Gert's well loved journal/planner collection (IG: pepperandtwine) October 31 2015
1. Can you share how you are using your Roterfaden?
Traveler's Notebook (TN) is the notebook that started it all for me. I use a brown Traveler's Notebook as a wallet. This one is pretty chunky as it currently has five inserts. A clear zipper pocket holds my favorite photos, my checkbook, and some stationery items (wash tape, paper clips). A kraft file holds my receipts and Post-It notes. Weekly and monthly diary inserts make it easy for me to plan on the go. Lastly, my favorite insert, an Essential leather zipper case, holds my driver’s license, credit cards, and cash. I use a brown passport size TN as a secondary wallet with the same inserts as the full size TN, with the exception of a plain notebook instead of the planners. This I use to hold spare change, tickets, coupons, and credit and membership cards I don't use as often but like to keep handy just in case. I tried to stick to one notebook for all my stuff, but I hate leaving anything behind when I go out.
I also keep a couple Traveler’s Notebooks as journals. I use a black TN to hold my quote and travel/restaurant journal, and recently set up my blue Pan-Am TN to hold a couple more private journals.
Both systems are highly customizable and very functional. I love seeing how other people use their Traveler's Notebooks and Roterfadens. There are so many inserts and notebooks to choose from. If you’re crafty, you can even go the DIY route and make your own. I also love the quality and aesthetic of both systems. The texture and appearance of the gorgeous leathers, and the grey felt interior of the Roterfaden draw me in time and time again. The more scratched and worn the leather covers become, the more beautiful they are to me.
Both the clips of the Roterfaden and the elastic bands of the Traveler's Notebook make it easy to add, remove, or move inserts around as needed. I sometimes use the bands from the TN's to add additional notebooks to my Roterfaden. This little trick allows me to carry more than three notebooks or inserts in my Roterfaden.
The only possible downside of these two systems may be the price points, but both products are well crafted, built to last, and are a worthwhile investment.
4. How are you managing multiple notebooks in life? Any tips for other people?
5. Can you describe your daily/weekly/monthly analogue workflow... and how your pages come alive?
I usually do my creative journaling in my Hobonichi Cousin on my lunch break at work (this is what I post daily on Instagram), and my private journaling at night before bed. I look forward to capturing the events of each day in my diary. Sometimes my handwriting is neat and tiny so I can fit everything on the page, other days it's just a few hastily scribbled sentences written just before I fall asleep. I have become pretty diligent at journaling, missing just one or two days at the most before catching up. If I wait too long, I find that I have already forgotten little details, so I try to keep up as much as I can. I’ve only been keeping a diary for less than a year, but I already enjoy going back and reading my past entries.
Besides my notebooks, my must-have tools are my Lamy Safari fountain pens, Pilot G-Tec-C3 and C4 pens, brush pens, pencil cases, White-Out for those pesky mistakes, and lastly, my collection of paper clips.
7. Where do you look for your inspiration?