Why Do We Love Stationery So Much?

Hello Everyone and Welcome Back

Hope you’re all enjoying your week – Unfortunately I’m ill with a cold so I’m drinking fluids like no tomorrow and I’m trying to rest up as much as I can.  As well as that, I have finally pulled out a beautiful little notebook I purchased a while back but never really felt I could write in it as I wasn’t sure what to do with it.

This morning while resting on my sofa with a green tea, I decided I finally had the topic for it.

I’d love to earn some more money and I’ve seen my friends on Facebook getting involved with sideline projects and promoting the brands they’re working in conjunction with.  I watch youtube vloggers like this beauty that have their fingers in loads of pies and I wonder to myself – HOW THE HELL DO THEY DO IT?

So, I’m using this little A5 Beauty I’ve found in Homesense to help me potentially earn me a little bit of cash🙂

As I pulled the pretty little notebook out, I wondered to myself, why is it we love stationery so much?  Why are we addicted to purchasing those gorgeous little notebooks and fancy pens and beautiful stickers and labels and diaries so much?

Part of me things that when I write, I place down part of my soul.  My writing is as unique as my fingerprint, it reveals something about myself.  I want my writing to be perfect – I can’t stand to see my writing turn to rushed scrawls that are barely legible.  My writing is my stamp; my mark on the world.  It reveals more of myself than any typed word could ever do.

I sometimes think my writing is not fancy or neat or I don’t have such interesting things to write about in some intimidatingly beautiful notebooks.  Some notebooks look to me like they intend to hold manuscripts, rather than Christmas wish lists or scribbled notes from a meeting.  I feel I do not hold a manuscript in me, so I pass over those fancy notebooks.  I wouldn’t want to spoil such a perfect notebook with my jumbled thoughts.  Obviously I need to change my opinion on that, but at the moment, I feel there are “purposeful” notebooks, and “everyday catch all” notebooks.

To me, writing is nostalgic.  When I receive a handwritten note, I know the person has gone out of their way to take time out of their busy schedule to purposely write to me.  And that makes me feel so special, especially as we live in a world where we are typing our “I love you”‘s on our iPhones while running around the supermarket or out at a bar with friends (which is a pet peeve of mine, apart from to take a photo, I generally leave my phone in my bag during social events).

I’m a dreamer and can be rather whimsical at times, old fashioned even.  I hear about a time when things went at a much slower pace, that news didn’t get plastered everywhere until a day or two later, and in some cases, even longer.  Sometimes I love the convenience of technology but I love the luxury of the written word.

Case in point; the man I have been seeing for a fair few months now lives maybe 70 miles away from me.  Even though its perhaps 1 hour on the train (not including travelling to the station and waiting for the next train).  We see each other every other weekend usually.  When we are not seeing each other, we use WhatsApp to communicate usually on a daily basis.  It’s perfect for general messaging, screen shotting our travel information to each other so we know when our trains are arriving to meet each other at the station, pasting links to events or bars or restaurants to organise our visits together, creating groups to organise a larger group get together, recording and sending little voice or video messages to say “Buenos Dias!” (he’s Spanish) first thing in the morning, to send little silly photo’s throughout the day to ease the stressful working day…  and I like to utilise technology to take photo’s of little post it notes I scribble little notes on for him, or send a photo of a steamed up mirror after I’ve just taken a shower with a little silly note on there for him.  Sometimes I write a letter to him and scan it into my mac, and send it over on e-mail to him so that it has that handwritten look still but with the convenience of technology.

So yes, dust off that old pen and write your aunt a thank you note or draft your lover a sonnet, it’s more appreciated than you may realise!

Until next time…



Trialling “The Little Black Book”

Good Morning Everyone!

So, I succumbed to the charms of the Moleskine Notebook.

Traveler’s Notebook and Filofax users, please don’t be disheartened – I haven’t left you! I’m just trying new ways to streamline things.  See, this is the problem.  I want EVERYTHING together – my calendar, my bills information, my cash envelope system, a place to keep receipts, my passwords, my cards, my notes, my spending tracker… it’s proving to be rather difficult!

The Midori Regular was perhaps the closest I could get to what I wanted. But it was NOT streamlining at all, it was heavier, bulkier, and I couldn’t even fit my notes notebook into the elastics as it was so full!

Next was the Midori Passport – which was actually perfect… for my cash envelope system, and as a basic purse/wallet function.  But I couldn ‘t carry my notebooks with me.  I got a lot of compliments on the Passport whenever I went to stores – nobody had ever seen a purse/wallet like it.  I’d hold up the queues explaining the brand and that it was primarily used as a notebook but you could switch up the inserts and completely customise to meet your requirements.

I was browsing Pinterest for more information on the Traveler’s Notebooks and how others utilized their Traveler’s Notebooks – call me curious, but I get so many ideas from others, and I customize them to suit my needs. One thing that had been grabbing my attention for a while was this thing called a Moleskine.  Sure, I’d seen these overpriced notebooks in the likes of Paperchase, WHSmith and Waterstones, but I just couldn’t justify spending over £10 on a notebook.  Sure, they have diaries, but they also have blank, sketch, lined, dot and grid paper too.  The things some of the more creative people had done with their Moleskines had me lost for words.  There are many, many talented people out there.  I wanted in!

