Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Brownie- My Midori Travelers Journal

Meet Brownie...

My beautiful midori travelers style journal...but on crack!

Yep.  Its super big fat ain't it?  I know that's what she said.  This is my second go at the midori style of journaling and I absolutely love it. I can't say that I will never go back to that regular old one book style, but it will be hard to break me away.  I am a part of a few groups on facebook that are all about midoris and this baby was hand crafted by a gentleman by the name of Yochanan Israel who is also in the group.  He is a leather God among mere men!

Almost immediately after I received my real Midori in the mail, I knew it was absolutely too small for me.  I have a big brain, and a lot to write .   So here are a few pics I took this morning and some details about Brownie.

The cover is made out of the softest leather ever.  This is a Quadfold in Extra Large.  It folds out and opens on both sides making it easier to fit more inserts inside.  I have 4 on the left and 2 on the right, along with a plastic zip folder and a folder that I hand made.  The book with the blue cover on the bottom right corner is  where I do my brain dump.  Lots of notes and randomness.

The second book on the left side of Brownie is where I keep my bullet journal.  The bullet journal system is a nice clean method of keeping track of my daily to do lists.  I looooove it!  This picture shows the cover and the inside. I bought this little notebook from Goulet Pen Company.  Its a banditapple brand notebook.

Now it gets confusing.

Top left- The cover of my weight loss journal.  Where I house my struggles/wins/measurements and other crap that no one wants to see lol. ( Not that book anyway.)  I took the paper out of a cheap notebook I bought from Walmart and never used. I cut it down to size and covered it with scrapbook paper then rounded the corners (I round all my corners) with my crop-a -dile.

Top right- My zip folder holding my stickies (all the cute ones from China!) and my paper clips.

Bottom left- Super cute Piccadilly notebook I bought from Books a million.  I love the set (the other one is a dark woman with flowers for hair.  I'm saving that one for something special.)  I'm going to use this book for my commonplace book series.  A Commonplace book is a central resource of depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations, and information you come across during your life.  All the best brains of now and then kept one...so I shall and I must.  Because I am a best brain!

Bottom right- my actual journal.  This is where I put my feelings. Yep, because sometimes we need to we just need to put those things on paper too.  All the icky feels!

And finally, these are the pictures of my own creation; the butterfly folder. I crafted it out of a piece of scrapbook paper and some heavy duty tape.  My next purchase will be a leather folder that I found on Etsy.  The bottom is a photo of my writing journal.  I read a lot of articles about how to write- plot outlines, twists, character development, ect.  My novel is a work in progress and I want to make sure I know what I'm doing during the process.  I actually love this little Cahier from Moleskine because I prefer to write on square pages.

So there is my Brownie Baby.  I love her.  She holds all of my hopes, dreams, and wishes.  I honestly perfer the multi journal method to the standard one book method.  I'm tend to nitpick so having my thoughts separated yet all in one place - that is the ultimate heaven for me.  

What is your journalling method/book of choice? 

1 comment:

  1. Hi Shaina,
    wow! What a setup, you have really bonded quite deeply with your ZenKraft Quad-Fold XL Notebook System, ahh "Brownie!" I just love seeing people display their thought energy on paper and to share that energy with us on your blog, says you want to be heard! And you have my sister! May your Quad continue to serve you well, and I am so happy I am a part of your journey and creative process.


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