So… I did a thing last week! After trying very hard for months NOT to go down this rabbit hole, I finally caved and got my very first traveler’s journal.
You may remember that one time last year when I experimented with Bullet Journaling in a Filofax ring binder. That experiment lasted a whole two weeks before I realized that I really missed my bound journal. Although I loved the rings for the segmentation and organization, I just couldn’t get past the fact that I had to take the pages out individually to write on them. I happily ran back to my beloved Leuchtturm1917 and haven’t looked back since.
Until now, that is.
I’ve been eyeballing the traveler’s notebook system (made popular by the Midori Travelers Notebook). The draw of this system for me is how customizable it is. There are TONS of traveler’s notebook brands out there nowadays — from lush leather covers to vegan fabric and beyond.
The options are SO plentiful, in fact, that they can be quite daunting. Not only do you need to choose a cover, but there are a plethora of accessories, different inserts/notebooks, different sizes, charms, folders… the list goes on!
I knew that I wanted an A5 size because that is what I’ve come to love. I also knew that I wanted a leather cover with a unique design. I spent quite some time browsing Pinterest and doing research in multiple Facebook groups before I finally decided on the Chic Sparrow brand.
After browsing the catalog online for a few days, I settled on an A5 Classic Odyssey (Siren Color). Of course, Mr. Boho Berry had to have one too, so I ordered him and A5 Classic Outlander (Browncoat).
I added the white stitching option to both notebooks and also added ink splatters and cup rings to my Odyssey. A few days later, I was stalking my mailbox like a kid waiting for Santa. I was that excited!
I added some A5 Goulet Pens Notebooks to the elastics and I was off to the races! Or so I thought…
Two short days after I ordered my gorgeous Odyssey, Jen announced that there were two new colors available… Hera and Calypso.
The second I laid my eyes on the Hera I was in LOVE.
Y’all know that teal is absolutely me color, so I was powerless against this beauty! A couple of days after my Siren arrived, I was holding this beautiful Hera in my hands as well. I went with the Deluxe version on this one, meaning I also got pockets and a pen loop.
My plan is to alternate between the two covers from time to time to keep things fresh :)
I immediately plunged into various different Facebook groups to ask for tips and advice on setting up my new notebook. The photo above shows my current setup with my Leuchtturm1917 notebook in the center and two Goulet notebooks on either side.
My friend Toni over at Red Pen Travelers had the genius suggestion to untie the elastic and thread it through the spine of my notebook. In the close-up above you can see how it’s strung in between the cover and pages of my Leuchtturm. Doing it this way helps to avoid any bumps under the page as I write and my notebook lays perfectly flat inside of my cover… yay!
I’m really enjoying my setup so far, but I absolutely have plans to change things up and customize it even further in the near future.
If you’d like to see a full flip through with more detailed explanation of my inserts, be sure to check out the video below. I can’t wait to take you along on this new journaling journey with me!!!
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