I like buying planners, but I never finish one. At most, I can only get halfway through the year before I leave it at home and forget it completely. You see, I'm the kind of person who loves backpacks but hates big bulky and heavy things inside it. I like less clutter in my bag, especially since I also bring my art essentials everywhere I go. So if it's heavy, I leave it at home, which happened with my planners and my Monologue Sketch Book A5.
Some time last year, I decided to try doing a Bullet Journal. It's an organization system created by Jonathan Carrol that is customizable. It's like dumping all your needs in one notebook, may it be your to-do list, your journal, or your sketches, but with indexes and pages, so that you could find your random ramblings easily.
And I did. For two months. I tried moving my Bullet Journal on a ring-bind notebook, since I realized it would be easier if I can add or move pages around, and it lasted for another month. But then I hated bringing the journal everywhere, especially since it's heavy and bulky. I then resorted to apps on my phone. I like making lists but I used to hate writing long journal entries of my boring day. Used to because now I spend 10 to 20 minutes of my day to write journals
So imagine my excitement when I learned about Midoris and Fauxdoris and how you can include several inserts / notebooks in one journal. I love the idea of customizing a journal to suit your needs. So there I was, Googling and browsing Youtube for reviews and all that. I was slowly going down the slope where planner addicts gather. I know this slippery slope because I've been there but with calligraphy supplies, fountain pens, and watercolors (haha!).
I decided to order a travel notebook (TN for short) from Noted Journal Ph. One standard size TN for me and an A5 size TN for the boyfriend. I actually love the fauxdori from Noted Journal, which they call Notedori. The faux-leather is stiff but still has a nice feel to it. Although I feel like the elastics are a bit thin. One thing I love about this is the name customization on the front, and a bit of charm. I also ordered a removable pen loop, but it's not working for me.
My Notedori journal setup is one monthly planner, one dotted insert to act as my bullet journal, and one blank insert for my random sketches. After a week or two of using it, I found that the Standard size doesn't fit me and my needs, so I ordered an A6 cover from Sunday Leather Craft (because their leather covers are wonderful!).
So while I'm waiting for my Sunday Leather Craft cover, my current planner setup is 3 A6 notebooks, one for Bullet Journal, one for my brain dumps, and a blank one for sketches. They're all bundled using an elastic band.
I find that A6 size is perfect for me since there is just enough room for it inside my bag.
Now I'm way too excited for my fauxdori a6 cover.
Learn more about Bullet Journal. You can also check out Noted Journal Ph on their website, Facebook, and Instagram, and Sunday Leather Craft on Facebook.