Each week we ask our readers a simple question about their Travellers Notebooks and how they use them.
So this weeks question:
Have you ever made your own Travellers Notebook?
If you have what problems did you encounter and how did you get around these problems?
Please answer in the comments below, although I know a few of you will answer my question on Facebook.
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Yes, but I had a lot of problems making holes for the elastics because I didn’t have a proper awl. I also wanted to do edge stitching but again I didn’t have the proper tools, so I just ended up with the very basic of traveler’s notebooks (pocket sized, my favorite!).
Yes and an extremely easy process. I made and still use an A5 size notebook. I purchased a piece of leather the correct size to fit A5 notebooks from a well known seller on ebay. Customer service was excellent. The leather came with the corners rounded as well. I measured where I wanted the holes as I wanted a four elastic strung notebook. Elastic was purchased from ebay as well and I had already watched how to string a notebook from an utube video. A further hole was punched in the spine for the elastic strap across the middle and hey presto a travellers notebook. It helped already having one so was very easy to copy the process. The resources were easy to locate on ebay uk. This is a basic travellers notebook with no penloop or stitching.
Well, I haven’t but I did consider it, bearing in mind the simplicity of the item. However, I encountered several problems! Not unusual for me when considering DIY, because I want everything to be perfect, and therein lies the answer. I didn’t know where to go for the right thickness of leather and the correct thickness of elastic. It’s not as easy as you might think when you only want enough for one book. So, the answer to my dilemma was to buy a Fauxdori and I wasn’t satisfied with that so I did what I should have done in the beginning, and that was to buy the real thing. Now I have several and they are great.
I had a very similar experience to Steve Yates – I wanted to see a sample of the leather before I bought it too which added complexity. I did use elastic bands to hold a few notebooks together for a few days, but that was mostly to see if I liked the idea!
Yes I did ( http://the-gadgeteer.com/2013/08/25/make-it-yourself-midori-travelers-style-leather-moleskine-cahier-or-field-notes-notebook-cover/ ) and I’m planning to try again with an A5 sized cover.
I had a fabulous time making my own TN! I reused an old family cushion cover with all its stains and scratches and stories embedded in the honey coloured leather. I cut it to the same size as a regular sized “midori” TN so I could buy the genuine inserts. I used an awl and taught myself to saddle stitch. I had some extra leather that I didn’t want to waste so I included inside secretarial pockets on both front and back covers which are really handy. I love this cover because of its history. It’s a keeper!!!