Creative Team Member Kimberly is back with another post today about Traveler’s Notebooks. Be sure to read her 2-part post about vacation memory keeping in Traveler’s Notebook Inserts here and here.
Thanks so much for all of the positive feedback on Facebook and Instagram on my 2-part blog post on vacation memory keeping in Traveler’s Notebooks. A great question came up from one of our Instagram friends that inspired this post.
“I keep seeing people talk about making an insert. What are you inserting it into? And how exactly, do you make an insert?”
Let’s start at the beginning . . . For those unfamiliar with the Traveler’s Notebook, in simplest terms, it is a “notebook system” consisting of a cover with elastic bands inside that enable the user to connect to it notebooks (aka refills or inserts) and other accessories (card holder, dashboard, etc.). This enables the user to customize the Traveler’s Notebook based on their needs with just switching the contents/refills.
Originally this “notebook” system was created by Japanese based company, Midori Traveler’s Notebook and designed to be an excellent companion for travelers to capture the story of their journey through writing, sketching or collecting. With this brand being based in Japan getting a hold of the covers and inserts was hard to do (even with the internet).
Luckily, that has inspired many national brands and small Etsy stores to make and market products that fit the “Traveler’s Notebook” model. Recently, well known Webster’s Pages introduced Traveler’s Notebook covers in 5 colors (sold at Palette & Paper, $35). I have a lot Traveler’s Notebook covers and my favorite is the Webster’s Pages cover. It is oversized so it holds a lot of inserts, has pockets inside and a pen loop! I love this cover so much I have it in three of the five colors offered (Below is a picture of the five colors available. From left to right: Mint, Walnut, Ivory Platinum Rose and Pink/Gold Polka Dot).
Each Traveler’s Notebook cover holds 2-6 inserts on average and the inserts can be used for a variety of things.
I love utilizing all of the adorable paper that Palette & Paper sells to make my own inserts. I usually just use regular copy paper or graph paper for the inserts. After cutting down the paper, I simply fold in half and use a long-reach stapler (less than $15 and available at office supply store or online) to staple along the middle crease.
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