Setting up a Midori to be used as a blog planner

Last week I showed a little bit of my beautiful blue Midori Traveler’s Notebook and mentioned I was turning it into a simple blog planner.

Today I’m going to take you a for a quick walk through my set up for it. If you can think of anything I can tweak or have any great Midori tips let me know in the comments below!

For this set up I’ve just used two notebooks – a monthly insert from a shop on Ali Express and a dotted insert from Etsy.


I’ve started with the monthly calendar and have given it a little decoration on the cover.


I’m really impressed with this insert. This was less than £2 on Ali Express with free delivery and aside from a slight bend in it thanks to the delivery it’s of a pretty decent quality. It’s great paper to write on and i’ll be getting more inserts in the future from there for definite! I tend to have set days that I post on and this will be used for plotting what I’ll be posting when each month. As I write about lots of different things on my blog I like to plan a bit in advance so I don’t end up just posting about one subject solidly for a couple of weeks. I’ll be writing each post idea on a sticky note so I can move around my plans and once I’ve written and scheduled the post, I’ll write it properly on the pages so these pages will also track where I’m at with my posts writing so I don’t fall behind.


My second insert is for blog ideas and brainstorming. This insert is from Etsy and you can see the difference immediately just from the kind of cover on the insert.


The paper in this insert is a lot smoother and thicker than the monthly insert but as I’m not a big fan of this kind of paper. For those of you that use fountain pens, you’d love this paper as I can imagine bleed being a non-issue. The intention for this book is to have my front page as a running ‘to post’ list with all my post ideas written here until they’re transferred to the monthly planner. The next pages will be for more detailed post ideas, or brainstorming.

This set up replaces my Erin Condren from next month. I had my EC set up as a shop and blog planner but I’m just not using it enough to justify buying another next year so I’d rather use my Midori for blogging and put any shop related planning in my main planner, my Fuchsia Original.

I’m looking forward to using this! My poor Midori has been languishing on a shelf for far too long!

Em x

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My Week #48

A week of trying of all my new planner stickers this week!

I’ll be showing off all the new stickers listed in my shop later in the week but for now you get a preview of some of the ones I’ve been working on.

Because of this, my colour scheme is a little haphazard this week but I still like it! I’ve adapted my weekly checklist stickers and I prefer how they fit in the ‘this week’ box, along with my new to do stickers.

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This week was a good happy mail week – my Kate Spade arrived! I also may have bought a Webster’s Pages planner (although it hasn’t arrived yet) because for only £3 I couldn’t say no!

This week was also a bad week for getting stuff done. I’ve had a bad cold all week and not really felt up to doing much other than sitting at my computer making stickers so the flat looks a bit of a tip this weekend. Guess what my planner is going to be filled with next week…

For those of you who use colour coding in your planners – does it work for you? I’ve tried it in the past but when you only have one or two pen loops (and fall out of love with your Coleto) I find it tricky to do but then get annoyed if my planner is a mish mash of pen colours. Maybe I should start carrying a pencil case with my planner again?

Em x


Listers Gotta List

So I bought this Midori many many months ago (April in fact) and never shared because I bought it to complete April’s Listers Gotta List and onwards. 

I got about halfway through the month, couldn’t keep up and then just stopped it completely. Over the past few months I’ve dabbled in it here and there and finally finished it recently.

Despite taking so long to finish it I still wanted to show off my Midori a bit and some of the pages I completed. I’ll be doing a full low down of the Midori next week as I’ve now repurposed it as my blog planner to replace my Erin Condren.


I’d wanted a Midori for a while but wasn’t so keen on the brown or black colours available. Then I came across this limited edition blue one. It was part of a collaboration with Pan-Am Airlines and strangely, is still available to purchase all these months later. It’s so pretty I thought it definitely would have sold out by now.

The package was quite simple – as well as what you can see in the picture it came with a spare elastic, a plain insert and a lovely cotton bag for it to sleep in.

Thanks to a few years of cardmaking I’ve got lots of supplies like lettering that I could use up. Although I’m fairly certain I ended up buying lots more just for this project.


This was also a great way to use up a lot of my Project Life cards that I had been collecting.

I started out with some pretty basic layouts, relying on those Project Life cards a lot.


I’m not really a scrapbooker so doing layering like this was a bit out of my comfort zone but I quite liked it. I was also able to go through my large stash of die cuts that I’ve been collecting.


This was one of my favourites.


My label maker came in really handy to do some lettering where I didn’t want to do individual letter stickers or die cuts.


It was a nice little project to do (even if it did take months) but I won’t be doing any more months. Maybe if I were a scrapbooker I’d have enjoyed it more but I found it difficult to come up with new page layouts and designs… hence why it took me so long to complete. I’ve seen other people just do them on Project Life cards which is a nice idea. Maybe if I were still using a large planner like the Bando I’d try and incorporate it into my weekly pages but instead I’ll just stick to looking at everyone else’s pretty pages.

Em x