When I started using a Traveler’s Notebook, I knew I wanted a Bullet Journal-style collections section, but it was going to have to be a separate notebook. I started one in the Chic Sparrow Wide TN (“Collections”), and have been working on filling it up.

It’s taken me longer to fill up the first notebook than I initially thought it would to be honest. I’m currently up to page 78 of 99 in Collections #1, so it won’t be too much longer. Also, Collections #1 is more for long-term lists.

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Table of Contents

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Ran out of room on the TOC, so I started an Index in the back.

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Blog Posts on Deck list

If I have multiple posts ready to go, I put them here so I have a reminder.

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List of Blog pictures and videos needed.

This is really handy, since I batch sessions of filming and taking pictures.

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My Bucket List, which is an upcoming post.

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My Blog Editorial Calendar set up

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During #onebookJuly2016, I did add a second collections notebook to the CS Maverick TN I was using, with the idea of it being for more short-term / temporary lists.

2nd Collections notebook

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Very messy Table of Contents

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I left the next two pages blank as well, for the Table of Contents to continue.

An example of my Running To Do list

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Blog Post Ideas list

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Other Collections pages, where I noted things that would need to be transferred post-#onebookJuly2016. I still haven’t done that…shame on me.

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This post was originally written June 23. It’s now Sept. 21. I still have not finished the first Collections notebook. I think I’m on page 83 or 85.

YouTube video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTV6YQd5IO0

If you have long term lists, how do you keep track of them? Phone app? Loose-leaf paper? Post-its everywhere?

© Cori Large 23 June 2016

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Alright, people, #onebookJuly2016 is over and I get to play with all of my traveler’s notebooks again! I’ve reset and reorganized them since I have a new one (Foxy Fix LP#5).

From smallest to largest:

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ZLYC Passport: story ideas insert, brain dump insert, and temporary lists insert.

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Fabric Dori: gardening insert, homesteading insert, and book notes insert.

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Foxy Fix Marina Le Petit #5: empty notebook, The Master To Do List, and Projects insert.

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ZLYC Narrow: Yellow Paper House’s 2016 Monthly booklet, kraft folder, 31 day journaling booklet, and a daily notebook for my daily set ups.

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Chic Sparrow Maverick: Collections #1, Collections #2, Knitting Notes, blank notebook, and Blogging notebook.

The wonderful things about TNs is that I can change things out and around on a whim, a lot easier than when I was in rings.

I carry the ZLYC passport and narrow with me. The Foxy Fix may come with me occasionally, but it depends on the day. And the Fabric Dori and the Maverick stay at home.

YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lmeraUGj5w

What’s everyone else using to stay organized?

© Cori Large 6 August 2016

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Mel's Travel Flex (2)

Mel's Travel Flex (1)

The pink pencil case was made for Mel, but the while flex is mine. Her’s was blue.

I forgot to take a picture of it.

When a friend of mine was going to Greece for work, she told me she needed a notebook to take with her. Preferably something compact.

Since I’m a huge fan of the mini flex binders, I suggested one of those. Unfortunately, the mini flex wasn’t compact enough. I had recently scored a clearance deal on the regular size flex binders because the covers had been damaged.

The most damaged one became my guinea pig. I punched a few pages from one of those refrigerator notepads and used that paper as my template.

Using my paper cutter, I trimmed the plastic covers down and used my All-Purpose shears to cut through the ring mechanism. Once all the cutting was done, I punched more paper to fill it up.

I sent Mel some pictures, and asked her was color she wanted. She wasn’t getting my prototype white one!

I made her a blue one and she also asked me to find a pencil case to fit on the rings. A two-ring case didn’t exist. So I found a cheap one that I could put those metal rings into and make it into a ringed case.

Here’s what she had to say about using it:

It came in handy while traveling for work, and making notes about various tourist attractions and hotels that were available.

The pencil case not only held her pens and sticky notes, but she was able to put all the business cards she received in there so she wouldn’t lose them.

One issue she had, and Mel emphasized that it wasn’t anything I did, was the sticky notes she brought were almost too big for the pencil case. She said she should have checked that before the trip.

