Handmade Travelers Notebook
Several types of leather were used on this Handmade Travelers Notebook and pen vest. The different colors and textures play off each other and give it added interest for a rustic look. This planner system is really easy to use and customize.
If you’ve never heard of a Travelers Notebook, I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s based on the Midori Planner system. The whole system is pretty genius. It consists of a cover and elastic bands that hold notebooks in. This allows you to change out the notebooks at any given time, add more if you want to because it’s expandable or you can custom make your own inserts and use any type of paper you like, but the fun doesn’t stop there…
This insert was rubber stamped and washi tape was used on the bottom. I also cut 2 sheets out of a cheap picture album, you know the type you get for $1, sliced them on the horizontal, used tape to make the spine between the two sheets and it gave me 4 pockets for various things.
A plastic “page” was made from some random packaging, and Washi Tape was adhered to both sides so that the tape can be used on the go when you want to stick something into your journal. The plastic page is V shaped, so it comes out between 2 other inserts as you keep going through the journal.
Plastic pockets for holding memorabilia or whatever you need them for.
A scrap of leather was used for the backer on a binder clip. You could stamp any words appropriate to you at the top, I chose “To Do”.
Handmade insert that was rubber stamped on.
This is the other side of one of the pockets. Here I put a fun tag in and it could be used as a marker later if needed. Post It’s in the pockets are always handy.
A birds eye view of the Handmade Travelers Notebook.
For the Travelers Notebook closure, a real bullet casing and spent primer. It adds to the rustic charm of the journal. The leather tab was riveted on to the back cover.
My favorite thing is the piece of deer antler used for the closure on the pen vest. I’m a sucker for rustic, and with the combination of different colors and types of leather, along with the bullet casing and the antler, I just really like this Handmade Travelers Notebook. I wish it was mine, but it was a gift for my nephew, and I think he liked it as well.
For more inspiration, Patrick Ng does custom work with these types of Travelers Notebooks and he can be found at Scription.
If you’d like more insights into working with leather, check out the myriad of tips and tricks that Justin put together from his own leather working journey.
What would you add to this journal if it was yours?
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