How I'm using my Traveler's Notebooks at the moment
A year has passed since I made my first leather Traveler's Notebook and I've been using this sytem now for well over a year.
I've been making my own diaries and inserts right from the start and have adapted the system to suit my needs. I've used several different lay-outs and setups through-out this period, but I think I have now found a setup that works exactly how I like it.
I have 4 RS TN's for different purposes, one for work, one for art journaling, one for my Etsy store and one personal journal and diary/agenda. I also have a Fieldnotes sized TN for lists and keeping track of online orders and a small Passport sized one that I use as a wallet.
At first I used a setup with a MOTP, a WOTP and a daily diary with a chronodex adaptation to fit a 24 hr day. As time progressed and I was slowly overcoming the symptoms of my burn-out, I found I didn't need a full daily page to keep track of what I was doing. I did however want to keep at least a page per week.
___Warning, picture heavy post___
I didn't like how everything was in seperate booklets and wanted to contain it all into one. So I designed a diary that would do all that, the MOTP, the weekly and a page per week for tasks and stuff.
This month I tried this setup out after having tested it for my work diary.
Here's the MOTP, which is followed by the weekly pages.
I felt the boxes were to dark, so for the new template I made the boxes thinner/lighter...but I'll have to wait till the new year comes around to use the new template...no sense wasting a perfectly good diary, right?
The first week I kept fairly simpel. Used a fountain pen with pink ink, bought originally for my daughter, but I think I'm going to keep it =)
Now I'm pretty sure these pictures are not very interesting for anyone who isn't interrested in diaries and planning and such.
Still, I thought I'd add them, just to give the complete picture ;-)
And who knows you might like this setup, in which case these pictures may give you an impression about how this can be used.
Now we've come to the next month and a few things are already entered in there, among other things, my 22nd wedding anniversary ;-)
As you can see, the monthly pages go before the weekly.
To keep the weeks from splitting I decided to place the monthly pages in front of the week where the thursday was in the new month. Like the way we decide wether the first day of the new year is also in the first week of the new year...
When I feel I don't have enough space or, like in this case, I want something I can move to another page/week, I use tip-ins with washi.
At the end of the booklet I pasted a list with tried and tested menu ideas...in case we run out of things to think of for dinner.
to the right I pasted a list with dutch holidays.
I mark those on the last pages as well, since these are yearly overviews.
In this TN I also have a Midori zipper pouch.
A home made file folder with pen-loops.
A Midori card file.
And a journaling booklet.
Which will be full tonight...
I won't show pictures of the journaling booklet in this blogpost, since this one is picture heavy enough as it is.
I like decorating my booklets, but I'm not prone to using any one style...
I just use whatever I feel like.
Or even whatever I bump into at the time on my desk...
I have 3 bookmarks, that I don't use as such, but I do like to keep some charms on there.
There's a little elephant, an oister I bought from a friend's shop and the remaining wings of a fairy I got in a swap last year...honestly, it was a fairy. It broke off, but as a reminder of the kindness of the person who sent it, I keep the wings on there ;-)
I hope you liked my boring diary pages anyhow and I wish you a lovely week.
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