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Set-up for my Regular Size Midori (+ re-stock of Special Edition Blue Pan Am!)

Happy Friday! Fridays have been pretty lucky for us around here – we had the Emeraude de Chivor arrive a few Fridays ago, and now, just through our doors is another shipment of the Special Edition Blue Midori Covers + accessories. You can see everything here, but specifically the leather cover here. It’s a decent sized shipment this time, but they’ve been flying off the shelves, so I wouldn’t wait too long if you’re interested.

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Our first shipments went fast! And we didn’t have too many accessories, so we tried to place a limit on how many you could get at once. However, we’ve got some better stock this time, especially of the accessories, so take a look at what you’d like! We’re expecting one more shipment in late September, and that will be about it, unless we luck out into another after, so I think now’s your best chance in terms of stocking up.

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I held off on the Pan Am refills until now. I’m personally more of a graph person, but I can’t resist how the plain insert’s inside cover has these helpful hints for airplane safety.

We’ve been selling out of our earlier shipments of the Blue Midoris because of limited supply and so much anticipation, but we had a customer return one without the packaging, so I finally got mine! I’ve had a few weeks to break mine in, and so I thought to celebrate our latest shipment coming in, I’d let you know how I’m using my new Regular Size Traveler’s Notebook.

For the longest time, I was a passport size user, and I used it as a memo book/wallet, just to keep track of small notes and thing. I think it took me a while to figure out my system and how to utilize it most efficiently to fit my life. Since I’ve moved over to the larger Regular Size Midori, I am seeing why more people prefer this size.

I’m still using the Passport Sized one, primarily as a wallet and to put small notes I need I need to remember, lists, it’s more convenient to just tuck in my bag on the go, but I’m finding I’m using my Regular Size one more and more.

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I know some people use their Midori as a journal, and they include bits and pieces from their daily life, or as their daily agenda – if you’re interested in that, you should check out Instagram for Midori shots!

However, I’m a bit tamer: I am using the Regular Size Midori to do a bit more of the planning and brainstorming for the shop and the blog. The organization of having all the shop stuff separate from everything else has been pretty helpful.

I keep three inserts in addition to the the Zipper Pocket – one calendar, and two inserts.

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I use my calendar insert (monthly) to organize what’s going on with the blog and the shop (events and things). It’s great as a visual look at when and what I’m posting and what’s happening in the shop. Most of the time the blogging feels a bit reactive, I blog when new things come in, and sometimes it’s a bit of a surprise to us, and when life happens with the family, but I’m trying to be a bit more organized about it all.

Here’s August so far:

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I’m using the other two inserts to do brainstorming and planning for the blog and for the shop. One of the inserts I use it to plan out ideas that I’m going to write about on the blog or bigger picture ideas that may one day work themselves somehow into the business. We have plans for swabbing and displaying inks in the shop, getting the website cleaner and more organized, new product lines to research or bring in.

The other insert is for notes on the logistics of the business, ordering, new products, customer stuff. Daily stuff that may need to be referred to, but probably won’t need to be kept for very long (hopefully!). I separated all the logistical stuff into another insert, since it is more just information and notes, and not really so much ideas that I may look at later.

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However, one of my favourite things about this Pan Am edition is the Pan Am Zipper pocket. It’s meant to match the blue leather and the Pan Am edition, but it’s also just a really cool version of the zipper pocket even aside from that. It’s great that it’s not a consumable, but that you can use it for as long as you have your notebook, and of course you can even use it in a different Traveler’s Notebook.

The front zipper pocket is the same as the clear standard version, except it’s blue. The back has something that looks a bit like a boarding pass, but it also has a spot to slide in loose tickets or papers.

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Midori Blue Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Pan Am Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

The back has pockets for cards, and on the other side of this back flap is also the same sleeve/pocket to slide in loose papers and notes. This is really my favourite accessory because there are so many spots to put so much – receipts, photos, notes, stamps, loose change…

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This is the zipper pocket accessory on my passport Midori, which had to double up a bit.

The paper is also very good for fountain pens in these inserts, so I also use it to write out quotes and things when inspiration strikes.

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I’m still breaking this Midori in and also figuring out the balance between the Regular and the Passport size, so I think there may be another post to come on how it’s all working out for me. I don’t think I will ever go back to using just the passport size, but who knows!

