Travelers notebooks. They’re wonderful for so many things—as a planner, journal, sketchbook, note-taker—the list goes on and on. This week I’m sharing another video (I’m on a roll!) of my favorite travelers notebook to use as an art journal.
For the past few years, there has been a popular yearly challenge within the planner community known as One Book July—learn more about it here. It was created by RhomanysRealm in 2014 for the ‘Coffee Addicts Club’ comprised of Rhomany, MissVickyB and CarieHarling (these ladies are amazing, definitely check them out!). Since then, it’s become a cult favorite where plannernerds cut back to the basics so they can focus on their core planning ‘system’. The rules are simple: one book…one pen…one month (there are some minor exceptions so check out the video link above for more information). Hmmm…sounds interesting…and scary. Just the month before, I had already done something drastic that turned my planner system upside down so I thought: why not ‘go for broke’ and combine my Bullet Journal Experiment with One Book July?! Continue reading
Let’s face it: paper planners are here to stay and technology–specifically mobile devices—are a permanent fixture in our daily lives. Whether it be for work, personal, a side hustle, or volunteer work, these tools help make our lives easier. In this installment of ‘Write it Down or Power it Up?’ we’ll answer the question: “Under what circumstances does paper or technology work?”
In a previous blogpost, I wrote about a great affordable fountain pen priced between $10 – $19 (read more about it here). For those looking to ‘step up’ their fountain pen game while still keeping it relatively affordable and portable enough to travel in anything from a small passport size Midori up to a full size planner, should check out the TWSBI Mini fountain pen. What makes this such a great mid-level choice?
If you’re an avid planner user, you may understand the thrill of smelling a fine crafted leather planner, the appeal of starting a new blank page, or writing with a freshly inked pen. It is the lure of a plannernerd. 🙂 As a result, some will choose to be faithful to one planner while others will compartmentalize areas of their life and dedicate a special planner to each area (yes, we’re always looking for reasons to use all the beautiful planners in our collection!). As a multi-planner user, I’ve recently introduced one more tool into my rotation to manage the flow of information throughout all my planners. So what’s my secret?
With all the planner and page inserts available today, it’s getting more and more difficult to avoid the temptation of something new and change your setup midway–or several times!–throughout the year. I’ve fallen victim to this many times in the last couple years so I had to come up with a way to maintain something constant thru all the changes in order to avoid losing valuable information. This ‘constant’ is my one critical tool for storing vital information captured throughout the year: a monthly index.
Travelers notebooks have become very popular in the planner community over the last decade. Whether you’re a Midori purist or fauxdori fan, you can buy a travelers notebook in a variety of sizes (pocket, field, personal, narrow, wide, extra wide, A5, etc.), leathers or fabrics, and configurations (single/double/quad loops, single/double closure straps, trifold, etc.). For this post, I’m going to focus on the closure strap and how I came to realize that I have a definite preference for its location.