My very, very, very sweet friend Canyon has loaned me her Chic Sparrow Crème Extra Wide Traveler’s Notebook in Dark Chocolate. The evening I opened it (I unfortunately had to work late), I jotted down some first impressions I had of this TN.

  • The leather is thicker than that of my ZLYC Narrow. Duh! It has pockets and the leather is cut thicker!
  • Smells amazing! Nothing like the good smell of real cow!
  • Stitching is well done. I knew this was a no-brainer. I’m glad I get to see the stitching up close.
  • Dual pen loops. Very handy! Currently only using one of them.
  • Leather is heavier than my Narrow. Again, duh! The leather is thicker and the TN is bigger than my Narrow.
  • The pockets are nice. Slots/sleeves seem like I could slide my cards in and out easily.
  • Long pocket along the back of the card slots/sleeves: easy to get stuff out of.
  • 4 elastics!!! My Narrow really only has 1, so I’m excited to have more elastics. More about the insert adventure below.
  • I’m going to carry it around with me and wait to be inspired/told how it wants to be used. I’ve learned the hard way about forcing a notebook/planner system to try to work.

Insert adventures!

So I decided to play around with what inserts or notebooks would fit in the Extra Wide. I’ll be writing about the Piccadilly inserts in this post, and I have a separate post about the journals I tried.

I had had thoughts (which my husband deems dangerous) about those 4 elastics…I’ve watched many a video showing stuffed TNs. I stocked up on Piccadilly notebooks from my university bookstore, where they are on clearance. I have Midori bands…how would 8 inserts look?

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8 inserts = do fit, not well, and is heavy!


So I downsized to 6 inserts…

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6 inserts fit much better! But the weight was still unacceptable.

(Had the notebooks set up like this: 2 notebooks banded together on the first elastic; single notebook on the second elastic, single notebook on the third elastic, and 2 notebooks banded together on the fourth elastic.)

I downsized again to 4 inserts. One on each elastic. The weight is acceptable and I’ve been carrying it around with me. So far the inserts are like this: Bullet Journal; Short Story notebook; Blog Posts; waiting-to-be-used ruled notebook.

YouTube video link:

© Cori Large February 25-26, 2016


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Heather @ Simply Save
    Mar 21, 2016 @ 18:58:58

    That’s so awesome you were able to borrow one to try out before committing to buying! Smart thinking!


  2. Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    Mar 21, 2016 @ 22:27:16

    Great review! I just got a traveler’s notebook from Chic Sparrow and I love it!


  3. Lezley
    Mar 22, 2016 @ 10:13:04

    I love that you tried it with the different number of inserts, because the worst thing is carrying those things around when there super heavy. I love the thick leather. Great descriptions.


    • caendicott
      Mar 23, 2016 @ 08:02:55

      Today, I have an additional post going live on some other inserts I tried with this traveler’s notebook.


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  6. momiTHiNZ0131
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 10:40:07

    : dark chocoLate! my favorite coLor! ^_^♡ i don’t & haven’t tried using a chic sparrow yet but it’s one of my dream. hope i can get one soon. ^_^


  7. Kristy as Giftie Etcetera
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 16:54:45

    It’s so big!

    If I was going to use a TN, I think it’d have to be non-leather so that I could carry less weight.


    • caendicott
      Mar 27, 2016 @ 08:59:20

      Yes, the Extra Wide is quite large for carrying around. My EDC is a Narrow / Standard size. There are fabric fauxdoris and non-leather ones all over ETSY and in the B/S/T FB groups.


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