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Filling out my Travelers Notebook

Filling out my Travelers Notebook

If you Google “Travelers Notebook”, you’ll get tens of thousands of hits.  Shops, reviews, blog posts, videos and all types of tutorials.  It was a bit overwhelming when I started.  I wanted direction, but there was just SO MUCH information out there.

So I dialled back the crazy and just thought about what I had been using in my ring binder.  Month, Week, Notes, Projects.  Easy, that’s three notebooks.  So off I went in search of Australian sellers, and there are loads of great options out there, just not any that fulfilled my individual needs.  So I decided to make my own.  It’s really not that hard, and for someone who used to do papercrafts, it allowed me to use some of my existing knowledge and tools.  I made two grid books, and a quarterly insert that has month view in the front, followed by week to 2 pages with a small grid notes section.

Apart from notebooks, the other things that are handy to have in a “TN” are things like a dashboard and folders and pockets of all shapes and sizes.  Dashboards are good to help protect notebooks from damage when put in bags and what not.  They’re also good to store sticky notes.  Mine is more decorative than functional, and is simply some printed pictures that have been laminated.  What I do use a lot are folders and pockets.  The “Kraft” folder, I made from a sheet of scrapbook paper.  It’s not as sturdy as actual Kraft board, or a thicker cardboard, but it does the job.  I’ve reinforced the spine with some clear packing tape, and put a clear card holder on the inside.

The tri-fold plastic pockets was interesting to make.  It’s made from a full A4 plastic letter file, which was about $2 from the Newsagents.  Some clever folding, cutting, and washi tape, and I have two full length pockets, and two shorter pockets.  This is where I keep my larger items like stamps, stickers, tabs and flags, along with some sticky notes.  This is the second one I’ve made, the first being for my regular size TN.

Lastly, for the time being, is my card holder.  I like having card slots in my TN, it gives me somewhere to put my stencils (from Paws Plan Create), small sticker sheets, glue strips and other little bits and pieces that require a little more security than a pocket.  I simply cut up an Ultra Pro TCG card sheet and taped two sections together.

There are other inserts I’m considering for it too.  I’ll just wait and see what needs arise.  That’s the great thing about planners like this, you can change the setup as your needs change.  Or chop and change the planner as it needs it.  I’m excited for this new size, and my new set up.



Keeping Myself Organised

Keeping Myself Organised

When I was in high school, I loved the start of the new year because it meant I could play with new stationery and my new yearly diary. The practice lapsed after high school, and then everything went digital. And for me, this is when things started to get lost.

Last year I got back into using a paper planner. I fell in love with it all over again. It really helps keep me on track, and on top of things. I can jot down notes while I’m on the go, and the best bit is that I FEEL good about having it.

Last year, I managed to grab myself a great deal on a couple of Kikki-K ring binder planners. First an A5/Large size, and then a Personal/Medium size. I loved how customisable they are. You can move things around and add or subtract as the need arises. I also got one for my birthday this year, and I love them all. I will be finding other uses for them however, because I’ve moved to a different type of planner.

The Travelers Notebook style planner is more compact than a ring binder, and almost as open to customisation. It’s basically a group of booklets that are put into a cover. Each book is for a different thing. In mine I have the actual planner which I print up for 3 months at a time. I use a monthly and weekly spread, so I can fit 3 months in a nice little book.  I also have a few notebooks for general notetaking and projects.  Also some folders that allow me to keep a hold of loose notes and receipts etc.

I’ve just changed from a regular size “TN” to an A6 size. It’s more compact, and fits my hand and my handbag a little easier.  My regular sizes were bought second hand, but this cover I bought new.  I ordered it from Crazy Organized on Etsy, they’re based in Australia and all of her covers are made to order.  It only took a few days before my beautiful TARDIS blue Notebook cover arrived.  If I decide taht this is the size that I will keep using, I may just order myself a full art cover.

But for now, I love my TARDIS blue cover.  It’s beautiful, and I absolutely love it!