Ever since I discovered the Midori Traveler's Notebook on flickr, I've been debating about buying one. For the past year I've been making my own journals, so I wasn't sure the Midori's size was big enough for me to work in. So after looking at many photo's of the Midori, I thought I'd try my hand at making one since the design is very basic and easy to put together. Finding leather material locally has been a problem, so I improvised by using vinyl, which was easy to find at Joann's. To make the vinyl a bit more sturdy, I found stiff felt pieces that I would glue to the inside cover. After making the same size of the Midori regular size and the passport size, I experimented with making other sizes with the same simple concept. So I now have at least 5 in the regular size and 5 in the passport size. I've been taking them on test runs and it seems like a doable notebook for me to work with.
When I went to San Francisco last month, I made a point of going to a Japanese stationary shop called Maido so I could actually see how this Midori looked and felt like in person. I bought some of the accessories and decided I would order one when I got back home. Maido has an online store www.mymaido.com. There is definitely a cost difference, so much cheaper to buy online. So I bought the Traveler's Star Passport edition that comes in Carmel. I ordered it on Tuesday morning and received 2 days later.
Just opening the envelope to take the Midori out was worth taking pictures.
Now to take my Midori on a little trip to break it in. Yes it was well worth the wait.