I’m still (10 months into the year) on the hunt for the perfect planner that works for both my personal schedule and blog scheduling. So far, no luck, but I’ve been intrigued lately by the Midori traveler’s notebook. The problem is that I’m not a huge fan of their inserts or the size. I already have a few notebooks from May Designs and a few notebooks that I made myself that I really love and they are too large to fit in the Midori. So, after watching a few tutorials on YouTube, I thought I would just take a stab at making one myself… and I’m sharing the steps with you!
First things first, I did not use leather. Since this was my first try, the thought of ruining a piece of leather just hurt my soul. So, I took a trip down to my favorite fabric place, Mary Jo’s, and bought a couple of small pieces of vinyl.
Then, using my existing notebooks as a guide. I cut two corresponding pieces of vinyl to size. You can make your notebook any size you want!
To adhere the vinyls back to back, I used a thin layer of E6000 and let that dry.
After the adhesive was dry, I used a ruler and fabric marker to mark down the center of the notebook where I wanted my holes (4 for the elastic binding and 1 in the center for the closure strap.
… And then a screw punch to actually make the holes.
I am hopeful that this setup will work for me. I have three notebooks inside — one from May Designs with all my blog post ideas and random notes, one that I created with a calendar, and one that I created as a blog tracking system with expenses, income, growth tracking and a blog post editorial schedule. I’ll use it for a few weeks to see how it goes!
Do you use a traveler’s notebook? A midori or one of the many faux-doris? I’d love to see how you use yours!