Beginner Series: Traveler's Notebook and Insert Sizes

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hey everyone Janice here welcome back to my channel today's video is part of what I'm calling a beginner series because I'll be sharing with you the research I did as a beginner new to the travelers notebook community so we're going to start off talking about size and I'm going to share with you all different notebooks here as you can see but it really isn't about the notebooks themselves it's really about the size of the notebooks and the inserts that go with them so I hope this helps you with your research and your purchases let's get started because I think it's going to be a long video okay first off you might want to google image travelers notebook sizes and you'll see a grid that comes out much prettier than this these are all different inserts we'll be talking about today but I think that's a really good place to start it's google image travelers notebook size and you'll see different sizes I'm going to start with my potato bunker a7 this is in chestnut and a7 is just under three inches wide and just over four inches in height but if I measure this out for you you can see that's well over four inches and that's well over three inches so what I'm offering is that it's really about the insert this is an a7 insert from Goulet pens and you can see that's just under three inches and that's just about four so be clear when you're looking at sizing if it's the cover or the insert I mentioned that is that the craftsman will make the leather cover a little bit bigger than the insert because I want you to avoid something like this this is one of my early fabric Tory experiments you can see the pages are not protected it's it's a mess candidly but I do love this notebook I made this in memory of my grandmother who loved butterflies but anyway you want to avoid that you want your pages to be protected and that's why the cover should always be a little bit bigger than the insert and some vendors also talk about the size and open so they'll measure this way okay and that gives you a sense of the spine and how many notebooks you can fit in your little notebook and I'm going to try to give you a sense of size and I didn't know how to do that but if you compare it to like an apple you can see how many this is and really it's the exact size of my binder clip box so hopefully that helps a little bit moving on to passport this is the Ginelli fish mermaid in b7 passport size which passport is three and a half inches in width and it's just about just under five inches in height okay so that's the passport size you can open it up see the notebooks this is my field note pocket size and boots again potato bunker three and a half by five and a half and this is where things got interesting for me I started to pull other craftsmen to see how their field notes size compared and you know this fits perfectly the field note notebooks okay but what was interesting I'm going to compare for you to other craftsmen and you're going to see there's a pretty big difference here so you know it's got leather quill I've got cheek Sparrow and I've got speckled fawn and naked cow let me do it this way they're almost the same but you can see a little bit right there write out the height varies a little bit and the width varies a little bit the naked cow is the biggest really closely with the speckled fawn cheek Sparrow and the leather clove is a little bit different so just to be aware that again you have to check the size a little bit also and to mention a new fine for me is that UV journals from Target actually fit into field notes size I also will say field note in pocket I see them used interchangeably a lot so next up I have sheik sparrow and joy in a6 and what's nice about this size it is a just over four inches and just under six inches and this is also good for hope when you shoot a show and I've talked about this on other videos I use that size a lot in journaling because you can fold a letter paper into quarters I've showed that before and that becomes your insert so hopefully that gives you a good sense of how big that is it's great for journaling and keeping it home I've also heard a lot of people are using that at them use me as wallets so next up is three speckled fawn here in green and it's personal size so personal size is 3.75 and with and 6.75 in height and I try to find a good comparison for you to give you a sense of how big this is the best thing I could do is I grabbed my stapler off my desk and they were the same height I don't know if that shows very well but you get the idea we couldn't find anything and with to really make sense for you but you get the idea beautiful piece and a lot of people use this as well it's also an everyday carry it's just a really nice size to fit in your bag okay moving on – that was three speckled fawn this is speckled fawn don't you love the blank string teri does such a good job I love ass notebook this is such a beautiful green you could tell greens my favorite color I try to mix it up and not show green every notebook but anyway this is b6 so this is just under five inches across by seven inches in height and so just to give you a sense of here picture frame oh my little baby you get a sense if you pick a picture frame up a lot of picture frames are five by seven that's pretty common so that's what b6 is just to give you an idea of that one the insert for that got to get a sense how this works and again the insert will be a little bit smaller than the cover okay now we get into the bigger ones I'm going to slide this over a little bit and let's start with Midori so this is the standard regular Midori travelers notebook and it's just in black and the size is really five by eight and a half regular they say is four point three three by eight and a quarter but again you want your inserts to be a little bit smaller so we've all seen the Midori inserts I'm sure let me grab a couple give you a sense of ebb here is what the the notebooks look like the numbers you know the you can get the plastic inserts again some people use these as wallets and moles gained also has inserts that fit this perfectly so this is from the chapter's collection so that's Midori oh and before I go further let me just mention the height is the same now for the reason I group these the way they did I did is that the Midori the standard the wide and the extra wide cheeks barrel or all pretty much the same height if you can see that so let me keep going with that I wanted to mention that there are some notebooks like chic Sparrow offers and other but no craftsman do as well they offer sizes that are a little more narrow or even wider than the standard so for this I just wanted to mention that wide an extra wide are available with chic Sparrow Nikki cow I mean all of them have variations of the standard sizes so here's what that looks like you can put your pee in there they fit beautifully also half sheet if you fold a piece of paper in half they was fit into these notebooks as well the white is going to be tight extra wide no problem you can how you're gonna have again you want to have a little cover over the cheeks borrow wide is five by eight and quarter insert and extra wide is five and a half by eight and a quarter okay so again the same height just the width is a little bit different so if you think the Midori you like the height but you need a little more room going to more custom wide size or extra wide is a nice option next up these bad boys are used so let's get into this I'm going to actually talk about Filofax first this is a five and this is great for like a desk tracker I am actually using this for my videos and notes on YouTube and it's very business looking I love my little pile of facts this is a five five point eight inches by eight and a quarter and this is how beautiful is this this is naked cow seaglass and this is the hub enishi cousins and again five point eight by eight and a quarter so you can see how they're the same size here's a tip sheet I promise hopefully that shows up nice on camera and I will also mention that if you go to the other this is actually my tip sheet if you go to shake sparrow they have a sizes 101 grid I try to print it bigger so you can see it in de cacao also has different sizes actually naked cow just came out with a Fig Newton it's a little little micro so that I think is really worth checking out I know I want to so there's one other tidbit I wanted to share her a couple tidbits so this is a seven again remember the full guy if you open it up and instant in essence double it it is the same size as a six so remember our a six or quarter sheet okay it if you double a seven you get eight six now if you double a six you get eight five that goes into the a5 insert the other thing I wanted to mention too just going back to the tip sheet and I didn't really know this until I put some stuff together and realized you know the bees are bigger these are bigger than A's so your b7 is going to be bigger than your a7 your b6 is going to be bigger than your a6 your v5 will be better bigger sorry vicar it's not always better your beef I will be bigger than your a5 so I hope that helps I can't think of anything else to say about sizes thank you for watching today I hope you enjoyed today's video ciao for now


