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The Pocket Notebook Book by Ray Blake

I have never been the biggest user of notebooks over the years. As you know I am more of a ring bound organiser user.

That said I have been using small notebooks as Travellers Notebooks in the last few years with mixed results, so this book I thought might hold some clues as to how to make better use of them.

And Ray Blake didn’t disappoint. Ray sent me a free copy of the book to review it and this post is the result.

According to the page on Amazon, the book if it was printed would be 90 pages in length. I did wonder at first what can you write about notebooks that would take 90 pages! How wrong was I.

Ray eases us in with the history of notebooks and buying a pocket notebook, this includes information about sizes and types, things to look out for, paper types etc. All very useful stuff for people who want a comprehensive guide.

The book then continues about how to set up your pocket notebook so you get the best from it.

The next few chapters cover different uses of pocket notebooks and Ray includes plenty of examples and drawings to illustrate the methods and examples shown.

Ray also goes in to the detail about how to index and archive your notes and notebooks. I know he is writing from experience as he explained this process to me in a podcast interview about how he uses his own pocket notebooks.

Whilst it isn’t a long read by any means, I can really recommend the book to anyone who uses a Pocket Notebook or like me has tinkered with them in the past, but never got the full benefits from them.

The book is available on Amazon for the Kindle, although you can get Kindle apps for most devices these days even if you don’t own a Kindle.

Thank you Ray for the chance to review your book, I will be digging out some unused pocket notebooks myself to put in to use soon.

Check out Ray’s blog (My Life All In One Place) for lots of other useful information.

Web Finds – 18 January 2017

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So I hope you are having a good holiday.

Recent posts on Travellers Notebook Times:

  1. Web Finds – 11 January 2017
  2. Open Discussion – 16 January 2017

It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.

  1. My Planner Dilemma: Hobonichi Cousin v. Hobonichi Techo v. Traveler’s Notebook – Pen Addict
  2. Bullet journaling in a Quo Vadis Journal 21 planner – Quo Vadis Blog
  3. Notebook Musings 02 Size and Style – onethirtysixeas
  4. 5 Things To Do Your First Week Of College – Passion Themed Life
  5. Documenting December in a Traveler’s Notebook – seemownay
  6. Visibility Planner from Printed Portal – Planning with Printed Portal
  7. KayB Special personal sized wallet/TN by Joseph Delsordo of Naked Cow/Journals by Joey – This Bug’s Life
  8. My new book – available today – My Life All in One Place
  9. 2017 Planners – Blog (Content) Planner Setup – Lil Divette
  10. Elrohir Leather A4 Satchel Leather TN cover – This Bug’s Life
  11. Bullet Journaling in Hobonichi Weeks – Becoming Sleek
  12. ZenKraft Harley Riders Diary B6 Slim Bifold – ZenKraft Traveler’s Notes
  13. Elrohir Leather Seagrass TN cover in A4 – This Bug’s Life
  14. Letter Journals – Lonely Cards 
  15. About A Muji Notebook – An Inkophile’s Blog
  16. Leather Quill Shoppe Garrett Traveler’s Notebooks – This Bug’s Life
  17. Week at a Glance- Traveler’s Notebook Planner – Seaweed Kisses
  18. Auf vielfachen Wunsch haben wir das Tageskalendarium angepasst. – X17 Blog
  19. Van Der Spek Senior (A6) Janet Leather binder becomes a traveler’s notebook – This Bug’s Life

We are looking to expand the blogs that we monitor  that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: admin at travellersnotebooktimes dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.

