How To Create Your Own Traveler’s Notebook Inserts

When I wrote my series all about loving your planner I never mentioned the Midori Traveler’s Notebook (referred to as the MTN from here on out), because I didn’t realise just how great it is. It’s essentially a piece of leather with some elastics running through it. It didn’t sound too impressive to me either, but when you realise how easy it is to interchange booklets, add “accessories”, planner charms and see all of the hype around them, it is bloody hard to resist.


And so I drank the kool aid, people, and I bought an imitation MTN. It’s called the Palmdori and you can find the lady who makes and sells them at Cute and Sweet Designs. It’s a great option for those who don’t want to outlay too much of their hard earned cash.


Another way to save money is to make your own booklets. I’ve made a few now, and I thought I’d share how you can make inserts yourself!


How To Create Your Own Traveler's Notebook Inserts | #MTN #midori #travelersnotebook #planneraddicts #planner #plannerd


Gather a few materials:

  • Paper
  • Paper Trimmer or Scissors
  • Clips (something to secure the paper today)
  • Needle
  • Cutting Mat
  • Embroidery Thread
  • OPTIONAL: Corner Edge Punch, Stickers, Alphas, Embellishments


How To Create Your Own Traveler's Notebook Inserts using scrapbooking | #MTN #midori #travelersnotebook #planneraddicts #planner #plannerd


**The standard booklet measures approximately 11cm by 21cm when the booklet is closed**


  1. Cut your paper to size, 22cm by 21cm
  2. Fold your paper in half – I choose to fold each individual piece one at at time, which you DON’T have to do, but it just makes it a little neater. I also used a scorer to make nice sharp creases in my folds but you can do this with your fingernail or a ruler
  3. Arrange your papers and clamp them together with whatever clips you have on hand so that they don’t wriggle around
  4. Use a needle to create three small evenly spaced holes I marked mine at 7cm, 14cm and 21cm but I adjusted it by eye once I got started
  5. Thread your needle with embroidery thread and insert the needle through the centre hole from the middle of the book to the outside cover. Pull the thread back through the top hole. Insert the needle through the bottom hole to the outside cover. Bring the thread back through the centre hole. You should now have two loose threads in the centre. Pull these ends tight either side of the strand going from top to bottom and tie in a double knot. Trim the ends. (Hopefully the image below will help you work out what the heck I’m trying to say!)


    Binding a Traveler's Notebook Insert | #MTN #midori #travelersnotebook #planneraddicts #planner #plannerd

  6. And now you’re good to go! Decorate as you please. I like to punch the corners with my Becky Higgins round corner punch, use alpha’s, stickers and random embellishments, but when you have beautiful scrapbook paper like this who needs to decorate!


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So, tell me? What do you think?

I know they look pretty, but I’ve just started bullet journalling in the past month and I’m really enjoying it for upping my productivity because it’s so functional. Looking nice is just a bonus.

What do you want in a diary and a planner?


Thanks for stopping by,

Sheridan Anne



    • Thanks Renee! I believe it’s definitely a prerequisite that planners are pretty! It makes you actually want to use them.
      I’m all about that – I’m looking for some plastic sleeves to put in my palmdori so I can shove pieces of paper in there!
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  1. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I’ve been bullet journaling since January. I’m almost ready to make my own. Now I know how! Thank you again!

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