Midori travelers notebook dimensions: TRAVELER’S COMPANY TRAVELER’S notebook Starter Kit – Regular Size – Brown Leather


TRAVELER’S COMPANY TRAVELER’S notebook Starter Kit – Regular Size – Brown Leather

Be inspired to travel with the TRAVELER’S notebook, where you can record precious memories from your journeys. Easy to hold in your hand, it’s the perfect size to bring along for you to write thoughts and observations from your trips. You can carry maps, tickets, and other travel essentials in the notebook.

Hand-made in Chiangmai of northern Thailand, the real leather cover has a lovely texture and develops character the more you use it, truly making it your own special notebook. The notebook has a simple and elegant design with an elastic band along the spine, secured by a tin clasp. The band holds the notebook in place inside, while another band holds the notebook cover closed.

The Regular Size Blank notebook that comes with the notebook features MD (Midori Diary) paper, made with care in Japan. The paper is bleed resistant, feather resistant, and fountain pen friendly, giving the user a pleasant writing experience. The notebook is thin and lightweight, good for carrying around on your travels. You can refill the notebook inside and customize it by choosing different notebook types. Further customize your notebook by adding multiple notebooks with the use of a connecting band, attaching a pen holder, or inserting a variety of other accessories.

This set includes the following, all tucked inside a neat paper package:
• leather notebook cover
• notebook
• cotton case
• spare elastic band

See our entire collection of Traveler’s Notebook starter kits, notebook refills, and accessories to create your own unique notebook!

Leather care and caution:
If the leather gets wet or is rubbed a lot, the color may transfer to clothing or other items. If it gets wet, pat it with a soft cloth and let it dry in the shade. Avoid washing the entire notebook cover with water, and avoid use of benzene or thinners. For storage, make sure the cover is not wet or dirty, and store it in a ventilated area. Avoid storing it directly in contact with other leather items or vinyl items, as the color may transfer. To preserve the natural beauty of the leather, the surface is not heavily treated, and therefore may get scratched easily in the beginning. As the notebook cover is used more, it will develop a glaze, the beauty will be enhanced, and scratches will be less visible. Those who are concerned about scratches may apply mink oil, which deepens the color of the leather and makes scratches less conspicuous.

An Introduction to the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (part one) – Pens! Paper! Pencils!

The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is legendary but, to me at least, quite intimidating. It’s quite pricy to get into and there is an overwhelming number of options. I’ve spent quite a long time looking at it all from afar, not quite knowing where to begin. Then a month or so ago the rather wonderful Journal Shop were kind enough to send me a starter pack for me to try and to write about. In an effort to help people who were in my situation to decide if the Traveler’s Notebook is for them and, if so, know where to start, here is the first of a three part guide.

This first part is an introduction to the basic system and the cover. Part two will cover refills and part three will dip a toe ever so slightly into the vast array of accessories.

At it’s most basic, the Midori Traveler’s Notebook is a simple leather cover with an elastic band to hold notebooks inside, an elastic band to hold it closed and a thread to mark your page (like the ribbon you get in many notebooks). There are two sizes, the standard size (that I have) which is 12cm by 22cm (about as tall as an A5 notebook but a few centimetres slimmer) and the smaller pocket size which is 10cm by 13.5cm.

The cover itself is very high quality. The leather, which is available in dark brown or black (with other options sometimes available as special editions), is thick and durable. The only mark on it is a simply stamped ‘Midori Made in Thailand’.

Midori Notebooks are meant to be used and the leather ages beautifully (and quickly) as it picks up scuffs and scratches. This isn’t the solution you are looking for if you like your notebooks to remain in pristine condition.

When you buy a cover you will also receive a coloured elastic band (actually two, one as a spare) that is held in place with a knot inside the centre of the back cover. This band wraps around the cover to hold it closed.

You also get a cotton carry case, which is just a simple (though lovely) bag, not something I’ve found useful, and a plain paper refill. I’ll write about the refill in part two but what you need to know for now is that it’s held in place with an elastic band that’s threaded through the spine of the back cover and held tight with a tin fastener.

The band has two loops inside the cover and so will hold two refills. You can buy additional bands, called [connecting bands][connecting] and use them to hold up to three refills in each loop, making for a rather bulging six refills if you’re feeling ambitious. (Chris Davis of the wonderful Davis Leatherworks has put together this great guide about how to do this with his fantastic Field Notes covers.)

What you have, then, at its most basic, is a very high quality leather cover that will hold up to six refills. The refills are a proprietary size but the Midori Traveler’s Notebook is so popular there are many non-Midori options. Check back soon to find out all about the standard range of Midori refills.

You can read Part Two, all about the refills, here.

Thank you so much to The Journal Shop for sending me all this stuff to use, keep and write about. They are a great shop with excellent customer service and they have a huge range of Midori products. I’ve tried not to let their generosity influence my views.

Travelers Notebook Sizes – Which is best for you?

Travelers notebooks have become extremely popular in the planner community not just for planning but many other uses like memory keeping, art journaling, and reflection journals just to name a few.

As a result, the options available on the market have grown to the point where choosing one can be an overwhelming experience. This week, I’m kicking off a video series dedicated to travelers notebooks where each video will provide some basic information needed to decide if and which travelers notebook are for you. In this first video, I’m sharing all the travelers notebook sizes currently available as well as other sizing considerations so let’s get started!

To begin, there are many travelers notebook aka ‘TN’ sizes available on the market and it continues to grow every day. As of the time of this writing, I’m aware of 11 different sizes—I own 10 of them—which are listed below:

  • Small Travelers Notebook range:
    • Nano / Micro / Size 0 or ‘zero’ (approximately 2.75” x 3.75”; newest size on the market)
    • Passport (approximately 3.5” x 4.8”; this is the ‘compact’ size travelers notebook created by the Midori company now known as ‘Travelers Company’, the original creator of the travelers notebook)
    • Pocket / Field Notes (approximately 3. 5” x 5.5”; most popular size from the small range)
Left to right: Pocket/Field Notes, Passport, Nano/Micro/Size 0
  • Mid-range Travelers Notebooks:
    • A6 (approximately 4.1” x 5.8”)
    • Personal (approximately 3.75” x 6.75”; modeled after the personal size ring binder)
    • B6 Slim (approximately 4.25” x 7.25”; a narrower version of the standard B6 size)
    • B6 (approximately 5” x 7”)
Left to right: B6, B6 Slim, Personal, A6
  • Large Travelers Notebooks:
    • Standard / Regular / Narrow (approximately 4.25” x 8.25”; this is the original travelers notebook size created by the Midori company aka ‘Travelers Company’ )
    • Extra Wide (approximately 5” x 8.25”; this is the wider version of the standard/regular/narrow size made to accommodate the popular Moleskine Cahier and similar size booklets)
    • A5 (approximately 5. 8” x 8.3”; modeled after the A5 size ring binder)
    • Composition / Notebook (approximately 7.5” x 10”; school notebook size—not as widely used due to it’s large size which makes it too heavy to carry)

Left to right: A5, Extra Wide, Standard/Regular/Narrow ***Not shown: Composition/Notebook***To learn more details about each size as well as other sizing considerations that might affect your choice of a travelers notebook cover, check out my video below:

If you’re new to travelers notebooks and would like to learn how to use one in less than 2 minutes, check out my video below:

Travelers notebooks are a great option for plannernerds, artists, and those who love to write. I hope you found this information helpful in determining which size might work best for you and your needs. Stay tuned for future videos which will provide even more information and help simplify the process of finding the perfect travelers notebook for you!  🙂

Until next time,

♥ LilD ♥








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Midori Covers

I currently don’t sell any Midori leather or fabric covers, but there are many Etsy shops that provide all types of covers in many sizes! Please search on Etsy for covers for the notebooks.

Custom and personalized orders

Unfortunately, at this time, I am no longer accepting complex custom orders. It will be on a case by case basis if I’m able to do any custom orders so I can focus on current orders for the shop. Please contact me if you have any questions about existing notebooks or if you have any suggestions for the shop!

