I’ve been wanting to post about these for some time but I was waiting until I had everything all set up and had been able to test them out.
So! Jeni of the lovely Stitch and Weave has been making Stitchdori’s for a while. She’s a very close friend, we speak everyday so it’s no surprise that I knew all about the new floppy leather coming to her shop. I saw the samples and pretty much squealed with delight! She was kind enough to send me a personal sized yellow number with unicorn stitching.
The smell when it arrived, I think I sat with it across my face for about half an hour, such a luxurious smell! Once I was over that, including the stroking of the lovely leather, I decided to actually do something with it.
The cheerful yellow colour made me think of creative journalling, I couldn’t see myself using it as a day to day planner. I already had a notebook set up with previous work so it meant I could move in immediately. The notebook is smaller, in between personal and A6. There is some slight overhang but for the purposes of the TN I don’t mind, a creative journal isn’t supposed to be neat and tidy. It reminds me of my college art journals that would look fit to burst with artwork. I love seeing it on my shelf when I’m not using it, it looks so inviting!
I then got wrapped up with the B6 crew, a trend that spread like wildfire throughout the UK Planner circles. As usual I’m late to the party, everyone is back in bloomin’ rings now, although that already seems to be fading. Anyway, I got to see Louise aka The Vintage Planner’s Stitchdori in B6 and loved the size. It’s a nice in between size of an A6 and A5. I like to say it’s hand bag sized. I pretty much then and there put in an order for a powder blue B6 with unicorn stitching in pastel and pink elastics.
It arrived a couple of weeks later and I moved in the same day. I LOVE it, I’ve used it every single day. I have filmed a flip through so I will post a link at the end of this post..
It is the first Traveller’s Notebook I’ve been able to plan in! I could not get to grips with the concept and feel of it before. I have to feel comfortable in my planner and enjoy writing in it or I won’t use it. The size has to be right, the way it opens and lies has to work, the general usage of it has to work from the elastics, carrying about, planning, writing and drawing in it and the storage of creative items. There’s a lot that goes into my planners and if it’s not just right I won’t use it, I’m fussy!
How have I set it up?
I’ve broken it down into three sections, these have three dividers mounted with sticky back plastic. I’ve gone for a Winter theme as I already have a Christmas Planner. It’s a busy month so having something that will last right through to January makes my life easier.
The first section is Planning and finances. The second is drawing and hobbies/blogging. The last section was another notebook meant as a miscellaneous area. However this didn’t work out as I found it tricky to work in the back notebook. This section now has a storage pouch for journal cards, stickers, washi, receipts, a slim pen…basically whatever loose items I want to store.
I used to stuff my Traveller’s Notebooks full and I’m feeling that may be what put me off. A less is more approach seems to be better, I’m still debating reducing it more. I also decorate with paperclips but these tend to fall off and get in the way. I may exchange these for securely attached tabs or even remove top and side decoration completely. I do have a few bookmarks with beaded detail sticking out of the bottom of the planner, I need something!!
If you want to check out Jeni’s shop, you can do so here StichNWeaveStore
Here is the link to my video
Thank you for stopping by,