DIY – Traveler’s Notebook

DIY – Traveler’s Notebook

Hey everyone! I am back with a new video and this is going to be a DIY or do-it-yourself traveller’s notebook. Let’s get started! All the materials and tools are listed in the description box below. First measure 22 x 15 cm on your material choice. For this project, I am using vinyl that I got from the thrift store. You can use materials such as actual or faux leather which a lot of Midori inspired notebooks are made of. After cutting the material, it’s time to add some double-sided adhesive to the wrong side of the material. This step is optional. You can use other forms of adhesive, but for me this was already available. Then add glue onto the entire surface. You can spread the glue using a brush or your fingertips, but I don’t find it necessary to do so. Carefully lay the material on top of the felt to stick them together. Smooth out any creases or lumps from the glue. Carefully cut the excess felt using scissors. Do this slowly to create a nice smooth cut. We’re almost done with the notebook cover The next step is to draw curves on the corners of the cover. This is once again optional, however the authentic Midori Traveller’s Notebook has round corners, which makes it look a little bit more professional. To make this step easier, you can use any small round object as a guide, such as a bottle cap or a coin. Carefully cut all corners. Flip the cover so the felt is facing you and draw a line in the middle, which is 11cm from the left and right edge. Then measure 1cm from both the top and bottom edge. This should serve as a guide for the holes, which are 0.5cm on both sides of that dot we created earlier. Mark the centre of the cover as well, which is 7.5cm from the top and bottom edge. Use an awl or anything sharp to poke holes through the cover. Take the elastic cord, which I got from eBay, and roughly measure the spine of the cover twice. Cut two pieces. With one cord, insert it through the centre hole. This will act as the closure for the notebook cover. Tie a knot on the inside to secure it in place. Using the second cord, insert it through the four holes we made earlier. Start from the top left hole, then through the top right, moving down to the bottom right, then onto the bottom left. Pull the cord so the cover bends slightly and tie a knot. Take a pocket sized notebook and insert these into the elastic cords like so. When adding more notebooks, use the elastic cord to make another elastic band. Insert it inside the notebook, then take a pocket folder or another notebook and insert it though the cord on the spine of the notebook, like so. Insert it under the pink notebook and you’re done! The Midori Traveler’s Notebook is used by a lot of people in the planner community, which inspired this project. I made this out of materials I already had. In the description box is the list of the materials and tools I used, as well as where I got them from. If you decide to make this, you can use it as a planner, a sketchbook, a journal or just for note taking. If you use this video tutorial to make a traveller’s notebook, feel free to share it to me via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you enjoyed this video, please give it a thumbs up. Subscribe for more videos and check out my social media links in the description box below. Thank you so much for watching and I will see you in my next one!

Daniel Ostrander

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99 thoughts on “DIY – Traveler’s Notebook

  1. Arte Con Clase says:

    It's so good. Thank you very much for sharing.

  2. ventura vgv says:

    no se el idioma me des suscribi

  3. Emelia Helmueller says:

    There should be a warning for parental supervision my daughter watched this and went through my husbands tool box and did this with out my permission

  4. BlueNoodle79 says:

    I guess you can make it thicker with more elastics if you want, right?

  5. Addison Lackey says:

    Great info but girl! You sound like a robot! I know you wouldn't be doing this if you didn't enjoy it so let me hear that in your voice!!! I might try and make one of these for a friend of mine who likes to write poetry

  6. Meraj Chaugule says:

    God so amazing I just tried when I first so much he video and it came put well

  7. Meraj Chaugule says:

    God so amazing I just tried when I first so much he video and it came put well

  8. Meraj Chaugule says:

    thank for wonderful tutorial

  9. lucyjayne16814 says:

    is it bad I starting getting tired?

  10. Emily Jones says:

    This was a great tutorial and your voice was very clear and understandable

  11. Becca Skrocki says:

    Love this! Where did you get the pocket notebooks?

  12. sherryshell55 says:

    Great video! Easy to follow and understand. Thanks for sharing.

  13. sim Laya says:

    This tutorial was amazing ! You're really underrated for being such a good and helpful artist! I hope to be as good as you when I'm older. Keep doing what you're doing!!!

  14. petralovesit says:

    this is too much complication i cant do that like omg

  15. Colorlessie says:

    I'm gonna do the same thing but with watercolor paper, to make a traveler's watercolor book…hehe

  16. Susanti Susanti says:

    So cool

  17. Andrea Carys says:

    Is "Felt" the same as Flannel Wool? Because I'm WAY too lazy to drag myself to the arts shop, and all I have at home is Flannel Wool, would that work the same? Thanks!

