Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Web Finds - 25 August 2015

So I hope you had a good weekend.

It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. WEEK THIRTY-THREE IN MY MTN - Letters In November
  2. ZenKraft NFL Game Journal Field Notes Edition - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  3. My new Raydori is here!! - Love All Planners
  4. Roterfaden Taschenbegleiter Update - Pens! Paper! Pencils!
  5. ZenKraft X-Treme Quad-Fold Field Notes Edition NoteBook - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  6. Foxy Dori - Wanderlust Passport Butterscotch Review - Pretty Obsession
  7. X17 Umgezogen – ein neues Outfit für den RoadSkin-Planer (DIY) - X17 Blog
  8. ZenKraft Clouded Leopard Bi-Fold - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  9. Weekly Planning Sheet for Regular Midori - Pens and Paper
  10. Staying in tune with my analogue system / Traveler's Notebook - Baum-Kuchen
  11. ZenKraft Indy Grail Diary - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  12. Traveler's Notebook Update | August 2015 - Typecast
  13. WEEK THIRTY-FOUR IN MY MTN - Letters In November
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. Midori Traveler's Notebook | Monday Routine - Rhomanys Realm
  2. 2015 august flipFlip through of my Traveler's Notebook. - Monique vmb
  3. Traveler's Notebook Basics: Popular Accessories - Kaitlin Eckenrod
  4. Midori Traveler's Notebook - Trina O'Gorman
  5. My first traveler's notebook finished/update + new one - Wei Taillandier
  6. Midori Traveler's Notebook || Travel-Setup - Palestblue
  7. Traveler's Notebook and Leather Honey - Arailah
  8. My FoxyDori Tour - Wheeltirsh
  9. My Travelers Notebook Wallet Set-up - Jenny Penton
  10. Midori Traveler's Notebook as Finance/Budget/Cash Envelope System - Jodi Ruth
  11. Dave Ramsey in Regular Size Traveler's Notebook | Part 1 | Wallet, Cash Envelopes & Financial Setup - TheSassyPineapple
  12. Tammy Brackett Designs - Tammy Brackett
  13. Dave Ramsey in Regular Traveler's Notebook | Part 2 | Budget, Sinking Funds & Cash Envelope Tracking - TheSassyPineapple
  14. Glendori Walk Through - Jenn McClure
  15. Dave Ramsey in Regular Size Traveler's Notebook | Part 3 | Stuffing & Managing Your Cash Envelopes  - TheSassyPineapple
  16. MJdori Walk Through - Jenn McClure
  17. Traveler's Notebook Set-Up | August 2015 - Nickie O'Hara
  18. Personal Size Traveler's Notebook from 3SpeckledFawns - JennerationLife
  19. Midori Traveler's Notebook: Action Cards - Trina O'Gorman
  20. Dave Ramsey in Regular Size Traveler's Notebook | Part 4 | Expense Tracking & Receipt Management - TheSassyPineapple
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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Web Finds - 18 August 2015

So I hope you had a good weekend.

It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. Planner Layout Share: August 3-16 - Becoming Sleek
  2. Changes never stop... - Blank and Write
  3. Ida jane and elliott bear unwrap a chic sparrow - Plain Jane Day
  4. Van Der Spek LV binders in red, yellow and green with matching Traveler’s Notebook cover - This Bug's Life
  5. What's in my notebook? - Blank and Write
  6. ZenKraft Beaver Tan X-Treme Bi-Fold XL Field Notes Edition Notebook - ZenKraft Traveler's Notes
  7. DIY Traveler’s Notebook Personal Setup  - Becoming Sleek
  8. My Midori Set up - Pens and Paper
  9. Travelers Notebook to Moleskine – A Change In Notebooks - Well Planned Life
  10. Midori traveler's notebook: passport size - Meanderings
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. Traveler's Notebook | 3 Month Review + Updated Setup - TheSassyPineapple
  2. Just an introduction! Chic Sparrow & Travelers Notebook world - Lady of the Ark
  3. My Travelers Notebook set-up using Plan Books - Jenny Penton
  4. End of summer Midori Fauxdori Traveler's notebook - Merry Terrie
  5. Midori Traveler's Notebook---bookmark - Poketfullofvintage
  6. Traveler's Notebook Basics: Sizes Demonstrated - Kaitlin Eckenrod
  7. Traveler's Notebook - Marina Del Rey - Amy Tan
  8. My Confettidori Travelers Notebook Share - Artmingle
  9. My Fauxdori Setup - Marie Wondering 
  10. Midori Traveler's Notebook Layout - twinz4me2
  11. Chic Sparrow Maverick Field Notes Traveler's Notebook Set Up - vinylreverie 
  12. Midori Traveler's Notebook: I'm back in! - LadyMalfoyB
  13. Midori Travelers Notebook as a Journal - Jennifer Garcia
  14. Traveler's Notebook set up - Taroko Shop inserts - Tracy Reinhardt
  15. Traveler's notebook - Brandi Mayott
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Van der Spek Nomad TN - Review

