My Entire Chic Sparrow Traveler’s Notebook Collection

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hello everyone today I'm gonna be sharing with you my entire chic Sparrow travelers notebook collection this has been requested a couple of times so I thought I'd finally get around to it I have been debating whether like how I should approach this if I should just go buy leather type or leather collection and I think that's what I'm gonna do because I have quite a few I I actually counted how many I have for the very first time and that number is 32 and I don't know if that's bad I actually thought I had way more than that so I'm feeling pretty good about myself but I will say that I know there's different you know thoughts about how people approach their travelers notebooks like some people just like to have enough travelers notebooks to keep them all in use and if they have any extra notebooks they just like to sell them or get rid of them but I like to have a lot like I approach these as a collection like I I'm a collector of travelers notebooks and I cycle through everything and I just get so much enjoyment out of that and I'm pretty minimalistic in like every other aspect I really don't collect anything else so that is why this collection is probably huge to a lot of people so this isn't even all of them outside of the frame here I actually have ten other travelers notebooks but they are actually full of inserts because I actually I have ten in use I should probably do an updated video of all the teens that I have in use those 10 are included in the 32 though so it's 32 altogether so I'm just gonna dive right in and tackle this I guess I'll kind of chat about it a little but I don't want this to be like five hours long so we'll start with the very first collection all right these are my hand tools these are all narrow size so this first one I believe is called moonflower and this is one of the newest ones I got and it is so pretty it has like this gold paint on it and it's so beautiful I added the white stitch into this this is just classic so there aren't any kind of pockets in there but look at the NAP on this this is like the roughest one I've I've received and then this one this is the little fox and i also added white stitching to this one as well and you can see how much cleaner the inside of this one looks and this is my jason mraz quote and this one actually comes with slit pockets I have a little something in there oops and then this is the little sleeping cat with the mouse and I have an unboxing of like this one and some other ones in there but this one has slip pockets as well and so these are the four hand tools that I have and I quite enjoy these it's a bit of a stiffer leather like it's way stiffer than the mr. Darcy but I definitely enjoy how unique these are next up are my creme notebooks and this is a weekly calendar cover and it's in the color black beauty and then I also have another black beauty and this is in a narrow size and it's a deluxe and it has the old pen loop but this one has beautiful texture on it and then I have my creme brulee and this this was the very first creme I ever got so it has quite a nice patina going on with and this one is actually inscribed and deluxe as well with the old pen loop and then this is the chocolate and this one this poor notebook this one has been dropped in the dirt by a lake and it's just gone through a lot so it's patina'd pretty nicely as well and it has beautiful texture up here at the top and deluxe with the old pen loop and these all still smell absolutely amazing the creme is my absolute favorite leather smell from chic Sparrow and I also have this creme it's in the color creme brulee and this is actually from the beautiful branding collection so this one has a triangle brand with like a number eight inside and it also came with some extra markings all around it and it's got some texture and some different places so this one has been really lovely so here are my Outlanders and I have I've shown most of these already in a video where I did an outlander color comparison and I will link that in the description if you want to see more detail about these but this is my pocket size it's a time-traveller little inscription they're deluxe and this one is brown coat pocket deluxe again and this is a weekly calendar cover it's in the color Highland green description and this is the Verona color with an inscription weekly calendar cover again and this is a narrow size and it is in the color wine and I have a really long inscription there and deluxe and then here is another brown coat in the narrow side inscription and deluxe because I just love me some deluxe I love the pockets and I love I love how it makes just a much thicker edge in every single leather and it just helps when the elastic closure is on it it just helps reinforce that edge and keeps it from buckling and caving in and here are two more Outlanders these are branded from the beautiful branding collection as well this is a Claire and this is another Highland green and both of these are wide size so this is not a size I collect these are the only two wides that I have and they have a specific purpose they're always in use so there you go and these are deluxe as well so this one has the new pen loop which is my absolute favorite and this one has the old pen loop and so this one has the W brand on it and this one's got em and I suppose I'll go ahead and do the Mavericks I feel like I should I have shown my Mavericks a lot but you know I don't get sick of them so they'll just go through it one more time this is my pocket Deluxe and the color on all of these is golden brown they used to be available in dark brown and black as well but if you buy them on the website now they're just going to come in this color so this is my personal inscription there as well and I don't really get the well I don't get these inscribed anymore just because it's really hard to see the inscription anyway and this is a deluxe narrow size so beautiful I just love Mavericks and then I recently acquired my weekly calendar cover so beautiful and this one just has the most gorgeous pockets on the inside look at that variation it's just so beautiful love it and here is the a5 I've shown this a few times as well this is my home schooling planner I let's see I only have one a5 so this is the only a5 I own and I don't collect leathers in this size either this is just to house my hubby Nietzsche cousin avec and so this has a specific purpose so this is always in use with my planner in there so gosh they're so beautiful like one of my favorite leathers ever so next up is my Odyssey collection so this one is a little tumultuous so this is a narrow size it's in the colours Zeus I've got the inscription there and it's deluxe with the old pen loop and I have these two other ones and so this is Calypso and it's extremely hard to see but oh maybe you could tell well there you go you can see I have ink spots on this one as well ink spots on Zeus like nice fat ones on there and little tiny ink spots on this one there she is it's um well I'll get to an explanation about that one in this one in a minute but this is Apollo and this one has really nice ink spots as