to covers or pages so you have pockets to stuff things into); lettering sets; masking tape; pen holders (various sizes); beads to put on the bands; various colours of bands; and stiff plastic inserts. I’ve got one of these inserts, I bought it really because I didn’t know what it was. It turns out it’s a very useful piece of stiff plastic that you can slip behind the page you’re writing on, making it all a lot easier if you’re squashed into a corner on the train from Waterloo.
These are just the official accessories. Boy oh boy are they just the tip of the iceberg. I’m not the person to advise you about this, I like plain and simple objects on the whole (as my taste in pens may have told you) but fortunately I can point you towards some amazing resources instead:
- a Flickr group with, at the time of writing, 5 232 photos;
- a Midori subreddit;
- the Traveler’s Notebook Times;
- a lovely article on The Well-Appointed Desk called Customizing a Midori Traveler Notebook; and
- the quite wonderful My Life All In One Place, an infinite source of DIY inserts and inspiration.
A few months ago The Journal Shop sent me a starter kit so I could get to know the Traveler’s Notebook and share my experiences with it. I’ve fallen in love with the notebook because of it’s simplicity, beauty and quality.
So … would you like one of your own? For free? You would? That’s fantastic because I have a black notebook (cover, plain refill, spare red elastic band, cloth cover) to give away, courtesy of The Journal Shop. This giveaway is open world wide (but I won’t be held liable for customs charges or dodgy postal services) (I also won’t be held liable for all the time and money you will spend on it all once you’ve got it).
All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post, saying thank you to someone. Thank anyone you like as long as it’s an actual living person. You can only enter once. The giveaway ends at 9am GMT Sunday 8th March.