Currently, there is a hype around traveler’s notebooks (or faudoris, danidoris etc)…and I also got a crush on them. I am using them for planning my blog, and also for my 52 portraits project. While we have been to Japan on vacation I had bought some leather and the material to make my own cover. Even in Japan, the original cover where quite expensive. My worries were, that I don’t need and thus don’t use it or even don’t like it and I would have wasted my money…and I also had already bought too many stuff. Luckily, I am using most of it…
…including my “leather stuff”, finally. Besides the leather tools and pieces of leather I also found an illustrated instruction for working with leather. In Germany, I had never seen such materials and instructions. What a pity. As said above, I bought a lot, as I did not know what I will make out of it and how. I only had the wish to make the cover for traveler’s notebook inserts, similar to the original one from midori.
I cut the leather to the size of 11 x 8.5” and rounded the corners with the help of a metal grommet. Afterwards I lubricated the cutting edge using bee wax and shaped them by using a wood stick for rounding. At least that was what thought I understand from the Japanese illustrated instructions. After also having lubricated the inside of the cover, I punched wholes for the elastic straps. I made two into each side of the middle line (along the fold), 1/4 and 3/4” away from the rim. And I made another one into the middle of the backside of the cover. After having inserted the elastic strips I knotted them. Done.
In the title of this post I wrote traveldori, that is how I call this one, as it will become my travel journal for our next trip. We soon will spend some days in Lisbon, Portugal, and I already prepared my traveldori for this: some pockets and cases for flyers etc which I will pick up there, some sheets of dot grid paper for addresses and to-dos, and a sketch book. I will do my travel documentation, including some urban sketching in the latter. Can’t wait for our trip.