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Ring Bound Planner Sizes

All the following sizes are available in the shop for ring bound planners:

—– Ring Bound Planners —–
– A5 / Large (8.3 inches tall x 5.8 inches wide)
– Personal Wide Foxy Fix (6.75 inches tall x 4.75 inches wide)
– Personal / Medium (6.7 inches tall x 3.7 inches wide)
– Pocket / Small (4.72 inches tall x 3.19 inches wide)

Travelers Notebook Sizes

All the following sizes are available in the shop (some size limitations are based on insert designs – see the description for each listing for more information):

—– Travelers Notebook —–
– Extra Wide / A5 (8. 3 inches tall x 5.8 inches wide)
– Wide (8.25 inches tall x 5 inches wide)
– Standard / Regular (8.25 inches tall x 4.3 inches wide)
– B6 (6.9 inches tall x 4.9 inches wide)
– Hobonichi Weeks (7.4 inches tall x 3.7 inches wide)
– B6 Slim (7 inches tall x 4.25 inches wide)
– Personal (6.75 inches tall x 3.75 inches wide)
– A6 (5.8 inches tall x 4.1 inches wide)
– Pocket / Field Notes (5.5 inches tall x 3.5 inches wide)
– Passport (4.9 inches tall x 3.5 inches wide)
– Mini / Extra Small / Micro (4 inches tall x 2.75 inches wide)

A5 Slim Size

If you are interested in the A5 Slim size, I would recommend the Wide size option from the shop. The A5 Slim size is listed as 8.3″ x 4.9″ and the traditional Wide size is 8.25″ x 5″. Since the sizes are very close (0.05″ x 0.1″ difference), it would be a great option. When placing an order for the A5 Slim size, if you need it cut exactly at 8.3″ x 4.9″, please leave a note at checkout.

Alternative Cover Options

If you are purchasing a notebook with Tomoe River, Strathmore, Shiraoi, Onion Skin or any other custom papers and would like an alternative cover added to the notebook instead of the kraft brown or black options, please order the specialty paper notebook and leave a note at checkout which cover you would like me to use from the shop. Please note not all covers are available in the largest size (Extra Wide / A5) when placing your cover request.

Square Corners (No Corner Rounding) on Notebooks

If you are looking for square corners (no corner rounding), I can exclude the corner rounding after cutting the notebooks. Please leave a note at checkout that you want square corners on your notebooks.

Show & Tell | Midori Traveler’s Notebooks

May 02,2015

I’ve recently been hooked into the traveler’s notebook craze as I mentioned in my post yesterday where I reviewed and compared Chic Sparrow and Foxy Fix notebook covers.  Today I am going to share a detailed look at the original Midori Traveler’s Notebooks and explain how I use my own.

It all started (as much does these days) on Instagram where I noticed more and more of my favorite fellow Planner Enthusiasts posting pictures of their beautiful notebooks over the past year or so.  As a notebook lover and dedicated journaler myself I’m always interested in seeing different products on the market and how people use them.  I decided to take the plunge earlier this year and am so glad I did, because now my Midori passport has become my favorite and one and only notebook of choice.  That’s saying something from a gal who usually has multiple, separate journals in use at one time!

The Midori company was established in 1950 in Japan, offering paper products and stationary.  They sell everything from sticky notes to small desktop supplies.  Their notebooks are known for MD (Midori Diary) paper, developed in the 1960’s specifically for diary writing.  It is, as they claim, “paper dedicated to the best in writing comfort” with a nice slip and super fine texture.  One of the best selling products in their lineup is the ever popular Midori Traveler’s Notebook, which was designed as a tool for people to document their travels and life experiences in a simple way.  The notebook can last a lifetime as user’s continue to refill the journals as needed.

The design is simple: a rectangular piece of leather fashioned into a cover by hand in Chiangmai, Thailand, which is strung with elastic, a string bookmark, and a tin clasp along the center binding to hold journals inside.  There is another elastic band acting as a strap horizontally around the center.  The Midori notebooks are made in Japan and crafted with their own MD paper.  The leather cover builds character as it ages, becoming more glossy and uniquely textured with use.  The Midori Traveler’s Notebooks (often referred to as MTNs in social media) are available in two sizes, regular (4. 75″ x 8.75″) and passport (3.75″ x 5.25″), and come in two leather colors, black and brown (there is also a special limited edition blue leather only in the regular size currently available).  Both sizes come packed in a muslin bag that is wrapped in both cardboard and plastic with extra elastic, a blank journal, and a description of the product and directions for how to fill it.

Here you can see the basic construction of the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, which is the same for both sizes.  The outside of the cover is finished while the inside is left unfinished.  The elastic band spine system is held in place by a tin clasp, which also houses a string bookmark.  The strap that keeps the notebook shut is another piece of elastic knotted and strung through a hole located in the center of the back cover.

The regular Midori Traveler’s Notebook appears to be the most popular size in the Planner Community.  There are more Midori inserts available for this size than the smaller passport.  You can purchase other accessories such as vinyl zip pockets and credit card holders, kraft folders, and clip on pen loops for the notebook cover as well.  One to three journals comfortably inside the notebook cover using the included elastic band as well as a rubber band, which you can either buy through Midori or just use your own.  I show how to fill the Midori Traveler’s Notebook in my coordinating video (below).

I personally prefer the passport size as it is more manageable for me to carry around in my medium size purses.  My passport notebook cover arrived with a bit of a white coating on the finished side of the leather, which dissipated after about a week or so of use.  Just two months into daily handling the leather has changed considerably, becoming notably softer to the touch, deeper in color, and with a glossier finish.  The inevitable nicks and scuff marks just add to its character.  The leather is wearing beautifully, retaining its original level of give and pliability.

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Three journals seems to be the limit in the passport Midori Traveler’s Notebook, as you can see from my own example.  I keep a graph journal for notes, a lined journal for my daily gratitude entries, and a blank journal for my diary as well as a zipper case.  I also use a Midori pen holder.  I’ve added a custom monogram closure from Foxy Fix to my elastic for personalization.  I share more about how I use my passport MTN in the coordinating video.

I don’t know of any other brands that manufacture journals that fit as well inside the Midori Traveler’s Notebooks in both sizes other than Midori (please share if you do!).  You can, however, find print-at-home and printed inserts available through Etsy sellers.  There is a nice range of choices from Midori, including different weights and styles of paper, calendar inserts, sticker pockets, in addition to the other kinds of accessories I’ve already mentioned.  Here are a few listed on Amazon currently:

Regular Size Inserts

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Passport Size Inserts

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Other Midori Accessories

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These inserts are on the pricier side compared to similarly sized notebooks.  In fact, the notebook covers themselves are fairly expensive as well and once you’ve put together your whole kit, you can rack up quite a cost.  I found the best notebook cover prices through Amazon with the regular size ranging from $39 to $43 and the passport from $33 to $35 (depending on the color).  This is less than the three other major US online retailers, Goulet Pens ($57.40 and $50.20 respectively), Baum-Kuchen ($56 and $52), and JetPens ($57 and $50).  These three web stores do offer slightly better pricing on journal inserts, but the price difference is negated if you’re an Amazon Prime member with shipping costs (JetPens offers free USA shipping on order over $25).  Please keep in mind that this pricing is subject to change and is only accurate from the posting date of this blog post.

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I show the Midori Traveler’s Notebooks in more detail and in comparison to similar style notebook covers from Chic Sparrow and Foxy Fix in this video:

If you missed my last post, I recommend checking it out if you’d like to enter into the giveaway to win one of four traveler’s notebook bundles.

I’d love to know if you’ve been hooked into the traveler’s notebook craze like me!  Please feel free to leave a comment or send me pics via Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram (be sure to tag me if you do) if you care to share.
Happy Journaling!

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The Midori Traveler’s Notebook Review — Tools and Toys

The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is not for the faint of heart.

Perhaps that takes things to the extreme. It’s rare to find a tool that flies so directly in the face of all-encompassing digitalism and efficiency, especially one with such popularity.

The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is, by and large, a notebook. From a bigger scale though, the Traveler’s Notebook is a system of notebooks and accessories. The initial Traveler’s Notebook purchase comes with a thick piece of leather, two pieces of elastic, and a notebook. But head over to the Midori webpage and you’ll find dozens of accessories to customize the Traveler’s Notebook — refill notebooks, pocket stickers, card files, zip cases, pen loops, and paper folders can all be weaved into your unique piece of leather.

And like any analog tool these days, the worldwide community has fashioned after-market accessories as well. Need a weekly meal planning journal? A ledger refill? A map of Tokyo’s subway system? The Midori Traveler’s Notebook community is brimming with inspiration on ways to make your notebook your own.

I’ve fancied myself an analog die-hard of sorts. Over the last three or four years, I’ve written 95% of my daily notes in a Field Notes memo book and have logged every one of my day’s activities in a Hobonichi Techo. Both are formidable tools, capable of slowing down my day and allowing me to think, while also ushering in an aspect of whimsy or two.

