I have a bit of a thing for planners. I’ve managed to keep it to a half-page size Arc notebook and a personal-size Filofax for quite a while, but last year I started seeing Midori Traveller’s Notebooks popping up all over Pinterest. I liked the clean design and the size looked perfect, but I didn’t really need one. I resisted – I really did – for a while, but eventually gave in and ordered a leather “fauxdori” (this one, in the wide size and deep violet color) from Etsy.
The leather is beautiful but once I had it in my hands, I couldn’t decide on inserts. Rather than buy something online (I’m picky about paper and line spacing.) I made my own, including a monthly calendar booklet, a weekly calendar booklet, a business card holder and notes pages.
Putting these together looks a little intimidating at first because they’re sewn, but honestly, it’s very simple. If you’d like to make your own, you can start with my templates:
To put the books together:
Print out the templates at 100%, two-sided, with your printer set for short edge binding. Each of the templates is two pages; just print out as many as you need to make a book. I found my sewing machine could handle about 15 pages plus a cover. Any more than that and the machine would stick, and the finished books didn’t lay flat.
Trim the sides and bottom of the pages 1/4″ outside the printed edges. (The top edge is fine as it is.)
Mark a light pencil line down the center of the one page. The pages have a 3/4″ center, so your line should be 3/8″ from each side.
Cut a cover just slightly larger than the pages. I used file folders for my covers – cheap, available and easy to decorate. Gotta love that!
Stack up the cover, pages and the page you marked with the center line, and use binder clips on one side to hold everything together.
At this point, you can either staple the pages or sew them together. My stapler wouldn’t reach, so I sewed my books together. Just set your sewing machine for a longer stitch and take your time.
Fold your booklet along the stitching line and press to crease.
So there you go – everything you need to make custom inserts for your Midori!