Bullet Journal: Switching to a Traveler’s Notebook

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As you know, I have been using a Miquel Rius notebook as my bullet journal since October of last year. (You can read about that here!) I was in love with it! But we all know that new obsessive love can fade quickly! So here I am…falling out of love with it! GASPS! I may or may not have said…

Honestly, I don’t think I could even use a different notebook now! I am so used to the size of this one that whenever I finish it I just may buy another one! It’s perfect!

However I did follow that up with…

(Now don’t quote me on that! We all know how what’s “perfect” today doesn’t work for us tomorrow! LOL)

So today is tomorrow and what was perfect is not working for me anymore! Did that make sense?

At the time, having everything in one notebook seemed like a great idea. But I soon figured out that did NOT work for me. Throwing a collection or some notes in the middle of my weekly spreads…I just couldn’t do it! AND I found that I was not even making collections in my notebook. In the beginning I was doing it because everyone else was doing it. I thought I HAD to put collections in because if I didn’t, it wouldn’t be considered a “bullet journal”! So I just created pages to decorate and “list all the things”! Then I got into MY groove. A weekly layout was all I needed. I just wanted a place to list out a few things to do that day, what we had for dinner, and maybe a quick note or quote.

Towards the end of last month, I got tired of having to draw out my weekly layout. The two page spread that I was using was pretty much EMPTY! I had lost my mojo for the bujo! (Say it ain’t so?!) So I had to do a little brainstorming. It was then that I realized that I missed using my traveler’s notebook as my planner! I missed decorating my pages, which I wasn’t doing in my bullet journal notebook, mostly because of the size of the pages. So I pulled out my weekly insert and put it back in my traveler’s notebook, along with my monthly insert. And here is what my first week looked like…

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I use it the same way I used the weekly in my Miquel Rius notebook. I go day by day and fill in my to do list the night before or early that morning. I check off as I go and at the end of the week if anything needs to be migrated, I do so then.

This is the current week…

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I LOVE to use stamps and washi tape! I would like to use some small stickers but I just can’t find any that fit with my “aesthetic”! (Because we all have an aesthetic, right?) I prefer simple, mostly black and white with a pop of color, which by now you should know that the pop of color for me is GREEN! Most of the stickers out there are very colorful. (So maybe if I can’t find what I need I should just make them, huh?! I’ll write that in my brain dump section!)

I did a Periscope just the other day on the setup of this traveler’s notebook, along with my spiritual traveler’s notebook, which is a fabric notebook from SunshineNBliss on Etsy. You can view a recording of that Periscope below!

I loved planning in my traveler’s notebook before. I tried the one notebook idea and it just didn’t work for me. The notebook I was using wasn’t portable at all! I take my traveler’s notebook with me everywhere! So it only made sense for me to switch back to what worked instead of trying to force what didn’t. The beauty of the traveler’s notebook system is that you can truly adapt it to fit your needs at any given time just by switching inserts. And now I have everything I need in one “notebook” and still have that separation that I crave. I love it just as much now as I did when I used it before! They say you always remember your first love, right?

Do you use a traveler’s notebook to bullet journal?

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  • Charlotte Dugas

    I’m a multi-book person, not in quite as neat a system as the traveler’s notebooks, though. The set-up appeals, but for now my promise to myself is to work with what I have. So, I have a weekly/monthly pre-printed planner (I have neither the time nor the inclination to set up my own, I am lazy that way) for my work hours (two part-time jobs to keep track of) and daily to-do list. That goes with me everywhere. Some stickers, stencil symbols, and everything in my messy script in pencil is all the decorating that goes into that one. Oh, and some washi tape forming a pocket out of the last page and the back cover, to tuck receipts and what-not into. The actual “journal” part of my BuJo stays at home on my desk, and in that I draw in a simple header (weather, random spending, 3 things I am grateful for) and then make a bullet list of the high points of each day. I might add a sticker, I practice my calligraphy on the header, and I also have a habit tracker and “bills paid” page in there for each month.

    • Hi Charlotte! Thanks for stopping by! Keeping it simple is most often the way to go! That’s why I moved back into my traveler’s notebook! I felt that I was making planning way more difficult than it needed to be! I can be lazy at times too! 😉 My current setup is more ME!

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  • Nicki

    Hi there, glad I found you on Instagram! This post is what I’ve been looking for, cuz I’m sort of obsessing about what kind of planner to use! I’ve been using a Planner Pad for a few years, and I like it, but I recently bought a notebook (the one with the hard-to-pronounce name that starts with L) to start a bullet journal. But…now I’ve been seeing all these adorable travelers-type journals, with inserts for different subjects (planner, journal, etc), and now I’m wondering about that type instead! I’ve always wanted to do art journaling, but have never gotten around to it. Bottom line: I love planning analog-style, but still haven’t decided which way to go. Guess I’ll have to give it a go and jump in! Thanks again!

    • Hi Nicki! Thanks for stopping by! I love the traveler’s notebook system! Definitely give it a go!