The other day I published a series of photos of the making of this Van der Spek Nomad TN. Well it arrived on Monday morning and it was worth waiting for that is for sure.

It arrived in quite a large box but well padded. Inside was this presentation box.


Inside the box was the VdS Nomad wrapped in a cellophane bag. Nice and simple packaging, not wasteful and you know what you are paying for when you order one of these, the money is going in to the product not the fancy box etc.


I took a moment to admire it before slipping off the elastic closure loop.


A pleasant surprise, some more spare elastic in a small cellophane bag, so I put that to one side.


This particular Nomad is the basic cover but with just the option of the pen loop, I like my travellers notebook covers to be nice and simple in design, adding the pen loop adds to the practicality of the cover. Other options are of course available.

The configuration of the elastics gives you four equal length elastics. And by spacing them out like this you will see it controls the positioning of the booklets very neatly.


Turning it over we see the simple closure loop. Note that all the holes are eyeleted, this adds to the finish and helps with restringing if required. It also helps you get equal tension on all the elastics because they can move through the holes easily.


So to start with I put in the three booklets I had been using for journalling whilst on holiday in North America recently. These are Moleskine Cahier notebooks that I have trimmed down in width using the method shown by Ray Blake in his video. I've used this method several times and the results are excellent.

The pen is the pen I travelled with on holiday because they claim it does not leak on aircraft, it is a Uniball Vision Elite, it fits the elasticated pen loop perfectly without stretching it, and no it doesn't leak!


From this angle you can see how square the spine is.


The texture of the leather which by the way smells gorgeous, shows up nicely in this oblique photograph. The stitching is beautifully accurate and equal in spacing.

The thread is Cuoio in colour a nice contrast to the olive green (Janet) leather, but without being as harsh on the eye as white stitching would be.


The pen loop is slightly off set, but this allows longer pens to be stored or a mechanical pencil even without any trouble.


I discovered I had some more more Moleskine Cahiers so I made another 3 books to try out the Nomad with 6 notebooks in it!!!


To add books 5 and 6 I had to join them with an elastic band and tuck them behind one of the other books.


As you can see the Nomad can hold six notebooks and the pen loop doesn't get pushed outwards, and there is no overhang.


When I showed the above photos to Petra she said, it is really designed for 4 notebooks. OK but it takes six!

So I slipped out the two joined ones and put in four un-used books for some more photos.


Look how nice and even those books sit with the spacing of the elastics.


Again a sideways shot, no different to when it only had three notebooks in it really.


An overhead shot for completeness...


And finally a surprise... I had to try it... How many Travellers Notebook covers do you know that will stand upright on their spine?  The VdS Nomad will... and here is the proof..


Now if you think it is a trick photo? On a plain background that I use for most photos it is difficult to tell from what angle it has been photographed from.

So back at my desk I repeated the photo, yes my desk is that untidy tonight!

There are no bits of blue tac or anything else holding it up. It sits there!



I think Van der Spek are on to a winner with this Travellers Notebook cover, they have used their many years of experience of making leather goods including book covers of various types, of custom ring bound organisers to come up with a simple and elegant design for a Travellers Notebook cover.

With Van der Spek you have a huge range of leather types and colours to choose from. I worked it out the other day if you took all the combinations of interior leather and exterior leather currently available (August 2015) the number of different covers you would make without any two being the same is about 2400... so you know that when you order one of these it is being made to order, just for you.. and given that number of variations it is unlikely that there will be two the same! That doesn't include the variations you add by choosing different options either!

