Journaling, Small craft business

Midori Traveler’s Notebook Unique Cover Design Techniques

So, you want to know more about Midori Traveler’s Notebook and its basics because you want to own one?

Many of the locals in the Philippines, especially those that are non-residents in NCR, have no idea about Traveler’s Notebook or Traveler’s Journal or TNs. What they know about is just notebook is a notebook and they’re all the same.

That fact alone makes me sad.


Why you will love Midori Traveler’s Notebook?

A handmade notebook is far more different from the ones manufactured by machines in bulk. And Midori shared that handmade feel to their customers.

Part of that vision is creating Traveler’s Notebook that comes with a modified design to fit every traveler and every user’s needs. After its release, many people find it amazing, which resulted to a series of modifications.

Many modified versions came that are made from creatives around the globe and even added some terminologies like fauxdori and fundori.

Further, they can freely custom the pages that usually come with blank, dotted, or lined depending on the wishes of the owner of the notebook. Oftentimes, I see my client who ordered an A6 TN use the pages for stamping and placing stickers. For her, it was fun if she leaves the pages like that.

You will also have the same feeling.

You might want to use the pages for monthly or weekly planning, tracking of something e.g. weight, family menu, and other business-related matters.

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Why I love making Midori TNs?

As a journaling-fan and notebook-obsessed freak, creating notebook and fauxdoris have been my passion. It really make me happy to see people smile and amaze whenever they receive a handmade notebook I make.

That’s what this post is all about. I’d like to share with you how sellers make and design Midori Traveler’s Notebook refill covers to add character for your TNs.

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Going back, as a craftswoman, I’d love to make fauxdoris because whenever I saw a fabric with a certain feel or character it shows off, it will make a great handmade notebook.

In addition, I use a canvas fabric at the back side of the cover because it balances the prints shown on the front side of the cover. Once sewn together, it creates an amazing satisfaction, especially if the elastic cord and other stuff are in place.

After months of researching, I found out that most of the fauxdoris sold are expensive, which at times compromises the quality of shipping and expectation of the customer.

The reason behind it is most of them use a double fusible interfacing, which is obviously costly. In my case, I don’t. I only use a one-side fusible interfacing to make it less expensive, without really compromising the quality of the TN.

And because of the less cost, I love to sell TNs with free refill notebooks and elastic cord, so clients will immediately use the handmade notebook and feel that love shown there.


How I do Midori Traveler’s Notebook Refill Cover?

Most of the time, I choose around 200 to 220 gsm Vellum board or cardboard for the covers with 16 80 gsm papers to make it 32 pages. Since the standard Midori TNs are in 64 pages, I give FREE 2 refills to each TN type.

I cut them in accord to the type which starts as small as a passport size to regular size (21 cm x 11 cm).

To add fancy, I tried many techniques like painting the covers and even burning the covers and drawing something on it.

Yet, I’m still exploring on the techniques for the Midori Traveler’s Notebook refill covers that will look great on your TNs.

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How I make my traveler’s notebook cover unique?

Whenever I make each traveler’s notebook, I make sure I know the taste of my potential clients as well as the standout factor it will perform if I place them on display in our online shop.

To do that, I did a lot — I means tons of research since years in different platforms. From Etsy to Google images, etc. Through this process, I was able to determine the designs I will make ensuring the unique factor I promised.

Most of the time, makers use plain leather and double-sided interfacing to make well, the typical Midori traveler’s notebook. However, nobody made something different.

In my case, I used canvas fabric to allow limitless creativity for the TN designs. Whatever material I use for the TN front cover, I made sure I use canvas fabric for the back side and sew pockets for more compartments/storage for clients’ stuff.

Midori traveler's notebook unique using canvas with pockets for storage

To add more character to the item, I burn the edges to add rustic look and strengthen the stability of the TN. I make sure that when they place notebooks, it will be fully protected.

Final Thoughts

There are many techniques that sellers may do in their Midori Traveler’s Notebook cover and the cahiers. They may do digital printing, use a nice card stock for these.

In our case, I personally love painting it, or burning it to add personality to the TNs. In general, it depends on their customer’s feel.

Nonetheless, these all depend with the creativity of the user as to how they want their Midori Traveler’s Notebook refill cover will appear right in front of their eyes.

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Did you like this post? Feel free to share your thoughts with us! Are you a TN user? Kindly share your TN entries with us! We’d love to see it and share it! God bless you, folks!


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