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Link: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2011/09/27/take-pictures-from-any-angle-with-the-samsung-mv800/Midori 5th Anniversary TRAVELER’s Notebook Reviewby JULIE on OCTOBER 9, 2011 · 8Do pens, notebooks or other accessories help inspire you to regularly write in your journal ordiary? Or are you like me, do you have a stack of blank Moleskine and Rhodia notebooks onyour desk that mock you when you look at them? I seem to start and stop the habit of writing. Idefinitely want to do it, I just can’t seem to keep going once I start. That doesn’t stop me frombuying cool pens and notebooks though. I’ve had my eye on the Midori TRAVELER’s notebookever since seeing them inPatrick NG’s photo stream on Flickr. So I finally bought onefrom Maidoand here are my thoughts about it.Note: Click the images in this review to see a larger view.
I’m a sucker for cool notebooks in the first place, so when you pair one with a leather cover, allrestraint goes out the window. The Midori 5th Anniversary TRAVELER’s notebook is mainly soldin Japan, but is hand made in Thailand. The cover is very basic in construction and appearanceas you can see above. There are no logos or other branding on the front. A simple brown elasticband holds the notebook closed.Note: Other than the lighter camel color, I’m not sure how this 5th anniversary edition differs fromthe other TRAVELER notebooks that are available in darker Brown and Black.
On the back is a simple stamp in the bottom left corner.
Here you can see how the TRAVELER’s notebook compares to a large Moleksine (left) and asmall Moleskine (right). The TRAVELER is approximately 4.75 x 8.75 inches.When you open the cover, you notice the rough leather interior, which gives the notebook itsrustic charm. Included with the cover is one notebook.
The notebook is held in place with an elastic band that is attached to the spine of the cover.A tin clasp holds the elastic band in place.
The included notebook is made of Japanese paper, which has 64 off white pages that are aboutthe same thickness as regular typing paper or Moleskine notebook pages. A thin threadbookmark is attached to the notebook.I think the attraction of the Midori TRAVELER is the romantic look of it. It reminds you ofsomething Indiana Jones might carry with him on his adventures. The more you use it, scratch it,scuff it (and you will very quickly…), the better it will look. Battle worn and all that… The otherattraction is that you can embellish and customize it with some optional accessories.
You can purchase a set of colored elastic bands (your notebook comes with 1 extra Green band)and an extra tin clasp to give the notebook a bit more personality. The elastic bands that comewith this kit are long enough to makes several cover bands and / or spine bands to hold thenotebook in place.You can also purchase additional notebooks that are lined, have grids, have thicker paper fordrawing, calendars etc. Other customization options include pen holders, stickers, ink stamps,stick on pockets, charms and a kit with beads to decorate the elastic band and bookmark.
I switched out the Brown band with a Red one and I added a geared pewter charm from anecklace that Oberon had sent me. It looks cool right? But is a simple leather cover with a 65page notebook worth almost $60 and has it inspired me to write journal entries more often? Nopeand nope.I know I could easily make my own TRAVELER’s notebook by ordering a piece of leatherfrom Tandy Leather. All I would need to do is cut a square piece of leather and punch a couple ofholes in it for the elastic bands that I can find at any fabric store like Joann’s. For the notebook, Icould take a stack of regular typing paper, cut it down a bit, fold it in half, staple the center andthere you go… I bet I could make one that looks the same (minus the stamp on the back) forabout $20 give or take. Maybe a lot less.Do I have buyer’s remorse that I ordered the Midori 5th Anniversary TRAVELER’s Notebook?Yes I do… I know it’s probably just going to sit there in the stack with my other untouchedMoleskine and Rhodia notebooks. That said, there’s nothing actually wrong with this product. It’snot constructed badly and would make a perfectly fine notebook for anyone that wants to buyone. It’s just not worth that much in my opinion…I think I’ve finally figured out why I can’t keep a journal for any length of time… It’s the fact that Ican type 100x faster than I can write. When I do write, I tend to do so sloppily and since I am a
bit of a perfectionist, it bugs me when I accidentally misspell a word and have to cross it out orwrite over it. Or if I do a drawing and make a mistake, that bugs me too. Everything is sopermanent when you’re working with paper. That’s why I’m on a quest to find a journal / diaryprogram for the iPhone or more likely the iPad. I plan to do an article about that questsoon. In the mean time, what inspires you to keep up with your journal?