I (Cori) will be travelling in the fall and plan on taking a mini flex with me for notetaking and general writing.

© Cori Large March 17, 2016

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B6 #2

Any regular reader of my blog knows I love finding a great deal on cheap notebooks that can be used as TN inserts. And back to school season is one of the best times to pick up cheap notebooks, especially ones that will fit a B6.

My local Walmart had 7” x 5” small composition notebooks: CaseMate Poly composition book.

On sale, not clearance, for $0.67 each, and since it was the tax free weekend I got them, no sales tax! Quick math = $8.40.

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I filled one of the display boxes, which gave me twelve, and 3 of each color: light aqua that matches my Foxy FIX Marina, highlighter yellow, blue, and magenta.

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Each notebook has 80 sheets, so 160 pages. They are ruled.

I’m very pleased with this find. Any good deals for you lately?

© Cori Large 9 August 2016

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve posted quite a bit about what non-traditional inserts are available out there for Traveler’s Notebooks. I don’t always remember to add the same information, for which I apologize, and I’d like to do another one where I give some quantitative information and measurements, information I like to have myself. Starting from the smaller sizes, I’ll be going through an listing the stats on my Traveler’s Notebook Inserts.

Quick note: I’m adding where I purchased these various notebooks. This is not a guarantee that they will be available in your area.

*Kate Spade Small Notebook*

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Measurements: 4 ¼” long by 3 1/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: unlined, sewn.

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Bought from: Bealls Outlet.

*Composition Book*

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Measurements: 4 ½” long by 3 ¼” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 80 sheets, 160 pages.

Features: lined, sewn, cover has a space to label it.

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Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*Midori-Style Passport Insert*

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Measurements: 5” long x 3.5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: this one was lined, other have blank or grid paper, kraft paper cover which can be customized, stapled.

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Bought from: Came with my ZLYC Passport TN.

*Poppin Pocket Notebook*

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Measurements: 4 7/8” long x 3 3/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 32 sheets, 64 pages.

Features: lined but its wide ruled, sewn, has a cover sheet for labeling.

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Bought from: TJ Maxx and/or Bealls Outlet (I’ve picked them up at both stores).

*PaperCraft Notebooks*

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Measurements: 5 ¼” long by 3 1/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 28 sheets, 56 pages.

Features: lined, sewn.

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Bought from: Big Lots.

*Moleskine Pocket Notebooks*

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Measurements: 5 ½” long by 3 1/2” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined, title page for labeling, I’m not sure if it’s sewn because I can’t see the threads.

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Bought from: TJ Maxx.

*CaseMate Notebooks*

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Measurements: 6 7/8” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined but wide ruled, sewn, fits in my homemade B6 very nicely.

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Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*CarolinaPad Notebooks*

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Measurements: 7” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 80 sheets, 160 pages.

Features: lined, sewn, variety of cover options.

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Bought from: Wal-Mart.

*Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebooks*

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Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 4 ¼” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 16 sheets, 32 pages.

Features: comes in packs of 2, one ruled-one grid, and thicker paper.

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Bought from: Joann Fabrics.

*OCS Notebooks*

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Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 5 5/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: interesting covers, ruled but wide ruled, comes in 3 packs.

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Bought from: TJ Maxx and Mashall’s.

*Piccadilly Notebooks*

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Measurements: 8 ¼” long by 5” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 50 sheets, 100 pages.

Features: sewn, ruled, back pocket, comes in 3 packs.

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Bought from: Barnes and Noble.

*Punch Studio Notebooks*

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Measurements: 8 3/8” long by 5 5/8” wide.

Sheets/Pages: 40 sheets, 80 pages.

Features: lined but wide ruled, stapled, variety of covers, pages have header space for a title.

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Bought from: Marshall’s.

Author’s note: Keep in mind, a larger size notebook can be cut down to a smaller size. All of the bigger ones in my stash will be cut down as needed for my narrow Traveler’s Notebooks.

