Reading is fundamental, they say. Reading comprehension? Even more so in my book. That’s something I learned about first hand with the Traveler's Company Spiral Ring A5 Slim Paper Pocket Notebook.
Reading that product description, I thought “Cool. An A5 slim spiral notebook with an added pocket inside. Count me in.” I couldn’t have been more wrong. This is an A5 slim “notebook” full of pockets. That’s literally all there is. 16 sheets, with pockets on the front and back of each page, making for 32 slots of storage. The entire notebook is pockets!
I was flummoxed when I opened this up. I honestly thought it was a mistake - there is no way I would have ordered this on purpose. Then I re-read the product title - which is all I ordered from, no pictures or product description - and I still couldn’t wrap my head around what I missed. As it turns out, I missed all of it. Japan got me, once again.
What this notebook is is a storage folder. It’s honestly hard to even call it a notebook - folder may be a better term. It’s made to hold anything from stamps, to notes, to stickers, to receipts, to tickets - any loose items that you want to hang on to, either for storage, or for future use. And for that, it is fantastic.
As confused as I was upon receiving this product, it makes me smile. It is so specific, and not something I had ever seen before. Sure, you could use a coupon folder, or the like, to perform the same task, but the Traveler’s Company made it. One of the coolest stationery companies in the world. They know better than me, right? So I better find a good way to use it. And I think I did.
I’ve mentioned the visual journal I keep for mind-freeing and creative purposes. Most of its contents are cut from magazines and washi-taped into a notebook. The Traveler’s Paper Pocket Notebook has been hugely beneficial in helping me sort my images before I use them.
Before, I would just stack things up on my desk, or use them as I cut them out. This notebook allows me to flip through various images and pick and choose what I want to put in my journal. Maybe an image that I had set aside by itself works better with an image I found a few weeks ago. I can sort by artist, or size, or color palette and pull from the notebook as needed. Somehow, this notebook opened things up and allowed me to be more creative.
Aside from my paper trimmings, I’ve found it to be a good place to store note cards. I’ve talked about how I use my cards to sketch out product ideas for Nock, and I like to keep those together for inspiration. Instead of a stack on my desk, they now live in this pocket notebook as well.
Products like this are why I love stationery so much. This shouldn’t exist. No one in a creative meeting should go “I’ve got it! A notebook … full of pockets!” But they did. And I love them for that. And I’ve found a new product that I love, purely by mistake.
(JetPens provided this product at no charge to The Pen Addict for review purposes.)
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