But in a short period of time, the Midori Traveler’s Notebook has up-ended both the Hobonichi and handy Field Notes memo books. I expected the Midori’s size to be too large for my needs. I expected the Midori’s “all-in-one” attitude to be too direct for my needs. I expected the Midori paper to let me down. I even expected the Midori’s quality to come up short.

Yet, under each expectation, I’ve been caught by surprise.

Editor’s note: The Midori Traveler’s Notebook and accessories were sent free of charge for purposes of review by Waremakers. To be as fair as possible, I’ve expressed my thoughts with regard to how I acquired the items. And, for all intents and purposes, my wife purchased a Midori Traveler’s Notebook long before I received mine. So, take that for what it’s worth. — JG

How to Setup the Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Keeping in mind the Midori Traveler’s Notebook is a system of notebooks and rarely just a single notebook, there is some handy setup work involved.

Out of the box, the Midori comes with a single refill notebook with blank pages, a thick piece of sturdy leather, and a few elastics woven into the leather’s spine. One elastic wraps around the Midori to keep everything secured inside. The second elastic, strung into the leather’s spine, and a few extra rubber bands, are the keys to the Midori system.

One Notebook

When you open the Midori for the first time, you’ll see how a single refill notebook is secured inside. Simply open the refill notebook to its halfway point and slide it between the elastics strung into the leather.

Setting up one notebook is simple. First, leave it exactly as is out of the box. But, if curiosity gets the best of you, simply slide half the book through the elastic.

If you purchased a Midori or received one as a gift and only intend on using the single refill notebook included out of the box, you have the easiest setup of all. For only one refill notebook, there’s no need for extra rubber bands or larger elastics.

Two Inserts

In reality though, the Midori is designed to have many refill notebooks and inserts, not just one.

Stringing in two inserts is a tad more cumbersome, but still straightforward. If you have two inserts, you’ll need a rubber band of some sort. Midori sells specially designed rubber bands which are the right size and strength to keep your inserts secured, but you don’t need to spend the hefty $9 if you don’t want to — any rubber band will do the trick.

For two inserts, first you need a rubber band. Second, take the rubber band and wrap it length-wise around half the insert.

First, take the rubber band and wrap it length-wise around half your insert of choice.


Lift the rubber band lined along the spine of the first insert and slide half the second insert through.

Second, grab your next insert and slide half the insert in between the rubber band and your first insert.


The result should be two inserts strapped together with a rubber band that runs down the middle of each insert.

If done correctly, you should have a mini “insert package” with two inserts connected at the spine by a rubber band.

Here, you can see the top side of how the rubber band connects the two inserts.

Lastly, slide the entire insert through the elastic and ensure the Midori’s elastic secures the inserts by the rubber band.

Once you have this packaged prepped, fold the inserts closed and slide one entire insert through the Midori’s elastics in the leather notebook. The elastic in the notebook will effectively hold the rubber band in place, which effectively keep your inserts from sliding around.

Three Inserts

Once we get past the three insert stage, you’ll start to notice a pattern in securing inserts inside the Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

From above, you can see the Midori’s elastic holds both inserts just by the rubber band connecting them.

For three inserts, we need to start where we left off with two inserts.

If you have three inserts — my particular Midori falls into this category — you need to begin after the two insert stage. So, just like with two inserts, string the first two inserts together with a rubber band and slide the entire package through the leather notebook’s elastics.

Once you have two inserts figured out, simply slide half the third insert through the elastic and you’ll be set.

A top view of the three-insert setup. As you can see, the elastic holds the middle insert in place, which in turn holds the rubber band in place which connects the other two inserts.

Next, open your now-secured two insert package to the middle where the leather notebook’s elastic secures the rubber band in place. Using your finger, lift that elastic and slide your third insert in place just like you did when you inserted only a single notebook at the very beginning. What you’re left with is a single elastic holding your middle insert in place at the spine, which secures your first and last insert in place with the rubber band.

This is particularly difficult to explain in words, so hopefully the photos help showcase the process.

And So On…

Want four, five, six inserts? Well, the Midori can handle that as well. Just continue the pattern.

  • Four inserts will involve creating two “two-insert packages” with a rubber band and then sliding both packages underneath the elastic.
  • Five inserts will involve creating two “two-insert packages” with a rubber band, sliding both packages underneath the elastic, and then sliding your fifth insert in the middle underneath the elastic.
  • Six inserts will involve creating three “two-insert packages”

And so on…

The more inserts you add, the handier your Midori will become. However, the leather notebook isn’t designed to hold an endless number of inserts. Eventually, you’ll notice the inserts begin to stick out the edge and will begin to be torn and crunched by the wrap-around elastic as time goes by.

After awhile, you can see the Midori will start to start to push its limits.

Further, that wrap-around elastic can only stretch so far. You can purchase a repair kit for a few dollars that comes with colorful elastics you can cut and make larger than the out-of-the-box wrap-around elastic, allowing your Midori to stretch a little further. You may want to get the repair kit just to change the elastic color inside your Midori and give your Midori a particular dash of spice.

Even with three inserts, you can see the middle insert start to hover nearly beyond the limits of the leather. This isn’t the end of the world, but you may tend to have some odd wear on the middle insert.

But in short, you can see the sky is the limit with the Midori Traveler’s Notebook system. You can add inserts (almost) to your heart’s content and carry all your analog notebooks and tools in one spiffy package.


Now that your Midori has been created, you’ll finally have a chance to admire the sheer quality of the leather, paper, and elastics you have in your hand.


Midori’s leather is second to none (I feel like I’m saying that with every new review of a leather product).

But seriously. Second. To. None.

There may not be a more beautiful leather product in the world. Even after two weeks, the Midori Traveler’s Notebook takes on a character of its own.

When you unwrap the leather notebook from the canvas packaging, the first thing you’ll notice is the leather’s smell. Of course, it’s that quintessential leather smell, but the smell is strong and lasts much longer than other leather goods I’ve purchased.

The leather’s edges are burnished and straight-cut, ensuring there’s no fraying or tearing down the road.

Inside, the texture of the leather is slightly different.

The inside of the leather is slightly softer than the outside — the interior leather feels unfinished, while the outside appears to have some sort of finishing or sealant applied. It’s not like the leather is waterproof or anything, but there’s a difference in the texture of the inside and outside leather surfaces.


Like any good leather product, the Midori Traveler’s Notebook only looks better over time. My wife’s Midori Traveler’s Notebook is a little older than mine, and the accumulated bumps and bruises give it a new level of character.

The Midori’s leather quality speaks for itself. Pick up the notebook and you’ll immediately notice the supple texture and heft to the leather, and your nose will surely pick up a scent of quality and luxury. Carry the notebook with you and you’re sure to notice not only the leather’s durability, but also the leather’s ever-growing character. I’ve put my hands on many different leather products over the last few years, and nothing matches the Midori’s leather exterior.


It’s hard to comment on the quality of the Midori’s elastics. In short, they’re elastic, stretchy, and durable enough to handle anything I’ve stuffed in so far.

The fact a repair kit is available to purchase implies these elastics could give out at any moment. So far, though, so good.

What excites me most about Midori’s elastics are their genericness. By that, I mean to say I appreciate the Traveler’s Company willingness to allow Midori users to fix their Traveler’s Notebooks on their own. If you purchase the repair kit (I recommend the repair kit — it comes with different colored elastics and ensures your Midori won’t be out of commission for too long) there are instructions on how to open up the metal cylinder on the leather’s spine and how to re-string the notebook using a hammer and fine pliers. More and more these days, we find products with proprietary apparatuses that ensure you dishing out a few nickels and dimes to repair the product if something goes wrong. Although the repair kit does cost a few dollars, it’s nice to see you don’t have to ship the notebook in for fixing.

There’s also an additional orange wrap-around elastic that comes in the Midori’s original purchase, allowing you to add extra flair to your Midori right off the bat.


I was prepared to be let down by Midori’s notebooks. I expected Midori’s paper to come up short next to the Tomoe River paper found in the Hobonichi Techo, and I certainly never expected the paper to hold up to heavy fountain pens.


Alas, fountain pens are no match for Midori’s paper, and Hobonichi’s Tomoe River paper is given a good run for its money from its Midori competition. Tomoe River paper is extremely thin and light, but somehow manages to absorb ink better than any other paper found on planet earth. Midori’s paper could be a close second — the paper is thin and lightweight, but still manages to keep fountain pens from bleeding through to the next page. Like Tomoe River paper, Midori’s paper has some significant ghosting (you can easily see what you wrote on the prior page), but it’s handled as well as you’d like.