I hope this post was helpful! I know having this information on hand (it’ll be going in my TN) will be handy when looking for more inserts (like I need more!).

© Cori Large 19 June 2016

 

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Two months ago, I learned that a product I love was on clearance. That product is the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook. I ordered 50 of them and have started to use some of them. And by some I mean 7. I have given 4 away. So I’m down to 39 still wrapped up and waiting to be used.

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Here is the list of how these are being used so far:

  1. Given Away—Philip
  2. Given Away—Mom
  3. Given Away—Ann
  4. Shopping Lists & Coupons (the original intent of this product, separate post coming)
  5. Knitting & Crafting Notes
  6. Fictional Work: Theatre Troupe
  7. Fictional Work: The Ultimate Recycling Machine
  8. Fictional Work: NaNoWriMo 2015 piece
  9. Fictional Work: National TTMM
  10. Became my new EDC-refillable notebook. I retired the original one I bought a year ago, because it was starting to fall apart.
  11. Given Away-Inlaws

This is how it’s going at the moment.

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YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/_hjy4oyd8wM

© Cori Large March 4, 2016

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As I’m writing this, I realized I haven’t even posted the Insert Haul post from April!!! I’m so behind! [Edit: That post went up last week.] Anyways! It’s no surprise that narrow / standard size notebooks for Traveler’s Notebooks are hard to come by in local stores, prices vary online, and if you buy online, you have to wait for it to be shipped (if it’s not a digital download).

In the previous post I mentioned above, I showed some Piccadilly notebooks I had gotten on Clearance. I was in Marshall’s and once again managed to score more notebooks!!! These are not narrow sized, but I got them cheap enough that I don’t mind cutting them down to fit my Narrow TNs. I know some TN users cut Moleskine notebooks down, but Moleskine is too expensive for me.

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The notebooks I got are Punch Studio brand and come in packs of 3. They measure 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches, and fit inside a Chic Sparrow Extra Wide TN (FYI). There were 4 singles (2 have already been cut down) at $2.99 each; and 13-3 packs (39 notebooks total) at $4.99 per pack. For a lovely grand total of: $76.83 before sales tax. Yes, that may be a lot of money up front, but works out to $1.79 an insert!!! *happy dance*

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If you think you’re seeing double of some covers, don’t worry, you are! Some don’t like having the same cover over and over on their inserts, so my acquisition method may not suit some. That’s okay. To each their own. And if I don’t like the cover or get tire of it, I can always glue scrapbook paper cover it!

I love getting deals on products I use! Once again, I recommend checking out off-price retailers. (Off-price retailers are stores that sell brand name merchandise are discounted prices.) I love these stores!

This lot are some I’m not planning on cutting down. I’m keeping them for something special:

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YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/cZwiS9Qrtd8

© Cori Large 15 May 2016

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I haven’t been using traveler’s notebooks (TN) very long, but I am the type to “Go Big or Go Home.” I’ve been building an insert stash. I’d like to share with you my traveler’s notebook insert haul from April.

I’ve gotten inserts from the following stores: TJ Maxx, Big Lots, and the bookstore at USF. I also recommend looking at Ross, Marshalls, Stein Mart, and Bealls Outlet.

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USF Bookstore:

I stocked up on the Piccadilly notebooks. I use them in the Wide and my Husband may start using a TN as well, and this is the size insert he likes. They were on clearance ($5.98 for a 3 pack). I eventually cleared out the Barnes & Noble stock of them!

TJ Maxx:

3 booklet set of notebooks for $4.99. Themes: suitcases, cameras, and lightbulbs.

2 booklet set of Moleskine pocket sized notebooks in purple for $2.99.

3 booklet set of Poppin pocket sized notebooks in Lime Green (Tinker Bell green to me) for $2.99.

Big Lots:

OMG! I hit the mother load here!

3 booklet set of pocket sized notebooks for $1.50 each!!!

I cleared the shelf! I’ve picked some of these up at Big Lots before, but in my experience with Big Lots is I may not always be able to find something I’ve seen there before because the inventory can be random. I’m very happy to have found a stockpile for cheap!

