DIY Personal-sized Traveler’s Notebook

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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.

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The Traveler’s Notebook essentials: Steel ruler, corner cutting guide (aka coin), leather hole punch, elastic cord, Stanley utility knife, hammer…for punch!

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…

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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!

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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.


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