May 15, 2017

Journey into the Traveler's Notebook

For the longest time I avoided dabbling in the realm of the Traveler's Notebook. For one, it didn't look fun, and second, what the hell do I do with it?! After months of ignoring and refusing to even acknowledge the TN, it finally started to gain my attention. While flipping through a friend's TN I started to notice the ways in which it could be used and saw how I might actually be able to make it work for me. A few weeks ago I took the plunge. 

I refuse to pay full price for any planner so I hit up the marketplace groups on Facebook to see if anything caught my purse strings. TN sizes are different than other planners and come in a range of sizes which vary based on the manufacturer. I opted for a A6 Chic Sparrow Deluxe Crème Brûlée

It's practically brand new. It's smooth, smells wonderfully leathery, and I love the color and stitching. It comes with 4 elastic bands, two small and one large pocket in the front, and a slash pocket in the back, a pen loop, and a center spine closure.

I ordered my inserts from The 1407 Planners. I opted for the vertical WO2P and the WO1P horizontal {I bought these before I realized I didn't like it}. 

Personally, I'm not a big fan of keeping things in the pockets but I do like to have repeat stickers on hand so I put those in the front. I also added the girl bookmark {from JRD} because she's adorable. 

The Marauder's Map divider I bought from Plan the Day. The best thing about ring or elastic bound planners is you can change things as often as you want. The dividers are sort of like folders so they wrap around the inserts and other things and you essentially get two-for-one with them. After the first page of the divider is the monthly insert. I opted for the monthly with a flap so that I had a space to jot down monthly goals, upcoming plans, or just things I didn't want to forget.

On the next band I added my JRD divider, which wraps around my weekly notebook. 

After fighting it for almost two years I find that I actually like the vertical WO2P layout, especially in this size. I'm not sure I'm ready to leave the horizontal format, which I use in my Kikki K, just yet, but it's growing on me.

After the WO2P insert I added my rain boots divider from Elefont Designs. On the front I put my pre-plan stickies. I use these little flags to keep track of things I know are coming up but I'm not ready to fully plan that specific week/month. Inside this divider I added a blank lined notebook that I found at Hobby Lobby. I'm using it for notes and to keep short gratitude lists. Although I have a gratitude journal I wanted to have something in here so that I could jot things down as soon as they came to me.

  On the last band I have a clear zipper pouch to hold clips and sticker kits.

How pretty are these?! I don't even want to use them!

Lastly, I felt I needed a little bling on the outside so I picked up a 4-pack of mini charms at Hobby Lobby. These ones spoke to me the most because of the Tree of Life and the leaf. The tassel keeps it fun.

I fought having a TN for months but now that I've been using it I'm starting to prefer it. It doesn't weight as much as my Kikki K and I like that I can swap out dividers and entire notebooks if I want. I'm starting to think the functionality of a TN is better, but like any great planning system, it needs to be customized. So far, it's working.

Do you have a Traveler's Notebook, or have you ever used one?


  1. my friend swears by these....she has a bunch in her shop but i haven't yet taken the plunge. is it ring-bound? how do the pages stay in?

  2. They're so so pretty, I eye them all the time on Instagram and Etsy. I'm currently still in my 'no planner necessary' phase but if anything is calling me back, it's these. Thanks for the look inside yours, I always love seeing what other people do/use.

  3. Never even heard of this planner, but I love how you've customized it! Especially all the fun stickers and dividers. And obviously peeking into other people's planners like a legit weirdo lol.