You may have heard the term “Traveler’s Notebook” or journal and wondered what it’s all about. About eighteen months ago I did a post (here) about my delight of the rise of these little notebooks and their fancy covers. Today I want to explore a beautiful one from Prima Marketing and explain not only several of the possibilities, but how I intend to use this particular one.
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What the heck is it? Small notebooks that can be bound (usually with elastic) in a traditionally leather cover designed to be very portable hence the name. The notebooks come in several sizes meant to coordinate with different sized covers. The one I use and show in this post is “standard” size which is about 4 1/4 x 8 1/4.
What do you do with it? The short answer is… it’s a blank notebook. Write in it! The longer list includes:
- Use as a general planner
- Make to-do lists
- prepare for a large event
- plan a vacation
- art journal
- creative project notebook/planner
- plot out the holidays so this year you’re ahead (ha!)
- write thoughts, feelings, ideas
- sketch concepts
- brainstorm dog names
- write out recipes
The list can go on, well, forever!
Ok, but again… why do I want one of these? They’re portable. Changable. Small. Totally customizable. I walk through this particular lovely book and explain some more thoughts in my YouTube video.
I am using this particular Traveler’s notebook as my July planner since changing planner brands for my crafty business = whoops July has no planner. So far I am liking the idea. Though long term I don’t think this could replace my traditional planner I’ve always enjoyed notebooks for plotting projects and writing ideas so I like the thought of adding some to-do lists and sketching more.
In fact (if you watched the video!) you saw a peek at one upcoming event that will be a live event, blog event, and inspire a spin-off online class. So much fun! There is one thing you really won’t see me do which is to put a ton of time into one of these notebooks making it a finished work of art vs working journal. My reason? That doesn’t bring me joy. That simple.
There are so many ideas and approaches – there is NOT a wrong way.
I really love that the covers have come so far and are now so beautiful but also functional too. Prima really brings their A game with their line of planners and accessories – this one is available at shops like scrapbook.com (link). They have a lot of other really beautiful colors too like champagne and the sparkly “lady like“.
I will be sure to report back how this worked for me relying on a notebook all month vs more traditional planner. I’m forever enjoying experiments like that! Would you like to take one of these on an adventure, or just tote it around to baseball games and appointments while you wait as family chauffer? Perhaps try a new style for art journaling? Prima Marketing has generously sent me one to share with one of you! For your chance to win this beauty, simply leave a comment on this post by July 15th.
The thing that I love most about a notebook is that it helps me take my ideas and dreams from concept to reality. Helps me work through the chaos that is so often my mind and organize my thoughts. Good luck to all who enter this giveaway – and thank you again to Prima for the generous prize!