Yet another new traveler’s notebook insert

I can’t help myself, I just keep making them!


This one is made from paper taken from a cheap school project book (lined one side of the page, blank the other). The front page is patterned paper I bought in a pack from Aldi and the cover is a cut down Collected & Co. file folder from Big W.

blue_insert_notebook_3I plan on using this insert as a journal, writing on the lined pages and using the blank pages for decorating and gluing in ephemera.



Rainy days, and a new traveler’s notebook insert

A couple of weeks ago we had a major rainy afternoon. It bucketed down like crazy. Just as I was stepping off the bus another storm cell hit and dumped even more water from the sky. By the time I was halfway home my backpack was completely soaked.

Luckily just about everything survived the deluge, important stuff like my mobile phone and my work diary were damp but okay. My fauxdori (homemade Midori Traveler’s Notebook) was not quite so lucky. The leather cover dried out nicely but the notebooks inside were all water damaged at the bottom.

Water damaged handmade notebook

This was one of my handmade inserts. The fountain pen ink has run and the paper has torn where the elastic holds it. The genuine Midori notebooks fared a little better. There was still a lot of ink run, but the spines didn’t tear and the paper dried out fairly nicely.

It was time for a quick notebook replacement. Enter the trusty guillotine and a cheap 64 page exercise book.

Re-sized exercise book

Re-sized exercise book - close-up

A perfect replacement for my everyday jottings notebook Рno need for fancy paper here. Just need to decorate the cover now.

Homemade Travel Journal Insert

A homemade insert to suit a regular size Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

We’re planning a big family adventure later this year and I wanted a simple travel journal to document everything. It needed to be big enough to hold everything I wanted to write about, but small enough to not be a burden to fill in. It also needed to fit in my homemade traveler’s journal.

With that in mind I downloaded Ray Blake’s travel journal printable insert and adjusted it for my needs. Nothing major, I just cut it back to only 14 Daily Journal pages and added two blank pages at the end before the Final Reflections. For some reason my printer decided to print the gray sections very, very faintly, but you can still make the sections out.


The inserts were printed on A4 paper and then each page folded in half. I used an old school atlas page showing Tasmania to create a cover. In between the cover and the printed pages is a sheet of thick travel themed scrapbook paper to help give the cover a little rigidity. The spine is stapled in two places (had to use a long-arm stapler for this) and then the excess paper trimmed to leave an 110mm x 210mm booklet.


I’m really happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to use it.