I ordered the actual Midori leather book from Amazon. I have Amazon Prime and I find that things are significantly cheaper on Amazon and then partner that with free shipping and I am set. I ordered the rest of the notebooks and accessories from a company called Baum Kuchen. Talk about class. This company's invoice was printed on kraft paper and then delicately folded and placed in a custom envelope. I LOVE when companies put that personal touch in the things they do. They have gained a customer for life. The shipping didn't take too long either. I bought all the accessories on a Friday during a holiday weekend and I received it on Wednesday. Pretty good in my book. Which I should have ordered the leather notebook from them too. It was still cheaper than Amazon.
I ordered a whole slew of washi tape from etsy. My favorite vendors are Sticker Stop, Queen and Company, Party Garden, In The Clear, The Sewing Post, Silent Poetry Arts and Whimsical Craftss. Why washi tape, you ask? Because it's made from rice paper from Japan. Which means that nasty residue from regular tape doesn't happen and you can move this tape numerous times. I've seen tutorials for making your own washi tape, but you will still have that residue and limited ability to move the tape once you've stuck it down. And for only $2-$3 a roll, it's not that expensive.
Once my notebook arrived, I tore into that box like my life depended upon it. I was so excited to finally have something that I've been waiting and waiting to order. I was struggling with justifying the price. A $50 leather shell seems pretty ridiculous. It came packaged extremely well. With kraft packaging, a personal note from the manufacturer, a muslin case and then finally my notebook. And just so we all know, it was incredibly difficult to be patient at each step so I could take a few photos. I was literally coming out of my skin...
Here's some washi tape that I ordered and a set of the Midori stickers. I also used a few Project Life supplies I had in my Honey set to make a few things.
This is my notebook all put together. I ordered that charm from Baum Kuchen. I love it. They had a bunch of other ones. Maybe if I convince myself to buy the smaller version too I will order another one. ;)
And here's a look inside my notebook and how I am using it. I am finding it to be quite effective. When you first open the cover, I have a card holder inside. It's folded around all the other notebooks so that I would have one side on the front cover and then one side on the back cover. And yes, that's totally a photo of myself right there. I struggle with feeling gorgeous everday, like most women do. I have a few post-baby pounds I wish weren't there, the breast feeding ta-tas, the tired looking eyes... But in the session when these were done, I felt absolutely beautiful. My photographer is amazing and I wanted a reminder to feel beautiful, no matter what. I have something to offer this day right here and I need to focus on that and not how I feel like a frumpy, tired, extra curvy mom.