For a while, I have been meaning to say hello with a meaningful post and after noticing the new wave of fellow planners arriving at high speed, with so many questions, curiosity to learn the tricks, the names, the deets, the shops, the DIY's, the scope on everything planner related, I realized that the opportunity to reach out came to me in the manner of writing a post about the super famed TN.
What is a TN? A TN stands for Traveler's Notebook. Also known as a Midori, per the Japanese brand where the traveler's notebook originated from. A TN is a cover (usually made of leather) with elastic bands, which holds notebooks inside. Additionally, it comes with another elastic band to hold the notebook closed. Due to its compact and smaller size, the TN has been a companion of traveler's, journalists, engineers, architects, students and for the last 3-4 years, it has found a niche in the planning world.
Planners from around the world have massively shown their love for this new planning "system" and it is certainly here to stay! I have personally witnessed how the trend took off with small companies coming to light with new and different options of leather TNs and now larger craft suppliers, such as Michael's, JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby, have joined the party, to make it in a very competitive market and adding to the oh so many options on designs, colors, materials, and sizes, so that if you are in the market for one of these, you are going to have a tough time deciding on what to get and if you are like me, you will end up buying more than one because...you know...they are sooooo pretty!!
That takes me to discuss the next important factor about TN: Besides being so trendy, they come in different sizes and not what you would think. I recently attended a Planner Meetup and was introduced to a "Micro". A Micro has the size of a wallet and it is a favorite amongst fellow planners peeps. Due to the high demands, TNs' makers have been creating different sizes of the notebook to cater to the different designs of inserts, dahsboards and books that are available to fill-up the TN. Here is the list that I have been using as the guide to create the dashboards/folders:
Micro - Fits Inserts 3" x 4"
Passport - Fits Inserts 3.4" x 4.9"
Pocket - Fits Inserts 3.5” x 5.5”
A6 - Fits Inserts 4"x6"
Personal - Fits Inserts 3.75" x 6.5
B6 - Fits Inserts 5" x 7"
Standard - Fits Inserts 4.5” x 8.25”
Wide - Fits Inserts 5” x 8.25”
The most popular sizes are the Personal, the Standard and the B6, which are in the middle of the chart. The Micro could be used as a wallet and the Passport and Pocket are next but still in smaller sizes, which makes them great because they fit in purses. When trying to decide, you will also have to figure out if you want a wider or regular width on the spine and that all depends on how "chunky" you want it and how many inserts you are hoping to fit in it. If you are still undecided or still shopping around to buy your new TN, I really wish you luck in finding the best option that works for you.