Each “free” diary (be it weekly, monthly, or daily) has this handy placeholder in the corner.

Simply fill in the month and the year in the placeholder and not only will your books look more awesome, they’ll also be more organized.

The only area where Midori’s paper falls short of Tomoe River is in the bleeding of written ink. When you make a pen stroke, you’ll notice your ink slightly bleed beyond your pen stroke as the ink is absorbed by the paper’s fibers. Tomoe River paper is extraordinarily good at ensuring your ink doesn’t bleed beyond your pen stroke. However, Tomoe River paper takes notoriously long to dry, especially when the ink is laid on heavy. Midori’s paper trades some drying time for some slight bleeding, and I don’t mind the compromise.

The rest of the notebooks are fairly straightforward. The kraft refill notebooks can be bought in a grid, line, or blank format, and all have a heavier stock front and back cover. You can purchase daily, weekly, and monthly diary refills which have a slightly heavier stock for the front and back covers. All the covers hold up well inside the Midori’s leather cover.

The free weekly calendar doesn’t have any dates pre-printed, so you can start and stop at any date you wish.

You can purchase “free” daily, weekly, and monthly diary refills, which are diaries that don’t begin or end on a specific date (unfortunately not free of charge). You can fill in the dates, months, and years in the “free” diaries to your own liking, allowing you to start a “free” diary at any point in the year and use all the pages inside the notebook. For a higher price, you can purchase pre-printed daily, weekly, and monthly calendars and diaries which begin on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2017, but I prefer the “free” diaries due to the lower cost per refill and the fact I can begin and end on any date.


Aside from notebook refills, you can also purchase handy inserts like zipper cases, card files, pocket stickers, and file folders for your Midori. They are inserted just like refill notebooks and help you carry different types of doodads inside your notebook.

If I could have any insert right now, I’d get the kraft file folder. It keeps my wife’s Midori much tidier.

Kraft File Folder: My wife has the kraft file folder inside her Midori and it’s an insert I need to add to mine. It’s made of a heavier card stock and allows you to carry folded papers and cards.

Zipper Case: Another insert I’d like to purchase, the zipper case has a zipper along the long edge and can be packed with pens, receipts, stickers, or whatever other items you’d like to carry in your Midori.

If you plan to use your Midori as a wallet, the card file will come in very handy. For me right now, it’s next to useless.

Card File: The card file is perfect for carrying business cards or credit and debit cards should you choose to use your Midori as a wallet. The card file’s plastic is fairly heavy and feels like a higher quality version of those card files you used to get in a generic wallet.

Pocket Stickers: There are a few formats of the pocket stickers, but they are simply stickers that can be stuck to the inside of a different refill and can carry cards or other small papers.

These inserts are responsible for making the Midori less of a notebook and more of a system. They can be added easily and can carry anything you may need on a daily basis. Although I only have notebooks in my Midori at this point in time, a zipper case and file folder are in my shopping cart as we speak.

The pen loop is a very handy accessory, but it’s disappointingly small.

A quick note about the pen loop: I also received a Midori pen holder that can be attached to the front or back cover. The pen loops come in two different sizes — small and large — and give you a place to keep a pen handy for quick notes. Even though I have the large pen loop, I’ve found the loop to be surprisingly small. The large pen holder can hold pens with a diameter up to 12mm, which quickly eliminates a Pilot Vanishing Point or Lamy 2000 fountain pen. I’ve found smaller gel pens like the Uni-Ball Signo to fit up to the rubber grip, and then I secure the rest of the pen to the Midori by using the wrap-around elastic. I think Midori could stand to make a larger pen loop for larger fountain pens.


Admittedly, the regular sized Midori Traveler’s Notebook is an odd format and shape. It’s narrower and longer than a standard A5 notebook, meaning generic A5 inserts won’t properly fit inside the Midori. This proprietary size flies in the face of the repair thoughts I mentioned above, but works out positively in everyday use.

Editor’s note: The Midori Traveler’s Notebook also comes in a passport-sized format.

  • The longer and narrower format is very easy to carry. It may not fit in a back pocket, but it easily slides into any messenger bag or briefcase, and is particularly easy to carry in hand.
  • The narrower format is extraordinarily good for writing. I have always put dozens of lists into my memo books, and this format seems built for list making.
  • The Midori is named the “Traveler’s Notebook” for a reason; the lengthier format allows for better storage of tickets, train passes, and boarding passes. Maps also fold into this format, so storing a map inside the Midori is entirely feasible.
  • This format is perfect for carrying A4 sized letters folded into thirds. If you receive a letter or a document in the mail, it’s likely to be folded in this format. Using the Midori as a sort of document transportation device between home and the office has become one of its main features for my workflow.

I won’t be the only person who says the format initially turned me off. I expected the long and narrow format to be cumbersome and non-conducive to keeping notes and calendars. In the end, the format is probably my favorite aspect of the regular-sized Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

A Few Ways to Use the Midori Traveler’s Notebook

There is likely an infinite number of ways the Midori Traveler’s Notebook could be implemented in someone’s life. Its obvious use is for journaling, calendaring, and note-taking.

But it doesn’t end there. Here are a few ways my wife and I use our Midori Traveler’s Notebooks.

As a Medical Professional

My wife is a Registered Dietitian and uses the Midori Traveler’s Notebook as her daily work book. She has a blank refill notebook, a free weekly diary, and a kraft file folder in her Midori, and she carries a calculator strapped to her Midori at all times.

As a medical professional, my wife uses her Midori for a wide range of activities. The most important tool though — her calculator — is strapped right to the front of her Midori at all times.

The weekly calendar is good for planning or tracking — a prospective journal, if you will, or a historical journal. Whichever way you look at it, it’s an extremely handy refill.

Weekly Diary: If she has to do some follow up with a patient, generally that follow up is due within 7 to 14 days. She quickly jots down follow up due dates in her weekly diary, along with any other major work deadlines.

For artists, or even the free spirits, the blank refill is good for a wide range of tasks.

Blank Refill: She jots down to-do lists each work day and patient notes during consultations inside the blank refill notebook. My wife noted she would prefer a daily diary for her to-do lists so she could keep her patient notes inside a dedicated notebook.

Kraft File Folder: My wife keeps diet recommendation cards in her file folder, which are filled out during consultations and need to be given to the kitchen for implementation.

Want — Zipper Case: Dietitians use quick calculations throughout the day, so my wife also keeps a small calculator wrapped to the front of the Midori. She noted she would like a zipper case added to her Midori to store the calculator along with extra pens in case she misplaces one during the day.

As a Financial Professional

Inside my Midori, I have a free weekly diary, a grid refill notebook, and a free monthly calendar.

Weekly Diary: I log each day’s activities inside the weekly diary. The weekly diary takes the place of my Hobonichi Techo before it and keeps approximate track of which files I work on during the day at the office.

The grid refill is a fairly standard refill these days — perfect for graphs, small drawings, and note-taking.

Grid Refill: This is my general, catch-all notebook for thoughts, lists, and general calculations throughout the day.


The free monthly calendar is situated at the back of my Midori and houses all my plans and events in the future.

Monthly Calendar: My monthly calendar keeps track of appointments and deadlines for the future. Plain and simple.

Right now, I keep loose A4 tai-folded papers in the back of my Midori, along with a few cheque books for a few organizations I volunteer for. For these purposes, I could really use a kraft file folder or a zipper case.

Want — Kraft File Folder: I use my Midori for transporting folded A4 letters and for carrying cheque books, receipts, and other financial documentation. A kraft file folder would do wonders for keeping all these pieces of paper organized inside my Midori.

This is a fairly generic way to use the Midori, but it showcases how much further a Midori Traveler’s Notebook can go beyond a smaller Field Notes memo book.

As a Traveler

It’s written right in the name, so it can be fun to dream about how I would incorporate a Midori Traveler’s Notebook into a month-long trip.

The Midori Traveler’s Notebook really is the perfect traveler’s notebook. You can customize it to fit any travel need, and its combination of durability and usability station right at the top of my next travel carry list.

  • Use the Midori as a wallet with the card file — store debit or credit cards in the card file along with a driver’s license and business cards.
  • Cash could be kept in a kraft file folder or a zipper case.
  • Boarding passes and train tickets could be inserted directly on their own, or they could be put in a file folder.
  • Travel itineraries could be kept in a free weekly diary.
  • A broader, macro look at your travel itinerary could be kept in the monthly calendar.
  • Free daily diaries could keep your thoughts and journal entries organized for each day of your trip.
  • Double-sided tape could paste instant photos or other small travel memorabilia in your daily diary throughout the trip.

