Journaling with Traveler's Notebooks

When I discovered traveler's notebooks, I discovered a whole new system for journaling that is practical, portable, and fun.  Whether you love to bullet journal, art journal, or do any kind of list- making or documenting your thoughts, the traveler's journal is a wonderful system. 

How to use a traveler's notebook

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Are you familiar with traveler's notebooks?   For those of you who are as unaware as I was until a year or two ago, a traveler's notebook is a leather or leather-like or fabric cover that holds multiple inserts (mini-notebooks)  with elastic bands. So, in reality, you are carrying around several little notebooks in one book-like cover.  One for say, your calendar, one for lists, one for a daily journal, one for sketching, etc.  But they are all in the same place.  Several little notebooks, all in one nice tidy package. This really speaks to my need for structure and portability!

(A divided binder or discbound notebook serves a similar purpose. I have those too.  Different notebooks for different things!)

Here are the traveler's notebooks I've committed to filling this year.  The floral one is from Webster's Pages.  That particular one is discontinued,  but there are several similar ones. The brown one was on clearance at Hobby Lobby.

There are more expensive versions of these too, made of leather. If you want even one of the non-leather ones like mine, you might want to find one on sale, because they can be a little pricey. (Mine were both on clearance.) They each came with one plain notebook insert, and then I purchased additional (much prettier!) inserts separately on Etsy. Inside each of these, I have 4 individual notebooks (inserts), but I could fit a few more. 

Journaling in Traveler's Notebooks

Journaling in Traveler's Notebooks

Note: These pretty notebook inserts in the pictures above and below did NOT come with the traveler's notebook.  It comes with one plain insert.  I purchased my inserts at Etsy.

Journaling in Traveler's Notebooks

I'm going to fill those babies up this year with lists, drawings, gratitude, goals, prayers, etc. (I have ideas to fill a notebook in my post here.) I want to encourage all of you to journal this year.  No journaling fear!  I'll be sharing some pages with you.

Speaking of journals, here are some gorgeous ones.  My husband and I go to Barnes and Noble after our  breakfast date on Saturday mornings a lot, and I always have a look at all of the beautiful ones.  I've decided I have enough already and need to fill them before I go investing in one of these beauties. But I do love to look at them.  Do you ever do this?  My problem with these kinds of journals, though, is that they are so intimidating to me that I'm almost afraid to write in them.

I'm also a bit of a pen fanatic, and I have some new favorite gel pens. They make my journaling so much fun. I love them so much. They're so smooth, they glide. They also dry very fast and don't smear at all.  The picture below is of the Pentel Energel RTX retractables.  I put my camera away before I shot photos of those, but below is the set I have. I also love the Pentel Deluxe with the 1.0 mm (broad) tip. That one only comes in a few colors, but sometimes I love that thicker line when I'm writing bigger letters. 

Happy journaling!

Linking to:

Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy
Wonderful Wednesday at OMHG
Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging
LouLou Girls
Your Whims Wednesday at My Girlish Whims
Our Home Away from Home
Creative Muster at FlusterBuster
Tutorials and Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wonderful Wednesday at Eclectic Red Barn
Thursday Favorite Things
Creatively Crafty
Artsy Fartsy Mama
Blogger's Pit Stop
Home Matters
Create, Bake, Grow, and Gather at Shabby Art Boutique
Tuesday Turn About at My Wee Abode
Over the Moon at Marilyn's Treats
Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom
Making a Home at Linda's Lunacy
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House


  1. Ooh they do say to go more dairy free when sick so that soup looks divine. I know just what you mean about being so grateful for health when not sick. Being sick can really take its toll. It can last for so long these days.
    I'm a sucker for pretty journals, and also gel pens.

    1. It really is a great soup. And, can you believe it, I'm still not over this virus. More time to rest, eat soup, and journal. :)

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by!! I hope you are having a great week!!

    1. Thank YOU too, Debbie! I hope you're having a great week!

  3. Sorry to hear you are not feeling up to par. I make elderberry elixir and Kombucha. We take some every day and do not get sick. If however, we do feel something coming on we will take it three times a day and by the next day we are fine.

    My daughter just bought both of us bullet point journals. This will be the first time I am using a journal.

    1. My daughter is a fan of elderberry, and she, too, recommended I take some. She also loves Kombucha! I will have to try those. I think you will love journaling. I am really trying to be more consistent with it. My mom journaled a lot, and now that she's gone, the journals are so precious to me. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. I’m fascinated with these traveler journals but not sure how i would use them...would love to see some of your sample pages!

    1. I will be posting some pages in the near future, Amy! I really love this format for journaling!

  5. I always look forward to a new year with a new journal!

    1. Yes, such fresh pages to fill!

  6. Love the floral notebook! Enjoy using it. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thanks so much! It's really enjoyable to use.

  7. I have always had a love for pretty journals. Four years ago or so, I used to follow Dawn Nicole's daily hand lettering/doodling prompts, and really enjoyed it. I went through some life things, and got out of taking time to do it, but I would like to do it, and will need a pretty new journal for it!


    1. I missed this comment somehow, Alexandra, but I saw it just now. I really like Dawn Nicole's site! She was one of the first people who I followed for brush lettering.


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