I have tried to rein in the desire to buy everything that sparks my curiosity. I have acquired a few binder-style planners and one arc-bound version (not a fan). But lately I have been fascinated by the traveler's notebook concept, with it's interchangeable notebook system. With the disappointment of a few of the things I have ordered and not been happy with (I'm looking at you, Happy Planner - ironic that you didn't make me happy, and the Heidi Swapp personal planner is right up there, too), I figured I'd better find a thrifty way to experiment and decide if this is something I really really want or if it's just curiosity. (Honestly, if I could have handled all of these planners before purchasing them, my collection would consist of 2 or 3, and not gasp 7).
As a result, I've buckled down and made my own "paper" dori. Which seems to have sparked an obses...er, preoccupation all its own, since I've actually made two in as many days. Of course, the excuse for the second one was that I didn't take many photos of the process for the first, and there were many things about the first one that disappointed me (oh, for an "undo" button!). So, without further ado, let me show you what I've done.
Passionately kit. Then I measured past the edges of my inner notebook and cut accordingly - and after it was all finished I decided I hadn't made it quite big enough, so I will add my desired measurements at the end of the post :)
I double checked to make sure it was the appropriate length, and then tied a knot to secure it. Then just had to slide my inner notebook in, and fasten on a cute charm to the outside cord!
The final measurements that I decided on:
Cover - 9.5 x 6"
Elastic - about 18 inches for inner bands, and about 10-11 for the outside closure
Inside notebook pages - 8.125 x 5.25"
I went ahead and made two more inner notebooks using more papers from the kit as covers. I love my cute little paper dori!