Midori Traveler’s Notebook

In a previous post I plucked up the courage to go public with my stationery nerdiness (partly because not many of my “real life peeps” read this blog 😀 ). This continues.

After posting a couple of photos of my planner on one of the lovely communities I’m privileged to be a part of, I had a request for doing a blog post on it. So here goes; a journey inside my Midori Traveler’s Notebook.

When I first saw one of these (a little over a year ago?) on one of Crazy Suburban Mom’s awesome YouTube videos, I was still using a Filofax. It was going not so well; I hadn’t really figured out the perfect system for me and I wasn’t using it effectively. So when I realised that there was life beyond Filofaxes – and beautiful life, I might add, I just had to dig deeper. A little googling led me to Patrick Ng’s Flickr feed and blog – a point of no return.

I found an online store in The Netherlands that carries a lot of the inserts, and regularly ooh’d and aaah’d on their site. It took me over six months to finally make the decision to get one, and I was very pleased that my husband wanted to treat me and pay for it (I guess sometimes it pays off to have patience loud sighing noises and eyes glued to the computer screen). I chose the brown one in standard size and a bunch of different inserts (I’ve since ordered some more of the ones I like and taken out some that I don’t like to use that much).

The Traveler’s Notebook has an elastic band which runs along its spine. That is where the notebooks are attached. There are various ways to fit more than one notebook in. Mine currently holds 5 (two of which are on the same elastic). The TN comes with one plain notebook insert, many many others are available.

It took me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it, but when I had figured out the order of the notebooks, it’s been all smooth sailin’ ever since. I have not looked back on other planners.

So without further ado, here it is:


The front cover. Thick, beautiful, superb quality leather that will only get better with age. All the scratches show love and only add to its character. I use a Pilot Coleto and a basic ball point on the go. When I fill the pages at home, I have various other pens that I like to use.

IMG_4902Mine’s quite the chunker! I like it.

Front cover insideThe inside front cover. I bought a packet of stick-on pockets for my TN, there are three different ones in the pack. Here you can see the credit/business card stick-on and another one on the bottom. They stick to the leather really well. I keep a tiny yearly calendar with Finnish national holidays in the bottom pocket, because the Midori calendar is obviously Japanese with Japanese holidays. 😀

Here I store some stamps, kids’ photos, a few of my business cards and some random papers. The photo collage on the cover of the Kraft file used to be in my personal Filofax. It was a pretty good size in here, too. 🙂


I love my Kraft file/business card insert. It holds a ton of stuff! I put both of them in the same elastic, and it works like a charm for me. I also stuck my Leuchtturm pen loop in the credit card insert (didn’t want it on the leather in case I wanted it removed). Some things I keep in there:

  • Some more of my own business cards
  • Some more stamps
  • Kids’ tiny drawings
  • Arrow paper clips and Oli clips
  • Other people’s business cards
  • Important info
  • Index flags
  • Stickers!

IMG_4948On the back of my Kraft file I have put a Moomin comic strip. It says:

Excuse me Mister, but I have just found a large and dangerous BOMB!”


I love it. And I love the navy blue color of the diary insert. That’s next y’all. I decorated the first page with some stickers (’cause I looove stickers! 😉 ), and there’s also a bit of personal info that I have covered up here.

Yearly and monthlyThere are both yearly (2013 and 2014) and monthly calendars, which is great. I don’t make any markings on the yearly calendar, because I like it clean and simple. I only need it to look at anyway. The monthly calendar is for birthdays.

Here are a few of  my weeks (can ya tell I like sticky notes?!) 😀

IMG_4953IMG_4938 IMG_4955 IMG_4956 IMG_4957I don’t color code, the different pen colors are just for my amusement and eye-pleasing 🙂 I like to decorate with washi tape (as do quite a few other people) and stickers. I write down to do’s and appointments and regular routines beforehand (naturally), but I like to add some things later. Feelings, funny stuff, sometimes the weather, what was on TV… And I take up every excuse opportunity to add a little washi or a sticky note, a ticket or a receipt (who doesn’t?!).

IMG_4958 IMG_4959Then I have a Kraft paper insert. At first I was gonna use it as a weight loss diary, but at the moment it feels like that’s going south big time, so I think I’ll just use it as a general brain dump. I love the eco-feel of the paper.

IMG_4963 IMG_4960Finally I have my absolute favorite insert – the light weight paper. All of the other Midori notebooks have 64 sheets of paper, the light weight has double that. You can see from the photo that there is some see through, but  z e r o  bleeding – even with fountain pens. The paper quality is so excellent!

I use this as my journal. I don’t write every day or even every week, just when I feel like it or something has actually happened.

I love the well-used and -loved feel the light weight notebooks get when the pages are written full. I love the bumpiness when I stroke the paper (and I do that a lot!). There’s nothing better than a notebook filled with love, stories and memories.

I just love it.

IMG_4964At the inside back cover I have one more stick-on pocket, which currently holds a few Moomin stickers.

IMG_4967I’ve stocked up on some inserts. There are four light weight inserts, extra elastic bands and a repair kit, double-sided stickers, a grid refill, a blank one and a plastic zip envelope.

