Sunday, 24 March 2013

My handmade Traveler's notebook in new sizes

When I made my own Midori-style Traveler's Notebooks, I began with the classic size. Midori also makes a passport-sized cover, though, and I was keen to make one of these too.

The method is exactly the same as for the full-size model, but the starting dimensions of your leather piece need to be 132mm x 200mm.

But then I thought that both the full-size and the passport-size Midori inserts are not easily available in many places. Much more common is the Moleskine and Field Notes 9cm x 14cm format:


So why not make a Traveler's Notebook to fit this size? That's what I did, starting with a piece of leather 150mm x 210mm. I used plain, vegetable-tanned leather which I dyed myself.

Here is how it came out:


Here's a detail of the spine elastic:


And here are three cahiers nestling within:


These are so easy to make and so nice to use. Why not have a go?

4 comments:

John Estey said...

Nice. Well done, Ray! Thanks for sharing.

BR said...

Very nice! I wish Midori (or Pelle or any of the other retailers) made this color, and in the larger size. I'm holding out on the Traveler's Notebook types until someone offers bold colors.

boricua said...

Just to say Thank YOU, Ray! I live in Puerto Rico, and as of present times, shipping charges are costly. After reviewing your suggestions, I decided to "give it a go" and lo and behold, gave me a beatiful brown "Travelers' journal"! It's sized 12.7cm x 17.8cm (5"x7"), and runs a single elastic black band for holding books and clasp (which I also ran through the spine ... a much better option in my humble opinion). Thanks again for the information and Know-How!!!

Ray Blake said...

You're welcome. I'm glad this worked for you.

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