Evidently, the list of uses for the Midori Traveler’s Notebook is endless. The potential of the system is only limited by your ability to convert your life into an analog format, and by the physical limitations of the leather cover.


I would have never guessed I could write 3,300 words about a new notebook system.

I would have never expected both my wife and I to use the exact same tool on a daily basis, but it’s a neat commonality. That said, she has a few inserts I want to steal.

But from the start, the Midori Traveler’s Notebook has surprised me. It’s more comfortable for writing and taking notes than smaller 3.5-inch by 5.5-inch memo books, and it beats carrying a second calendar for logging my daily activities. Although the notebooks are proprietarily sized, you can buy an endless amount of “free” notebooks and never have to worry about needing to change your habits or your system. Plus, the Midori can evolve as your needs evolve.

I admit, the thought of not finishing off an annual Hobonichi Techo gave me some butterflies. I also have a stack of unused Field Notes staring me down from the shelf in the corner of my office. These types of things have given me pause in the past, encouraging me to stick it out and ignore the allure of the Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

But now that I have a Midori and have customized it to fit my analog needs, I’ve been surprised more times than I can count. If I need something, it’s probably in my Midori. If I need to write something down, I can write it down in my Midori. If I need to remind myself about a due date, it’ll be on a list in my Midori.

Over a few short weeks, the Midori Traveler’s Notebook has up-ended my Hobonichi Techo and Field Notes memo books. I honestly thought I’d never see the day.

It doesn’t hurt that I’ve received a few comments from passersby regarding the unique leather cover and generically-styled refill notebooks.

Barring Midori selling out and not producing more refills, I foresee the Midori Traveler’s Notebook being my go-to analog device for a long time. Maybe forever.

Josh of a few weeks ago would have been tossing and turning over such a thought.

Thanks again to Waremakers for sending over the Midori Traveler’s Notebook for review.

10 Reasons why I hate traveler’s notebooks and will never use one

I’ve been getting a few messages from readers asking if I’ve ever tried using a traveler’s notebook (the answer is no). A few people have also asked if I make printables already at traveler’s notebook (TN) size. The answers is no and I doubt I ever will. The reason? I hate travelers notebooks. I don’t intend to ever use them… Here’s why:

If you haven’t come across Traveler’s notebooks before, they’re a cover with small notebooks for daily planning, weekly, monthly, lists etc. that slip inside the cover. Heaps of planner companies make them these days including:

• Carpe diem
• Erin Condren
• Midori
• Doodlebug (these are colorful)
• Traveler’s Company Japan
• American crafts
• Color crush
• Echo park paper
• Freckled Fawn
• Prima marketing
• Recollections

1. The cover

The covers of most Traveler’s notebooks are leather or faux leather. Plain, boring and feels so gross – I don’t want to touch it – I don’t even want it anywhere near me.

That type of material seems to show creases more so when you open and close it all the time I think it’d wear down over time (anyone use a Traveler’s Notebook and want to pitch in in the comments and confirm / deny this is the case?)

The little notebooks that go in the case also tend to have a Kraft material cover. I hate Kraft paper almost as much as I hate brown leather / faux leather covers.

2. Fimsy covers

The covers have a flimsy strap to hold it together. Given the amount of notebooks you’ll need to shove in there to keep everything organised I don’t know how that strap holds it all together.

3. Expensive

For a small notebook cover they can be super expensive… as much as planner printed in full color, with a laminated front and back cover, monthly calendars, notes pages and weekly pages… much better value for money.

For how expensive they are, they look cheap and flimsy. A small stitched notebook seems to be around $10 AUD. And they don’t include many pages. The number you’ll need depends how much and how big you write.

Let’s say if I used those little notebooks that I’d probably use at least 5 per year just for daily / weekly / monthly planning… So 5 x $10 = $50… which is about the same price as a planner. A planner that’s pretty, functional, with weekly and monthly pages already printed plus a pretty cover… that might also be personalised. Seems a much better deal to me.

4. Too much cutting required

Sometimes O resize printables to half US letter or A5 page size – that’s quick and easy – just do ‘2 per page’ printing and cut the piece of paper in half. You could also print directly onto pre-cut A5 paper (e.g. reflex paper from Officeworks).

Sidenote: I’ve had customers asking if my printables can be resized for traveler’s notebooks. They can – see this post for a tutorial which will work for any printable – however the writing space will shrink quite small because traveler’s notebooks are small.

However with TN at B6 and the other odd page sizes they come in you have to cut out each page (4 cuts rather than 1 cut when you do ‘2 per page’ printing as described above). With more cuts = more wasted paper, more cut lines to correctly align. It’s so much hassle. And then what do you get as a result?

5. Ant size writing space

If you look at the dimensions of travveller’s notebooks and draw it out on paper, it quickly becomes apparent that you’re going to need to write small or…

6. Use loads of paper

Since there’s not much space you might end up needing 3, 4 even 5 pages just to plan one week = loads of wasted paper and time cutting out the pages.

Lots of pages to plan each week also means lots of flicking back and forth. I’d rather use a larger page size where I can see everything all at once.

Related: How to get rid of a white border when printing printable (borderless, no bleed, no scaling step by step video tutorial)


Too much clutter

When I see people’s spreads in their Travelor’s notebooks it just screams cluttered to me. It always looks chaotic. Since the pages are so small they’re packed with stickers and writing with almost no white space. I don’t know how people can make sense of anything when everything is so crammed.

8. Stitched Binding

If you’re a regular blog reader you’ll know what I’m going to say… I hate notebooks that don’t lay flat on their own (i.e. when you have to hold them open with one hand while awkwardly trying to write with your other hand).

9. Too Many Sizes

Traveler’s notebooks come in: pocket, passport, personal, B6, standard, cahier etc. – it’s way too confusing. And also time consuming checking size compatibility between covers, the notebooks to fit the cover you’re using, printables etc.

Related: Ultimate planner page size guide (with printable reference cheat sheet) 

10. Plain & Boring

While there are more pretty Traveler’s Notebooks available than there were a year ago (and probably will be more as this trend continues) – there’s currently not a lot of notebook options other than Kraft. There aren’t many pretty patterns on the covers (apart from Doodlebug and Prima Marketing it seems). Most planner companies also aren’t selling pre-printed inserts yet so options are limited – especially colorful inserts!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. For me, discbound is the way to go! You can add, remove and rearrange pages as often you like. You can also use the discs to make any page size planner you like!

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“LadyBug” For your creative journey !: Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Greetings to all guests and blog readers! Today I am with you, Kristina Vershinina.
So, first, let’s figure out what is Midori Traveler’s Notebook?
This is a traveller’s notebook, a notebook with elastic bands and insert notebook blocks. Everyone completes such a notebook as it is convenient for him, it can be notebooks and envelopes, files and folders and much more! It has an unusual size, thanks to which it is convenient to carry it with you and to easily invest travel tickets and documents.
You can paste photos, receipts, tickets and other various pieces of paper into the notebook. It will help you keep pleasant travel memories, your impressions and emotions!
The filling of the notebook depends only on your imagination and gives you a lot of scope for creativity! The design of the notebooks in my notebooks is bright and colorful, the cutting from Lady Bug helped me in this! A monstera leaf and a tropics twig were perfect.

I also want to show you an interesting option for decorating a notebook, this is a translucent sheet of tracing paper on which I glued the cutting of a tropical twig, how cool it looks!

At the end of the notebook, I made a large pocket for travel tickets.

I liked making such a notebook so much that of course I couldn’t do it alone))))

I also want to draw your attention to how cool knives from insects are cut out of leatherette !!!!

Such a cut can be safely used to decorate the cover)))

I made the notebooks of the second notebook on the marine theme, and cutting down the hara seaweed with knives came in handy.

These are my travel notebooks, and I will definitely take them with me in order to remember all the most interesting and nothing has escaped my memory)))

Here are all the knives that

used in the work

And for those who want to flip through all the pages of notebooks with me, I took a detailed review!

Plantain: Notebooks

Difficult today imagine a modern person, doing without a mobile phone and computer.Electronic newspapers are about to supplant classic paper, and smartphones will replace not only desktop computers, but also laptops. But even with this, in any bag there is enough space for the most classic attribute – a notebook. It has undeniable advantages – never in a notebook the battery “dies” and in it (by a strange coincidence) you can write with pens of different colors and even with a pencil :-).