well and this one comes with a new pen loop and if you've noticed on these two there's kind of a like white cast you can kind of see and that's because I have had these two soaking in a bag of baking soda because these smell absolutely horrendous these two I ordered them together and I got them at the same time and what they smell like is like month-old sour laundry like when you leave it in the washer and it gets really sour smelling and kind of stale and weird these smell like that times 10 and like I emailed chic Sparrow about it and everything and you know they recommended baking soda and at this point this is like the fifth time I've sealed it up in a bag of baking soda and I used to be really delicate with these and like I would put paper towels in between layers of baking soda to try and protect them and now I just kind of shove them in the bag and like mix it all up with the baking soda and all these end up doing is making the baking soda stink and and the ziplock bags stink and I didn't think it was like gonna be a problem at first and so obviously when I get new notebooks I just dive right in and put my inserts in and it almost was just getting more pungent with use and then I realized my inserts were starting to stink and so I removed my inserts and they it took a couple of days and then my inserts like the odor went away from my inserts and so then I've just been trying to tackle these ever since then and I'm about to just put them outside in the Sun like I don't even care at this point if they get and if something changes with the color on them or whatever like I just want them to be usable and I just want them to quit smelling so rank now I I can't find the information where I read this so I think it must have been in like a thread on Instagram or in a Facebook group or something but with the Odyssey leather it's the mr. Darcy leather but it's been hand it's been broken in by hand and like dyed and distressed on the edges and what I believe I read was that there is a substance that they put all over the leather to make it more pliable and to kind of break it in and give it a slightly different feeling than a Darcy and that it whatever substance that is it also takes away some of the shine that's why this one looks like really matte and not like shiny like this Darcy is and I believe that whatever that substance is is what makes this smell absolutely horrendous and so I'm still working on that my Zeus it did not smell like that at all so I was really surprised when I received these two I don't know what happened with the batch on that if I knew it was gonna be this big of a problem I would have probably just returned these and just paid that restocking fee just so I could be rid of them but at this point I'm just I I want to see what I could do to like make these usable again but moving on the other Odyssey I have is this personal size and it's in the color Athena and this was the very first chic sparrow that I ever got and I thought Darcy I thought the Odyssey leather was going to be my leather and you just never know until you actually get your travelers notebooks and start using them but I'll have to say that this is one of my least favorite leathers and I just don't think that the Darcy and Odyssey and Pemberley lines are for me um you know I just kind of figured out my preference at this point but yeah those are my four Odysseys so I'll go into the Darcy since I've mentioned them this these two are weekly calendar covers and so this is in the color Mayflower and this is in the color burgundy and these are both retired leathers I'm not sure if they're still available on the website but they are only available in this size as a weekly calendar cover and once they sell out if they are pretty much gone for good and then I kind of have my singular leathers here this this one is a Pemberley it's a weekly calendar cover it's in the color Daisy and I've already like inked it up and really put it to some good use I I got this in the second chance sale so if there's a theme that you see in my note book collection it's that I don't have these super bright colors and I don't have any Pemberley 's and I was kind of glad I got this because it's always good to kind of like have a leather in your hands and to kind of actually make your decision once you've had experience with the leather so this this is great it's so soft and I really do enjoy the feel of this but I will never buy another Pemberly because I just I don't enjoy the look of it and it's just confirmed what I initially thought it's just a leather type that I'm not attracted to and then definitely not this color but I'm not getting rid of this because I just never get rid of any of my tea ends and so every now and then I will bring this out maybe in the springtime again and just enjoy it for a couple of weeks and then I have my waypoint this is in a narrow sized deluxe and it's got the new pen loop and this and the maverick are my favorite leathers they are completely different leathers but that kind of makes it easy to pick two for my favorite because they all have different needs but my this is so nice you could see what the pull up it's got all of these like scars and bug bites and and look how this thing has has worn like all of this stuff will rub out but I kind of just love how this is aging and gathering where is so awesome and the only reason I am NOT in it at the moment is because I got new travelers notebooks in the mockingbirds line so I did a review of these and these are what I am currently in so this is my pocket-sized it's from the beautiful branding collection as well it has like a seven and then an S and this is in the hummingbird color you can see where it has a lot of extra marks on it from being a branded beauty so deluxe and this is what I'm using as my wallet pocket size I use for my wallet and this is these two are narrow size so this is nightingale and this is blue J and I'm just living for this Nightingale because it just has the most gorgeous dark lines on it the scarring on this is absolutely insane and I've been enjoying this to the max and it's completely smooth like these aren't indentations at all like it's just so beautiful and then the blue J mine has this kind of scar on the spine it's completely smooth as well some darker lines on it so there's my blue J it's got a light area up here on the corner really beautiful really love it and then I forgot to mention I have this was another creme that I had in it's a creme brulee in a weekly calendar cover and I had this one inscribed with mischief managed because I use these as my planner I've made some changes recently which you know I will talk about at another time but I just thought it was a cute play on words because this is how I managed my life in my hobo Nicci weeks and so that is my creme brulee and that is everything that is my whole collection thank you for sticking around with me let me know what you like to do do you collect your travelers notebooks do you get multiple sizes in your favorite leather what is your favorite leather let me know down in the comments I love talking about chic Sparrow they're my absolute favorite maker and thank you so much for watching I hope to see you all again soon bye


