Isn't it great when you find a craft project online and realize you have everything you need right on hand?
Being on bed rest for some tricky icky hip/back issues (and a step down dose of steroids which are awful!) means lots of Netflix, reading, doodling, and Pinterest/Instagram! A few friends have these Midori notebooks, and I fell through the rabbit hole of a new person to follow, then their YouTube vids...long story short, I fell in love.
But I decided to challenge myself to a No Spend August (on art supplies), meaning I couldn't buy one no matter how much window shopping I do on my phone. So I started thinking...and looking around...and realized I had everything I needed to make my own right here!
Every hour or two, I get up to move around and refill my water and all that, so one time, I gathered everything in a basket and got to crafting.
From what I understand, Midori Traveler's Notebooks are soft-covered modular notebooks where you can pretty much make whatever you need and add things in via elastic and rubber bands. There are TONS of videos out there: I watched Ray Blake's DIY video and Lefty Lettering's Kristen Nohe's walk throughs.
Whenever I go out, I usually have to decide what media I am going to use: sketchbook, watercolors, or markers. Except now, I have one of each, a bunch of stickers, a Peerless watercolor palette, and a Moleskine cahier for writing! I can use whatever I want, and can easily archive fill notebooks. It fits perfectly in my purse and yeah, I'm in love!
I used an old Paperchase notebook for the cover, and made two of the inner notebooks (even had someone help get out my saddle stapler!). Seriously, this is genius. I really hope the pics help tell the story; I snapped them with my phone. I'll try for a tutorial next week - just wish me luck at the doctor tomorrow (this is just the beginning of a long road, but things can only get better!).
(excuse the mess...but here's my saddle stapler, saved from a print shop way back when I published a physical zine!)
So yeah...yum! I'm gonna go watch some more Parks and Rec now. Have any sitcom suggestions? I need lighthearted and fun!