The system is basically a heavy leather cover with elastics that can hold in any number of inserts which you can buy or make yourself. I like to combine a few plain-page purchased inserts with some scrap/junk paper inserts that I make myself. I also like to add pockets and clips to hold paper supplies and ephemera, so all I have to do is grab some pens, double-sided tape, and perhaps some inks and stamps, and I am ready to take the show on the road. It's so nice to have a separate section for lists, reminders, and day-to-day tasks, and another section for calendar items, and a third for pure art journaling.
Here is my cover, and a few of the inserts I have already filled up.
To start making a junk-paper insert, I like to gather pages from the pile of large books from the thrift store. I use a tear bar to tear out the pages, and pile them up in random order.
I cut the papers into 8 1/4" x 8 3/4" sheets using my amazing paper cutter, and I then fold them in half.
The extra scraps of paper left over make nice small pieces that fit nicely into the little pocketed folder I made in my Midori, useful for collage.
Once assembled, I trim the signatures' edge so they fit neatly into the Midori cover.
I use my sewing machine to sew the signatures (you can use a large straight stitch, or of course, sew them by hand if you prefer.) I tie the thread ends to hold them together.
It's fun to see the random arrangement of papers; it kickstarts my creative brain to have some image or color to work with, so the collage doesn't start with a totally intimidating blank page.
I insert the signature booklet into the elastic band. I like to insert one junk page signature, along with two blank page booklets. Since they stack, you end up with alternating sections of blank and picture-filled sections.
A page ready to collage!
Assembling my journaling materials and I'm off. It helps to use binder clips to hold the book flat.
“A good journal entry - like a good song, or sketch, or photograph - ought to break up the habitual and life away the film that forms over the eye, the finger, the tongue, the heart. A good journal entry ought to be a love letter to the world.”
― Anthony Doerr
and more Midori ideas can be found at my Pinterest Midori Board