Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Using Moleskine booklets in your Midori Traveler's Notebook

You may have noticed that the large size Moleskine Cahier booklets are pretty inexpensive. For example, this set of three.

It's easy to turn these into booklets you can use in place of regular Midori Booklets in your traveler's notebook.


Friday, 8 August 2014

World's easiest laminator project

If you travel much, you'll love these little credit card-sized, laminated luggage labels. I make mine by printing onto brown paper (so they'll stand out at the carousel) and then laminating in credit card pouches, although you could use larger pouches and cut them down. Add a hole and some string and you're all done.


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Making a magazine file for Field Notes and Moleskine booklets

It's easy to make your own magazine-style file to hold spare or archive booklets from a sheet of A4 card (Letter size will work too.) Make a row of them for your shelf.


This video tutorial will guide you through the process. It also includes measurements for a Midori Traveler's Notebook version you can make from A3 card.

This method should be easily adaptable for other sizes, too, such as index cards or Filofax pages.


Friday, 1 August 2014

Download and print a Monthly PlanPack in Field Notes size

For those of you using the popular Field Notes size notebooks, today I'm offering a Monthly PlanPack. What is a Monthly PlanPack?


Good question. It's a booklet that is designed to last you for a month. It has three different types of page. First, there's the month view:


It is here that you can gain an overview of the month and its key events. The PlanPack has one of these at the front.

Next there is the weekly spread:


As you can see, this allows you to dive into a little more detail at the weekly level. There are six of these spreads, immediately after the monthly view.

The rest of the booklet contains list pages, like this one:


In all, the Monthly PlanPack booklet contains 64 pages, enough to let you organise your month with time and task information. At the end of the month, just make another.

You can download this as a Word file or as a PDF file. In either case, this needs to be printed on A4 paper, double sided, flipping conventionally along the long edge, just like a regular document.

This will give you the makings of two booklets, because you can cut the stack in half:

You can also cut an A4 piece of card in half to make two covers. Then bind with thread or staples and trim the finished booklet to the standard size of 140mm tall by 90mm wide. (I'm planning to make a video soon on exactly how to do this.) I finished mine with a corner cutter.
  

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Make a fountain pen tray and storage box

It's easy to make yourself a really useful piece of desk furniture:


All you'll need is some basic supplies you probably already have. Watch the video to see how it's done.


Friday, 11 July 2014

Midori Index Book - a new version

Remember my Index Book?


There is now a new version which retains the index from the original but instead of the grid layout, offers plain pages.

You can download this insert as an A4 document or as a Letter paper document.

What you'll download is a PDF file. This is ready to print straight away, without any need to use booklet format on your printer. Just print this straight to A4 or Letter as appropriate, with duplex set to flip on the short edge (I'd recommend you print just one or two pages first to make sure your printer deals with this correctly and make adjustments as necessary.)

Once you've printed out the pages, you can bind them into a booklet and cut to size using these instructions or these ones.

And if you'd like to roll your sleeves up and play with the source Word file here it is in the A4 version and the Letter version.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Download a pen and ink sampler for the Midori Traveler's Notebook

The Midori and fountain pens were made for each other. Today's download is a booklet you can print at home that allows for the standardised sample testing of different inks or ink and pen combinations.


Each double-page spread contains two identical sampling pages:

You can download this insert as an A4 document or as a Letter paper document.

What you'll download is a PDF file. This is ready to print straight away, without any need to use booklet format on your printer. Just print this straight to A4 or Letter as appropriate, with duplex set to flip on the short edge (I'd recommend you print just one or two pages first to make sure your printer deals with this correctly and make adjustments as necessary.)

Once you've printed out the pages, you can bind them into a booklet and cut to size using these instructions or these ones.

And if you'd like to roll your sleeves up and play with the source Word file here it is in the A4 version and the Letter version.

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