21 Comments

Dhiraj Shetty · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Brilliant video ! Thank you so much

Kosmos · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Thank you so much for putting this video together! It really helped me!

madhatterscrafts 123 · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Thank you

xyntrk · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Good info. I vastly prefer your get to the point style. I get so tired of videos that take 5 (or more, God so much more, ugh) minutes to get to the reason I clicked. Half the time I just don't have the patience and click out, it's a waste of my time. I don't mind a quick greeting, but I don't care about anything but the tutorial or point of the video, so I really wish more people would just 'get right to it' like you do here.

mspris76 · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Great information! Can I ask where you found the pretty charm on your yellow planner?? Thank you

tmac827 · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Thanks a bunch that info really helped…because I've always know about the insert but kept thinking that insert had to be the same size…I started with a personal then a5 then a7 which thought was a pocket then now to my perfect size which is a standard wide

Kelly AMomAWifeLife · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

What is your favorite size? Thanks

clarkbilgrav · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

VERY informative! Thank you.

Stella Qian · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Could you make a video for all your TNs?

Trudi B · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Thank you for sharing this, it is very helpful!

Pebbie J · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Excellent video!! Where did you get the inserts for your passport size?

ApplePecan Sews · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

wonderful video. Thanks. New subscriber.

monica tamagri christian · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Thank you so much for this video. This is exactly what I was insearch out of to understand the sizes. This helps with my decision! βœ’πŸ“”πŸ˜Š

Lisa Bradley · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

I would love to know what you use your TN's for….if you don't mind sharing πŸ™‚

MsNatualTee202 · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Very Very Helpful, Thank You!~

Gilly's Art, Etc. · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Great explanation Janice! Thank you!

Ting · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Great video, very informative and clear πŸ™‚ Thanks!

Cynthia · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

This is a great video for us beginners. I'm hoping to make a FN or Personal size purchase by the end of the year so this helps me a lot. I hope you expand on this topic with the leathers and inserts.Β TYFS

Marilyn Johnson · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

Perfect!. Just what I have been trying to figure out,!. Thank you!

love planning · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

How many inserts can fit into a Passport Size? I've had ordered one and I've seen your video and it's a small passport I didn't realize it.

Phyllis Coppolino · May 15, 2019 at 4:42 pm

It was great just to see them all lined up. Visuals help me. Especially since I have to convert everything to inches before I can picture the size in my mind. But it's possible that all this will change by next week! Especially as more people join the TN & TN inserts business and make up their own sizes, plus established businesses change their sizes to try to please their customers (which I like). I tried making a chart like yours and gave up. I wouldn't laminate your list, if I were you. I hope you plan on updates!

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