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Travellers Notebook : Release of the UglyDori

How excited am I??? Firstly a massive thank you to everyone who tuned in for my live launch of the UglyDori, over on Facebook. I was so nervous and we’d been working all day to have the first TN ready,  We had several of the old style but I did not feel happy offering them for sale until the spine he been reinforced.

For those of you that haven’t the foggiest clue what I’m waffling on about…. Last night at 7pm (gmt) I went liv in the Ugly Bug Does Facebook group to announce the launch of the UglyDori and to showcase it for the very first time!

To say we were blown away by the response is an understatment, we had several orders come through (which means they won’t be listed on etsy Monday as planned, they will be launched towards the end of the week). Dispatch time is 1-2 weeks but we will do everything we can to reach the lower end of the delivery timescale.


So, what is an UglyDori? Anyone familiar with the terms “travellers notebook, Midori” and suchlike will probably have guessed, but for those who haven’t.. An UglyDori is a handmade, genuine leather notebook/planner cover. Ours come in 2 sizes Pocket and Regular, they come wide as standard to allow stuffing of several inserts into the planner. Some other features are;

4 elastics

Reinforced spine (inside)

Name/initial stamped to front

Pen loop

1 full pocket and 2 half pockets to both front and back cover

Your choice of leather colour (hand dyed with eco friendly dye)

Premium leather

Completely hand cut, dyes, stitched and finished – no machines are used to make these in any way

Free leather charm


They are made with 1.2-1.6 MM. leather but due to the 3 layers of leather at either pocket and the reinforced spine the majority of the planner is nearly 3mm. From all the different thicknesses of leather we tried, this option worked the best. The leather has a floppy, pliable yet sturdy feel. The stitching is done by hand using premium, waxed, tiger thread.


These are the very start of the UglyDori line and we welcome any suggestions for improvements and custom orders.

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