For the past few months, I’ve been seeing “personal-sized” traveler’s notebooks popping up on the Midori Traveler’s Notebook Resources Facebook group and YouTube. Apparently, this size is based on the Filofax Personal-sized planners, and people seem to be loving the option, which sparked my curiosity!
I honestly have absolutely NO experience with Filofax planners, but I do find myself wishing my Field Notes-size TN was a tad bit bigger. I sometimes feel a bit cramped in it, but don’t want to be lugging around my full-sized version. Believe me, I’ve tried just using the larger one, but always go back to the Field Notes for the everyday carry.
Before I invest in a nice Etsy-made TN, I thought I’d try out the size with a DIY version… Of course, that’s what I said with my first ones and I’m still in them…
I found it a bit difficult to decide on an exact size for this version, and after messing up the remaining leather I’d procured from a leather shop in Kansas City, I high-tailed it to the nearest Michaels and bought one of their sheets of veg-tanned leather***. With the 40% coupon they’re only 6 bucks! Not bad, not bad…
***Checked online for a link to the leather piece, and couldn’t find it! But it’s at the store, cross my heart!
Pretty simple, and with the popular 4 elastic option, this little guy ought to give me the opportunity to try out this newish size!
I cut down some Piccadilly notebooks that I found in a trip to Barnes and Noble last year to start me out… I’ll probably also transfer my a couple of my field notes books into the new guy, it seems a waste to just abandon them!
How about you? Any TN users out there with a personal-sized version??
Interested in learning more about the personal size? Here’s a post that I found very helpful in my quest:
Ray Blake at My Life All in One Place is incredibly helpful when it comes to traveller’s notebooks. http://www.mylifeallinoneplace.com/2015/06/the-new-personal-size-travellers.html