34 Comments

Raunda R · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I'm really looking to move to TN, I'm pretty over whelmed looking around. What are the sizes for wide and narrow? Love your collection!

Betsy Moynehan · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Sarah, did you ever get the smell out of the Odyssey TN’s? My Pemberley Caspian still smells terrible, which makes me not want to use it. 🙁

BlueNoodle79 · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

In the stone age people would condition hides with brain mass from dead animals to make the leather softer. If they still smell you could try some bees wax. It smells like honey :o)

Jeri's Studio · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I love Chic Sparrow !! I have yet to find my size or leather though. I have tried three sizes ( Odyssey Del. Elysium in Narrow and a Passport +, and The HummingBird Del. Wide) that are not bringing me Joy! I wish I could find homes for them and start over!! I love your video so much information!! Thank You !!

LulusPlannerlife Gmz · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

wow! you must have a great job! beautiful thanks for sharing

anitabiba6 · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I think the leather of ur notebooks was not well curated when its not extracted the rigjt way and dried completely it can smell like rotten. There is no cure for that, since its natural. I had a brand new leather jacket with same issue i did everything i could…ended uo giving it to someone or ill just set it on fire.

anitabiba6 · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Sry if im ignorant, but who the hell is jason mraz? Why is this quote on the book? Is he important?

Cheryl Ivi · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I used fabric softener sheets to get the smell out of mine. I put i a zip lock & put paper towels in between to protect & put the sheets in. Worked like a charm

Cool Crafty Creations · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Stunning collection, I actually have the Outlander in A5 in Time Traveler Deluxe! I too love the Deluxe collections! You’ve taken great, great care of your Chic Sparrow TN’s! Thanks for sharing!

Carla Conroy · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Love your collection. My favorite is Black Beauty. Chic Sparrow is also my favorite.

Cheryl Bryson · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I love your collection! I do want to purchase a hobo weeks cover but I guess on the fence since it’s a big purchase! My go to sizes are pocket and B6 of course! I have a couple in each size but I haven’t really found a fave leather yet. I want to true Creme next!

Devilz DandruFF · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

This might sound like a weird question but.. why have so many of the same traveler’s journals? I get a few different sizes, etc… but how do you justify 32?

Jane Simmons · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Where are these made?