Paradox. Almost all of today’s achievements of mankind in life, business and the Internet were first materialized in a simple notebook or notebook.And the notebooks of outstanding people are becoming almost the only one a source of material for writing a biography.

Have you ever the thought that it would be nice to have time to do more things in a day? Want not to be afraid forget something important? It’s very simple – you need a notebook. You can argue that you are a “clerical maniac” and all sorts of notebooks you have a pond a dime a dozen, but nothing has changed in life and there is no more money. Or: you already tried to keep a notebook and keep regular notes in it, but each time they this venture.

The answer is also simple – you didn’t have the notebooks in which you want to write. Remember Mitrofanushka from Fonvizin’s play “The Minor”. He was asked: “door” is noun or adjective? Mitrofanushka replied that it depends on what a door. If the one that stands, propped up against the wall, then it is “noun”, since it simply exists, and if the one that stands in the doorway, then “adjective” because it is attached to its place.

To keep the notebook “adjective”, you need to write in it.And in order to write in it, in it you have to want to write, i.e. notepad should make you want to write in it at least a few lines. You cannot force yourself to write with an effort of will and still not will help – the result will be very short-lived. Willpower is valuable, but a finite resource to be conserved.

You need a decent a tool that can take a vacant place in your bag for a long time. Called he is a Plantain.

Legend of the Plantain.

The plantain leaf, a plant that grows abundantly along the roads, was taken as the symbol of the Plantain brand.For travelers, plantain grass was a real salvation as a hemostatic and anti-inflammatory agent (in particular, in case of insect bites), relieving pain from sunburn and swelling of feet rubbed with shoes.
Plantain notebook will be the traveler’s salvation when keeping travel notes. How often has it happened that
  • I want to capture the moment of experiences,
  • sketch the silhouette,
  • Save as a souvenir an entrance ticket to the theater museum or a receipt from a famous store / restaurant / cafe,
  • you need to rewrite the schedule of departures / departures / arrivals
  • or a quick sketch before you forget the brilliant idea that just came to your head, but there is nothing to do with it?
A piece of paper lying around in your pocket is usually a very bad way out of a situation.

Why Plantain?

All notebooks Plantain are created using natural leather, cut out, stitched and collected by hand. The texture of leather gives a special charm to notebooks. Frequent using it gives it a more shabby and lively look. Therefore, each notebook is unique and has its own “scars”, wrinkles and color irregularities, which more than attracts fans of individuality.

  • The flexibility of the notebook allows you to put it in any bag without fear wrinkle the cover or break the binding.It has no protruding metal parts that can catch on something in the bag and tear.
  • On the other hand, the cover is quite tough and easy to write on.
  • Replacement notebooks are easy to change as you write.
  • Especially for fans of writing with an ink pen : when making notebooks I use paper that I personally tested in the laboratory for the quality of gluing and resistance to spreading / leakage of ink.
  • Securing elastic grips the notebook tightly, preventing fall out of its contents.You can also hold a handle under the elastic band so that was always at hand.
  • The size of a notebook is comparable to the size of airline tickets. In it you can carry cards, documents, business cards, postcards, photographs: all this fits under cover. In other words, the Plantain notebook can be used as a travel case.

In addition, it is convenient as a working tool for thinking and taking notes, allowing you to quickly write down the idea that came to mind. Compactness and convenient the notebook format allows you not to think about whether there is a place for it in bag or folder.

Each notebook exists in a single copy : as in the world there are no 2 absolutely identical people, and there are no 2 identical notebooks Plantain.

Technical details of the design of notebooks Plantain .

I make notebooks using several technologies. It is:

  • Narrow Midori Traveler’s Notebooks, notebook size 21×11 cm;
  • 90,055 fan-bound notebooks;
  • notebooks, sewn from separate notebooks, like ordinary books.

1) narrow format notebooks Midori Traveler’s Notebook under the size of notebooks is 21×11 cm. These are the most frequently ordered notebooks, although by The size of the notebook can be any size you want. Notebook cover: one piece of dense genuine leather, 3 mm thick.

– Block format for records: any, at the request of the customer.

– Writing block cover: design cardboard 300 g / m2 or craft cardboard.

– Note paper: 40 sheets, 80 g / m2, most often “Ivory” color, but can be any available.

– Bookmark – a cord with painted wooden beads at the ends, or leather cord with metal pendant.

A notebook is usually completed with two notebooks that are attached under an elastic band. Two notebooks can be inserted under the cover at the same time.

This is the design pad. Notebooks replaceable, i.e. they can be independently changed as they end, or replace one of the notebooks with weekly / monthly planning. And the leather cover will remain the same.Over time, as it wears out, noble scuffs will appear, which will give your notebook special charm.

Additionally, under the cover, you can insert files for business cards and a tab with envelopes for all kinds of paper stuff. The envelopes are made of transparent tracing paper high density, so you can always see what is in the envelope.

If you have special requests, for example, you need a different size of the note books, more notebook pages, paper color or leather cover a different color – I will take them into account.

2) Notebook, sewn with medieval codex sewing Separate notebooks, which can be very thick, each sewn separately and then sewn to leather cover with thick polyester thread so that the notebook will withstand long-term use until all 100+ pages are used. In this case, the skin is thinner and softer than in the previous version. Bookmark – leather cord with a metal suspension at the end.

3) Stitched notepad . The block is sewn from separate notebooks 8-12 sheets in each (as in ordinary books), so that the notebook easily remains open (this is of particular importance for those who like to draw in notebooks).It is attached to the cover with gauze, so that the notebook has a strong design. In such notebooks, stitched manually capturing the spine of the paper block. Optional on the back the flyleaf has a large pocket for business cards, notes and other flat trifles, which is usually kept in a notepad. Bookmark-lasso – required.

If you need a notebook urgently, for example, as a gift for your beloved husband / wife, friend / friend or colleague, there are always several ready-made, of which you can select. Believe me, they will appreciate your a gift that will remind the donor of for many years.I also take orders for something more individual.

And if it so happened that you do not like to write, get yourself “Plantain”, so that it even just was. You will get a lot of pleasant sensations from “just hold in your hands” and “smell the skin.”

On the Photos page, you can familiarize yourself with notebooks made using these technologies and choose your favorite. Any customer will not be left without attention.

To order a notebook, at click here .

What is midori notebook and how to use it

Hi, I am very glad that you dropped by! Today I want to tell you about what a midori notebook is. He came into fashion relatively recently and has already won the hearts of many. Including mine. This is my favorite type of notebook.

Contents of article

What is midori notebook

This is a paperback notebook format in which several notebooks are assembled with the help of hat thin rubber bands.They can be easily removed and reinserted. It is convenient, first of all, because of its weight and the ability to replace the written paper at any time. This way, your notebook will always look like new.

Generally, this is the format of a book with traveler’s notes. As a rule, it is tied with a horizontal elastic band and made of leather. But now such notebooks are made with straps and on ring mechanisms (instead of rubber bands). Covers are made of genuine leather, leatherette, felt, suede and fabric.Here, as your fantasy tells you.

Its standard size is 22 × 11 cm. But now, again, they make different sizes, all at the request of the customer. The size of the inner notebook is 10 × 21 cm, the number of sheets can vary from 10 to 20.

What is

used as

This “little book” can be used not only as a notebook. Here are some ideas for using it:

  • Diary. Notebooks can be with an original design, created specifically for planning.
  • Holder for documents. There are usually various pockets on the inside of the cover. They fit well both documents and various brochures. You can leave one notebook, and insert documents folded several times under the rest of the rubber bands, if they have a large format.
  • Personal or traveler’s diary. All notebooks can be made in a strip or in a cage, so that it is convenient to write notes.
  • Cookbook. Agree, it is convenient when there is an opportunity to rush with you, say, a small cookbook to the dacha.
  • Sketch book, or in simple words – a notebook for sketches. There is an opportunity to create any sheets – and without markup and with a beautiful print, which will not interfere with drawing, but will only inspire new ideas.

As you can see, there are a lot of use cases. It is not necessary to have many notebooks, you can have one midori and many different notebooks for it. After all, under one cover you can hide both the glider and the cookbook at the same time. It usually holds 4 notebooks, but the advantage of customization is that you can make 5, 6, and 10.The only thing that will change is the spine width . ..

What midori do I do

In general, the midori notebook is my favorite product. I can generate an infinite number of ideas for its use and design. I have a peculiarity – if there are no orders, I sew them for availability. Especially for you, I can make exactly what you want.

