Falling in Love with the Traveler’s Notebook System

Today I’m finally sharing a Traveler’s Notebook Flip-Through. It’s a long video (about 20 minutes), but I had so much to share I wanted to be thorough. Personally I love drinking my coffee in the morning, visiting YouTube and watching a video on someone else’s notebook, and see all the cute details inside it, so of course I wanted to share it all with you guys!

Falling in LOVE with the DIY Traveler's Notebook System + flip through

If you are as into notebooks as I think you are, you’ll like this peek into mine. If you don’t have time to watch it right now, feel free to bookmark this blog post or the video on youtube and come back another time. When you have watched the whole thing, let me know below what you think of it and if you’d be interested in more peeks into my system. I’d love to hear your thoughts too.

Regular size Traveler’s Notebook Flipthrough

In my Traveler’s Notebook set up you’ll get plenty of inspiration for how you can use your own notebooks, and some DIY tips on making stuff for your TN, keeping a washi tape sampler with you and such. In the video I share my Blog Planner Notebook and my Brain-dump Notebook full of lists and ideas. You’ll also get a glimpse of my Randomocity Notebook for memory keeping, journaling and such, but I’ll share more about that one another time.

Let’s take a look:

My Pink Rose TN Cover

My DIY Traveler’s Notebook is made from a plastic place mat cut to size, folded and used as a notebook cover. I absolutely love the red color and the pink rose pattern on this one. I was so lucky to find a perfect fit, because I rarely see the correct kind of place mat here, that bends nicely but does’t break or crease. The inside is covered in gold foil, and all the notebook inserts I have made myself (or I customized some that I bought).

As explained in my TN guide, Iím in love with the Midori Travelerís Notebook System. It is so versatile and fun to work in. I have already filled a ton of inserts, and I’d like to share them in a series here on the blog. Maybe you’ll fall in love with them too?

My DIY Traveler’s Notebook come with me everywhere. When I first saw the Traveler’s Notebooks I decided to make a few inserts myself, to see how I liked working in them, and when I fell in love with the crazy “regular size” 21 x 11 cm (8,26 x 4,33) I made myself a Traveler’s Notebook style cover. I’ve got a few extra TN Covers that I’m going to sell, contact me if you’re interested.

First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.
Maya Angelou

I think most people love the feeling of “falling in love”, and being in love with someone. But unfortunately it doesn’t happen that often, especially if you already living with a significant other. But the metaphor of “falling in love” can be applied to other situations in life, don’t you think? Like falling in love with a new notebook, a great blog or even an artist or writer you find that you have strong feelings for.

iHanna's DIY Traveler's Notebook - also watch the traveler's notebook flipthrough on YouTube

Do you ever fall in love with a notebook or a concept like this sometimes too? I hope it’s not just me who thinks of inanimate objects with such affection? First stage of falling in love with a notebook for example, for me, is always online research. Before I buy, or make in this case, I’m looking at videos, reading articles, bookmarking resources for ever!

Traveler’s Notebook Resources

Since I’ve collected a lot of TN resources in the link list app I use to save everything (and sometimes share articles in), I thought I’d list up a couple of the best ones here. TN links that you might want to check out.

/for the love of notebooks, indeed

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5 Responses to Falling in Love with the Traveler’s Notebook System

  1. Kathy says:

    Wow, thanks for collecting all these posts and ideas in one place ! I’m going to need more coffee to get through them all. Then to start printing and planning!

  2. Arielle says:

    Loved your video, Hanna!! It was so much fun to get a peek into your journal and creativeness! You made it both inspiring and amazing, and yet somehow still like it should be easy and fun to try to make my own travelers notebook. (I’ve watched a number of videos on YouTube that make me think, “Wow, that was awesome, but there’s no way I could ever hope to do that.” Thanks for inspiring and encouraging us!! Loved all the bright, happy colors and washi tape! So much fun!! Can’t wait to see the remaining notebook section!

  3. tina k says:

    Hey! I used placemats when I made my first “midori-like” notebooks. (Brilliant idea, yeah?) I’m probably on my third or fourth structure as I keep learning how I want to put things in.

    I also made mine a trifold because a regular TN cover wouldn’t last a day in my backpack with all the stuff that would slide in and wreck the pages.

    Since we’ve just had the beginning of school, I get composition books, dissemble them and make my inserts with a card stock cover, a long stapler and some washi tape to hide the staples. Then trim and go. Quick and cheap. I don’t need my bookies to last forever and if one is dedicated to a project, I might not fill all the pages.

    Thanks for this!! PS You’re wonderful. Don’t get the blues — stay “in the pink.”

  4. Heather says:

    I found a cute placemat and did this today! So cute thanks for the great idea!

  5. Michelle says:

    Oh Hanna, thank you for this great blog post. I am newly in love with the TNs and its so great to find so many resources in this one article. I have followed your art journey for a few years now- and always find your posts and your work inspirational.

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