New leathers and colours are added at frequent intervals too! This Nomad is in one of the new 'Janet leather' colours 'Olive Green'  The smell and feel is identical to other brands of Italian leather TN covers.

You can order your Van der Spek TN cover on the VDS shop, it comes with a variety of options you can add to the basic cover.

If you find the choice a little bewildering then help is at hand over on Facebook where there is an active and friendly group dedicated to Van der Spek products, join today.

Thank you to Petra Van der Spek for supplying this review sample.

Here is her video explaining the details of the VdS Nomad TN


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Web Finds - 11 August 2015

So I hope you had a good weekend.

It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. Van Der Spek Nomad in Red, Green and Yellow ‘LV’ leather - This Bugs Life
  2. Van der Spek Nomad TN - Travellers Notebook Times
  3. DIY National Park Passport insert. - La Fin Du Globe
  4. Using Travel Notebook to Plan Vacation - Happiness is Scrappy
  5. My Traveller's Journal Set-up - Paper Pens Ink
  6. Midori™ traveler’s notebook top loading envelop folder {photo-tutorial} - Last Eureka
  7. Midori-Style Heaven - Kent From Oz
  8. Review of my Reedori - Love All Planners
  9. Paper Republic Grand Voyageur Notebook Review - Pens! Paper! Pencils!
  10. Van der Spek Nomad TN cover - Video - Travellers Notebook Times
  11. The Daily Diary Midori insert - free files for 2016 - My Life All in One Place
  12. Rings or strings? - Just Happy Me
  13. Bringing my Reedori on a trip (and a coupon for you all!) - Love All Planners
  14. Midori Traveler´s Notebook – Il taccuino dei viaggiatori (VIDEO) - My Last Eureka
  15. Should you write a journal? - Carrie L Sunday
  16. My First Traveler’s Notebook - Interesting Corner of Me
  17. Reparing and adoring Traveler's Notebook - Baum-Kuchen
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. Chic Sparrow Mr. Darcy Traveler's Notebook Setup | August 2015 - Kaitlin Eckenrod
  2. Plan With Me Week 32 | Traveler's Notebook - Kaitlin Eckenrod
  3. Art Traveler's Notebooks | 2 Different Setups - TheSassyPineapple
  4. What's In My Traveler's Notebook? - Parry Planning
  5. Gillio Giramondo Travelers Notebook - Organisedvicar
  6. How to Refill Your Maridori Traveler's Notebook - Marisol Velasco
  7. Make A Regular Size Traveler's Notebook | Start to Finish DIY Tutorial - TheSassyPineaple
  8. My First Midori (Passport Size) - Doris Sander
  9. Plan With Me: Midori Traveler's Notebook: August - Ricey05
  10. Traveler's Notebook Basics: Introduction - Kaitlin Eckenrod
  11. MIDORI style traveler's notebook flip through - Wei Taillandier
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Van der Spek Nomad TN cover - Video

Petra did a great video showing the full set of features available on the Nomad TN cover.  You can see them on the VdS site here.


We did a post yesterday about how these are made with step by step photos, check it out here.

Don't forget the Van der Spek Facebook group where you can see and exchange ideas and ask questions and get answers quickly about all things Van der Spek.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Van der Spek Nomad TN

It was back in October 2014 that along with Janet Carr, I visited the Van der Spek workshop in Puttershoek, a small town south of Rotterdam. Janet Carr and I spent 3-4 days together along with Petra Van der Spek and her family.

During our visit we talked endlessly about organisers and planners of all types, makes and sorts. Before our visit we had spoken with Petra about the idea of creating a Van der Spek Travellers Notebook cover, but in a design unique to Van der Spek.

Van der Spek are renowned in the planner community for their high quality products, their excellent and friendly customer service and their ability to produce more or less anything you want in leather.

We must not forget that Van der Spek have what must be the biggest choice in types and colours of leather that I have ever seen which they can use to produce custom made to order planners in their own workshop.

So Janet and I thought that creating a Travellers Notebook cover wouldn't be too difficult. So sat around one of the large work benches last October, we started to sketch out ideas and discuss different options and possibilities. I mistakenly thought that during our visit we would only be discussing these ideas, but Petra's father is a fast worker and started creating simple prototypes of our design ideas.

