When Travelers Company announced their 10th Anniversary special edition notebook I was pretty excited. I have become a fan of the Travelers Notebook over the past few years using it daily for numerous different things. So, when they announced the tiny 10th Anniversary edition I was disappointed. I couldn’t see how I would use it and didn’t think it was worth the high price tag.
Then two surprising and lovely things happened. Liz from Wonderpens sent me a staggering package which contained lots of goodies including one brown 10th Anniversary edition notebook. Then a few months later my husband bought me one of the camel 10th Anniversary editions to mark our 10 year anniversary. Without meaning to I received two of these tiny weeny notebooks.
The notebook itself
The packaging for the 10th Anniversary edition is the best part of this edition. The notebooks are presented in a beautifully designed tin the colour of which varies depending on the colour notebook you have chosen. I have the red tin which came with the brown Travelers Notebook and a blue tin which came with the camel.
The tins are the size of the regular Travelers Notebook which makes them very useful for storing your inserts. They are decorated with various different scripts using well known Travelers Company phrases. There is an image of the Travelers Notebook on the tin which is the exact size of the notebook inside.
Inside you have all the usual elements of a Travelers Notebook. There is a selection of different grid papers that allow you to make an insert exactly as you would like.
I just can’t figure these notebooks out
The thing I can’t get my head around is what to actually do with my miniature Travelers Notebook. I have had these for months and not done anything with them. I have filled my brown Travelers Notebook with a kraft insert but I haven’t done anything with it. The camel notebook is still in it's packaging.
For a 10th Anniversary edition of a well loved product it is definitely different and unexpected. I imagine in some regions that this product sold very well and to a degree whatever they released their loyal followers would have bought it. Personally I would have loved to have seen some of the similar items that can be found in the Travelers Factory in Narita airport, a special edition insert, charm or notebook with a cover design. These things are hard to come by outside of Japan without paying crazy import costs or buying from an etsy seller.
In the UK I have noticed that the price of the 10th Anniversary editions have dropped from the initial crazy price of £40 down to £24. The fact that they are still available shows that perhaps this wasn’t the product Travelers Company customers were looking for.
I’d be interested to see if people actually use their 10th Anniversary editions for anything other than a charm and if so how they are using them. Interestingly while doing a bit of research for this post I saw Baum-kuchen have a recent post on the Travelers Notebook and Eunice has shown the ways she has used her notebook. As with everything Euince produces the photos in this post are gorgeous and include some interesting ideas, particularly the inclusion of photos in the mini TN. This does show one way that it can be used but perhaps isn’t a representation of the masses.
I still love Travelers Company and the products they produce, I just wish I could have had something more useful and less gimmicky.