Monday, June 8, 2015

My Traveler's Notebook

I can't remember the last time I was this enamored with a material item. I know it's just a notebook for goodness sake, but oh, it makes me feel like this is what I've been missing and I didn't even know it.

I had actually looked into Traveler's Notebooks over a year ago and decided against getting one because the cover is a little pricey and then you need inserts to fill it up. But then Studio Calico had to go and offer a reversible cover in aqua and lime and I caved.

With this I was able to consolidate the (bulky) planner I was using, the notebook I carry in my bag, and the scrap papers and Post-it Notes that litter my desk with lists. Plus, when I travel, I can add or remove inserts as needed to keep my itinerary, notes, and memorabilia in one safe place.

While I waited for it to arrive, I did a little research online and found that it is easy to make your own inserts. I had already ordered a monthly calendar, graph notebook, and plastic pouch, but I wanted some that were for specific topics. Using Photoshop Elements, I made an insert for my blog/shop using this digital paper from One Little Bird for the cover and I also wanted to make one using patterned paper so I used a piece from Pink Paislee {Citrus Bliss} for my health tracker insert.

The above insert I made for crafty ideas and I'm sharing the cover in case you're interested in making a notebook for yourself. Even if you don't have a Traveler's Notebook, it's still something you can make if you like to write lists, want to add photos and make a mini book out of, or even give as a gift. There are two versions (one yellow, one coral) and you can download a zip file containing them both HERE via Google Drive, no login needed. I have 10 pages of dot graph paper I printed in mine that I bound it together using a saddle stitch, but they can also be stapled.

If you're interested in seeing my Traveler's Notebook in greater detail, I have put together a very short video. (I don't know why the thumbnail is such poor quality, the video doesn't look like that I promise!) I also have photos in my SC gallery that I took as I was getting my notebook set up.

What about you, do you have a notebook or planner that you adore?


  1. I keep seeing these Fauxdoris online and I'm becoming enamoured as well. I may have to get one. Yours is lovely!

  2. Wow, looks great! Last month I finally caved too and bought a Cakedori and I love it! I have always been a note taker, but this has taken it to a whole new level :).

  3. That looks fab. I just made a custom cover myself for the notebooks I carry in my purse. I thought I'd try it out with a DIY version before I invested in the nice leather ones.

  4. This is beautiful, Elise. I can see why you caved. :) I have an A5 black leather Filofax given to me by my Mom many, many years ago. I couldn't live without it.

  5. i love it...good to see what you have inside. I have a filo fax that used to come everywhere with me, i haven't used it for years and did think about revamping it....we'll see!! x

  6. Oh Elise this looks amazing. I love the way you set up your notebook and really appreciate the flip through. I would cave for this color combo too but luckily for me they are sold out right now, haha. Your video is great too. You know you'll have to make more videos now, right :)

  7. Great video Elise! Love your notebook and the inserts you made. I may have to copy your idea of adding alpha's onto the calendar insert!

  8. I love your notebook!!!!
    I love notebooks and lists and paper and pens, teehee.
    I have been planning on making one of these (well 2 actually) for myself, but just haven't yet.
    I really like your inserts…I am going to go back and freeze the pages of your meal and exercise tracker :)
    Loved your flip through.

  9. Love it! Now I'm wishing I would have seen this before I bought my Color Crush! But I didn't, so I will make the best of it, and I think I already have an idea of how!


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