  1. (Midori) Traveler’s Notebook Journey- Getting started! – Seaweed Kisses
  2. [Stationery Talk] Planner & Notebooks setup for 2017 – FroggiesTN
  3. Travelers Notebook Vision Board Process Video – Geraldine Jayne
  4. Camel Traveler’s Notebook Unboxing – StudioBAS
  5. Mr. Darcy Chic Sparrow Travelers Notebooks Update – Doni H
  6. What is a Traveler’s Notebook – NaturallyEclectik
  7. Travelers Notebook Flip and Share Featuring Jane Davenport Watercolors!!! – WillowMuck
  8. Creating a 2017 Vision Board in a Bullet Journal – Organized Planner Chic
  9. 2017 Planners, Travelers notebooks & Journals # 1 – L. P Redflower
  10. Passport Midori Traveler’s Notebook | 2017 Setup – TheBrownSatchel
  11. 2017 Bujo Setup + Flip Through | Traveler’s Notebook – Emcha0s
  12. 2017 Planner and Journal Setup | Midori Traveler’s Notebook – Job’s Journal
  13. How I painted my PLANNER COVER 2017 | Traveler’s Notebook – Justine Jqueen
  14. My Midori and I: Part 2 – Trot & Munch
  15. DIY Traveler’s Notebook Setup Series: Create a Washi Covered Insert for a Reusable Dashboard – Scrapcraftastic
  16. Camel Midori Travelers Notebook unboxing [Dutch] – Charlene vdVorst
  17. 2017 Travelers Notebook Set-Up [food log, planner, creative journal] – Taylor Anne
  18. My Traveler’s Notebook WALLET Set Up! – TheScribbledBookcase
  19. Plan With Me – January Brimbles Box – Kerrymay ._.Makes
  20. December Planner Society Kit in My Travelers Notebook – The Vintage Planner
  21. Prezzie Travelers Notebooks – labyrinthrockgal
  22. 2017 Journals I’m Using – labyrinthrockgal
  23. UNBOXING + REVIEW | UglyDori Travelers’ Notebook / Fauxdori from Ugly Bug Plans – ms.paperlover
  24. Traveler’s Notebook ( Chic Sparrow) Setup! – Naty’sCraft & More
  25. DIY Pocket Size Traveler’s Notebook – DarkLittlePeople
  26. Cosmo Cricket Traveler’s Notebook | Unboxing & First Impressions – FoxieCrafts
  27. Traveler’s Notebook Planner Unboxing | Lady Falcon TN – MyLifeMits
  28. Updated TN for work & university – Sunshine&Stationery S
  29. A flip through of my Bullet Journal and Travelers Notebook – Helen Colebrook
  30. How I made my DIY A6 Traveler’s Notebook – katebtps
  31. Casual Plan with Me #1 / Birds&Planners – Birds&Planners
  32. Chic Sparrow Personal Size Travelers Notebook Bullet Journal & Wallet Set Up – horizon1322
  33. Traveler’s Notebook Session – Jupiter Lighthouse – skylar hand
  34. Quick Overview of my Traveler’s Notebooks – thekoolchicken
  35. My Traveler’s notebook share and Webster’s Pages TN cover – Tanya Hubbard
  36. Traveler’s Journal | Traveler’s Notebook First Impression – JoyofAshley

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Open Discussion – 16 January 2017

Monday here on Travellers Notebook Times is where you should feel free to discuss anything relevant, ask questions, ask for opinions and share other information as well.

Relevant is anything covering Travellers notebook, bound planners, Hobonichi planners, notebooks etc etc… But obviously excluding ring bound planners, disc bound planners which are more at home on Philofaxy.

I hope to keep it simple and civilised.

Enjoy.

Web Finds – 11 January 2017

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So I hope you are having a good week and you have recovered from Christmas.

Recent posts on Travellers Notebook Times:

  1. Web Finds – 4 January 2017
  2. Travellers Notebook Questions – No. 11
  3. Open Discussion – 9 January 2017

It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.

