Falcon Travelers

Dutch Design Leather, Est 2013

I’ve been making lot’s of TN’s with pockets lately. Hand stitching pockets on Traveler’s Notebooks is quite different from hand stitching wallets with thinner softer leathers. However I feel I’ve mastered the craft by now, so next I’ll be making messenger bags…I’ve got one commission already for a messenger bag. That’ll be one for my daughter… the prototyping can start….but first I’ll show you what I’ve been up to these past weeks.

Painted TN’s are a thing I love to do and I love how people come up with ideas for their own personal Traveler’s Notebook, unique to them. Like this Steampunk lady  Personal Size Traveler’s Notebook. As I learned yesterday, this was inspired by many little snippets of interest in the life of the lovely lady this is going to. Steampunk, Outlander, Vampire diaries etc. I love that, not only do I have many similar interests, but I love that people will tell me things about their life and that through this I get to touch on a person’s life for just a brief second and get to know them, just a little bit.

steampunk lady

However not all TN’s I make are painted, most actually are “merely” dyed. Like this very cute English bridle A6 Traveler’s Notebook with pockets, white stitching and a pen-loop.

english bridle

Making all those wallet inserts and Traveler’s Notebooks also means I’ve gained quite a bit in speed with the hand sewing, which made it possible to add just a stitched edge to the store. Something I didn’t do before, because it took so much time to sew it all by hand. I now feel the sewn edge is a viable and lovely decorative addition to any Traveler’s Notebook.

stitching only

Last but not least and already at its new home is a Thor themed Traveler’s Notebook, which I did with a stencil technique that doesn’t leave any feathering, but just clean crisp edges.


The Thor themed Traveler’s Notebook is like the Enterprise themed Traveler’s Notebook from a while back and the “JOURNEY” Traveler’s Notebooks from last year something I will be exploring further in the future, specially since I’m going to try and start adding ready to ship items to the shop, since all items now are made to order. Which is in effect, like a friend said, as if my shop is always sold out…

Hope you enjoyed my notebooks and do stop by the shop or if you want something custom made, drop me a line.

Have a great day,

xx Monique

3 thoughts on “Steampunk Lady, a pretty English Bridle and then some…

  1. Kay Burnett says:

    Monique! How awesome to find you are moving into making new items!!! As much as I would LOVE to have you make me a TN (I’ve been thinking on an original theme for you to put your talent to!) I am very interested in a Messanger Bag. Would it be possible to get more information regarding this? I do need a bag I can carry everyday and not worry about having everything fit! I can be a “girlie girl” at times but usually I’m on the run and would love to know I could just throw my planner/TN, wallet, sketch book, pencil bag, etc into it and fly out the door. If you don’t mind shoot me an email and let me know what I can do to begin the process – I admit I am so tired of looking for that perfect bag that doesn’t seem to exist. I believe a commission would be the answer.

    I look forward to hearing from you!!!


    1. Monique says:

      Thank you Kay, you’re very kind. I’ll send you an email regarding the messenger bag and we can work out the details via the mail.
      Happy Holidays
      xx Monique


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