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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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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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Midori Brass Index Clips

It’s the middle of the week, and I hope you’re all having a good one. It’s getting pretty warm these days here in Toronto, and we’ve finally turned on the ACs. The baby has been motoring around in his diaper most of the time, which has cut down drastically on the amount of laundry needed for him, but has increased the number of baths he needs a day by around 500%, basically after every time he eats or comes near anything remotely liquid.

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I love Midori stuff: I have two Midori Traveler’s Notebooks, I’ve been loving their MD Notebooks, their brass stuff is great – I use their alphabet and number rulers all the time. If I’ve been writing letters to you, you may have noticed a whole lot of airplanes on your envelopes, which is one of the cut outs on the number template ruler. Jon jokes that I basically only use their number rule to draw airplanes, but actually, FYI, I also use the number ruler to write the numbers for street addresses and postal codes.

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However, one of the most useful products Midori makes are these Brass Index Clips. You don’t really think about them or hear about them often because they’re so understated, but that is part of what makes them so useful! They’re not flashy, but they just sit in your notebooks doing their thing. They hold pages together in their sturdy brass grasp.

Actually, I think these were more designed to be used for organization in an office setting, on files or folders, to note dates and section things off, but I mostly use mine in my notebooks and to keep papers together.

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The front of these clips are used to hold the label of your section, like a tab on a divider. The back of the package shows you how these were designed to be used. The frame can either be clipped so it sticks out from the paper, as a tab, or the frame can be used as the clip, flush with the edge of the paper. See the pictures below.

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Midori Brass Index Clips Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

The frame sticking out from the paper as a tab.

But if you don’t want the top of the brass index clip sticking out, you can also use the frame part as the clip.

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The frame flush with the paper. I mostly use mine like this.

I use these in my notebooks as page holders but also to mark different sections – the front of my notebooks is for everyday notes, but I typically have a back section for blog stuff or ideas in general that are ongoing. I’ve been trying to keep a bit more organized in separating between household things and daily business details and bigger ideas for the blog or business.

We’re thinking of taking a train trip next summer to the West Coast, go through the prairies and see the Rockies, and you bet I am excited about that. The section currently says “Train trip next summer planning” and is otherwise blank, but I’m working on it.

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Midori Brass Index Clips Wonder Pens Blog wonderpens.ca Toronto Canada

They are pretty sturdy clips so they can hold several pages together, if you just want to clip them like a paper clip. They’re much heavier than a standard paper clip, so if you just have it on one or two pieces of paper, your paper will definitely flop over.

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I use these clips on my desk to help organize groups of papers or photographs or envelopes together.

I’m hoping for more Midori stock, especially that Blue Cover, sometime soon – maybe in the next few weeks, maybe closer to the end of August. We now carry quite a bit from the Midori brand, but I love that everything from this company, like these Brass Index Clips, is super high quality in material, paper quality, finishes, thoughtfulness – all of the details are just right.

Midori MD Notebooks

I took these pictures for the blog on my kitchen floor earlier this morning while a load of laundry was churning away, and while watching the baby chew on books, Super’s ear and a cardboard box of things I’m supposed to have unpacked, so I’ve been making the most of my multi-tasking these days. At this very moment, I’m in the shop while it’s nice and empty – I think it looks like rain today – and Jon has taken the baby out to pick up some groceries for dinner. The only fly in the ointment is that I just noticed some mango on my shoulder from the baby’s lunch, so I guess I’m kind of hoping no one comes in…

We got our shipment of Midori a few days ago, which included the very cute D-Clips that I shared a few pictures of on the blog yesterday. We also finally brought in the line of Midori MD Notebooks.

Midori is better known for their Leather Traveler’s Notebooks, and in fact, there’s quite a following because the system is so simple and yet so easily adaptable to whatever you need. However, Midori also makes a more standard style notebook!

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For the record, I’m not exactly sure why we waited so long. Along the way we’ve had a few customers inquire about them, and while we’ve certainly looked into them, the long wait time to order them in from Japan was a bit of a deterrent. Recently, though, our distributor suggested we give them a closer look. He said something like, “you won’t regret it, these are beautiful notebooks,” and when our Japanese distributor, a man of few words, makes such a statement…how can I resist.

