In july 2013 I discovered the Midori style travelers notebook. I immediately fell in love with the ease and flexibility of the system and as I was on the lookout for a way to organize myself and declutter my mind, I figured I would give it a go.
I made a trial version using scrap leather and sizes derived from my own file folder booklets and then, of course, I was hooked. It’s a great system and so very versatile. Next I made some versions from an old suitcase. A thrift store find, no longer fit for travel, but just right for a travelers notebook.
Joined a facebook group with fellow TN enthousiasts and from there on it went downhill =). I made two for me, a Full sized TN and a Fieldnotes sized TN. I made one for my husband, one for my daughter and another for family projects. I started reading all I could find about this system and watched every YouTube video I could find.
I found a lot of information about the Midori Travelers Notebook system. How to make my own version and how to use it. I also found lots of information about getting organized, time tracking and management, the GTD system and bullet journals.
I tried to incorporate the things I liked into a system that would work for me. That
would keep me on track, monitor my progress and help me set boundaries.
Since I made this video I made a few more adaptations to my system and several other video’s. You can find them on my YouTube Channel (MoniqueVMB)
Learned some leather crafting and made some nice leather TN’s in september 2013, as an anniversary present to my husband and myself.
And as I had some leather left, I also made a smaller version.
Since then I’ve realy started making these leather Traveler’s Notebook covers. I got a few requests from people on the facebook group to make one for them (here are a few: Justin See (Blank and Write – The Blog) and Ray Blake (My life all in one place) and the ball kept on rolling.
I now have an Etsy shop: Morgan Le Fae’s Trinkets where I sell Traveler’s Notebook covers in all different colours. Homedyed and crafted. So are the inserts I make for the Traveler’s Notebooks and some leather accesories, which are also for sale in the etsy shop.
I made several new inserts. At first I adapted some Philofaxy source files and files from Ray Blake, but have since been making and developing my own (source) files.