  18. Magdalena Břízova says:

    This is just perfect for me! Thanx!!

  19. savrdadolls says:

    It's a great tutorial! Thank you! 🙂

  20. Leo Pajo says:

    Beautiful! Loved your video. Keep it up. I make similar clips, check them out.

  21. Megha Jain says:

    Loved the tutorial!!!!

  22. Rebecca S. says:

    Very good video tutorial. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  23. Dylan Wilson says:

    I really love this

  24. min loli cute says:


  25. Barbara Richards says:

    I already have everything I need to make one of these, so I'm definitely going to try to make one today, thank you

  26. Barbara Richards says:

    I made it, I didn't have enough leather in one colour so I pieced three pieces together with copydex and made it like yours after that, except I made some holes on the front to thread elastic through for holding pen pencil and waterbrush, and inside I made a felt pocket for a card with blobs of watercolour paint on. I really like it, thank you for inspiring me with your video

  27. Ruth Rice says:

    how many booklets can be added in?

  28. Lisa Heavenbound says:

    I'm a publish writer and always need paper with me for note taking and this will be a great idea ! Thank you for taking the time to share this great idea!

  29. Lucia B. Pajuelo says:

    I love this tutorial! Thank you for making this video. It is easy to follow, very well explained and the result is beautiful.

  30. Mid Life Cruising says:

    There is a third hole that wasn't used, what was it for and do you use it in the future?

  31. Mischa says:

    Why do you use the double sided tape if you are going to cover the surface in glue? This seems redundant, and I am wondering if the glue sticks as well to the smooth surface of the tape as it would to the rough, absorbent "wrong" side of the fabric?

  32. Maria Bertao says:

    Best video I've seen so far on how to make a TN…I will be making a few for clients, I know they will love your method best..great looking TN!

  33. Smudge White says:

    Thank you for such a clear, easy to follow video.  It's great, and has inspired me to make my own!

  34. Henegilda Pil says:

    thank you for sharing

  35. Artsy Addict says:

    Hi, great video! where did you get the little notebooks?

  36. Kimberly Johnson says:

    I appreciate how direct this DIY video is. thank you. So many have the first 10 minutes of talking, rambling, tangents, etc which I find HIGHLY annoying. Yours was very pleasant to watch. I hope to make one soon.

  37. Nickole :P says:

    At 8:12 when i looked at the markers i thought they were big paper then when I saw the clock I was like "O.O what a big clock she has"

  38. Smudge White says:

    Thank you for such an informative video – your voice is lovely, very professional, and the instructions were very clear. You've inspired me to try this myself – thank you!

  39. Carlos says:

    What are the sizes of the notebooks? You are awesome 😉

  40. XxXAnOXxX says:

    no offence but i cringed so hard around 2:35
    do youjust throw the rest pieces away.. ??
    i have seen many DIYs that are very wasteful and it hurts my mind and stomach..

  41. Pilar Benitez says:

    beautiful 👍👍👍👍👍

  42. Sara Santos says:

    Que cola voce usou neste trabalho?

  43. Tasneem Kausar says:

    Where did you get the notebooks from? The last item I need, thank you~

  44. Darkhorse3211 says:

    Brilliant!!! I'm going to try this! 🙂

  45. Dragontihui says:

    Thank you for using the metric system like the rest of the world.

  46. Mike Mungra says:

    this is gonna help

  47. cheeseandbread says:

    what an amazing video, I will make my own traveler's notebook because of you!! Thank you!

  48. John Sinclair says:

    Thumbs up. This is just what I had in mind for a back pocket notebook. (Too bad I had to wade through six other vids before this one.) I make my own inserts now, so I'll dimension the cover to match. Best Idea = the pocket divider!

  49. Grandma Jeddah says:

    thank you for the video. I have a pair of leather pants from the thrift store I knew id find a use for the leather one day, lol

  50. Folaurasha Jerry says:


  51. monica tamagri christian says:

    Hello, 🙂 this is exactly the video I had been looking for and so easy to understand. Thank you for sharing. I noticed you had two other sizes. I was wanting to make a A5 size for my daughter who will be off to college soon and was wondering if you wouldn't mind sharing the measurements. Thanks, Monica 🙂

  52. Micah Ficklin says:

    You sound like a robot

  53. Laundry Sauce says:

    I thought this was an art notebook lol

  54. Sunny says:

    Hi, I was just thinking can I use jeans except felt.
    I'll be glad if you answer.

