Traveler’s Notebook Features: Inside Elastic

Welcome to Traveler’s Notebook Features. Here I intend to show the basic options that traveler’s notebooks come in. For this installment, let’s take a look at the inside elastic.


There are several ways that the inside elastics are configured for different traveler’s notebooks. The earliest ones are similar to the one pictured above. This is the Midori-style inside elastic, where there is technically only one elastic to hold notebooks. The elastic is threaded through two holes on the top and bottom, and the holes are arranged in a vertical manner. The TN above is from Planners and Journals.


Another configuration is having those two holes arranged in a horizontal manner, such as the one pictured above. This allows for that same elastic to be threaded in such a way that there are now “two” elastics that can be used to hold notebooks. One of the caveats of this configuration is that the material should not be too soft. The arrangement of the elastic will cause humps to form on the spine near the holes if the material is not sturdy enough. The TN pictured above is from CN Papercrafts.


The two-elastic configuration can be further extended into a four-elastic one, using the same hole configuration. One can either take a very long elastic and string it twice through the holes, or take two elastics of the same length and thread them the same manner through the holes. The end result is four elastics that can be used to hold notebooks. The TN pictured above is by Jot.


The creation of more holes in the spine allows for even more varied inside elastic configurations, and end up with a greater number of elastics to hold notebooks. The caveat here of course is that the more holes you put in the spine, the stiffer the spine needs to be to hold all that tension. The TN pictured above by Speckled Fawns has a reinforced spine to be able to accommodate six elastics.

It really depends on how you are using your traveler’s notebook, to determine how many inside elastics you will need. Fortunately there are a lot of resources online to find examples of the specific TNs you are eyeing to see how they would look with the notebooks installed, so that you have a better idea of how it is going to look in use. Check out TN-specific Facebook groups for such photos!

Traveler’s Notebook Features



Planners and Journals Pocket Sized Traveler’s Notebook

The latest addition to my collection is a new traveler’s notebook by Planners and Journals. They have recently started offering new sizes beyond their standard and passport sizes, and of course I had to try their field notes size (which, incidentally, I will be calling “pocket size” from now on, due to possible copyright issues).

I had won a free trial month subscription to their planner box at the Planner Party I attended last October. When Summer of PnJ learned I was moving away from the standard size, she offered to send me a pocket sized TN instead of the December planner box if I so wished, which of course I did. The TN had arrived over the weekend, and here she is.


The most striking thing about this TN is how similar it outwardly looks to a brown Midori. The way that the leather looks and feels, and the way that the inner elastics are stringed are quite Midori-like. The difference is in the lack of the metal clasp for the inner elastics, the lack of slits on the spine, and the enclosing elastic originating from the spine instead of the back.


The leather is surprisingly thick, and I think this is a new type of leather that Planners and Journals started using. I am a huge fan of this leather! It smells fantastic and feels squishy.


The cover when spread out looks like this. As you can see there are a lot of striations and microfolds in the leather, which I think is a natural feature. The elastic used is nice and thick.


The inside of the leather has this really rough, felt-like feel to it. It sheds, which might bother some people. I like it though, and it doesn’t bother me at all.


The TN came with a couple of pocket notebooks, which I’m excited about since I know how good the paper that PnJ uses. Both are blank, and covered with thick kraft paper.


I immediately moved into it, and it will be my wallet for the near future. I feel that it fits the function quite well and it feels and looks very classy. I put my favorite wallet charm on the spine elastic.


My wallet inserts remain the same: a Midori Refill 004, the zip pocket holding my cash, and the card holders for, well, my cards; an Alunsina felt card holder, again for more cards; and a Blank and Write card holder for even more cards. As you can see, there’s enough width to hold more inserts without overhang.

Take note of the thickness of the leather. It’s about 2-3mm which I quite like, yet it remains squishy but not floppy. My type of leather, most definely!

As I got this as a prize, I have no idea how much this would cost, and PnJ does not yet have pricing. Do watch their Instagram feed for updates!

Sunday Leather Craft 2″ Chunky FN TN

Well, it appears I’m not quite done acquiring traveler’s notebooks. After Tintin posted yummy photos of her new A5 TN made by a local leathercrafter on an FB TN group, I could not resist ordering one of my own! Since my super-wide Macata seemed to be working for me, I requested a super chunky TN in the field notes size with stitching and pockets. Sunday Leather Craft took my custom order quite willingly, and outside of those specifications, I left all else to their decision, including the color and type of leather. Here is what I received.


Isn’t she gorgeous?? It has a reinforced 2″ spine with all the lovely stitching that I requested, plus a really nice thick sturdy elastic to hold it all closed. The leather turned out to be this beautiful caramel brown, almost yellow color which looks quite classy.

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I had also requested six interior elastics, so that I can slot in a lot of inserts. I’m really enamored of the planner-wallet system, so the TN needs to be able to hold my wallet inserts, card inserts, as well as my planner inserts. This chunky goodness can take 8 inserts quite comfortably without any overhang, thanks to that humongous 2″ spine as well as a generous amount of extra leather on the side. In fact even with my pens there still aren’t any overhang. I currently have six inserts here, and there seems to be a lot more space for more!

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The leather itself is quite thick, but not too stiff to become unmanageable. Not even the further thickening due to the pockets I requested made it too hard to handle. This pocket configuration is really quite intriguing and very useful.


In direct sunlight the yellow tint of the leather really shows! I’m quite pleased with this and Sunday Leather Craft was definitely able to produce the TN I was envisioning. Visit their Facebook page if you would like to get your own!