Whether you’re a bullet journal user, a planner addict, use a traveler’s notebook, or none of the above, chances are you wouldn’t be here unless you were curious about this strange world of people who plan on paper. Every day I think of more reasons to use paper versus digital planners and calendars, but that’s a topic for another post.
Notebook and inserts
The beauty of using a Traveler’s Notebook is that it enables you to use a bound journal like the Leuchtturm 1917 but also adds an extra layer of protection, as well as options like personalization, folders, notebooks, and additional storage. This is my current line up:
- A “Spell It Out” Traveler’s Notebook in teal shimmer, A5 size, from Red Pen Travelers. There are so many different styles to choose from–I almost want a new notebook each week. Toni is a talented and creative artisan, as well as a pleasure to work with. You might have met her here when she shared this blog post with us. Or, perhaps you’ve seen her work on Instagram.
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- A blank notebook insert that I created using this tutorial from Sealemon. You can easily buy inserts for your traveler’s notebook, but I enjoy the process of creating things.
- A fun and colorful four-pocket folder that I learned to make from this tutorial. This pocket is invaluable to me for holding stamps, rulers, invitations, and more.
- A grid Erin Condren Jot Your Thought notebook that I use as my advanced planning calendar.
- And finally, I couldn’t do without my dot grid Leuchtturm 1917 bullet journal!
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While I can and do use my bullet journal as my main book, using a traveler’s notebook makes the process a bit easier. Everything I need–ruler, 18-month calendar, scrap paper–are right at hand.
When doing my monthly planning, which I cover in detail here, I reference the calendar in my Erin Condren notebook and transfer that month’s agenda into my bullet journal.
When doing my weekly and daily planning (which I’ll address in detail soon), I grab the ruler from my folder and dive right in.
In addition to the planning process, I use the folder for notes I might reference regularly but don’t want to add to my bullet journal. I use the notebook insert for random notes and doodles that I don’t want cluttering up my bullet journal. 😉
Really? You know the answer to this one. There are no rules. If you have an idea of something you’d like to add to your traveler’s notebook or bullet journal, give it a shot. Work with it, tweak it, and find your sweet spot.
I initially felt like using a traveler’s notebook defeated the whole bullet journal concept of using one book. But I’m not using a system to honor the system; I’m using it as a platform to help me accomplish my goals. Most days that means using my traveler’s notebook/bullet journal combo. When leaving the house, it means just taking my bullet journal to lighten my load.
Which are you?
Which team are you? Bullet journal? Traditional planner? Traveler’s notebook carrier? Or something else? Share your tips and ideas below!