It's tempting to argue that 2020 is the year in which we needed calendars and planners the least; but to the contrary, I've found I've used and worked in my Traveler's Notebook from The Ink Pad more than ever. Because it's a system that you can customize to work perfectly for your life! For example, did you know that there are many TN refill options that don't even involve a calendar? Such as Sketchbook, Watercolor, Gridded and Kraft Paper inserts that turn your TN into a portable sketchbook, art journal, or creative writing habitat. The Traveler's Notebook Master Blog Post from the end of September lays out all of the basics about sizes, refills and covers; you might like to check it out if you're thinking about jumping into the TN universe.
The products I chose for 2020 were a Regular Size Weekly Plus Memo, which I use partially as an art journal, but also to record all the big and small milestones of the year; including the books I've read, favorite tv shows and movies, new recipes, quotes I want to remember and whatever else I feel like adding any given week. I also use aFree (aka Undated) Diary Monthly to keep track of all my creative assignments, so that I have a visual record where I can quickly see what products, colors and themes I've used recently, and what I need to include in future. In the photo above, you can also see a Passport Size Weekly Diary which I picked up recently at The Ink Pad as a "leftover" item, because I wanted to see if I'd like working in that small size.
For this simple November monthly spread I used Kelly's Outline Letters from Hero Arts to add the dates to the calendar grid, and colored them in with Tombow Dual Brush Pens, which I also used for the title lettering. I decorated the margins with White Lace Gem Tape through which I sponged a tiny bit of Antique Linen Distress Ink for contrast. I added accents of MT Slim (3mm) Art Tape in red to set off the different sections and give another pop of color.
I did two versions of essentially the same collage in the Passport Sized 2020 Weekly (above) and the Regular Size Volume (below). I started with some torn vintage paper from a Collage Pack, added White Lace Flower Tape, Vellum Typewriter Stickers, Vintage Flower Stickers, Translucent Flower Etchings Stickers and typed quotations. The Passport format is just a little more than half the size of the Regular, but I still felt like I had enough room to be creative.
For next year, I've chosen to re-use my Regular Size Binder as opposed to a Leather Cover and I'm going with the 2021 Weekly Plus Memo; I'll be using the 2021 Monthly Diary as well. I also treated myself to the Limited Edition 2021 Customizing Stickers (this year's theme is books!) and a Brass Bookmark Template.
Check out the Traveler's Notebook Basics Blog Post for lots more info, or stop by The Ink Pad's Chelsea shop to see all of the variations that are available!
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