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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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

mini comp book walmart

Photo snipped from Walmart.com

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

mini comp book DG

Photo snipped from DollarGeneral.com

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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Mead Flex Binder as a Travel Notebook!

If you’re a regular subscriber to my blog, you’re not doubt familiar with my love of the Mead Flex binders.

I’ve come up with another potential use: travel notebook.

One flexible, refillable binder that can travel the world with you.

Some people like having a field notes style set up, in a thin bound notebook or one of those fancy coil bound ones, but think with me for a minute:

  • The binder is flexible.
  • The binder is refillable if you run out of paper.
  • You can rearrange entries if needed.
  • Thanks to the creation of the Mead OrganizHer book, you have size options.
  • There are small three hole punches that are light, portable, and don’t take up a lot of space.
  • And because the holes punched in the paper for the OrganizHer notebook line up with regular notebook paper, there’s no repunching and you can put these pages into its own three ring binder once you are home.

Consider your options!

© Cori Large April 28, 2015