I encourage all those who use Traveler’s Notebooks to give this outlet-type stores a chance. There’s nothing wrong with buying off ETSY or Amazon or other websites, but you may be able to find decent inserts in your area for less money than buying online.

Total # of inserts:             29 booklets

Total cost:                           $21.47

Cost per insert:                 $0.74 per insert!!!

I love cheap inserts!

YouTube Video link: https://youtu.be/kQO7uimqzzY

© Cori Large 4/17-18/2016

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I haven’t been using a Traveler’s Notebook (TN) for that long, and there’s a lot to this section of the planner world, especially when it comes to the sizes of TNs. I’ll be giving an overview of the different TN sizes and some of the inserts options I’ve found.

***TN inserts size measurements come from the Chic Sparrow website. This is not an endorsement of Chic Sparrow nor is it a sponsored post. Just using this website as an information source.***

  1. Field Notes / Pocket Size
    1. Inches: 3.5 x 5.5
    2. Centimeters: 8.9 x 14
  2. Personal Size
    1. Inches: 3.75 x 6.5
    2. Centimeters: 9.5 x 16.5
  3. A6 Size
    1. Inches: 4 x 6
    2. Centimeters: 10.2 x 15.2
  4. Narrow / Standard Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 4.25 or 4.33 (I’ve seen some variation in my research.)
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 10.8/11
  5. Wide Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.125
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 13
  6. Extra Wide Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.5
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 14
  7. A5 Size
    1. Inches: 8.25 x 5.8
    2. Centimeters: 21 x 14.7

There are lots of options for inserts online. Various ETSY shops that offer digital downloads or print & ship. Chic Sparrow does have its own line of inserts. Ray Blake (www.mylifeallinoneplace.com) offers free inserts you can download and print yourself or have him print them for you (check the cost on that). Amazon also sells the Midori inserts.

Once you know what size you want, you can also design and cut out your own inserts. This may take some practice and experimentation, but it is doable. I’ve designed a multitude of inserts for my own use, both for TNs and ringed planners.

Certain stores do carry the Piccadilly and Moleskine brand notebooks, in a variety of sizes, which was you use as it or cut them down.

I like to check my local stores for other types of notebooks that may fit the TNs I have. For me, I can use just about anything. I would also like to bring your attention to two notebooks that you may not have considered before.

Mini Composition Book

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Size: 3” x 5” or 7.6 cm x 12.7 cm

Fits: Field Notes / Pocket Size

Ruled paper; 80 sheets; 160 pages

I found them at Walmart in a 3 pack, with different color covers.

Durably Poly Cover Composition Book

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Size: 5” x 7” or 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm

Ruled paper; 90 sheets; 180 pages

Fits: Nothing perfectly really. It can be cut down to fit into an A6 or Narrow / Standard size. I’ve done that with mine, to fit my Narrow. I also trimmed the plastic cover off since this was going to be a disposable notebook anyways.

I found them at both Walmart and Dollar General.

Most TN users keep an eye out for other types of notebooks that are adaptable for a TN. These are two cheap suggestions, especially if you’re looking for disposable notebooks for shopping lists.

© Cori Large March 24, 2016

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With as many flex binders I have, I have been asked how I stayed organized with them and don’t forget what is in which binder. And the honest truth is, I keep a list. The list gets updated whenever the contents change.

Here’s a quick list of what is in each regular size flex binder:

Pink/Magenta/Berry: general notebook, just full of notebook paper

Black w/ Pink Tiger Stripe Duct Tape: full of dividers; another catchall; address book

Red: I’ve moved my non-fiction books that are on my Goals list to this notebook: Bobbin Lace Workbook, Genealogy Workbook, and the Recipe book. The Journal Prompts book will eventually be added to this one.

Purple: Crafts by Cori paperwork

White 5 subject w/ Real Tree ® Pink Camo: Nutritional Anthropology class notes

Green: Goal setting and progress updates

These notebooks do change out their contents fairly often. Or I combine things and leave some of them empty.

© Cori Large 3/4/2016

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