Saturday, October 11, 2014

Midori Traveler's Notebook (and my trip to Spain and Portugal!)

I'm headed to Spain and Portugal in a few weeks.  I'm super excited about this trip.  Both countries have been on my bucket list for a long time.  I can't wait to check them off!

When I travel, my ritual is to buy a journal that is normally way too big.  I fill it with thoughts, souvenirs and names and addresses of great restaurants or shops I find along the way.  I have a shelf full of half and one-third used journals.  What a waste of paper. 

I was trolling the internet for personal planner ideas when I came across something wonderful - the Midori Traveler's Notebook.  I recently took the plunge and bought a Midori Traveler's Notebook. I love love love the leather!! It's made in Chiang Mai, Thailand (another of my fav destinations). You can google it and you will get a million hits if you want to oogle it up close and personal. People use it as planners, art journals and daily journals.  I'm secretly envious of all those artsy people who doodle and draw in these.  My drawings consist of stick people.  But I digress.  My idea though was to take this notebook on my travels.  It is afterall called a traveler's notebook. 

I love the variety of inserts that you can buy for this notebook.  You can buy thick paper books, thin paper books, kraft paper books, lined paper, graft paper, calendars etc.  It really allows you to customize it to you! It also comes in two sizes: the regular notebook and a smaller passport size. I love that you can change the inserts and insert as many books as you want into the cover.

I went with the regular sized notebook and bought a variety of different inserts.  However, for my upcoming trip I decided to use the kraft book insert (014).  I love the look of kraft paper!!  I used scrapbook paper to cover the cover.  These papers are from DCWV's Fiesta Forever Stack.  I love the fun and festive colors and designs.  I used sticker letters for the titles. 

I will use the notebooks just the same as before in slambook fashion.  I will bring some washi tape with me to tape in ticket stubs and other souvenirs as I go along.  I have printed out mini city maps to paste on the inside to write and draw on.  It will help me keep track of my adventures.

When I come home, I will shelve the little inserts and refer back to them as a sort of scrapbook.  Spain and Portugal, here I come!!