Midori Passport Notebook

Warning:  Lots and lots of photos in this post!

In my quest to be more organized, I began looking for a small notebook to carry with me everywhere.

I decided to try out the Midori Passport Size Traveler’s Notebook.

I LOVE this notebook … more so, because I’ve personalized it.

(Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing each night this week while my arm kept me up till all hours!)

Here’s a quick shot of my (passport size)  over-stuffed Midori:

Midori 1 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

You can see I added a “charm” to the front to customize it.

My original intention was to use this book to jot down quick thoughts, and to-dos while on the run.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Midori Notebooks, they originated in Japan.

They’ve been around for a long, long, time.

They were, originally, designed to be carried by people while traveling.

(To hold passports, airline tickets, souvenirs, journal notes about a vacation, etc.)

They come in a small, passport, size like mine – and a long, thin, standard traveler’s size.

Midori’s have become incredibly popular with both men and women in recent years.

There are a lot of people who now make various versions of fake Midoris … called “faux” doris.

A Midori is basically a piece of leather and an elastic band – it’s a very rudimentary notebook.

You can buy various inserts for a Midori, depending on how you plan to use it.

For example, you could buy a calendar insert for it if you wanted to use it as a planner.

(Mine is not going to be used as a planner.)

Inserts are available on Amazon.  A lot of Etsy shops make various inserts for them also.

The leather gradually becomes more and more beat-up … which is part of the Midori appeal.

The pages frequently stick out a little from the leather cover and also get beat up … again, part of the appeal.

It’s sort of an “Indiana Jones” type look.

When an insert gets full, you can pull it out of the book and archive it or throw it away.

Just slip in a new insert and you’re ready to go.

I took some very rushed, pretty terrible, photos of how I set up my Midori.

On the inside cover, I used an adhesive backed pocket to hold notes.

Midori 2 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

On the opposite side, is a small zippered compartment for receipts, etc.

Next, I covered a plain brown, kraft paper, pocket folder with scrapbook paper so it would look nicer.

Note:  You do not “have to” decorate Midori notebooks.  A lot of people use them in their most basic form.

Midori 20 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I don’t usually like pink, but I think it looks nice with the dark brown leather.

Here’s a photo of the inside of the pocket insert which I also covered in scrapbook paper.

Midori 19 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Even in a small notebook, it’s handy to have a lot of pocket options.

After my array of pockets, I have a total of three paper inserts in my Midori.

Most people probably only use two because the passport is a very small notebook.

The three inserts I chose are 1) lined paper, 2) plain white, unlined paper, and 3) graph paper.

The insert covers were plain, so I decided to spruce them up by covering them in various papers.

On the left side of the next photo you see the back of my pocket kraft folder.

On the right is the cover of my first paper insert.

Midori 5 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Open the cover of Insert #1 and you will see this:

Midori 6 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I figured I would start off the “real” part of the notebook with a few uplifting quotes.

Turn the page and, on the right, the lined pages begin …. and they will remain decoration free for writing.

Midori 7 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

On the inside of Insert #1’s back cover, I covered up “the boring” with this:

Midori 8 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

And, on the very back of the cover, I again used the same paper I previously used to cover the kraft pocket insert.

The front cover of Insert #2 has a different paper in a complimentary color scheme.

Midori 9 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

The back of Insert #1 and the front of Insert #2.

My second paper insert is filled with plain, unlined, paper.

The inside front cover of Insert #2 now looks like this:

Midori 10 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Turn the page, and the plain paper of Insert #2 begins on the right hand side.

I love having some unlined paper available, and with me, whenever I need it.

Midori 11 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I decorated the inside back cover of Insert #2 to look like this:

Midori 12 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I used a variety of scrapbook paper and project life cards for most of the decorated areas.

In the next photo, you see the back cover of Insert #2 and the front cover of Insert #3.

Midori 13 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

The back cover of Insert #2 and the front cover of Insert #3.

Insert #3 is graph paper.  I think it will come in handy for recording work mileage, expenses, etc.

I decorated the inside cover of Insert #3 to look like this:

Midori 14 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

The first pages look like this:

Midori 15 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

After that, the remainder of Insert #3 is standard graph paper.

The inside back cover of Insert #3 looks like this:

Midori 16 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

The back cover of Insert #3 looks like this:

Midori 17 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

Finally, we come to the end of my Midori Passport Notebook.

It ends with a couple business card holders.

I also have the Midori pen holder attached to the back cover.

Midori 18 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

I love my little – but chunky – very overstuffed, Midori.

It easily fits in a handbag and/or my camera bag.


There’s just something about it.

It feels good to hold and it’s great to write in.

Midori 1 © 2015 Suzanne Haggerty W

5 Responses to “Midori Passport Notebook”

  1. Missy Stalcup

    I love this Suzanne. As much as I love my phone I still put pen to paper for many things! Your Midori is beautiful.

    • Suzanne

      I love to write … always have.
      I’m an addicted list maker too.

      For a long while I had all my “notes to remember” on my phone.
      Then my phone crashed, and even though the notes were supposed to be recoverable – they weren’t.

      I still put stuff on my phone, but I feel better knowing I have important notes somewhere else also.
      Just in case!

      • Missy Stalcup

        I sent your Midori photos to my daughter and she ordered one! She wanted a nice organizer to carry with her and had seen a client’s as well.

        • Suzanne

          I hope she likes it as much as I like mine Missy!

  2. Denise

    I have never liked putting things in my phone. After years of working and carrying an organizer for everything, I would still rather write things down.


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