EDC TN: June 2016

My Purse

I’m a little disappointed that I will not be able to show you anything different here. There is a new setup in the works for my purse, but certain things haven’t arrived yet so I am actually still using the same setup as I have for the last two months (SLC TN Wallet + Hobonichi Weeks).

My Work Bag

I really enjoyed using the Foxyfix Wanderlust in Espresso so I continued using it. I also wanted to see how an undyed leather develops its patina, so I fielded the PocketJot Natural to hold the rest of my active inserts. I have not wanted to change my pen case in a long time, so I continue to use my purple Nabel pencase.

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My Work Desk

I went back to using my Midori Blue limited edition, because honestly I like it better than the black one. It also matches the colors of my company, which gives me a certain satisfaction since I’m using this as my work notebook.

 

Jot Misfits

Around the same time that I ordered the Chicsparrow Outlander, Jot had a massive Misfits sale at their Etsy store. I like Jot TNs a lot and I got two previously. It was not hard to imagine that I fell headfirst into that sale.

What are Misfits? They are basically Jot traveler’s notebooks that did not make it one way or another through Jot owner Cori’s exacting standards. They were sold at a steep discount because of that. I found myself getting four (yes, four!). The first two are PocketJots, TNs that are pocket sized. The first one is called Natural, because of the undyed state of the leather. I don’t have many undyed leather TNs and I wanted to see how the patina will develop over use.

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The PocketJot Natural came with black elastics, and the inside of the cover is also left undyed and has a nice suede feel to it. The leather itself is very pliable and soft, and retains marks quite easily.

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The second PocketJot I got is in Premium Brown. This is a new leather type that Cori started offering, and I thought it was the perfect time to try them out. This chocolate brown leather is a bit stiffer than the Natural, but still quite pliable. You can also see just how easily this leather retains marks, with only a few weeks of use. Such a character it will develop!

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The Premium Brown also came with black elastics (4 inner elastics for this and Natural), and the inside of the leather also has that suede feel. There are some identifying marks on the inside, and as I understand this came from the original leather that this piece was cut from. I’m really enjoying this feature; it makes my TN rather unique!

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Cori had several sizes of Misfits available, and I was not able to resist this cute little guy. It’s called SweetBabyJot (micro size) in Coffee Bean. This is my second TN of this size (the first was a Zenkraft), and I loved the color striations of this one. It helped that the leather was named Coffee Bean!

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It came with black elastics (2 inner). The inside of the cover is quite intriguing. The texture is rough, and there are several shades of brown, black, and white on there. The leather is on the pliable side.

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The last of my purchase is this intriguing little thing. It is called MiniJot (passport size) in Sidekick Prototype, and it is rather unique. It is generally black, with a dark red inner color that runs across the spine to the other side. I could not resist getting this because red and black is my favorite color combination.

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Check out the design on the spine. I think it’s quite cool!

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This leather is pliable as well, and has a suede-y inside. It is cut in a manner that allows it to have 4 inner elastics but can hold 8 inserts quite comfortably.

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Really, it looks like it can hold even more, maybe up to 10 inserts without overhang. Quite an interesting little piece! Cori mentioned in her listing that this was supposed to be a prototype design for someone else that did not succeed, and lucky for me she put it up for sale anyway!

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At the moment I think she has no more Misfits on sale, but she assures that she will have another Misfit sale around the same time. Do watch out for it! Check out Jot’s current offerings here.

 

EDC TN: March 2016

There’s only one change I made from my February EDC, and that is switching out my Speckled Fawns Rustic Kodiak to two non-chunky TNs.

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These two are the Red Macata TN by CN Papercrafts and a red PocketJot by Jot respectively. Between them they hold my 8 active pocket inserts and an A6 photo album that serves as a repository for stickers and washi samplers. The reason I changed the setup is because I figured I only needed to bring one home all the time (the PocketJot) while the other can stay in the office most of the time. In the interest of my shoulders’ health, I wanted to lighten my load as much as possible and this is what I came up with.

I’m foreseeing a larger change come the April EDC report, as I’m feeling a bit of a need of change. Stay tuned for that post!

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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PocketJots

Another shop that I had been considering to purchase from late last year was ShopJot, a Canada-based Etsy shop. I really really wanted to get their CoffeeJot, and my chance came when they were holding a Black Friday deal. Initially there was a problem in my placing an order because the shop was showing that they don’t ship to the Philippines. After a quick inquiry to the owner, the problem was fixed and I happily placed my order.

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I got two pocket sized traveler’s notebook (plus a few charms). The CoffeeJot is a TN made of printed vinyl, and has been the one on my wishlist for sometime. To make the shipping fee more palatable, I threw in a red leather TN as well. The CoffeeJot came out a little bit wider than the red one, but both came with four inner elastics and a black outer elastic.

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As you can see here, the plastic coating of the CoffeeJot had started getting bubbles and the “waist” shows a bit of denting where the outside elastic goes. This does bother me a little bit, but I really like the magnificent print on the vinyl. Unfortunately, this particular TN is no longer available on the shop.

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The red leather TN is beautiful, with a very smooth finish on the outside. It does not show scratches but does show the same “waist” problem as the CoffeeJot.

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Here’s a comparison of the insides of the TNs. There is generous space on the ends to prevent any overhang, and both can probably hold more inserts than the three here.

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ShopJot offers a lot of vegan (vinyl) and leather options, and different sizes of TN. They have also begun to offer painted TNs, which looks really pretty. Here is their Etsy link again, in case you’re interested in getting your own, or you can also check out their Instagram.