This post was requested by several readers. If you’re a regular here on Tales from a Polk County Girl, you may swear up and down that I change my planner every week. I promise you this is not true. My editorial calendar at the time was not very fluid and I would end up posting about planners I hadn’t used in a few weeks.

Over the course of figuring out a planning system that works for me (all of 2015 by the way), I’ve used various ringed planners to see what I wanted. I also dabbled with Bullet Journaling in my bound journals. But neither method were making me happy. Yes, they worked, but I didn’t fully enjoy them. My very good friend, Canyon, had been trying to get me to try a Traveler’s Notebook almost since we first met. And up until this past February, I stood fast. I knew I needed the ability to move things around at leisure, so using a ringed planner made the most sense to me.

Then I caved. I bought a cheaper traveler’s notebook (ZLYC brand; TN) off Amazon, and played around with it for a while. The whole concept of a traveler’s notebook is to be able to carry around a couple of smaller notebooks in a traditional leather* wrap. So, uh, yeah, I like them…*looks sheepish* I’ve always loved notebooks. Bound journals as my weakness.

Since February I’ve been using a Traveler’s Notebook, and all my ringed planners are on a shelf in my office and are empty. Keeping track of the ones that are currently in use isn’t hard, because I refuse to duplicate information. Each TN has certain books in it and if I need that book I go get that TN.

Quick breakdown:

ZLYC narrow: monthly, journaling booklet, daily bujo style book




CS Maverick narrow: the master to do list, knitting insert, Collections #1 & 2 books, blogging insert


Fabric Dori I made: Gardening journal, homesteading insert, book notes book


ZLYC passport: story ideas, brain dump, extra notebook


As you can see, there isn’t any duplication in my books.

I hope this has answered the question of how I keep track of my planners. Now, with #oneBookJuly coming up, I may switch things around and see if I can handle using 1 book and 1 pen for a month.

*Midori Traveler’s Notebooks were the original traveler’s notebook, and are made of real leather. There are now a variety of traveler’s notebook covers available on the internet: faux/vegan leather, fabric, duct tape…

**This post was written before the Foxy Fix Marina was added to the collection.

© Cori Large 7 June 2016


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elisabeth Wallace - The Abstract Life
    Sep 27, 2016 @ 13:29:07

    Seems like a great system to keep it all in one place! Just this morning I realized I couldn’t find my sticky note pad I keep all my notes and to-do lists on and I felt lost. Something like this could really help.

    Elisabeth |


  2. Lesley-Anne
    Sep 27, 2016 @ 14:06:11

    I love these. I used to always personalize my planners and now I don’t know why I ever stopped.


  3. candy
    Sep 27, 2016 @ 14:08:49

    Finally the answer we have all been wondering. Still think your pretty amazing with these journals.


  4. Emily
    Sep 27, 2016 @ 14:10:09

    You are so organized that you even have a planner for your planners?! Girl, you are impressive! I am so bad at keeping planners up to date. I tend to just make check lists in my phone on my notes, calendar, and in this new app I hear about called Todoist 🙂


  5. Valerie
    Sep 27, 2016 @ 14:14:49

    You did it again. Very organized. You are motivating me.


  6. Ariana
    Sep 27, 2016 @ 15:15:52

    I’m a huge paper lover and planners are my shizzle! I’ve been wanting to buy something smaller and lighter in weight because it really weighs my purse down if not. I’ve checked out these traveler’s notebooks and I’m very intrigued! Thanks for sharing your paper love! Not to plug myself here but I do a paper giveaway every month called #ThePaperFiles. I’ll be posting this month’s giveaway sometime today so stop by and check it out!


  7. Alicia Taylor
    Sep 27, 2016 @ 17:43:38

    I haven’t ever heard of a traveler’s notebook, but I love this idea! I’m constantly getting blogging ideas, ideas for new recipes, ideas for new workouts… wow – where has this been my whole life! I’m going to have to dig up a nice vegan one to inspire me to use it.


    • caendicott
      Sep 28, 2016 @ 08:09:25

      Webster’s Pages does a vegan one I believe, and they’re available from Amazon. Also, on ETSY, there are plenty of Fabric Fauxdoris for you to choose from. Good luck!


  8. Michelle Rogers
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 11:56:59

    I haven’t tried at TN yet. It has to be a better system than what I currently use…which is no real system. 😀


    • caendicott
      Sep 29, 2016 @ 10:34:10

      Give it a shot. There are some cheaper fabric traveler’s notebooks on ETSY if you don’t want to spend a lot of money.


  9. Roxy
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 12:15:22

    I love that u are so organized. I have a tendency to only use paper planners for a little bit and then get annoyed. I’m much better about using iCal.


    • caendicott
      Sep 29, 2016 @ 10:34:44

      If iCal works for you, that’s great! I lose things in my phone when I try to put stuff in the calendar.


  10. Liz Mays
    Sep 28, 2016 @ 21:32:44

    I’m still not clear what type I like the best either. I keep switching planners every year, and what I carry in my purse is just spiral bound little ones.


    • caendicott
      Sep 29, 2016 @ 10:37:32

      I believe planner needs change based on what life is throwing at you at the moment. I used to have a vertical weekly appointment calendar, like hair salons use, when I was in school and working part time and commuting to campus. I needed to see where I was at any given moment. Now, I don’t need that.


  11. Courtney
    Sep 29, 2016 @ 21:15:01

    It looks like such a great system to keep everything in order!

    La Belle Sirene


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