Laurie · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

The notebooks that you showed in the Odyssey collection that smell bad… I had a notebook from another company that smelled exactly like your describing. The only way I found to get it out permanently was to put them on my back patio out in the sun. I'd put them outside from like 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., on my patio table, every day for about 3 weeks, unless rain was in the forecast, and the smell is gone completely. I hope you find a way to get it out of yours as well, they are so beautiful!

Jae Sevelius · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Beautiful collection! I live in a small city apartment so I try to keep all of my belongings as minimal as possible, including my Chic Sparrow collection. I currently have 5 (4 if you subtract the one I just gave to my spouse). My favorite are gray leathers, I just think they look so chic and stylish. Classy without being predictable. I recently discovered the joy of samples to try out different leathers. This satisfies my curiosity without breaking the bank with experimentation. Sorry to hear about your funky smelling Odysseys. CS really should have taken them back (without the restocking fee).

Becque Vesper · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Sun bake them for one week then put them in a bag with fabric softener sheets for one month. I did that for my cigarette smoke burdened Nayadori and it worked! I’m still discovering my size but b6 and a6 so far reign supreme here. But I know one thing: my inserts better be flush to the cover. I hate any space between the cover and insert edge.

Paisley Teal · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I am loving the PEMBERLY CASTLE ROCK and, the OUTLANDER GREEN. These are gorgeous colors and leathers. Chic Sparrow retired the CASTLE ROCK so I had to purchase mine from Jet Pens. The OUTLANDER GREEN is to die for! I love it. I also have two NANO'S in OUTLANDER GREEN and one in TIME TRAVELER in BLUE. I have a CREME BRULEE BROWN. It too is a gorgeous color.

Marcell Hobbs · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Where do you get your “usable” inserts from? Many of your notebooks look unused. There is a difference between collection and TN user.

The Glass Koala · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Have you tried putting the smelly ones in the freezer? It should help dissipate the scent.

Caz Young · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I want them all they are beautiful xx

Paisley Teal · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Wow Sara! Loving your video and your notebooks. Would you know how to add insert to the one string NANO? I have three of them but I'm not sure if I'm doing it right? So frustrating!

Giuliano Brisini · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

She should of replace them. I’ll never buy from her again!!!

Mary Bonin · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

See if locked up with a dryer sheets will work. I have 2 odyssey’s mine didn’t smell at all

Deb InPEI · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Fantastic collection. I only have 3 and the Creme leather su far is my fav, but still love them all. I have at least two more in my wish list for the 2019 year. Thx for sharing

Barbara West · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

This is the best information on the different Chic Sparrow leathers I've ever seen! I have been drooling over their collections for a couple of years now but never bought one of their covers. I'm interested in watching where they go with their new Folio models. I've never been attracted to the modular TN concept. I'm trying a Weeks for 2019nand that may be the year I give in. Thanks so much for sharing your collection and your honest opinion of each cover!

MANDY SCOTT · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

omg so many im still saving for my first pocket size lol

Eversew139 · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I ordered a nano from them with the same smelly issue almost a year ago. The smell has hardly dissipated. I affectionately refer to it as my stinky. I'm like, "hey hon…have you seen my stinky"? LOL Still adore it.

BlueNoodle79 · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Wow, Sarah, that's a lot of Sparrows! Look good. I have a Maverick coming, and I hope it's as beautiful as yours :o)

Joey Harpel · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Love your collection! I have a Calypso and an Apollo as well and they reek, but my Athena and Hera don't. I think it's something with the dyes. Only certain colors smell. I've been using the Calypso since June and it's definitely less pungent now. I collect mostly Odysseys but I think my Outlander Highland Green is my favorite.

Karen Walker · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

I have an Odessy B6 Athena that I love. I didn't get ink marks or rings though, just the distressing. Super glad mine wasn't stinky. (-: You have a gorgeous collection; I love that you get so much enjoyment from your TNs. That's how a collection should be.

Add Love!™ · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Very nice! I'm going to make my own for art gear! "Put in the sun" rank smell!😂

Lil Divette · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

LOVE your CS collection! 😍 I've been collecting CS since 2014 when she was selling on Etsy and I TOTALLY understand your 'addiction' (I collect her TNs and bags). 😊

Tiffany Liu · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Maaaaaaaaaan! What an awesome treasure chest you've built!!!

amybud · May 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

Thank you for making this video. Your collection is gorgeous! I have 9 Chic Sparrows and I'm using 4 at the moment. I think I may need to add a Maverick soon after seeing this, though. Yours are beautiful!

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