  1. My Planning System (2017) -Part 3: Putting it all … – Paper Pens Ink
  2. An Exacompta Forum Journal Hack – Jordan Marie Powers
  3. Using A Bullet Journal 6 Months On – The Life Of Spicers
  4. ZenKraft Dr. Bones McCoy Medical Officer Journal B6 X-Treme Bi-Fold – ZenKraft Traveler’s Notes
  5. Leather Quill Shoppe Garrett TN covers – This Bug’s Life
  6. Best of 2016–Thank You!!! – Lil Divette
  7. Foxy Fix: A Guide  – filoally
  8. 2017 PLANNERS (UPDATED) – Letters in November
  9. Traveller’s Notebook: Make your Own Inserts – A random English life
  10. My Work Planner: Hobonichi Techo Cousin – Looking through a frosty window…
  11. Journal With Me : 1 : Setting up my A5 UglyDori as a Creative/Art Journal – Ugly Bug Plans
  12. My Every Day Carry Notebook.  – Blank and Write – The Blog
  13. ZenKraft Harley Jr. Riders Diary A6 Bi-Fold – ZenKraft Traveler’s Notes
  14. How I Use My Journals (The 2017 Edition) – RowdyKittens
  15. How to Plan Efficiently : 1 : Getting Started – Ugly Bug Plans
  16. My 2017 Planner Set Up – Mrs Brimbles
  17. How to start a Bullet Journal – A random English life
  18. Ein Videovergleich: Moleskine vs. X17 – X17 Blog
  19. Six methods to perfect your to-do list and get organised – Journal
  20. January 2017 Planner Setup – A6 Chic Sparrow Pemberley – Carie Harling – Dispatches From The Frat House
  21. Becoming Sleek 2016 Year In Review – Becoming Sleek

We are looking to expand the blogs that we monitor  that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: admin at travellersnotebooktimes dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.

  1. January 2017 Planner Setup – A6 Chic Sparrow Pemberley – Carie Harling
  2. My Chic Sparrow Trio to Start 2017 – John Rush
  3. My Chic Sparrow Trio Part 2 – John Rush
  4. Buteo Bunker Passport Unboxing – John Rush
  5. Bullet Journal in A Traveler’s Notebook Setup ❣ ThePaperJunkie – The Paper Junkie
  6. Traveler’s Notebook Layout Process – Good Life – dearly dee
  7. My Travelers Notebook January 2017 Layout – LifeAt50&Beyond
  8. Not a Madori Traveler’s Notebook Setup, Fauxdori Setup, How to Organize Your Planner, Planner Tour – Liz For A Day
  9. 2017 Goals Bullet Journal Style – Organized Planner Chic
  10. Creative Journaling flip through in my Travelers notebook – Nancy Zarroli
  11. Traveler’s Notebook Setup Series: Create a Notebook from Printed Inserts – Scrapcraftastic
  12. Our New Traveler’s Notebooks + Giveaway! – Freckled Fawn
  13. Traveler’s Notebook Setup 2017 – StudioBAS
  14. Midori Passport Wallet Set-up ❣ ThePaperJunkie – The Paper Junkie
  15. Midori Travelers Notebook Process Video Webster’s Pages – 2tinytreasures
  16. *Setup* 2017 Websters Page Travelers Notebook – Anja’s Basteltraum
  17. Planner setup Jan 2017 part 1 – Plannerjules
  18. Travelers Notebook Sneak Peek – Lava Planning
  19. DIY Travelers Notebook – Caros Craft Corner
  20. How I set up my Midori as an everyday planner – PlannerznThingz
  21. R.atelier Traveler’s Notebook in Red Wine – Garden Scriptorium
  22. Midori style travelers notebook for daily finances – wayofbray
  23. Planner Setup 2017 Foxy Fix personal traveler’s notebook – dishwaterdreams
  24. How to set up a Travelers notebook – Mystics Little gifts
  25. Review of my new Travelers Notebook – Debbie J
  26. Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook Setup | January 2017 – RealHousewifeRachel

We now have a page on Facebook, give us a like.

We also have an Instagram account, not the busiest of accounts but take a look!

Enjoy

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