    Thank you 😊

  55. marcia carvalho says:

    this is good

  56. HeiderTV says:

    Great video , thank you very much : )

  57. Ruby Shep says:

    have you thought of using DeviantArt?

  58. lauryn says:

    Or just by one

  59. TashasBookAddiction says:

    Amazing🙌🏽. I like it, imma try it one day☺️

  60. Aeryn K Designs says:

    perfect tutorial, thank you. I'm not a planner person so the idea for a mixed media type travel journal was new for me and I needed this help.

  61. Fealice Green says:

    one of the easy videos i have seen Thanks

  62. HUMANEEER says:


  63. Travis Zane says:

    Awesome vid! These videos always inspire me – Really liking your stuff 🙂 check out my vids if you have a little time, I think we both have similar interests

  64. Amy K Taylor says:

    This is a great tutorial. I love it! Making one of these doesn't seem so terrifying anymore. 😀

  65. Hayley Rose says:

    Ok ur music is like funeral music

  66. Raúl Arano says:

    Great video! INstructions easy to follow, and the idea is so lovely. Thanks a lot!

  67. Pepperino Montoya says:

    A dot is a lot smh

  68. 吴秋凡 says:

    really useful and easy for everyone~ THX Zyra

  69. cocochan desu says:

    Hello! My friend linked me to this video, and I'm so very glad that he did. Your video used simple explanations and materials and helped me a lot since other videos show a whole range of materials I probably couldn't afford to buy or find where I live. great work and thank you so much!

  70. Blessed and Creative says:

    wonderful, check out my war binder video!! thanks!

  71. Jonathon Dart says:

    Skyrim Music

  72. LittleRedRidingHood says:

    This was truly incredible I never would have thought of this incredibly work

  73. mila jovanovic says:

    Your table so neet

  74. ananya das says:

    What can i use as a replacement of both side tape?? I don't have this

  75. Manjula Perera says:

    Hi which thrift store u got the vinyl from?
    Is It Salvos?
    Thanks 😊

  76. Cassandra Nadeau says:

    next time choose another song, this one is for deep sleep for insomnia, I know it because I listen it when I'm I can't sleep and I fell asleep while watching the video

  77. azim saleh says:

    Can we binding the paper instead of putting the notebook inside?

  78. Grandma Jeddah says:

    you didn't thread the middle hole?

  79. Nourish nouri says:

    I Love it

  80. Anna Ruth Borges says:

    Amei. Amei. Amei… vou fazer… obrigada.

  81. Fitgirlz C says:

    So simple to follow! Thanks for showing people how to do it step by step (surprising how many other ones fail to do so). Best thing is we can use existing tools to make these rather than buy one from the shop and never use it again.

  82. Daiana Abal says:

    So so cute! i will try to make it one ♥

  83. Michael Trent says:

    What a great vid. Clear instructions with perfect step by step video. Cannot wait to make one. Thanks!

  84. Santina Jørgensen says:

    i really love this

  85. Светлана Татарчук says:

    Thank you !!!

  86. Staratel rusRegion says:

    Thank from russia

  87. δμsκ & Dawn says:

    Am i the only one that has none of this stuff for the cover

  88. Liliacfury Tail says:

    This is perfect for school, I added a planner on one side and on the other my bag of supplies.

  89. Chara Choppel says:

    Think, maybe you could make the corner cutting a little bit easier. Provided your scissors can clip through several layers of leather/vinyl, that is. Fold the cover in half, then in half again, so all four corners are on top of each other, then clip your corner, and it will look the same on all four corners.

  90. Faith Shaffer says:

    Thank you for such a precise video. Just what I was looking for, though, I want to add two more signatures than you have. It is easy to figure that out since your video was so great 🙂

  91. TheMex Games says:

    ¿Can with kraft?

  92. madhatterscrafts 123 says:

    Thank you

  93. Tania Lovich says:

    Thank you very much for this video 🙂 Hello from Russia

  94. George GDL says:

    I swear she could voice Velma from scooby doo

  95. Gojira61 says:

    Well that was straightforward. I like.

  96. cinchud says:

    This came out great. I didn’t follow how you attached the pink notebook with the pocket inserts. Can you clarify that, where did you attach the elastic after tying the knot and wrapping in through the notebook?

  97. Bonnie Nolan says:

    Thank you for sharing. I really like that it's not a running monologue be for the actual diy. Very easy to follow. I'm going to make one for myself.

  98. Theminnieminx8 says:

    New subscriber here. That was the easiest to follow instructions and cost efficient way to make a fauxdori. Thank you so much.

  99. אביה חמו says:

    Well done and thank you for doing it yourself and finally accessible💖

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