Ray’s Traveler’s Notebook AKA the Raydori

Hello!

Last week I had been researching the Midori Traveler’s Notebook, and looking online at everyone’s rustic, whimsical, memory treasured books I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon.

I’d been so against the Traveler’s Notebooks for so long as I didn’t want to confine myself to a bound planner/system etc… Because I’m such a perfectionist I like to know I can just rip out an insert and start again.

But something urged me to keep looking at them, I felt drawn to their beauty and style… They looked different from our pristine Filofaxes, they looked broken into, malleable, utterly customisable, aged, loved, battered about… And I loved that!

I just couldn’t justify the base price of £40 for a regular size notebook, you know?

Whilst on YouTube, I came across a fantastic video by Sophie on her Midori “range”. (http://youtu.be/WnT6VOjbuh8). It was there I was introduced to this beautiful notebook made by Ray Blake of My Life All In One Place (www.mylifeallinoneplace.com). I’ve mentioned his website in a few of my posts as he works with Steve from Philofaxy (www.philofaxy.blogspot.co.uk) on Filofax inserts.

Ray also does a vast range of printables for the Midori Traveler’s Notebooks along with step by step guides on how to print and bind your own notebooks, which is a godsend for me!

Anyhow, whilst I was watching Sophie’s video and seeing this gorgeous emerald green notebook by Ray, I knew I had to have one. Ray handmakes binders to your needs, which sounded perfect to me as I had read about niggles that Midori users found, the wraparound elastic joining at the back of the notebook creating a bump where the knot was, as well as other things. Sounded like Sophie and Ray’s tweaks had created the perfect notebook.

So off I went to order my own from Ray, in the hope that with it would push me into finally doing a bit of my own travelling and documenting, unleashing that squashed free spirit that I have.

The very next day after ordering and paying, my manager called me into his office and notified me that I would be going to LA and Vegas in October to find out how a couple of our American branches work and their procedures, to get an insight how we could improve things here in England.

I’m going with another female colleague around my age so it’s going to be a little girly trip…

I’m still a little freaked how I ordered a Traveler’s Notebook with a half arsed attempt to push me to do more to write about, but I never actually thought it would happen so quickly, almost magical!

Today my Raydori arrived, I could barely finish my Crumpets before tearing open the envelope! Here we go!

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The leather is so soft and floppy, not at all like our rigid Filofax binders. You can overstuff this binder to your hearts content… And I intend to!

Ray has also very kindly popped in 2 starter notebooks for me: a lined notebook and an A-Z index, both of which will prove invaluable to me when I attempt to make my own booklets!

And so, let’s begin the Raydori Chapter!

Anyone else got a Midori/Raydori/Fauxdori? How do you use yours?

Much love

Kel

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