To date I’ve pretty much ignored the planner trend. The other year I bought a Filofax with grand plans but never really got on with it. Then this year I bought a large desk diary for blog planning and it helped but it’s too big and I wanted something portable. I’d seen and thought about a Midori Traveler's Notebook but never quite committed to buying one. What led me to eventually getting one was that I wanted something I could carry around with me to so I could make notes about ideas and plans. A traveler’s notebook seemed like a better fit for me than a Filofax as I liked the idea of adding notebooks to suit my own needs and no ring binder in the way! So I looked into where to buy them and decided on a fauxdori from Foxy Fix on Etsy.
I’ve set my notebook up but I've tried to keep my options open as I’ve signed up for Studio Calico’s Everyday Traveler Class and I may change things around a bit once I’ve seen the tips in the class. So far I’ve got the following:
- Midori free diary - I’m not really interested in a weekly diary but I like a monthly view to see what's happening each month. The photo above shows my June page. I opted for the free diary insert from Midori as I was starting it mid-way through the year and I’ve added the months using stamps (the set shown are coming soon to Kellie Stamps) and alphas from my stash, and the idea was inspired by Elise at Feed Your Craft who is also using the free diary.
- Bullet journal - I’m using a cheap A5 notebook I bought from Muji and cut down to size for this. I’m new to bullet journalling and I’m not creating daily lists but instead creating lists of tasks as I need to. I’m also using it for collections of ideas, projects or things I want to do. Again I’d decorating the pages here and there with alpha stickers and stamps.
- DIY notebook - this didn’t work so well as our stapler isn’t really fit for this purpose! I printed a dot grid from My Life In One Place and I'm using this notebook for planning my project life spreads. It’s just about stapled together but I might need to look at stitching notebooks together if I make more notebooks in the future.
- Zipper pocket - I wanted a Midori zipper pocket insert to keep any paper ephemera I pick up flat. So far one side is holding a few stickers I might use in my notebooks.
- Sketchbook - I also bought a cheap A5 sketchbook that I cut down to size. I’ve still a little undecided on what I’ll use this for. I’ve used the first page to record ink colours and have sketched out some ideas for a mini album. I’m tempted to start recording quotes I like but I’m not sure if I want to do that in this notebook or add another notebook just for that purpose.
I'll share more on the inserts and supplies I've used in a future post but for the time being if you are new to traveler's notebooks or want some inspiration there are two classes available at the moment:
Studio Calico Everyday Traveler's Class - this class will cover how to set up and use a traveler's notebook. They seem to be some well known planners contributing to the class so I think it should be good and I'll be taking this class. The deadline for sign up is 30th June.
Cocoa Daisy Planner 101 Class - this is another option if you don't fancy the Studio Calico class or want to start a class right now. The class started on 15th June but apparently you can still sign up and take part.
So do any of you use a planner? Any tips for a planner newbie?!