I hinted in my Field Notes Traveler’s Notebook Observations post that my failure with the Traveler’s Notebook concept was most likely a size issue. (This is not in the video for that post because the video was filmed awhile ago.)

I consulted my friend Canyon and she was of the opinion that I needed to try a different size. My other planner sizes are a personal size Day-Timer Malibu and my Mini Flex (8 ½” x 5 ½”). She suggested a Narrow or Standard Size TN, which ends up being in-between these two sizes.

I found this TN on Amazon. It’s a Narrow size textured leather. Including shipping, it was about $36.00, and I was willing to pay that small amount to experiment with.


Company/Brand ZLYC Creative
Color Dark Coffee
# of elastics 2, but 1 is unusable because it is too short

I added another elastic later

Included with TN? 3 inserts: blank, ruled, calendar; all Midori inserts

Orange elastic (used to create a 2nd insert line)

Muslin bag

Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00VJ8T94U?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

I’ve set mine up with 4 inserts: 2016 monthly from Yellow Paper House, a daily insert I made myself, some folded notebook paper for scribbling on, and the blank insert that came with it. I’m enjoying making my own inserts for it.





I like the size and how it fits in my hand. I carry it in its bag, not because I’m being precious with it, but because I’m concerned about the dye rubbing off on the inside of my bag.

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/-IiaZCScam4


Comparing the Narrow TN to my Mini Flex.

© Cori Large February 22, 2016


21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Channing
    Mar 16, 2016 @ 07:16:59

    I’ve never used a Traveler’s notebook before. What is it exactly? I’m really intrigued!


    • caendicott
      Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:33:47

      A traveler’s notebook in essence is a piece of leather (traditionally) with elastics inside where you loop notebooks through it. There are many different sizes and styles. http://www.chicsparrow.com is a great resource for sizes and just google Midori Traveler’s Notebook (the original). There’s lots of info out there. Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Candy
    Mar 16, 2016 @ 10:30:01

    Looks like it would fit nicely in a purse. Great looking.


  3. Angela Tolsma
    Mar 16, 2016 @ 12:15:35

    I love the outside leather detailing!


  4. Becky @ Disney in your Day
    Mar 16, 2016 @ 15:34:02

    That’s really pretty. I like how the size of it looks too!


  5. Starr
    Mar 16, 2016 @ 20:48:32

    Oh I really love this! The size is perfect! I carry an “idea book” with me everywhere, and this would be great for just that!


  6. Liz Mays
    Mar 16, 2016 @ 23:57:01

    That’s a great tuck away size, so I can see how perfect for traveling it would be!


  7. Roxy
    Mar 17, 2016 @ 14:14:06

    I’ve never heard of travelers notebooks. How are they different than planners? Would you say they’re better?


    • caendicott
      Mar 18, 2016 @ 07:37:34

      Traditionally, a traveler’s notebook is a piece of leather with elastics that hold thin notebooks. There are lots of YouTube videos on them. They are different from other planners, because the planner portion could be just a single notebook, and the rest of them can be anything else. Where you would have different sections in a ring-bound planner, those would be single notebooks that can be switched out as needed or filled. I like it better than a ring-bound planner because the rings get in my way when I write.


  8. Leslie Rossi | alifewellconsumed
    Mar 17, 2016 @ 14:46:14

    never knew the name for it.


  9. Jessica
    Mar 17, 2016 @ 15:36:11

    I want to get my husband one of these. We’re both starting the bullet journal method of planning (and he actually sat down and watched YouTube videos with me about planning!). I think something leather, manly, and small enough for him to easily carry is going to be key to him sticking with it. Love that leather detailing on yours!


    • caendicott
      Mar 18, 2016 @ 07:38:41

      I recommend looking through Carie Harling’s videos on YouTube. She got her husband one and there are two videos about it that I know of.


  10. angie Scheie
    Mar 17, 2016 @ 16:34:07

    I’m really drawn to the cover on that! It’s beautiful and reminds me of ancient documents or something :).


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