When I was in high school, I was hardcore into scrapbooking (nerdy, I know). I loved being able to document memories in a fun and creative way. I considered taking up the hobby again in more recent years, but when I remembered back to how time consuming and exhausting it was to pick up my big mess when I was done, I quickly decided against it.
Then, last year I fell down an Instagram rabbit hole (as one does when they can't fall asleep) and I discovered the magical world of Midori Traveler's Notebooks and have been obsessed ever since. If you're an avid traveler who loves to document everything or just want a creative outlet that's easy to manage, I'm betting you'll dig it too.
(And if you'd like to skip ahead to getting sucked in to the Instagram wormhole, just check out the hashtag #midoritravelersnotebook.)
What exactly is a Midori Traveler's Notebook?
The design of a Midori Traveler's Notebook is pretty simple and understated, but that's kind of the beauty of it. It consists of a brown buttery soft leather cover (that ages beautifully with use, by the way), which you can fill with a variety of paper booklets. About three booklets fit comfortably at a time, but they can easily be swapped out as you fill them up. An elastic band holds the booklets in place while another band holds the notebook shut. It's not too big, and not too small—the Goldilocks-perfect size makes it very travel friendly. You can also purchase accessories such as a penholder and a zipper pouch, but those are totally optional.
How can you use it?
Although there is no right or wrong way to use an MTN (it is just a blank notebook, after all), its main purpose is to be used as a travel journal and mini scrapbook while you're actually on the go and all those memories are fresh in your mind. You can tuck it into your carry-on bag and just whip it out on the plane or whenever you have a little downtime during your trip and write about your adventures and glue in photos and memorabilia you collect along the way. You don't even have to wait until you jet off to your next exotic vacation to use one. It's just as fun to document little adventures near home like a family trip to the zoo or a fun outing with friends. You can go as crazy as you like with decorations (stamps, stickers, washi tape, watercolors, etc.) or keep it nice and simple with just photos and text.
Have you ever used a Traveler's Notebook before?