When I discovered traveler’s notebooks, I discovered a whole new system for journaling that is practical, portable, and fun. Whether you love to bullet journal, art journal, or do any kind of list- making or documenting your thoughts, the traveler’s journal is a wonderful system.
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Are you familiar with traveler’s notebooks? For those of you who are as unaware as I was until a year or two ago, a traveler’s notebook is a leather or leather-like or fabric cover that holds multiple inserts (mini-notebooks) with elastic bands. So, in reality, you are carrying around several little notebooks in one book-like cover. One for say, your calendar, one for lists, one for a daily journal, one for sketching, etc. But they are all in the same place. Several little notebooks, all in one nice tidy package. This really speaks to my need for structure and portability!
(A divided binder or discbound notebook serves a similar purpose. I have those too. Different notebooks for different things!)
Here are the traveler’s notebooks I’ve committed to filling this year. The floral one is from Webster’s Pages. That particular one is discontinued, but there are several similar ones. The brown one was on clearance at Hobby Lobby.
There are more expensive versions of these too, made of leather. If you want even one of the non-leather ones like mine, you might want to find one on sale, because they can be a little pricey. (Mine were both on clearance.) They each came with one plain notebook insert, and then I purchased additional (much prettier!) inserts separately on Etsy. Inside each of these, I have 4 individual notebooks (inserts), but I could fit a few more.
Note: These pretty notebook inserts in the pictures above and below did NOT come with the traveler’s notebook. It comes with one plain insert. I purchased my inserts at Etsy.
I’m going to fill those babies up this year with lists, drawings, gratitude, goals, prayers, etc. (I have ideas to fill a notebook in my post here.) I want to encourage all of you to journal this year. No journaling fear! I’ll be sharing some pages with you.
Speaking of journals, here are some gorgeous ones. My husband and I go to Barnes and Noble after our breakfast date on Saturday mornings a lot, and I always have a look at all of the beautiful ones. I’ve decided I have enough already and need to fill them before I go investing in one of these beauties. But I do love to look at them. Do you ever do this? My problem with these kinds of journals, though, is that they are so intimidating to me that I’m almost afraid to write in them.
I’m also a bit of a pen fanatic, and I have some new favorite gel pens. They make my journaling so much fun. I love them so much. They’re so smooth, they glide. They also dry very fast and don’t smear at all. The picture below is of the Pentel Energel RTX retractables. I put my camera away before I shot photos of those, but below is the set I have. I also love the Pentel Deluxe with the 1.0 mm (broad) tip. That one only comes in a few colors, but sometimes I love that thicker line when I’m writing bigger letters.