DIY A5 Travelers Notebook Cover

I love the versatility of a travelers notebook system.  Before I found bullet Journaling, I used a Midori for a time, but I just couldn’t get that to work for me. Glad for that since Bullet Journaling has quite honestly changed my life.


So when I heard that there at A5 sized travelers notebook covers out there that fit the Leuchtturm1917 journals I began my search to find one.

I wanted to be able to have my bullet journal for planning, my prayer journal and then other journals as needed with me at all times.  Then the possibilities are endless with dashboards and other inserts.  I was hooked. But in my search the cheapest option I could find was close to $100.  YIKES!

I wanted to cry.  So I took to YouTube to see if this would be something easy to DIY and sure enough… IT IS!!

This cover I made cost me about $22 to make.  And it looks (and smells) almost exactly like my Midori.

How to DIY this Travelers Notebook

1. I purchased this leather on amazon. It was one piece that I assumed I would need to trim down, based on the measurements for the $100 ones I had been looking at.  It measures 8.7″x 14.1″.   And cost just over $20. But as I laid it out to make it, I realized it didn’t have that much extra room and decided to just leave it, especially since I’ll be using it for the Leuchtturm1917 journal. This allows the journal to fit comfortably inside.


2.  Next I watched this video for how to cut the holes and string the elastic.  The string I used is just basic black elastic string I got from JoAnnes for about $2.


I opted for four strings along the center total.  I knew two would be needed to string the Leuchtturm1917 journal, and I wanted two others for adding more into the cover.

3. Then I added the closure string to the middle of the spine.


As a whole, I’m loving this system.  It is a little on the bulky side, but I like having all those journals with me.  I hope to find an A5 sized zipper pocket that I can slip in for stickies and pens.



The extra journals are from a 3 pack of journals at Michaels.  I found them in their Travelers Notebook display! Each had a different paper style, dot grid, squared and blank.


The look of this leather just makes me happy!

Stay addicted Bullet Journal-Aholics!

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