Answering the question: what I am doing – I will say everything. Any that your heart desires.

I hope that after reading this article, you have no more questions about this type of notebook.If you still have them, ask in the comments, I will be happy to answer them. Follow the blog news and share the article on social networks. And I say goodbye to you.

Always your Veronica.

Diaries, notebooks, organizers – let’s start the new year from scratch

New Year for many is a good opportunity to start their life from a new leaf. Well, if not so radically, then this is at least a reason to reconsider and reorganize your affairs, thoughts, to tune in to a new beginning. It’s nice to just start some of your notes from scratch, knowing that another unique and unpredictable year awaits you ahead, in which every day will bring something new, sometimes unexpected, or long-desired. Something that you will definitely want to keep in your memory, share your feelings and experiences with the most silent and faithful friend – your diary .

In our modern age, almost everyone has their own diary , a blog, a page on the Internet.You will not surprise anyone with this, and for us it has already become something commonplace and familiar. And all the more exciting and unique is the feeling when you take your real, weighty and thorough diary in your hands, leaf through it, re-read it, almost physically remembering your feelings and emotions that prompted you to leave this or that note, drawing, sketch here.

A real diary , whenever you pick it up, will make you smile, feel nostalgic, relive long-gone emotions anew. And for someone diaries can become faithful companions for life.

If you like to write down your thoughts, feel the need for it almost every day, you need just such a really thick thick diary with thick paper , ready to contain really a lot, and a coma of everything else, stylized as an old impressive tome: $ 11, 27 – 14.18 (depending on size).

Black medium – 12 x 17 cm, 480 pages, thickness – 4 cm.
Black large: 14 x 21 cm, 640 pages, 4.6 cm thick.
Brown medium: 13 x 17.5 cm, 320 pages, 2 cm thick.
Red large: 14 x 21 cm, 416 pages, thickness – 4 cm.
Red medium: 12 x 17 cm, 408 pages, thickness – 4 cm.
Red small: 10.4 x 14 cm, 416 pages, thickness – 4 cm.

This cute diary in retro style has 12 months more planning and the ability to make a plan for each day: $ 9.87.

Size: 10.5 x 15 cm, 160 pages.Weight: 230 g.

A diary notebook with elegant worn gilding will create a special creative mood for its owner: $ 10. 3.

Size: 16.9 x 7.7 cm.Weight: 146 g.

A great option for a gift to friends and family – this original diary notebook with volumetric embossing on an antique-themed cover: $ 14.22.

Size: 16 x 22.2 cm.416 pages.

This Coated Notebook Hardcover has many different cover designs.As they say, for every taste and color: $ 15.51.

Some of the images on the covers of this notebook refer us to biological, botanical and zoological studies of the past and the last century, when scientists in search of new biological species went to the most remote and unexplored places of our planet.

For keeping important notes and building their scientific hypotheses, they had only notebooks and notebooks at hand. And today these faithful companions of discoverers and thinkers have not lost their relevance, prompting us to new amazing discoveries and reflections.

Size: 12 x 16 cm. 320 pages.

Fans of the famous vampire saga will certainly appreciate this wonderful retro diary based on the popular movie : $ 10.16.

Styled after the old diary , this notebook has unusual, as if aged pages and illustrations with the main characters of “Twilight” .
Diary allows you to keep annual, monthly, weekly and daily plans.Moreover, it is not tied to a specific year, so you can start it from any date.
Size: 11.5 x 16.8 x 2 cm.
192 pages.
Weight: 250 g.

Diaries and notebooks have been and remain an indispensable thing for every business person. But what is there, for any person who prefers to have their business and finances in order, without risking forgetting about some important event. At Taobao you can find the most diverse diaries, notebooks, notebooks, organizers , and not only functional, but also beautiful and original.

Convenient springbound notebook with different interesting covers and colored bookmarks is perfect for really important notes that can be easily organized: $ 13.16.

Size: 20.8 x 14.6 cm.240 pages.

And this notebook Midori Traveler’s Notebook is a real find for travelers or just business people, which you can literally collect for yourself: $ 61.8 – for a leather cover, to which the cost of selected elements is added.

This Japanese DIY notebook is unique in that everyone can complete and decorate it as they want, as they say, “sharpen” a notebook for themselves, making it as convenient and individual as possible. People who love to travel will appreciate its pleasant and reliable cover, compact size and the ability to add new blocks for notes, store documents, maps, paste their photos, receipts, memorable tickets, and other important pieces of paper.

You can add any elements you need to the calfskin cover : one or more notepads for notes (unlined, squared, ruled or with planing lines), card holders, pockets, bookmarks, stickers, pen holder, case, a set of elastic bands.

The presence of different paper blocks makes this notebook even more functional. So, for example, one can be used for writing, another for drawing, the third as a scheduler, etc.

In general, the possibilities of this book are truly unlimited, and it can become a truly irreplaceable companion in your life.

The black or brown cover (of your choice) becomes even more attractive over time, giving the notebook a special charm of an antique and deeply personal item.
Size: 21.8 x 13 cm.

A cute diary for young girls will become a reliable keeper of their innermost thoughts and experiences: $ 11.27.

The diary contains an annual plan, a monthly plan, a weekly and a daily plan.
Size: 13.5 x 16 cm.Production: South Korea.

Unique Lego notebook of different bright colors – a unique gift for lovers of everything unusual, amazing and original: $ 11.04.

Size: 15 x 10.5 x 2. 6 cm.Material: silicone, paper.

Notebooks, diaries and diaries about famous cities around the world have not lost their popularity for many years. The undisputed leaders of cover design are Paris, London, New York. Or, respectively, countries such as France, Great Britain and the United States. The selection of various notebooks presented below is dedicated to them.

Notepads with symbols of Great Britain, France, USA and Canada are available in different sizes: $ 11.19 – 12.6 (depending on the size).

Dimensions: 26 x 18.5 cm, 19 x 13 cm, 17.7 x 9 cm.Weight: 545 g, 280 g, 185 g. 220 pages.

Small notepads with anti-wear and moisture-resistant cover , comfortable and practical: $ 8.53 – 8.74 (depending on size).

The notebook has both ordinary white sheets and decorated with pictures and drawings in a retro style – of your choice. Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.5 cm, 11 x 7.5 cm.

Connoisseurs of a non-standard approach to everything will love this bright notebook with black pages : $ 10. 25.

Size: 21 x 14 cm.Weight: 80 g. 44 pages.

This Korean diary will allow you to spend every day with benefit – in addition to fields for planning, every day has a field for interesting sentences, mottos, phrases of the day . If you want to practice in a foreign language once again, you can write and parse well-known statements in the language you are studying: $ 11.12.

Size: 11 x 8.5 x 2 cm.Weight: 17 g.

Notepad with dictionary function – a godsend for those who want to replenish their vocabulary of foreign words: $ 8.85.

Notepad has separate fields for directly memorized words and fields for describing the meanings of these words. With the help of special plastic stencils, you can cover fields with a value or fields with the words themselves in the target language. Agree, this is very convenient for memorizing new words.

Size: 12 x 8.5 x 1.5 cm.Weight: 108 g.

In the same series – stylish Korean notebook with ready-made 1500 English words for fast and effective memorization : $ 10.25.

Colors: green, yellow, gray, pink. Size: 8.5 x 14 cm. 130 pages.

Another compact and handy notebook to help foreign language learners : $ 9.39.

The notebook consists of 120 pages with lined margins for words, meanings and examples of their use. Contains 1320 words. Size: 14.7 x 10.6 cm.

Notebook for memorizing new words with two leaves covering the word or its meaning: $ 10.02.

Size: 11 x 8 cm. 125 pages, contains 625 words.

It is convenient to keep track of cash expenses and income with the help of such special diaries : $ 15.51.

Nice cover and high-quality white sheets will make this seemingly routine daily process more enjoyable and interesting. Each page contains specific fields for financial calculations and even blank circles for pie charts.Book-type binding will provide reliability and the ability to maximize page spread.

Size: 13 x 18 cm.256 pages.

$ 15.2.

Size: 13 x 18 cm.256 pages.

This notebook will allow even a child to easily keep their daily income and expenses, having the necessary columns for this – date, description, income, expense, balance: $ 8.8.

Size: 15.5 x 8.5 cm.Weight: 24 g.

A fun flip-flop diary in the form of a desk calendar with different pictures for every day will turn the process of planning tasks for your child into an exciting process: $ 9.88.

Dimensions: 16 x 9 cm, 10.6 x 9 cm.Weight: 180 g.

