I really enjoy looking around stationery and bookstores for interesting things, and one of the these interesting things that I discovered is this very affordable standard size traveler’s notebook, which I turned into a cover for my Hobonichi Weeks. Why did I call it unbranded? It is because I could find zero traces of branding on the TN. It was actually advertised as a notepad holder, and it came with an actual notepad (mine has already been claimed by my daughter, so I couldn’t show it to you). What caught my eye is the color (a nice bright Christmassy red) and the weight (very light).
I am pretty sure it is made of faux leather, but I have to say that the workmanship is pretty good. Let’s take a look at the outside first. On the cover is a weird blue-foiled sentence that says “Hello. I am your best friend I hope to make you dally life to be full of funny energy” which makes me think that the maker is not a native English speaker. The blue foiling is very pretty and contrasts well with the red material, but it is already beginning to fade in parts.
The elastic closure is very thick elastic, and is threaded with a metal plate stamped with “My First Step” which I thought was pretty cool. Except that it keeps wanting to turn over, and most of the time you cannot see the stamping anyway. I couldn’t figure out how to remove this metal plate without cutting off the cord, so I kept it on there as it doesn’t bother me too badly.
The inside of the traveler’s notebook is the treasure! It comes with awesome stitched pockets! Before we focus on the pockets, I would just like to briefly point out that the TN comes with only a single elastic, and it is the same type of elastic as the outside one. As I am not actually using this as a TN, I just ignore this inside elastic. There is a felt-like fabric on the inside of the faux leather, and it is in a pleasing light blue shade that matches my Hobonichi pen.
The left side of the cover has this interesting pocket configuration. There’s a smaller, credit-card-sized pocket on top (which I use to hold the elastic closure for the Weeks), a bigger pocket below that which I use to hold a stencil and several sticker sheets, and under all of that there is a full-length pocket that I use to hold even more sticker sheets. The shape of the pockets are very pretty and unique, and the stitching seems to be acceptable enough.
The right side only has a full-length pocket to match the one on the left, and into this pocket I slide the back cover of the Weeks (cover on cover included!). As you can see here, there’s a small slit near the top of the pocket, where the notepad was intended to be slipped into. In here I just inserted a Weeks notebook, and there is just enough space to slide in a second pen by its clip. I also put in a small set of decorative sticky notes into the big pocket.
Here is how it looks like when closed. The Hobonichi pen goes into the pen holder I have in the Weeks, and the Zebra Sarasa into the notepad holder, and they both seem to fit snugly into the overhang space.
Here it is compared to my Blue Traveler’s Company TN. It pretty much has the same dimensions, although it will appear bulkier because of the pockets.
The height is exactly the same.
Actually the thickness doesn’t seem too different from this angle.
I’m very fortunate to discover this TN, and for the amazing price of only Php250! It’s a great Weeks cover, and I foresee using it until my custom Weeks cover arrives in December.