My interest in inks and fountain pens and everything about them I do is very closely related to another passion I have which are all sorts of notebooks, sketchbooks and travel journals. Few years ago I have purchased my first traveler’s notebook (or rather leather cover) from well know and recently very popular Japanese’s company – Midori. To many people Midori is a ‘cult’ and almost a life style. It sounds crazy but I understand it perfectly, even if I am more pragmatic person. Initially I got a standard size brown cover and I loved everything about it. The way how leather feels in my hand, the handiness and the cool Indiana Jones like look. Quickly, I ordered another one, camel in passport size which I transformed into my wallet (I love it and still using it after 3 years) and another standard size but in black. However there are two major issues with Midori I had. First is economic – genuine Midori leather covers are expensive. The quality is is great, but still you have to spend quite a bit to get one. The second problem I had was its uncommon size which binds you to Midori products (some people are fine with it). There are plenty of DIY inserts out there or templates available so you can print them out, which make it is relatively easy to customize your notebooks – fine. However, if you like to have particular size sketchbook or actually few of them in one place to carry arouns and if you like to have them looking like Midori, then you have to find someone who could do one for you or do it yourself. And here is the thing, DIY leather notebook covers (so called –fauxdori) are relatively easy and fun to do yourself. The only thing you need is leather (already dyed or not), dye, sealant and bunch of elastic cords. I’ve done few in different sizes over last 1-2 years and I using them for different purposes (business diary/calendar, sketchbooks, wallet, pocket notebooks, etc) everyday.
Because over Easter I was working on one as a birthday gift to my relative, I thought I will share with you what I got. Here it is. The 3mm thick veg tanned cow hide leather cover in dark red and mahogany to fit up to 4-5 Filed Notes size notebooks in. The leather is slightly distressed to get rougher (with better grip) but less rigid and having more rustic look cover.