Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WOYWW 369--Paper Fun and Making a Midori

Happy Wednesday to you!

We are celebrating What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday, hosted by our lovely Julia...and temporarily co-hosted today by our lovely wonderful Jan. Julia is recovering from an operation and we are all thinking of her and praying for her healing and comfort.

On the desk is me cutting pretty papers. *sigh* I could cut and glue pretty papers all day. I love it. This is from my Hello Darlin' stack and it's all kinds of adorbs. I'm decorating a couple of booklets for my Midori which I had ordered from Yellow Paper House. The covers are the sturdy brown craft paper which I love, because then I can decorate them all I want!
The Jan-June 2017 planner I'm adding to my Midori.

Although I have dearly loved my "doll-dori" which is my fabric Midori I made last year with the matryoshka doll fabric...lately I've been craving a stuffed chunky leather Midori. I decided to see if that's what I really want because if I bought one, it's not cheap people. So I upcycled an old leather bag and Bob's your uncle--I have a leather Midori. You can check it out on my blog post right before this one from Monday. 

If you haven't heard me going on and on and on about how much I love a Midori Traveler's Notebook, it is basically a notebook that can house several different booklets, and it has a big elastic loop that keeps it all together so it's great for taking with you. They come in many sizes. In mine I keep a "side hustle" book for ideas and organization of my freelance writing and crafts, then two six-month planner booklets, a six-pocket folder I made with a dashboard to keep a little supply of post-its, a list book which is my everything like a personal assistant, and then my food and exercise journal. It really is my life all in one place! Plus, I really manage to keep my food and exercise journal on point by always having it with me. I separate the days with washi tapes and a fun Smashbook date and phrase stamp, so what could be a very boring journal is kind of scrapbooky and therefore I reference it a lot more than your average food and exercise journal which is bound to get abandoned and not kept up with because without washi tape, stamps and stickers the days all blend into oblivion.

Basically it's called: making life fun!
A unique leather Midori from an old bag. (I mean the purse...not me)
I must visit you now! Have a wonderful week.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch


  1. Good morning, Sandy! I love that you've combined them into your own leather traveler. I'd love to see this in person. Maybe we can get together at B & N when I'm in town next. have you seen the Boho journals at Michaels. They are similar in style to the traveler. They are also carrying travelers now. Thanks for stopping by my blog this week. Creative Blessings! Kelly #32

  2. Thanks for explaining. I still think it is a heavy bulky thing to carry around. OK, you probably don't carry it around.
    I like the fact that you recycled an old leather bag. Brilliant.
    Lovely papers too.
    Happy WOYWW,

  3. Wow, your leather midori is fabulous - and a great way to upcycle the old handbag. It looks such fun decorating and making Midori's, I love the whole idea of them but know I would never carry one around - my handbag is already full of stuff that weighs a ton, I just daren't add another thing to it!!
    Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by earlier,
    Diana #25

  4. You made me laugh with the old bag remark. It's a fabulous notebook.
    Thanks for your comments on my curtains. I use an A4 piece of card Sandy for the template for the curtain pieces
    Lynn 13 xx

  5. From one old bag to another...;-). I love the way you up cycled that old handbag into your Midori..but blimey you pack a lot into it! I do admire you for planning everything to the nth degree but know that I could never achieve that, not in a gazillion years! The papers you've used are so pretty, I love the big bold circles very much.
    Thank you for your lovely comment, I really am ok. It was sad saying goodbye to Dad but he was a brilliant bloke who had an amazing life. I was so proud to be his daughter :-)
    Hugs, LLJ xxxx

  6. Wow! You did a good job there! I like the idea of a Midori - I really do need organising!! Chris 37

  7. Who needs an expensive Midori when you can create your own?! LOL. I love how you upcycle do your own. Dorlene #44

  8. Thank you for the midori lesson, great idea & yours is lovely. blessing, donna #9