I thought long and hard, and came across a web page documenting how to create credit card inserts to place on a page in a Moleskine (or any other notebook). I wondered if I could do a similar thing but over 2 pages of a pocket size, to create the cash envelope system.  But I’m a very curious cat… so instead of thinking very long, I bit the bullet, jumped in my car and shot over to my local shopping centre.

I purchased my pocket blank notebook for £9.99 in Waterstones. I decided on the blank because it meant that I could use the book for anything I wanted – I could create a calendar, I could doodle, write notes, create templates, glue things in… basically I could freestyle whatever I needed to.

I had also read that the “unofficial” pen of the Moleskine was the Pilot G2, which I found in Paperchase also. In fact, I found the mini/pocket size.  I purchased a black and blue.

Getting back home, I sat at my table and looked a bit daunted at the prospect of having to completely begin from scratch.

The first thing I wanted was to put the cash envelope system to use. I cut the back of my required amount of envelopes off and left a little lip to glue onto the pages, staggering each one slightly lower until they filled the pages.

Next, I needed a pen loop. I ripped an elasticated pen loop from and old La-De-Dah scrapbook that I’d never used and pretty much just taped it into the back of the book.


I placed a 2016 year overview calendar, a pocket size printable taken from Wendaful Designs printed out and glued into the book.


Then I started working on the calendar. I decided I only wanted one for the next few months, as who knows, by the new year I might be using something else, or I may have stuck to the Moleskine, loved it so much and need a new one!

In the calendar, I wrote my monthly bills in the dates they were due to come out of my account, I wrote any social events, holiday days, days my manager was not in the office, appointments and general things to remember. I colour code highlighting these events.


After the calendar, I glued my monthly bills excel tracker in. Then I added tabs using labels that I’d got left over.  Got a sharpie marker and coloured the labels in black, then used a white gel pen to draw tiny little symbols to notify me what section is where.


After all of that, I felt that the book was a little too “serious” still, and needed to inject a bit of colour, a bit of “me” into the whole thing.

So, this is where my Pinterest and Google searches came in handy. I’m a lover of anything vintage inspired, or anything whimsical, dreamy, bohemian.  They are my favorite type of photographs I love searching for, looking at and wishing I could take a photograph just as fantastic.


I printed out a lot of photographs found mostly on google, creating photo collages and printing on normal printer paper to keep the book thin, and then cutting out and affixing to the pages using corner adhesives I’d purchased from Paperchase. I also used a photograph on the front of the notebook to give it a more personal touch.


I’m not finished with the set up yet – I need to create an template and an area for writing out my spending and tabbing out dedicated sections for that and my notes etc…

All in all, I’m really happy with the notebook so far – it’s small, it’s thin, it’s portable, it’s sleek, it looks pretty cool, it holds almost everything I need (I just need to find somewhere to hold my cards still as I’m unsure that the Moleskine will still be as neat with 10+ cards in…)

The paper feels sublime, very smooth and easy to write on – I love the cream colour of the pages, and the cover feels soft and slightly grained, very tactile! I chose the non-hard cover as I wanted the cover to be able to mould to the shape of the book and get that thumbed through, weathered appearance rather than it being rigid.

I’ve been using this system for almost a week, and while it’s early days, I get really excited when I have to pen an appointment in or take it out for “something”. The only thing I am a little more “shy” about is taking it out for my money at the cash registers.  There is every possibility that I may need to remove my envelope system back into my Mulberry purse/wallet…

The planner peace continues!

Have you ever used a Moleskine to plan/track/place notes/journal/as a purse (wallet) before?



Trying out the Passport Midori Traveler’s Notebook as a Wallet/Purse

You can watch the video of my change HERE 

And this is how I made the Cash Envelope System into my Passport Midori Traveler’s Notebook:

Firstly, I gathered supplies. Traveler’s Notebook, Insert (to use as a measuring tool), envelopes that fit your cash, glue stick, tape, pen/pencil (for marking), siscors, something to create a label (be it a marker pen, excel labels, Dynamo Label maker) and a piece of card.

Firstly, take all of your envelopes and decide how many you want to use for your cash envelope system.

Fold them all so that the flap is facing inwards.

Glue the unflapped sides together, like so:

And it will look like a booklet when finished.

Next, open out all of your flaps:

Create your labels. I used excel, placed thick boarders around each one and made sure I had everything twice:

Once cut out, I then began to create the tabs, utilising the flaps of the envelopes.

The result looked like this:

Out of card, I traced around an insert and provided it around 5mm of spine.

I also created some little secretarial pockets from the envelopes to fit on the outsides of the booklet for receipts or tickets etc.

I then added tape to the edges of the envelopes to give them strength.

Then glued the first edge of the booklet onto the card, slid the notebook through the Midori Traveler’s Notebook Middle elastic and glued the other side down.

