How many inserts can my Traveler's Notebook hold...

January 02, 2016 3 Comments

I get that question a lot: How many inserts does your Traveler's Notebook hold. Specially when talking about a Regular sized Traveler. I always feel a little lost with this question, because I know there is no straight forward answer. It all depends on the thickness of the inserts. That's why I thought I would write a blog post about it and try to show you what I mean. I do have a standard respons, because generally speaking this is what it comes down to. However it all depends on the inserts. I Usually say, my Regular Size (RS) cover allows for 3-4 inserts, that's booklets, folders and such and my XL RS, being 20 mm wider, will allow for 6-8 inserts. However, like I said, it all depends on the inserts, not all inserts are the same. You have your folders, plastic zipper pouches, leather wallet inserts and booklets. DSC06364 Now most things are fairly straight forward and it is clear that a folder will get thicker when you put stuff in it and so does a zipper pouch. A leather insert has a thickness of it's own and mostly that seems to be clear. It's the booklets that cause the confusion. Not all booklets are equal...there's even a difference between a booklet that hasn't been written in and one that is full. This is something you should take into account when looking for inserts. Also my inserts, the Falcon Files, are about 60 pages. Looking around on Etsy and elsewhere, I have found most inserts are about 40 pages. Fieldnotes booklets are 48 pages. Midori inserts and Moleskine cahiers have about the same number of pages as my Falcon Files. This all makes it difficult to compare. So I'm not going to do that, I'm just going to give you a real life example. My own Regular size Traveler. This is my Little red Dragon, my journaling TN at the end of December 2015 and all inserts are full. I have a leather wallet insert, DSC06357 A Midori Plastic zipper pouch, with stuff, DSC06358 A journaling insert, the Arrows dot-grid free Falcon File printable, this one is completely full, DSC06359 A folder with pen-loops, decorated as time passed and with stuff...stickers, bills etc. DSC06360 My miscellaneous booklet, been with me since march 2015, half full, DSC06361 And to show that it really is a wallet that wraps around the inserts, here's the back, with bits and bobs in it. DSC06362 I'm counting 5 inserts in this Traveler. making it rather full, but I still feel it is doable. I've got no inserts sticking out at the end and I can still hold it with one hand. Any more however would not do. Not with these inserts and not when they are full. As you can see in the below picture, a full insert can get rather bigger. DSC06367 This isn't even an insert with lots of photo's and ephemera added in. In the picture below you can see 2 new unwritten inserts. Both have the same amount of pages and both are new, however the middle one is made with Tomoe River Paper. The Tomoe River paper is thinner, making for a thinner booklet. DSC06369 Now since I want to start using the Little Red Dragon as a planner again and keep the personal size as a wallet plus bullet journal, I made 3 new inserts all from Tomoe River paper and added them to the Traveler. Measuring again, these three new inserts replacing the 2 previous inserts now give me a 5 cm high stack...1 cm less then it was before. DSC06383 Now I know with use this will grow again, but for now I'm fine with this. Below you see the new inserts I added. DSC06375 I have to blame Janet for the angels, but I'm pretty chuffed with these covers. DSC06376 The first insert is a modern style MOTP-WOTP combination diary, which is 72 pages. DSC06377 The second is a dot-grid journaling insert, with 60 pages. DSC06378 Followed by the Miscellaneous insert for this year, 64 pages. DSC06379 With birthdays, DSC06380 a Password Tracker DSC06381 conversion tables, a menu planner and an index listing in the back DSC06382 I hope you see what I mean, when I say, there is no simple answer to that simple question. I can say 3-4 inserts, like most do and yes, that would be true....depending on the inserts...and depending on how you plan to use them. I know I will probably be best off with 2 booklets max, or perhaps now, with the Tomoe River paper, 3 max...however those are 5-6 inserts and not 2-3.   I hope you found this informative. Have a wonderful weekend and a fabulous 2016! xx Monique  

3 Responses

Janet Carr
Janet Carr

June 01, 2017

The angels are beautiful! I love how you use your leather wallet – around the books. I must do that do. Mine has an elastic of its own.


June 01, 2017

Hi Kaila, you can find those here:


June 01, 2017

Hi! I’m looking for a leather wallet insert for my Chic Sparrow A6. Any idea where I might be able to find one? I’m new to the world of traveler’s notebooks and I have looked for a while, but haven’t been able to find a genuine leather insert for mine. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Size Chart
Falcon Traveler's, Hobo and insert sizes (per Oct 7, 2017)


Pencil / Pen Case sizes :

110-205 mm closed
268-345 mm open
Closes with metal snaps.

90-205 mm closed
228-345 mm open
Closes with metal snaps.

90-165 mm closed
228-305 mm open
Closes with metal snaps.


TN short for Travelers Notebook
PP short for Passport size
FN short for Fieldnotes or Pocket size
PS short for Personal size
RS short for Regular or Standard size
XL short for Extra Large, adds 2 cm to the spine of your notebook
LMC short for Large Moleskine Cahier size
XLMC short for Extra Large Moleskine Cahier, do not confuse this with the XL option, this is a completely different size from the LMC size
USL US letter size


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