So there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed a peek in my beloved. 🙂

24 thoughts on “Midori Traveler’s Notebook

    1. Knitting Liisa Post author

      Hi Katie! Nice to have you here!! I think it would be well worth a try. If you don’t want to splurge on the real thing at first, I know that Waterstones in UK has their own version (a passport size), I think they sell it around £10. There’s been some buzzing about it on FB 🙂

  1. wandrrlust

    thanks for this!
    I’m like you, I love the bumpiness of paper after I’ve written on it and like to stroke. (Oops, typing it out does make me sound like a total loon!)

    1. Knitting Liisa Post author

      Hey there fellow loon!
      Glad to realise I’m not the only one on that… 🙂

  2. Lisa

    Wow. Love this post. I currently use a personal filofax but am looking into the Midori Traveler’s Notebook. 🙂

    1. Knitting Liisa Post author

      Hi Lisa! Glad to have you here 🙂 I used to use a Filofax, too but I never felt at ease with it; I was always looking for something else or trying to change my setup. With my TN I haven’t done that, not even once. I can almost guarantee that you won’t regret getting one! 🙂

    1. Knitting Liisa Post author

      Hi there!

      Thank you 🙂 You should definitely get one 😉

  3. Annukka

    Heyyyy where in the world did you get your Lamy fountain pens? I live in finland too so all the good shops in the us dont ship here. Where do you get your stationary stuff anyway?

    1. Knitting Liisa Post author

      Hi there and sorrysorry for taking so long to answer you… I am in China and the internet access here is a little so-and-so… 🙂 I bought my Lamy from ebay (uk site). I have since sold it to a new, more loving home and moved on to J. Herbin roller ball pens with their fabulous fountain pen ink! Those I have also bought online, from The Journal Shop in UK. It really os hard to find decent and fun stationery from Finland, and it is ANNOYING!! 🙂 I have found some swap/sell groups pn FB, which are a great way to score some nice stuff!

  4. sleepydwarf

    I love this! I’ve just bought one and am trying to figure out how to best use it. I’m in Australia & finding it difficult to get some of the refills & accessories I want. Also because it’s mid-year I’m torn between switching to the MTN (if my calendar refills ever get here!) or sticking with my current planner/notebook for the rest of the year & starting next year.
    I was wondering about sticking the pockets to the inside of the leather cover – I wasn’t sure if this would work, but your setup looks really great 🙂

    1. Knitting Liisa Post author

      Hi there! Nice to have you here and thanks for the nice comment. 🙂 if you’re on Facebook and haven’t done so yet, search for Midori and you’ll find at least two lovely groups (resources and eye candy) for advice and loads of inspiration!!

  5. loventhelife

    I just came across you site. But I have been looking into so monthly calenders for my midori and your look pretty good. If you don’t mind, where did you get yours from?

    1. Knitting Liisa Post author

      Hi there! Nice to have you over 🙂

      I have bought my Midori stuff from either misc-store.com (The Netherlands) or The Journal Shop (UK).

  6. Susan

    Heippa Liisa!
    Ihana kun joku muukin Suomessa tykkää Filofaxeista ja Midoreista <3. Oon luullu että olenkohan ainoo täällä joka on pölähtänyt näihin ja kaikkiin ihaniin: stickers, sticky notes and other stationery. Oon niin paljo lueskellut vaan englanninkielisiä sivuja ja katellu englanninkielisiä youtube videoita näistä jutuista niin en oikeen suomenkielisiä vastineita sanoille aina löydäkään.
    Mulla on muutama filofax planner (pocket, personal ja A5) ja viimeksi tilasin tuon midorin. Midori on aivan ihana! Tilasin sen ehkä samasta paikasta kuin sinä: misc-store Hollannissa? Sinulle suosittelisin (jos et vielä ole siihen sivuun törmännyt) sellaista nettikauppaa kuin: http://happiescrappie.bigcartel.com/ Olen itse tilannut sieltä noita planner kitejä ja kaikkea muutakin ihanaa. Tuo Happie Scrappie tekee myös youtube videoita, löytyy sillä nimellä sekä on aktiivinen instagramissa.


    1. Knitting Liisa Post author

      Heippa ja Hallelujaa! Onhan siis toinenkin meikäläinen olemassa! 🙂 🙂

      En oo törmännyt Happie Scrappieen aiemmin, kiitos vinkistä. Mulla on nyt muutama tooodella vaikea päivä takana, ja useampi edessä, kun odottelen postilaatikkoon kolahtavan isoa läjää washia, sekä uutta ensi vuoden Hobonichi -kalenteria! Ymmärrän lapsiani Joulun aikaan… 😉
      Millä nimellä oot Instagramissa?

      1. Susan

        Mut löytää instagramista nimellä @hemuliorvokki 🙂 Pistin muuten tilaukseen misc-storesta tota midorin lightweight-paperia, kiva kokeilla myös sitä.

      2. Susu

        Pistäpäs kuvia siitä uudesta hobonichista jos viitsit. Olis kiva tietää siitä enemmän, oon lueskellut joitain juttuja siitä mutta itse en ole vielä moista hankkinut. Siis vielä… 🙂

  7. Esellie

    Love the Midori and have just discovered the DIY Fish Life Mapping inserts for my planner…they’re fab!


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