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The Beauty of Simplicity

Last weekend I wrote a review of the Lyra and Co fabric fauxdori that arrived in all its fabulous unicorn glory.  Just before I wrote that post my leather fauxdori from Ink Bandits on Etsy also arrived that week too – but I didn’t look at it too much since I wanted to not do a comparison review of the Lyra and Co one.  No, I can’t believe I was that controlled either!

This one that I bought from Ink Bandits was the first fauxdori I had wanted to purchase since I caught the travelers notebook bug.  I did my research, weighed the pros and cons of various suppliers, read reviews on how they worked and what notebooks to put in, and then I decided that my first purchase would be a leather cover from Ink Bandits.  The owner, Dibs, is lovely.  Since this would be my first ever travelers notebook cover, I was having trouble selecting the size I would need once the notebooks were secured inside.  Dibs helped answer all my questions and in the end I settled on an extra wide regular which would take 21xm x 11cm notebooks.

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Begging to be opened!

Considering these are bespoke, it arrived about a week after I ordered it which I thought was really quick.  It was packaged beautifully in tissue paper and, I don’t know if you can just see on the label on the picture above, it came with a handy mini page marker which is now keeping the place on my monthly calendar.  I thought that was a really cute touch.

And so, the cover

Well, it is lovely.

I ordered the aqua colour and a couple of silver charms to go with it, and its just… lovely.

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Someone in a Facebook group when I was doing my initial research, described the leather as ‘buttery soft’, and this is the perfect description.  It feels gorgeous.  If you’re expecting a stiff leather then this is not for you.  This leather is soft and flexible, and very tactile with its natural matt finish.  I found myself wanting to stroke it… a lot!  It looks like the kind of leather that will wear well and change over time as it gets used.  And I mean this in a good way.  It will get scuffed and marked, but it’s leather and those marks will make it unique and beautiful, just like our laughter lines.

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So the quality of the leather that you get is really very good.  The cover itself quite basic, with four spine elastics for your notebooks.  No pen loop and no internal pockets, but it does come with a cardboard insert which you can use to to house all your planner essentials.  But then, its beauty is in its simplicity. It’s a beautiful natural leather cover for your notebook inserts – nothing more, nothing less.

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Sizing

As mentioned, I bought this standard cover in the extra wide version, but unfortunately for me who carries around four 5mm thick book inserts in her travelers notebook, I found that even in extra wide this cover did not quite cover all my books completely.

When opened out flat, end to end this cover measures 26cm wide.

My notebooks also have tabs and these also stick out from the side.  Of course, if you carry fewer than four notebooks, and/or if your notebooks are thinner than my 5mm thick ones then you’ll be absolutely fine as the pictures below show:

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My four 5mm notebooks are a bit of a squeeze in this beautiful cover, and poke out the ends a little

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My tabs peeking out

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But three 5mm thick notebooks fit absolutely fine

The thing I have learned regarding sizes and notebooks is that, while your notebooks might be a certain thickness, and while you can try and judge how much your cover will wrap around them, the elastic spines will also make your notebooks thicker at the spine too – which in turn increases the amount of the cover that then has to wrap around them which can draw it further back from the edges of your books.  I noticed this in my Lyra and Co extra wide cover (which measures 28.5 cm wide when laid out flat) as the elastics in that are quite thick and sturdy, but definitely isn’t something I thought to take into account when researching my sizings.  My Lyra and Co extra wide is big enough to accommodate this, and although the elastics in this Ink Bandits cover are relatively thin, it’s just enough to make the cover creep from the edge of the notebooks.  For me this is a shame, but not necessarily for someone else who doesn’t pack as much into their TN as I do.

So, it’s really just about preference really.  Personally, I prefer to have all my notebooks and tabs sitting snuggled inside the cover so that they are all protected.  However, if you don’t have tabs, and if you don’t mind your cover not coming all the way to the ends of your books, or if you’re not so much a crammer-inner as me (I blame my previous life as a newspaper planner for this!), and if you are looking specifically for a soft leather cover, then this one is simple and elegant.  Perfect.

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My first ever fabric fauxdori

Last weekend my first ever fauxdori travelers notebook arrived from Lyra and Co on Etsy.  And my, is it gorgeous!  And not only gorgeous, but perfect too!  I had been waiting so impatiently for it to arrive that I had to admit I sat indoors the entire morning last Saturday hoping that the postman would drop it through the door… and he did.  And so, the happy dance was done… obviously!

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It’s arrived!!

I bought this one on a whim as I already had my eye on a leather one from Ink Bandits, but unfortunately for me that shop was closed during the end of January so I had resigned myself to have to wait.  Then one evening scrolling through Etsy (as you do), I spotted this beautiful unicorn themed fabric one and knew instantly there was no way this would not be passing through my checkout before the night was through!

