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How to set up your Traveler's Notebook

There is so much to love about the Traveler’s Company notebook. It is a simple idea that is so well executed and this guide will take you through three simple steps to customise and create your perfect Traveler's Notebook.

Traveler's Notebook Regular colours - Simple Beautiful ThingsWhat is a Traveler’s Notebook? The Traveler’s notebook is made by the TRAVELER’S Company in Japan. It is a rough cut leather cover with a rubber band that threads through to secure a wide variety of refills and accessories. It is the feel of the leather cover sourced from Chiang Mai in Thailand and the quality and versatility of the Midori paper refills and accessories that make it so distinctive and customisable.

The leather cover is where it all begins. It is a soft leather cover made from a vegetable tanned leather. This is an environmentally friendly process that enables the leather to soften and age as you use it so it becomes even more a part of your story.

The Travelers notebook has a distinctive size that sits comfortably in your hand. The regular size is slightly taller than an A5 journal and a little narrower at 22cm tall x 12 cm wide. While the passport size is - well,  the same size as your passport - 13.4cm tall x 9.8cm wide.

This is where it gets exciting as each notebook becomes part of your leather cover with a supplied rubber band. This means you can add and remove refills or accessories to your notebook as your needs change.

So how do I put together my Traveler’s notebook? The starter kit comes with all you need to begin - the leather cover, a blank refill, spare rubber band and a cotton bag.

I like to add the Monthly Diary so that I can see at a glance what is happening in each month. The Light Paper refill is a great option with 128 pages compared to the standard 64 pages, for writing my notes and ideas. The Dot Grid then helps me translate any plans or actions I need to take for the day and week. I find the Slip Case handy for any loose bits of paper I collect during my day - It's wide enough to hold an A4 sheet folded and I can also slide in an extra notebook if I want to draw something using the Sketch Paper. Oh, and the slide Pen Holder - so much easier than rummaging through my bag to find one.

So what are you waiting for? Start putting together your notebook to suit your lifestyle and see how much more you’ll enjoy your time while you're out and about.

Step 1: Choose your size and colour

Traveler’s Notebook - Regular size dimensions are about the same as an A5 but not quite as wide. The right size to hold in your hand and convenient for writing at a table or while you’re on the move.

The Traveler’s Notebook - Passport size is more compact, about A6 or as the name suggests, the same size as your passport. So no surprise it is perfect for holding your passport and other travel essentials.

The starter kits for both regular and passport size come with the leather cover, blank notebook, spare rubber band and cotton bag. All you need to get started.

Step 2: Choose your refill

Choose your preferred midori paper insert with options in blank, grid, dot and lined or for drawing there is blank sketch and kraft paper. Kraft paper is also suitable for scrapbooking due to its heavier weight.

For organisation: If you like to use your journal to stay organised, choose a daily, weekly or monthly planner to help you plan and manage your time. The light weight paper is also a great option with double the pages for note taking.

For creativity: Consider the Dot grid (026) which is great for bullet journaling, the water colour paper (027) suitable for using water colours and each page is perforated so can be easily detached to share or frame. The sketch paper (012R, 008P) also comes with perforated pages so you can easily separate your page.

Step 3: Choose your accessories

Use Connecting Rubber Bands pack to attach multiple refills onto your cover, add a pen holder, slip case or brass clip to further personalise your notebook.

 All laid out

Refill Options

Regular

Passport

No. of Pages

Paper Colour

Lined

001

001

64

White

Grid

002

002

64

White

Blank

*This is in the Starter kit

003

003

64

White

Blank Cream

025

013

64

Cream

Blank light weight paper

013

005

128

White

 

For time management

Regular

Passport

No. of Pages

Paper Colour

Free Diary Daily

005

n/a

64,

2 months

Cream

Free Diary Weekly

018

007

64, 

6 months

Cream

Free Diary Weekly + Memo

019

n/a

64,

6 months

Cream

Free Diary Monthly

017

006

48,

14 months

Cream

Yearly Diary options

20XX Diary Weekly + Memo

Yes

Yes

68,

6 months

Cream

 

For creativity

Regular

Passport

No. of Pages

Paper Colour

Sketch Paper

012

008

48

White,

Perforated pages

Kraft paper

014

009

64

Kraft

Dot Grid

026

n/a

64

White

WaterColor paper

027

n/a

24

White

 

Connectors

Regular

Passport

Description

Spare Bands

009

Bands to secure refills, tin fastener and string

Connecting Rubber Bands

021

011

Use to link multiple books

 

Keep it together

Regular

Passport

Description

Slip case

008

004

3 pockets one with slide closure. Hold larger documents

Sticky notes

012

012

5 sizes, 30 sheets. Great for to do lists

Pocket sticker - 3

004

3 small pockets

Pocket Sticker - 1

006

n/a

1 large Pocket - Sticks to back of journal to hold additional refills

Double sided Stickers

010

3 sheets with 56 stickers per sheet. Stick photos, cards

Film Pocket Stickers

023

18 individual Credit card sized sleeves

Card file

007

n/a

One sleeve - 12 business card pockets

Kraft Folder

020

010

Kraft paper folder with 2 pockets

Refill Binder

011

Stores up to 5 notebooks

 

Pen Holder & Clips

Regular

Passport

Description

Slide Pen holder

016

Slides onto the leather cover. Brown, Black, Camel, Blue

Pen holder Sticker

024

Sticks onto the front of the refill cover.

In Brown & Black

030 Brass clip: Airplane or  Logo


030

Helps to hold the notebook open. Available with logo or airplane design.

 

After more information? Follow this link for an interview with Mr. Iijima the creator of the Traveler's notebook by tokyu hands. 

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