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New (Regular Line) Midori Products

We just had our first home-cooked dinner here last night (i.e. frozen pizza and a can of soup), and Jon has set me up with a place to hook up my laptop and get to work. Super has peed on every tree around the block, so it’s like we’re home again. It’s busy and hectic and hustling, but we’re almost there. Even though I’m sitting here staring at a giant hole in the wall just put there by our friendly contractor, Nick, today.

Jon is at the old shop, wrapping up our last few days of business there, and packing up, leaving me here “in charge” with contractors and builders. What this really means is that I try to stop Super from smelling everyone and knocking over things while calling Jon every time a contractor has a question.

And, wouldn’t you know it, the world doesn’t stop just because we’re in the middle of a move. 

We got some new Midori products from their regular line for the Traveler’s Notebooks. We got these with the shipment of the Blue Midoris, but you can guess that these got overshadowed just a bit. We are getting more of the Blue Midori’s at the end of May, so sign up for in-stock e-mail notifications if you are interested in grabbing one.

Midori Traveler's Notebooks Inserts and Accessories at Wonder Pens Toronto, Canada

For now, we’re starting to fill out our line of Midori Traveler’s Notebooks accessories, and while we’ve carried their weekly planners, we decided to bring in their monthly planner for both the regular and passport size.

Midori 017 Regular 006 Passport Traveler's Notebooks Monthly Calendar Inserts at Wonder Pens Toronto, Canada

While we’ve always had the kraft folder for the regular size, we now have the kraft folder, 010, for the passport size.

Kraft Folder 010 for Passport Midori at Wonder Pens Toronto Canada

By now you’ve all heard my sob story about not being able to keep a Blue Edition cover, which Jon has compensated for by offering to let me keep one of these kraft folders for my Passport Midori. On a scale of one to ten, this is consolation of about …zero, but who am I to turn down more inserts for my Midori.

Kraft Folder 010 for Passport Midori Traveler's Notebook Wonder Pens Toronto Canada

After this, the baby will be up, and we’re off to Home Depot, which is basically the worst job ever. Jon gives me a list of things I’m supposed to get, and convinces me that I am a capable and intelligent human being who can purchase thousands of dollars worth of inventory for a stationery business and therefore indeed buy a “hose” for hooking up the dishwasher, based on instructions of “just don’t get a toilet hose or anything.” I just know I’m going to end up aimlessly wandering the aisles of Home Depot not understanding how there could be so many different types of hoses in the world, and then come back with the wrong one.

“Don’t worry, Liz, it’s, like, just a standard size. You can’t go wrong. But don’t get the wrong one.”

Midori Blue Edition + Pan Am Accessories

They’re finally here! And they are gorgeous…

Midori Blue Leather Special Edition Traveler's Notebooks and Pan American PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

The blue leather is beautiful, and I can wait to start seeing photos of how the leather is wearing in. The paper covers on the accessories are also really nice – they have a vintage, retro kind of look, which of course I’m all over.

We got our shipment in, but the news is grim. We didn’t get as much as we were hoping for in this shipment, but we will be getting more.

 

The demand has been very high for these, and we’re as disappointed as you in this small shipment, but we will be getting more in May, June and again in the fall. We’ve pre-ordered a good number from our distributor, and he has assured me that we will be getting significantly more than what we have currently received. I think it may be that the demand in Asia took out a lot of the initial production, and we are having to wait a bit for more to come out.

For this initial release, we’re asking that you limit yourself to a quantity of one for the notebook and for each of the accessories. Once we start getting additional shipments in, we will open it up again.

If you try to add more quantity of any of these, we will hold and delay your order to sort it out with you.

Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Leather Cover and PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Leather Cover and PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

 

Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Leather Cover and PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

 

 

Midori Traveler's Notebook Blue Edition Leather Cover and PanAm Accessories in Toronto, Canada at Wonder Pens wonderpens.ca

 

If you didn’t get all of the items you wanted this time around, don’t despair! Consider signing up for the email notification for back-in-stock on the product pages of the items you want. We are expecting more in May (and then more shipments later), along with some other new products from Midori that I’m pretty excited to share with you.