Before we talk tips and tricks, we must know where we begin.
After years of experimentation, I have been living in a traveler’s notebook setup using the Bullet Journal system. Very briefly, a Traveler’s Notebook (also called Midori or “TN”) is a cover that holds several notebooks inside with elastic. There are a dizzying number of options, but I ordered my purple leather cover from FoxyDori (TheFoxyFix) in the “wide” size to fit a standard A5 book… aka I need a lot of room. What I love about this system is that it’s separate categories, but still all in one place. In school I tried to have a different notebook for classes… and a month into the year I inevitably consolidated down to one trusty notebook. This has happened more times than I care to admit! So I have embraced the idea that I am a one-notebook kind of gal.
I LOVE my Foxy and have fought many urges to get a second (for what? I’m not sure – therein lies the danger!). Inside I have 3 notebooks that I currently get from MayDesigns and Moleskine. If I’m honest, I will probably not use Moleskines after I move through this pack – the paper is far too thin for me.
My three inserts/notebooks are for:
- A planner (upper right). I design a weekly layout with a modified Bullet Journal (also called BuJo) system inside. This notebook will cycle through quicker than the others
- Notes for work, indexed ala the BuJo system which makes it easier to find
- Lists/Collections that I want to stay with me for longer like “Last Time I…” for car and home maintenance, log of appointments for my cats, health issues, vacation planning, gifts, and plans for friends’ weddings (oh to be in your late 20s!).
I also have a pocket zipper that holds samples of washi, stickers, and different Instagram challenges I’m following as well as a DIY dashboard holding sticky notes. When I’m traveling, I have a modified system, which I will tell you about later! Now that you know what my set up is, I can share more about how I use it as I follow along with #planwithmeaugust. Until then, have a great week!