Cheers to Blogmas Day 3! For new readers, blogmas is a post a day up until Christmas. Today’s post is all about my Christmas themed traveler’s notebook. I’ve accumulated and created so many goodies that I wasn’t sure exactly how I waned to put it together. I share inserts, DIY dashboards, and other accessories that I used to complete my setup. Ready, set, let’s get planning!
As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
What Traveler’s Notebook Am I Using?
The traveler’s notebook I’m using is my first official TN. It was a gift from my best friend on my birthday from the Etsy shop AleMoriCo. It’s a B6 and I see so many amazing TN setup’s, but the B6 is all the rage at the moment. I chose a B6 because the space is exactly what I need to plan on a regular basis and I can have all my notes, bills, and plans consolidated into one place.
I finished the insert that I was using which was simply a lined 5″ x 7″ journal. I love that style, but I didn’t want to start a completely new one so I thought I’d give actual inserts a try. I like creating my own layouts and the daily structure. I’ve planned a week on one page, two pages, and four pages. I prefer the week on 2 pages and the Plan With Shan (HoneyBShop) FREE B6 printable was PERFECT! She also has these inserts available in Pocket and A6. After using it for a week, I see I have more going on that I need a little more space, but I also have my December Daily journal as well for all the extras.
December Daily is journaling every single day of December. I did it last year when I was just trying out the TN style. I crated the book using scrapbook paper from Michael’s and regular computer paper on the inside. I didn’t get too fancy with the paper. I used what I had on hand. I do love how I transformed the cover. I used a gingerbread house Christmas card from Dollar Tree. All of their cards are either $1 or 2/$1. This one in particular was 50 cents. I added a 3D sticker of a wreath to the front and the card stays closed with Velcro. I plan on filling the inside with pictures of this holiday season. (Note: I’ll share an entire flip through of my December daily right before Christmas!)
Dashboards / Pockets
I made my dashboard covers using letter size jumbo envelopes and cutting them to fit my needs. To put them together I used packaging tape. I’ve seen people use laminators (which I don’t have, yet) or those from Filofax. Keeping it cheap with what I have, that’s the result. They are top loading dashboards that I interchange with scrapbook paper. My newest addition is a pocket that I’ve filled with pictures.
The other pockets that I use throughout this planner were purchased from Michaels. I have one that is adhered to the front of my TN while the others stick to parts of my dashboards. I have also incorporated Target pockets as well.
There are many Facebook groups that have free printables. These groups are private and you must request to join. It’s great to share your spreads with people that love the same style of planner you use or a Etsy shop you frequently purchase from. Here’s some of my favorites:
- TN Honeys
- Goldmine & Coco
- Planners with Manners
- Kreative Keo
All the paper clips I’m currently using are from Peonies Paperie. She has amazing bows. I have a red glitter, a green glitter, and a plaid. I have a gold glitter one as well, but I’m sticking with the red and the green. I keep the plaid on the outside with the elastic. I also made a DIY paper clip that I saw on Instagram (PenPalHappyness). I used a jumbo paper clip from Hobby Lobby along one of their 3D Christmas stickers. Super cute and super easy to make.
Check out the links below for what I used:
- Hobby Lobby | Christmas Car Polka Dot Scrapbook Paper – 12″ x 12″
- Hobby Lobby | Traditional Christmas 3D Stickers
- Michaels | Christmas Paper Pads