The first and second versions were just a simple single piece of leather for us to try out some different stringing options, things progressed to version 3, but by our second day of discussions and trial and error testing version 4 was quite a fancy design with pockets and credit card slots.

We went away quite excited at the possibilities. Christmas came and went and Petra was busy with expanding the range of ring bound organisers and creating a much improved website.

We then in April organised the first ever Van der Spek meet up, which included a workshop visit with demonstrations of how things are made. The small but excited group sadly didn't include Janet, which was a shame, but she was there in spirit I know.

After a wonderful buffet lunch Petra gathered the group around and then she produced from a box three prototype Travellers Notebook covers in three different styles and types of leather, and the designs of the covers had different options too.

When I posted photos of these covers on to the Facebook groups, things went crazy, the Van der Spek group run by Janet, Susan and myself went in to melt down, this was the first that the group had seen of these covers, Janet and I had kept quiet about the work we had done in October !!! The group grew by about 200 people in the space of 24 hours!

The Nomad gained its name a month or so later and has now appeared on the Van der Spek website for people to order.

In the past Petra has kindly photographed in detail how they make their ring bound organisers and she offered to do the same for two Nomad TN covers she was going to make for Janet and I. You can see the multicolour design that Janet went for on her own blog here.

I will try to explain to the best of my knowledge the process and the order of operations that go to making a Nomad TN cover.

For this cover I opted for just the basic cover in the natural hide saddle leather known as 'Janet Leather' but in olive green (107), other colours are available. The only option I added was an elasticated pen loop, but it is also possible to add a set of pockets on the front inside cover and/or a secretarial pocket on the inside back cover as well or instead of. This set of options gives you a lot of flexibility to tailor the cover to your needs perfectly.

To see the full range of leather options and colours please see the Van der Spek website. At present only the cover with all options appears on the website, this will change soon. But you can contact Petra website@vdslederwaren.nl to request a different configuration. Prices start from €85 for just the basic cover plus VAT (if applicable) and shipping.

As this is a very picture heavy post I have added a break point after the third photo, click see more to see them all.

The leather is selected using the frame for cutting

The same process is also done for the inside.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Web Finds - 4 August 2015

So I hope you had a good weekend.

It is time to sit back and relax and have a read of the latest blog posts and watch some of the latest videos.
  1. Unboxing my notebook from Onica Hanby - Love All Planners
  2. A quick look at my Midori setup - YQ Electic
  3. Note to self: Release Your Fears - Seaweed Kisses
  4. Midori 003 Plain Insert Notebook - Pens and Paper
  5. Planner Layout Share: July 27-August 2 plus August Monthly - Becoming Sleek
  6. Lose A4-Blätter mitnehmen? - X17
  7. New weekly vertical combo undated Midori insert - My Life All in One Place
  8. One Book July 2015 Conclusion - Sparkle Frogs
  9. What's in my craft case? - Becoming Sleek
We are starting to monitor blogs that have TN type posts in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

And we have found these videos for your enjoyment as well.
  1. DIY Field Notes Traveler's Notebook Setup 2015 - Vinylreverie
  2. REVIEW | ZLYC Notebook Set 2 -Week Review & Setup - Leila A.M. Martin
  3. Travelers Notebook inserts walk through - LifeintheMitten
  4. Plan With Me: Midori Traveler's Notebook - Ricey05
  5. New Traveller's Notebook...pockets galore 'oh my" - Poketfulofvintage
  6. Zlyc notebooks, traveler's notebooks,  - John Sparegrave
  7. Travelers Notebook Setup and Decoration - Aryn Lawson
  8. Junk Journal Insert, Charm and Final TN Walkthrough - SWMB DT - sscrafter1
  9. Field Notes Traveler's Notebook and travel bag Setup - MadeWithLoveCrafter
  10. My multiple traveler's notebooks - Siwen Creates
  11. Plan With Me: Midori Traveler's Notebook - Ricey05
  12. Midori Traveler's Notebook Update | paperhappymiss - paperhappymiss
  13. Traveler's Notebook...as a journal and flip - Poketfullofvintage
  14. Buteo Bunker Traveler's Notebook Review - A Southern Girl
We are starting to monitor You Tube channels that have TN type videos in them, if you would like your blog added to the system please contact us: travellersnotebooktimes at gmail dot com

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