I have been busy behind the scenes creating Midori TN Decorating or Embellishing kits this past week.
Recently I fell in love with the concept of a Travellers Notebook - most likely because we were heading out of town on a whirlwind 26 hour jaunt and I wanted to capture the details as best I could. Enter the perfect opportunity to test drive a Travellers Notebook! They pop up on my instagram feed a lot, a real lot and googling led me to The Reset Girls youtube channel.
Just prior to leaving, I decided I would make one - a DIY Midori which is coined Fauxdori, yes it's a fake imitation concept but operates the same way. Traditional genuine Midori's are made from leather and are approx. 25.5cm wide, this folds in half and 22.5cm tall. The paper notebooks coined Inserts are generally 11cm wide (folded) and 22cm tall. They are insanely easy and seriously fun to DIY... and this is where I began. I figured I could just make up 1 or 2 notebooks and then insert them into a cover at a later date.
No... I simply couldn't wait, I simply couldn't not accept the challenge to DIY a cover. I fashioned mine out of fabric, I did use heavy fusible interfacing on one side, just fabric the other, sewed both together leaving a gap to turn out (sewing right sides together initially) then topstitched all the way around to finish off. I used eyelets x 9 - 2 sets top and bottom (8) and one in the centre of the back cover for the elastic loop that keeps the cover closed when not in use.
The eyelets are for the elastic which hold the inserts in place, I found some gorgeous thin metallic gold elastic and it matched the gold eyelets beautifully.
5 eyelets would have been and will be plenty in the future. I will share photos of mine and what I have come up with since soon here on the blog. This DIY project set many wheels spinning with ideas, perhaps the obvious one was... if I (insanely and ridiculously) enjoyed decorating the Fauxdori Inserts maybe someone else would, and if you could buy a kit well how easy and economical would that be! Papers cut and co-ordinated for you, washi to cover the joins and add a little reinforcing (further reinforcing can be made using clear packing tape), matching extras that could be used within the inserts... it doesn't get much easier!
Here are some pics of what I have just listed in my store The Stamp Spot:
This last one is the Paper Collection (Felicity by Glitz Designs) that I made mine from.
Inside my handsewn cover I have 4 inserts, inside the inserts the paper is just copy paper as I planned to just journal and doodle with a stock standard pen.
My DIY Fauxdori worked really well, it also became a place for bits of memorabilia such as train tickets and business cards - I just washi'd them in to keep them from falling out. I journalled on the plane, on the train (when I had a seat), in the hotel room sometimes in reasonable detail sometimes just bullet point. Any inspiration for future projects and decorating ideas got jotted into a separate insert - I did have 3 others to choose from. Only one didn't have any entries made in it but it was nice to know it was there should I need it, and it gave the whole thing a lovely thickness.
Yes indeed I am sold on Traveller's Notebooks! You will see a whole lot more right here very soon.