Pulled through my zipper pocket behind the elastic and voila!

Have you used your Passport Traveler’s Notebook as a Wallet/Purse/Cash Envelope System?




Designing My Cash Envelope System in the Midori Traveler’s Notebook

Hello everyone!

After umming and ahhing and wondering about the Cash Envelope System, I took to thinking of how I would create the “booklet” to hold all of my cash.

I looked to YouTube and found this amazing video which gave me my idea of how to put my own spin on things. Here’s what I did:

Purchased lots of envelopes that just about fit a note of monetary value.

Stuck labels and sticky notes on them, the labels for designated areas that I will assign my cash to, the sticky notes to help keep a running total of what is in the envelope.


Cut card stock down to the exact size of an insert.

Stuck down the envelope to the cardstock.

Piled all on top of eachother and as per the video, worked from the middle page out to tape the opposing sides of the booklet together.


Then I binded them all together to create a booklet. Added embellishments and then cash🙂

I’ve had to remove my blank paper notes section for this area for the moment as its looking quite thick!! 

How is your traveler’s notebook experience so far?



Midori as a Cash Envelope System?

Hello Everyone!

Well, bang goes our last Bank Holiday in the UK until Christmas! It’s all uphill from here.

I’m an Autumn Girl though, so my favourite season is almost upon us. I’m excited… I love the crunching of the leaves, the crisp air first thing in the morning, the fashion… Oh, the fashion is phenomenal… The colours, the chunky sweaters and chunky over the knee socks and boots and skinny jeans and fedoras and scarves… I’m in my element!

But anyway, I’m digressing.

Lately it been debating whether to utilise my Traveler’s Notebook as a purse (or wallet, to our American Friends🙂 ).

*Sidenote – can you see how different the leathers are on my Traveler’s Notebooks?  Both made by Midori, my Passport was my first purchase in from Amazon 2015, and from day 1 the leather felt smooth and almost shiny.  It’s almost impossible to scratch.  Whereas my Regular is made by Midori re-branded as Traveler’s Notebook purchased from The Journal Shop in May 2016 and right from the beginning it was dull, susceptible to dinks and scratches and felt slightly rougher and less pliable than my Passport.  I thought it was an aging thing but now I’ve used my Regular daily for the last 3 months and the oils of my hands not even providing any kind of patina to the leather yet,  I think I prefer the Regular though – I love the imperfections.  Does anyone else have 2 (or more!) notebooks by Midori that have completely different looks and feels that were completely different from day 1?  I know it’s leather and it will always vary etc, but these two are completely different colours and textures etc.

Anyway, no sooner as I’d wondered whether I would be able to utilise my Traveler’s Notebook as a purse, I wondered whether it ought to be in my Passport size so that I could bring that into play once again.

So last night, after doing some digging around, I came across a great series of videos on YouTube I absolutely loved…

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
I was entranced. Amazed.  I watched the video’s a couple of times, making sense of them and wondering how I could manipulate the system to suit my needs.  I want £1000 in my Emergency Fund.  I want to pay off that pesky little Credit Card and my car.  I want to save 3-6 months expenses.  I want to invest 15% of household bills into a Pension.  I want to pay off my home early. I knew I needed this system in my life and to use it with my Traveler’s Notebook.  I’d seen photographs of tabbed envelopes on Pinterest and I’d been intrigued for some time, however I’d never really looked into it as I used my debit card way too much.

Any that’s the problem…  when I’m throwing my card around, I tend to not track it as well as I should, and before I know it, my funds are cleared out!  The lady in the video mentioned she is a tactile person and I think that I am, too.  Cash is more valuable to me than a card.

I’ve recently changed jobs and have switched from weekly back to monthly pay (thank goodness!) but although I’m feeling relieved I’m back on monthly pay, I was on weekly pay for 2 1/2 years so there is a little adjustment still going on at the moment… to be expected!  However, I love the idea of being able to work on the Dave Ramsey System.

So before I start poking around… Does anyone have any advice on using the Cash Envelope System, and rather, how you set your Traveler’s Notebook up accordingly?

Much Love!



Midori Traveler’s Notebook Flip Through

Hi everyone!

It’s been a few months since I moved back into my Traveler’s Notebook… And for a long time I left everything boring and just wrote notes/wrote in a diary/planned on a monthly spread… 

Life got in the way, I changed jobs, I was being a social creature, I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my inserts really… Until last night. I bought my watercolours out to play and fished out some old stamps… And got understatedly creative. 

As anyone that reads my blog regularly will know, I’m a huge huge lover of all things slightly bohemian or indie, so I really think this screams “me!”

Without further ado… Here is my flip through…

The first insert is my purple book (water coloured and stamped) which has my monthly spread, coded passwords and bills info:

Then I have a craft fileThe next booklet is the blue book, which is my journal:

Then the back of the craft file:

The next book is the green book, which has my freestyle notes… Whatever I feel or am want to find out more about goes in here: 

The back of the booklet, and the back of the clear wallet🙂

I know it’s still relatively bare, I just wanted to show how well the covers came out🙂