These are NOT the inserts I’m using for 2019. These lovely inserts belong to my coworker who let me film a walk thru of the design.

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Found a Franklin Quest Binder at my local Salvation Army for $1.00. The binder is in good shape, but some of the inserts in it are WONDERFUL!

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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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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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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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It’s back!!! My wonderful Chic Sparrow Maverick in Golden Brown is finally back in my hands! Hubby let me open my birthday present two days early, so I had the whole weekend to play with it and set it up.

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Recap: Chic Sparrow Narrow / Standard size Maverick Deluxe (has pockets) in the Golden Brown color, with 2 pen loops.

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but I was becoming paranoid that I might now like it because of how long we’d been apart.

So here’s my set up:

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Booklet of Daily pages, a month’s worth—my own design

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Three empty notebooks: 1 cut down Piccadilly that’s become another Collections book, and a set of the Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook inserts.

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With all these inserts, he’s very much a “Chunky Monkey” to use Jennifer Harvey’s (Owner and Creator of Chic Sparrow) phrase.

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In my pen loops, I’ve got a red calligraphy marker/pen and in the other one, I have my black sharpie pen.

I had forgotten how bulky and heavy the leather was! Even rewatching my own unboxing video didn’t help. The ZLYC leather I had been using was much much thinner and I could only fit 3, maybe 4, notebooks in it. And even then, the ZLYC was not as chunky as my Maverick. So I’m going to have to get used to the weight of this one. I’ve been smelling it a lot (fellow Sparrow owners know what I mean).

YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/l3wGd1g-_ac

© Cori Large 15 May 2016

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FF & MF hacks (1)

I’m really excited to share the Filofax (FF) and Mini Flex hacks I discovered with all of you. You all know how much I love my Mini Flex and my Day-Timer Rose Gold Malibu (RG). I was gifted my cousin-in-law’s 20 year old Filofax Finsbury. I didn’t know how I was going to use it, since I couldn’t wrap my head around the size. Don’t ask me why, I just couldn’t.

When I started using my RG, the ring set up is the same as a personal size Filofax. For funsies (pronounced FUN-ZEES), I wanted to see if the ring configuration for a Size 3 or FF personal insert and an A5 insert would fit the two ring of my Min Flex…

And what do you know!

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Both the personal and A5 inserts can be put into my Mini Flex! And the Size 3 inserts can fit into the A5!

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The holes are smaller in diameter than a normal 3-hole punch, but I can make it work if I want to. I really like that I can move inserts between the three different planners/notebooks/binders.

YouTube Video link: https://youtu.be/gsmn721lnc4

© Cori Large 12/31/2015

 

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Blank Page Possibilities

Some people like structure, others prefer a blank canvas.

Another blogger I follow, Giftie Etcetera, wrote a post about transforming blank paper into a planner insert. You can read that here.

That post got me thinking about my ideal planner insert. Now, I do need monthlies for planning and future planning, and I like having weeklies because it’s a nice visual to see my week at a time. More

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