No, not Amy..... her... River Song!
The product is called River Song's Journal. It's handmade in Florida by Diane, and based on the Midori Travelers Notebook elastic system, the system where you use elastic bands to keep a few notebooks together to organise your life. People use them as planners, or journals, some even use them as wallets, but I haven't tried to yet! I have moved into the system instead of my Filofax because I was feeling restricted by the page size in the personal and the ring system, while an A5 was too heavy to carry around.
Empty notebooks are available from various sellers on Etsy, but I got mine from a really lovely Etsy shop called Travelers Times. The booklets cost about £2.50 each for blank, squared or lined. Diary inserts are available, and there are so many little fiddling things you can do with them it's amazing. If you thought Filofax could be pimped, the possibilities are even better with a Midori or a Fauxdori. They seem to be especially popular with artistic types who need an easier and more free flowing way of being organised, or who use it as an illustrated journal.
I will do a set up post and probably a video in the next couple of weeks, but this post is about the shell.
The notebook leather is hand finished and hand tooled. The work that has gone into it is intriguing, with tooled leather channels forming the squares of the cover. The inside leather is of high quality and the whole notebook has a pleasant leathery smell. It's not shiny effect, although I think you can request a shinier leather. It's pleasantly smooth and pliable, with the empty leather happy to flop open. It lies open with the notebooks only if you actually have the notebooks on both sides, but that's what I'd expect of any notebook cover.
The elastics inside can be set up to suit you. I asked for 4 strings, because you can never have too many, right? and they are beautifully set up, with only one knot fastening the 4. You can see how they look on the outside here. And the knot sits very quietly in the centre of a notebook, so no problem there.
The fastener is another length of elastic and this is my only complaint; the elastic is already stretching too much and letting the notebook fall open in my bag. I will replace it with a stronger piece of elastic when I find the black elastic I ordered a month ago, and when I do I'll add a word charm as well as my hanging charms.
The fastener comes from the centre of the spine, not the centre of the back as on some notebooks. I prefer that; there isn't a lump in the middle of the page when I write in my back book. These things matter, you know?
I have 5 notebooks in at the moment, but I could just rejiggle a bit and fit 6. There is no overhang, the leather is at least 2/3 of a cm wider than the notebooks, so no risk of my tabs getting bent in my bag. The size is really nice, not too wide, just comfortable to hold and use.
The shell came with a book mark, which just gets strung from one of the elastics at the top. Diane was sold out of the Weeping Angels, but I love my Tardis charm, so I'm happy. The string just slides between pages to record vital places.
At the moment my pen is lacking a loop. I don't know whether to go for a Leuchterm pen loop and stick it on to either a plastic insert or to the leather, or to make my own after a tutorial on Youtube by Robyn Lott.
I'm happy with my system. I had a different Travelers notebook from the end of March so I've had a chance to wear in the planning system. And I will do a walk through in the next week or so.
Diane is a really wonderful lady to deal with. She sent me the notebook and a couple of other things, and I will also be back to blog about the little cover I got; it is gorgeous and you will love it!