(Although, if you couldn’t tell, I’m not exactly the hardest mark when you’re trying to sell me a Japanese notebook.)

I think another part of the hesitation to bringing them in might have been that it seemed like we already had notebooks for different purposes – journaling, spiral bound, perforated, pocket… – but these Midori MD Notebooks have a place of their own: they’re beautiful, simple, white notebooks with high quality paper and incredible attention to detail. They are perfect for slipping in your bag or case.

We now have the MD Notebooks in A6, A5 and A4. For reference, A6 is a bit bigger than a typical pocket notebook, A5 is the “standard” size notebook that you might slip in your bag, and A4 is just bigger than an 8.5×11 piece of paper. We also have the Midori Cotton Paper Notebooks in A6 and A5. 

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Everything about these notebooks shows incredible attention to detail. You can tell right away how much thought an effort has gone into creating and presenting this notebook.

In addition to a paper flap that identifies the paper and the ruling inside, the notebook comes wrapped in a sort of wax paper or vellum, to keep the cover in good shape. You can also keep it on to keep the white cover from getting too scuffed up, although the vellum is pretty delicate and so probably wouldn’t last very long jostled around in a bag.

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After the packaging, the only branding on the outside of this notebook is this quiet and classy debossed logo on the front. The cover is a smooth thick ivory cardstock.

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The first page inside the notebook has an area for you to put your name, date, title, topic of notebook, or whatever you like. The notebook also comes with some labels, which I think you might use when you’re done with the notebook to indicate the volume and date. Imagine how beautiful these would be, a whole row of worn and wrinkled notebooks filled with your memories and ideas and drawings.

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The notebooks are stitched and bound, meaning they lie open flat easily no matter where you are in the notebook. It also has a ribbon book marker, different coloured for different notebooks.

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But of course, all the details of a notebook are moot until you see how the paper quality is. This paper is great. It’s good for all sorts of fountain pens, even super inky fountain pens.

The following is an assortment of a few pens I already have inked up – Diamine Ochre in a TWSBI 580, Raven Black in a Lamy Medium, Salix in a Lamy Fine, Kiowa Pecan in a 2.3 mm Stub from Kaweco, Sailor Ultramarine (discontinued) in a Kaweco Broad. These are just fine, but that’s pretty usual for most notebooks for fountain pens. No feathering or bleeding, although there is some show through. The other side is still usable, but if you look at the right angle, you will definitely be able to see the writing on the other side.

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However, the real test is something as wet and enthusiastic and assertive as my Ahab. The thing about the Ahab is not only is it quite wet to prevent railroading during flexing, it’s also a bit of a stiff flexer, and so when the tines spread apart, they have a tendency to almost scrape into the paper. With some papers, this can dig into the paper fibres, which then makes it much more prone to feathering.

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Not only is there no feathering or bleedthrough, you can even see a hint of sheen! This is Iroshizuku Shin Kai in my Noodler’s Ahab. Normally you don’t get too much sheen from Shin Kai, but my Ahab is pretty wet.

We’ve got these Midori MD notebooks both in shop and online. We have the A6, A5 and A4 in blank, as well as the A6 and A5 in ruled. We are also carrying the Midori Cotton Notebooks, in A6 and A5, blank. I hope you enjoy taking a look! I just may have switched over to these notebooks for my regular journaling, and I will let you know how it goes.

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A small note: the quotation there is from a recipe in a bread book called “Local Breads” by Daniel Leader. For the longest time I’ve been interested in baking my own bread, not from a bread machine, although maybe I should start there, but oven bread with crusty crusts and soft chewy insides. There’s nothing like a really delicious slice of bread with butter. I’ve had this book for a while, and the author tells stories of his travels and learning from bread artisans around Europe, which makes me both lament my complete lack of knowledge and also feel kind of inspired. Maybe now with the shop so close and the baby getting a bit older – or at the very least, able to entertain himself for a few minutes at a time – I will be trying my hand at baking some bread!