Notebooks, I guess are so much like how shoes are for other girls, you can never really have too many. I guess I cannot blame myself as it has always been a source of simple joy for me to get a notebook {or two} whenever I visit a shop or a bookstore. I cannot help it, as they are such beauties and are most useful, too. You can turn them into a diary, a journal, a planner, a logbook, or a place to dump all the thoughts swirling about your head. The possibilities are really endless and the potentials of a new notebook is enough to make any paper-loving gal giddy with excitement!

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My new Macata Traveler’s Notebook from CN Paper Crafts

I have been ogling at these beautiful traveler’s notebook on Instagram since late last year. I have been planning to go back to journaling for the longest time and what better way to inspire me to write regularly than the prospect of a pristine notebook.  A traveler’s notebook seems to be a very popular choice amongst planner-loving folks because it is so much easier and convenient to use. The leather cover binds and protects the notebook inserts inside and you can use several inserts at the same time, one for each facet of your life {some planner mums have separate notebooks for their planners, recipes, finances, and the likes}. You can also easily replace used-up notebooks with new ones and use the leather cover for as long as you want. Some even exert loads of effort to prettify their traveler’s notebooks, adding charms, dashboards, inserts, beautiful stickers, and the likes.

At this point, I am sure you can pretty much sum up how much I love notebooks and imagine how excited I was to receive this beautiful traveler’s notebook from CN Paper Crafts! I was torn between the red one and this, but in the end it was the Navy Blue Macata that won me over.

CN Paper Crafts in a nutshell

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CN Paper Crafts is co-owned by Nissan and her boyfriend, Christian. The shop recently celebrated its first anniversary and launched their project, #WriteBeautifully, a series of collaborations with Filipino bloggers. It was CN Paper Craft’s vision to make beautiful writing repositories to inspire people to write beautifully. They wanted to help preserve the art of analog writing, may that be in the form of note-taking, journaling, or planning, in this digital age. This passion for writing and creating, coupled with a fierce pride for local makers, has been the motivation of the CN Paper Crafts duo to keep on making traveler’s notebooks.

I got my Macata Traveler’s Notebook in A5 size about 2 weeks ago and I instantly fell in love with it. Isn’t it pretty? I love the color as well as its beautiful texture. The cover is made of synthetic leather, which is a thumb’s up for me, as I am squeamish about using genuine leather thinking of the animals who had to suffer just so the leather can be collected. This particularly cover, though, had the feel and the look of genuine leather. It even comes in various lovely colors and different sizes ~ A5, Standard, Personal, Field Notes, and Passport ~ to fit multiple purposes and needs. Since I have difficulty using smaller notebooks, I opted for the bigger one. I already have a planner at the moment so I was undecided on what to do with my new traveler’s notebook, but thought it would be perfect for hand-lettering practice as well as for bullet journaling which I would also like to explore. CN Paper Crafts carries inserts which can be purchased as a set or individually. They also have various types of inserts for you to choose from.

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My Navy Blue Macata in A5 comes with the following:

  • Dotted 100gsm White insert
  • Blank 100gsm Cream insert
  • Anchor metal charm

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I thought the anchor charm is gorgeous and I added my nice-looking unicorn charm to spruce up my TN even more. Hopefully, I can add a few more charms and a tassel to this collection.

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I have been using the dotted insert for hand-lettering practice, and even though I am far away from producing decent letters, I am enjoying every minute of it. Yes, it can takes its toll on the hand, after awhile, but the insert is just a joy to write on. I have tried a number of my pens on it, including my Zig Brushables and calligraphy pens and everything glides on smoothly with no bleeding.

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The blank cream insert is also delightful to use. I love its beautiful texture and color. I initially used it for my #happyhandletteringchallenge entries but I think this will be perfect for watercolour practice and bullet journaling, too! Will be trying that out the next time this mum gets her most precious me-time!

I absolutely love using my Macata Traveler’s Notebook and cannot wait to add more inserts soon. I give this :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes: and am contemplating on getting these as Christmas gifts for my siblings! :D

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If you want to get your very own Macata Traveler’s Notebook, you can use my Coupon Code, CNxMW, to get 10% discount {with a minimum purchase of Php1,000}. This promo is valid until 21 September, 2016! 

To know more about CN Paper Crafts’ products, as well as their #WriteBeautifully project, do visit their website at cnpapercrafts.com and follow CN Paper Crafts on Facebook and Instagram.

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mumwrites

is a 30-something work-at-home mum who blogs in between home chores + child-minding. i love coffee, books + reading, collecting lovely postcards, + spending loads of time outdoors with my little man.