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What a Trip: Looking Back at our TRAVELER'S COMPANY Experience

TRAVELER'S COMPANY experience
 People and their notebooks came from all over the state of Florida to share their love of personalizing and customizing with a TRAVELER'S notebook for our "TRAVELER'S COMPANY Experience". Click below to see pictures and read about this event that kicks off our month-long exhibit of all things TRAVELER'S COMPANY in Ybor City, FL.
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The New 2019 TRAVELER'S COMPANY product line

TRAVELER'S COMPANY 2019 products

 

TRAVELER'S Notebooks just got a whole lot more customizable. Already the ultimate tool for personalization, the TRAVELER'S COMPANY in Tokyo has just released a new line for 2019 as original and creative as when they first released their innovative designs over 10 years ago. Click below to keep reading about the new ways to customize your TRAVELER'S notebook.

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Tips for How to Use Your Travelers Notebook

From agendas to journals; and even wallets, Travelers Notebooks allow you to do this in the most flexible and stylish way. These leather notebooks from Japan are highly coveted and often imitated. They have been around for a dozen years. Simplicity and balance are key to their philosophy. The notebooks and various inserts have been designed for ones daily travels in life. Whether you use them for planning and organization, sketching, or journaling, you are free to customize them for your own needs. Created around the famous MD (Midori Diary) Paper. One is assured of the smoothest highest quality paper for most any medium.  See more of the entire line from Travelers Company.

customize your travelers notebook

Here is how some of us use our notebooks, we hope you will be inspired and show us how you use yours.

Cowboy Alex uses his Travelers Notebook as an agenda:
"Sometime four or five years back, I decided that I liked having a paper trail of my weekly appointments. I am a visual learner and will always remember my schedule if I recall what the pages look like - either blank or with names and times scribbled on them. Putting things into my phone just didn't help me retain them to memory, and I prefer to have a general idea ahead of time of what my days or weeks are shaping up to look like.

Anyway, my first paper agenda was a year-specific one, and thus one I had to trash after the year was over. Then, I learned about Traveler's Notebooks, which combine beautiful leather covers with interchangeable inserts, one of which is a weekly calendar. I was hooked!

First I had a regular-size black one with a red binding cord, then I switched to a limited-edition olive, which has aged beautifully and still smells divine. 
Often, I get compliments on it, even though paper agendas are still (sorta) a thing of the past. Along with a Blackwing pencil, the writing from which I can erase if necessary, I keep all my most important dates and notes in my TN. I even decorated my weekly calendar pages with some custom tape I found in the studio that says: 'You are loved. You are awesome. You are enough. You are lovely. You are worthy.' "

how i use my travelers notebookmy travelers notebook

Regular attendee to the Midori-Travelers Notebook, Heather, uses her passport as a wallet:
I went to a Travelers meet-up at the Paper Seahorse.  A couple of the participants were using their Passport size Travelers as a wallet.  I decided to give it a try and purchased a dark brown color.  It has worn extremely well.  I really enjoy using it for my wallet.  It appears streamline and helps me feel organized.

travelers notebook wallet
Cowgirl Dani loves the smaller passport size for traveling:
"One of the new ways I've started using my Passport TN is to keep a mini travel journal with the 003 inserts.  When I travel with friends, I've started taking extra inserts so I can "collect" things for them.  On a recent trip to Yellowstone and other National Parks, I gathered the park stamps in these.  Then, I create travel journals for each of them.  They are just the right size and give each of my friends (who don't journal!!), a memory of their trip and our travel times together."

I personally have four notebooks and an insert helping my through life at all times. I am an analog gal and the digital calendar and agenda never ever worked for me. Pen to paper is faster, more tactile and fulfilling for me. I love that I can be colorful and creative and express myself through pen and paper:

Once a week, on Sundays, I use my Camel notebook with green cord for my reflective journaling practice. I "theme" my week and capture the highlights, often sketching or pasting in treasures along the way. I have been doing this for three years now. Each of the inserts I use hold six months at a time. I love it because they are small and yet hold so much. I cover the inserts with handmade paper or wrapping paper according to my mood of the season. I started out with the 019 inserts but now use the 003 inserts.

camel travelers notebook journaling
My daily planner is the limited edition Olive color (my favorite color of all time and I can't believe they made a notebook just for me!) I use the monthly insert (017), a kraft folder insert (020), the weekly insert (019) and sometimes a blank insert (003) for notes. It has all of my appointments, to dos, birthdays to remember, ideas and things I want to remember like gifts for people, movies or books I want to watch. Besides my iPhone, this is the item I have with me most of the time. I have a cute seahorse charm for my paper marker and I also cover my inserts with handmade paper.

olive travelers company notebook
 
My Brown regular size notebook was my first planner. I now use it for my self development in a kraft insert (014) I take notes of books I have read and quarterly I do a vision / mood board to check in with myself.

customized travelers notebook diary
 
I also use the kraft insert (014) for my travel vision board. I collect all the images and article of places I intend to visit. All the international places is in the front and all of the places in Florida is in the second half. I am inspired every time I open this book to add something. I am a big believer in creative visualization and positive affirmations. I used to collect inspirational images and saying and keep them in a folder, how silly is that? Now they are in my notebook and it is a living thing I use and look at all the time.



customize travelers notebook insert
And last but not least, I have Camel passport sized notebook that I use when I travel. It is small and yet holds alot. A zippered insert (004) makes sure loose items are safe. The kraft folder (010) keeps items organized. A lightweight bland insert (005) for taking notes and of course my actual passport! Right now I am tricking mine out for my trip to Japan. I am sure I will find some cool items to add to it. Stay tuned!

How to Join Several Refills in a Midori Traveler's Notebook

Part of the great fun of the Midori Traveler's Notebook system is combining different refills in your notebook to truly personalize and customize your notebook for your lifestyle.  

What You Need:

  1. 021 Connecting Rubber Bands - Regular
  2. 011 Connecting Rubber Bands - Passport
  3. Your choice of refills

Paper Seahorse carries the entire line of Traveler's Company Japan Notebooks


Featured in this video:
Regular Size Traveler's Notebook in Camel
#021 Regular Size Binding Bands
#017 Regular Size Monthly Planner Diary Notebook Refill
#005 Regular Size Free Diary Notebook Refill
#012 Regular Size Sketch Paper Notebook Refill
#020 Regular Size Kraft File

 

Here is how to connect 2 refills:

How to connect Midor Traveler's Notebook Refill

1. Using one CONNECTING RUBBER BAND. Put a refill between the rubber band and cover. 

Set the connecting band to the refill.

2. Set the connecting band to the refill.

Pass the second refill through the connecting band.

3. Pass the second refill through the connecting band.

finish

4. That's it.

Here is how to connect 3 refills:

Here is how to connect 3 Midori Traveler's Notebook refills:

 

1. Line up two refills of your choice. Open their central pages, and bring them together back-to-back. 

Put the refill through the connecting band.

2. Put the refill through the connecting band.

Put them on the leather cover and pull the original rubber band out of the chink.Put them on the leather cover and pull the original rubber band out of the chink.

3. Put them on the leather cover and pull the original rubber band out of the chink.

Pass the third refill through the original band.

4. Pass the third refill through the original band.

Done

5. Done.