90,000 Notepads, notebooks, diaries, albums and sketchbooks Paperblanks in Russia


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90,000 Saratov scrap club: What is midori?

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Not so long ago, my article about midori notebooks was published on our blog. You can read it here.

But today, when our notebook project began, I decided to remind you a little about what midori notebooks, or TN-gliders, are.

So, what is midori – midori is a paperback notebook format, under which, with the help of rubber bands, several notebooks are collected. They are also called traveler’s notebooks. Because such notebooks are easy and simple, you can take your son-in-law with you on any trip …

As for the name, the name “Midori” is patented, so the craftsmen come up with their own name for this travel notebook and if you poke around, then you can easily find such names as:





The cover of such a notebook can be made from:

– leather / suede

-leather substitute / binding leatherette / artificial suede

– felt

– fabrics

– laminated sheets

The notebook itself consists of a cover, internal notebooks and an elastic band with which these notebooks are attached inside.The elastic bands are usually round, hat-like.

With one extra rubber band, you can easily insert two additional notebooks. The minimum number of notebooks inside the notebook is one, the maximum … As you like. I saw on the net up to a dozen notebooks under one cover.

Closes such a pad with an elastic band, which is usually inserted in the middle of the spine

But! you can also attach the elastic on the back of the cover (as they do on passport covers or on document folders)

The spine of the notebook itself can also be sealed with an additional layer of leatherette.

The manufacturers themselves do not process the holes for elastic bands in thick leatherette or leather. In a thin leather cover or in a fabric cover – eyelets are inserted.

Why such a notebook can be useful if you do not plan to go somewhere in the near future ?!

Firstly, it is a stylish and fashionable type of notebooks now.

Secondly, it’s just convenient

Thirdly, this notebook can be used as a creative album, diary, planner…

You will find tons of ideas on Pinterest if you score

Traveler’s Notebook

Most of the links will lead you to Instagram, there in general a lot of things can be found by the corresponding hashtag. The girls keep notebooks such as mini-albums, working with sketches and new collections.

We do not limit you in any way. You can make such a notebook as a notepad for notes, for example, or as a basis for your future album ….

I also advise you to watch Yana’s MK to understand how to make a Midori notebook.

That’s all for today.

I hope now you understand what a traveler’s notebook is and you will join us! Indeed, in a friendly company, making such a necessary, stylish and fashionable traveller’s notebook is doubly more interesting, more fun and, to hide, sometimes faster)))

We are looking forward to your work!

Stylish and practical notebook

If you decide to find a place to sell a good notebook through Internet search engines, then it will not be easy for you.The phrase “notebook” entered by you in the search line will lead you to sites selling modern electronic gadgets and even free downloading programs that imitate paper books for personal records. The world is changing, but islands of unshakable values ​​remain in it, including the presence of leather-bound notebook for those who were born and live in the culture of handwritten plans, tasks and contacts of friends.

Notebook: History

History does not clearly identify where the notebook originated from.Some historians even point out birch bark letters as its prototype, based on the similarity of the subjects of daily everyday records.

Another version of the origin of the blank book for personal records refers to commercial merchant books. The merchant books kept a daily record of all trade activities and the movement of property. The evolutionary link between a commercial book and a business diary or organizer is obvious.

The official mention of the production of notebooks sends us to the French city of Touré.Two hundred years ago, a family business was opened there, producing special notebooks for housekeeping . In these small books, several nuances were provided that made it possible to use it during the working day, transferring it from place to place.

A waterproof hard cover kept the book dry and made it possible to write on the go. The corners have been rounded so as not to rip through the pocket and not to prick the stomach or leg. Also, the notebook had an elastic band , which did not allow it to suddenly open, losing its contents, and a small pocket was attached to the cover for various small notes.

Since its inception, the production has been operating on waste paper from book printing, but later switched to using the best quality paper , specially designed for notebooks.

Despite their compact size and ease of use and movement, notebooks were not a commodity of mass production and demand. For a long time they belonged to exclusive novelties, luxury goods. Wealthy representatives of the creative intelligentsia became their owners: famous poets, venerable writers, philosophers, artists, composers.

In Russia, business notebooks dated 1694 are kept in state archival funds! History to this day has brought some unique copies of notebooks of literary geniuses V.A.Zhukovsky and A.S. Pushkin.

A separate date in the history of the note book is the year 1872. It is considered the date of the invention of the notebook by a young man named Samuel Clemens, whom the world filled out under the pseudonym Mark Twain. An aspiring American writer and journalist proposed a very convenient box-bound voucher format that year.Mr. Clemens called his invention by notepad , which is in English block-notes (“block” – “union”, “group”, “notes” – “notes”, “notes”).

For two centuries, the notebook kept pace with the development of progress. The paper for recordings was improved, the binding into a single whole underwent changes from cloth tape to a modern stippler.

Notepads, notebooks and organizers

The modern world of the office offers a huge variety of books for taking notes, for example, notebooks for reporters.Traditionally, these are note sheets with vertical fastening . There are lined in a cage (Squared Notebook) and in a ruler (Ruled Notebook). There are options with Plain Notebooks. The cover is usually hard, although more and more proposals are found with soft. The sizes of notebooks can be different – from standard to small pocket. Fastening of sheets is used in a variety of ways: on staples, glue, spiral, stitching.

Reporter’s Notebook is a great success not only among members of their profession.Artists love to use it when making sketches and sketches. Poets often carry them with them – to inscribe a stanza that instantly came to mind. Travelers keep travel notes in them. Housewives write down recipes for their favorite dishes and helpful tips.

Alphabetical notebook . Its peculiarity: the presence of designation of pages with letters in alphabetical order. With a wide variety of sizes and ruling, the alphabet book continues to be relevant as a place for collecting and storing meaningful information.It is often used as a phone book, duplicating the necessary contacts from mobile phones into it. Its main advantage is the constant availability of information, it does not have technical failures due to a discharged battery.

College Blocks . A modern type of student notebooks. A characteristic feature is the fastening of sheets on a spiral. Often college blocks are equipped with page dividers that add to the usability of these notebooks. Manufacturers decorate college block covers in bright modern colors, often using pictures that are interesting for teenagers.Of course, this is the favorite type of school exercise book for students of all ages.

Organizer . The business world is forced to plan its life and activities and fix it in an always accessible place. This is how the organizer appeared at the highest stage of the evolution of the notebook. An organizer is a specially designed book with a calendar, an alphabetical section for personal contacts, actions, events. The range of organizers is wide, you can choose a convenient model for everyone.

The development of science and technology in recent decades suggests sending familiar paper notebooks to the archives, replacing them with a variety of gadgets: pocket electronic organizer , software application for a mobile phone or computer, online organizer.Modern gadgets, of course, are in many ways superior to their paper predecessors, but the habit of keeping records on paper will not leave mankind for another decade. And an exclusive leather notebook or organizer, like other business accessories, will be a sign of a business person.

How to choose a notebook for yourself

When choosing notebooks and notebooks for yourself, pay attention to the following characteristics:

  • The binding must be strong.
  • Note sheets are made of high quality paper.
  • Thick, durable cover.
  • If there is a clasp, check that it is secure.
  • Branded copies are distinguished by the presence of a bookmark. Check that the tab is securely fastened.
  • Cover design and placement of information should correspond to your ideas, habits, requirements.
  • Smell the notebook, if its smell is not pleasant to you, do not buy.
  • Pay attention to the size of the notebook, its ergonomics.

The choice of paper medium for your personal information should be done not only with your mind, but also with your heart. You will contact him more often than with the most dear people. Therefore, in your future organizer, you should not be alarmed, strained, or annoyed. This thing should only evoke positive emotions.

Choosing an organizer for a business gift

Usually, when choosing a gift, a person is guided by his own idea of ​​it and its qualities.

But if you are planning to choose a notebook as a gift, then try to learn more about the habits and tastes of the person being gifted in order to guess with the brand, cover color and design.If possible, consider his workbook, ask leading questions, how satisfied the person is with him, perhaps he already has a vision of what his next work diary will be like. Try to find out what layout of the inner pages is acceptable for the gifted person. Is it enough for him to mark the day and day of the week, or is he used to using the hourly markup of the day.

In the business world, a branded leather notebook is a worthy classic gift. The website of the shopping club WESTWING will be a good assistant in choosing a high-quality notebook for your esteemed members.The thematic section presents the world’s best varieties of books for personal records. At the same time, special prices are set for them. Take advantage of our offer – find a cool assistant.


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