So, what’s it like?

Other than gorgeous, obviously?  Well, it’s really well made for a start. The stitching is perfect and there is one large pocket, and two smaller pockets sewn into the two inside covers.  That’s 6 pockets in total for all you vital TN accessories – stickers, stencils etc. as well as a very handy elasticated pen loop.  When I bought this I actually hadn’t given the pen loop a second thought really.  But having used this for a week now I can honestly say that it is so handy for keeping your favorite pen to hand, and the pockets are incredibly useful.  It also comes with four elastics and which are nice and chunky, and feel like they are going to hold everything nice and securely.

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Sizing:

I got the regular extra wide version because I had some coloured tabs that the lovely Paige from from @BujoWitch on Instagram gave away last month, and I knew I wanted to use these to mark pages in my notebooks.  When laid flat end to end, this fauxdori measures approximately 28.5cm.  My notebooks are from Travelers Times on Etsy and are the 21cm x 11cm standard Midori sized notebooks.  They are approximately 5mm thick and in this Lyra and Co fauxdori I can easily fit four of these notebooks and have it comfortably close nicely with nothing sticking out at the edge.  When I added my tabs on I knew there wouldn’t be a huge amount of room for them not to poke out so I stuck them so that they stick out from the page about 5mm, which I find is quite enough to allow you to find the page you are looking for easily.

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Keeping tabs: sticking out from the pages… but not too much.

Even with my pilot metropolitan retro pop fountain pen (which is a relatively chunky) held in the pen loop, everything still sits quite nicely without the boundaries of the cover, which is something I was really looking for with any fauxdori I chose.

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From the top: as you can see, it holds four 5mm notebooks quite happily, with still a little space from edge.

The fabric cover:

As mentioned, the cover is really well made.  It’s flexible but just stiff enough to make sure all your notebooks are held securely and won’t get damaged with use.  This is just as well if you have the monthly calendar notebook from Travelers Times which has pages enough for 33 monthly overviews – just 3 months shy of three years – so that’s going to last a while!  The holes for the elastic are secured by sturdy metal eyelets so the fabric won’t tear or fray as the elastic is pulled and stretched.  The cover is also slightly padded on the inside which goes towards making the whole product just feel really lovely, secure and well made.

So all in all, and considering I only bought this item on a whim while I was waiting to purchase from another shop, this fabric fauxdori (or, Lyradori as Lyra and Co’s  are called!) is absolutely perfect for me and I can definitely see myself using this one for a long time.  I’ve also ordered a leather fauxdori from Ink Bandits on Etsy which arrived this week (super fast delivery for a bespoke item!) so I’ll put a review up of that one as soon as I can.

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(Im)patience

If someone had asked me if i were a patient person, my answer would definitely be yes.  I have oodles of it. Loads, in fact.  However, I am currently waiting the arrival of my first ever fauxdori which the lovely Lyra and Co are making, and I find myself doing the ‘jiggly chair dance’ whenever I think about it, and counting down the days until it arrives. It’s like stationery Christmas!

Let me clear here, and state that the awaited delivery is in no way being lax.  I am very much still in the delivery window of ‘item usually ships in 1-2 weeks’. I suspect that my being patient isn’t really being patient at all since I’ve bought my standard size travelers notebooks already, covered them all in pretty paper, have filled out the monthly view (for the entire year), and started adding lists and items in the dotted, lined and squared books.

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So there’s really nothing left to do except gaze at them adoringly, and wait for their fauxdori cover to arrive.  So, no.  Clearly I am not being very patient when it comes to stationery and planners.  I just want it to be here in my house, so I can put my lovely covered traveler notebook inserts into it and start using it.

And, the cover has unicorns on it.  Unicorns!  Now, who is not to be excited about that…

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Getting my Mojo on…

This afternoon I found myself with some unexpected and lovely free time – hurrah!  So, as I start off this small project of mine to share my love of planners, notebooks, print and lettering (too name a few) with the world, I set about sorting my Pintrest and Instagram accounts so that all these things can be found in one place.  They are a little sparse at the moment so do bear with me.  In time they will build up as I transfer all the marvellous things I’ve found from many other old devices and accounts, into one place.  It’s no mean feet sorting out approximately 5 years-worth of photos and saved images!

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This is a picture I found of my parents-in-law’s American spaniel, Mojo.  This was taken just after Christmas and I had sat down with the idea of doing some crochet on a blanket I started in November.  However, she looked so bored as she rested her head on my foot with a HUGE sigh, she clearly had other ideas in mind, and so we went for a long walk in the country side instead which was equally as lovely.  We all have our own Mojo somewhere inside, and mine is just getting started…

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