Moleskine Volant Daily Planner hack uses a a paper clasp and paper folds.
The Moleskine Volant Daily Planners are are easy to use because of their thin profile and small size, but they lack an elastic strap and a ribbon place marker. This simple set of hacks will bring your Volant planner up to speed and add a pen holder, too. These solutions were shared with me by my good friend Alex, who will be a freshman in college this fall.
A Colorful Paper Clasp Will Keep Your Planner Closed and Add A Pen Holder
I was struck by the simplicity of this hack. Not only does a paper clasp do a great job of keeping the Volant planner closed, it can also be used to keep a pen with your planner. You can also use it to anchor your planner to larger books or notebooks. Paper clasps come in a variety of sizes and colors enabling you to to create the perfect combination of function and design.
Just clip on a paper clasp in your favorite color, fold back the arms, and your planner will stay closed and relatively flat. If you leave a little room between the bottom of the clip and the pages, you can slide a pen along the side. If you prefer to attach the pen using a pen clip, no problem, just slide the clasp towards the top of the planner and clip your pen on the corner of the clasp.
Origami-Inspired Paper Folds Keep You On Track In Style
Organization doesn’t have to be boring to be effective. Simple paper folds for days that have passed create a beautiful place holder in your planner. By folding the corners into the middle of the planner, alternating between the top and bottom, a v-shaped indentation is formed. This leaves a perfect, thumb-sized place to open to the current day. If you have days or pages that have passed that you want to refer to quickly, no problem, just color the folds for easy recall.
By folding the page corners of previous days into the planner in an alternating pattern, you can create a beautiful tab for the current planning day. Add colors and change the folds to create the look that suits you best.
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Here’s a great link with lots of great suggestions for using a Moleskine notebook or journal!
20 + Ways to Use a Moleskine Notebook
We may not know exactly why Moleskine notebooks are as hot and popular as they are, we just know we love them. How many ways can you think to use a Moleskine? We’ll get you started with a few tips and ideas!
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With classic good looks and sophisticated style, Moleskine planners scream for a high-style companion pen. The Large Daily Planner has a unique feature not found on other Moleskine notebooks or planners; a void in between the pages and the spine which is perfect for holding a thin pen. Not only is this convenient, but it gives you the opportunity keep a pen with your planner that expresses your modern lifestyle.
In the photos below, I used 2 different pens in the void, Tombow’s Zoom 727 and 707 ballpoint pens because of their modern designs and thin profiles. Both pens have a clip on the end which helps hold the pen securely in place and the stylish red dots contrast nicely with the black color of the spine. When using this method, you will have a small portion of the pen or pencil protruding from the top. You can also completely conceal your writing instrument by using the pressure method shown below.
The Clip Method
- Open your Moleskine Large Daily Planner and find the opening at the top formed between the spine and pages.
- Insert the body of a slim pen into the void in between the spine and the page binding. Push into the slot until the clip is secured on the edge of the spine.
The Pressure Method
No Clip? No Problem
Pens and pencils without clips can be used as long as they are slim enough to fit into the void and fat enough to fit snugly when the planner is closed. The pressure on the void in the spine increases as you close the planner, securing the pen when fully closed. The elastic strap holds it together, making this a fairly secure space for your pen or pencil. When you open the planner, the pen or pencil will fall out or can be pushed out with your pinky. You might want to experiment with different pens to get one that is a good fit because if it is too loose, your pen will not fall out. When using the clip method, the silver Tombow Zoom 727 ballpoint pen shown in the photo hase the best fit I have found but I am sure that there are others that would work as well.
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Keeping a pen attached to your Moleskine journal or planner is easy, if you know how. There are several ways you can do this without adding anything extra other than a pen and some ingenuity. This will work with all of Moleskine’s large, hard-cover notebooks but it especially nice on the large Daily Planner because of its extra thickness. This hack will work well in most situations, although I would not recommend it in a harsh or abusive environment or because of the risk of loss or breakage to your pen and/or elastic strap.
You’ll need a pen that has a clip near the end and is similar in length as the width of your large Moleskine journal, about 5 ¼” or less . This method works best on the hardcover Moleskine planners and notebooks. I used a Tombow 707 Zoom pen because of its thin profile, but a standard sized pen will work, too. You could do this with the large soft cover planners, but because of the flexible cover, it will not be as secure.
- Open your planner in the middle so the pages are flat and pull the ribbon away from the pages.
- Put the tip of your pen at the top of the planner where the ribbon emerges from the spine. Wrap the ribbon around the tip of the pen until it feels snug and any slack is gone.
- Put the pen on top of the planner’s pages and close the planner on the ribbon making sure the ribbon stays tight around the pen.
- Align the pen along the top without extending beyond the width of the planner. Slide the elastic band over the top of the planner and pen, the slip the band underneath the pen clip, pulling it as close to the end of the pen as the clip will allow. Place the remaining band over the front of the planner and into place. Voila, an instant pen holder!
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If you want to organize your notebook but you don’t want to deal with sticky tabs or other items that poke out from the edges of your Moleskine notebook, this simple hack is for you. Using a marker, you can create sections simply by coloring the edges of your notebook. Be sure to use a water-based or a non-bleeding marker if you don’t want the color to seep into the pages.
If you prefer a monotone look, you can color every other section of your journal with a black marker.
1. Select the pages for your first section of your notebook
- 2. Slide a clean piece of paper into the notebook behind the last page of your section. Make sure the paper sticks out on the top, bottom and the side. Push the paper as close to the binding as possible.
- 3. Fold the paper that is sticking out away from your section. Add a second piece of paper in front of your section and fold it the opposite direction. These pieces of paper will protect the other pages in your Moleskine from being colored and will keep your sections straight.
- 4. Once you have inserted both pieces of paper, your notebook will look like this. Before you color the edges with markers, be sure to squeeze the pages together tightly. If the pages are not compressed, the ink might find its way between the pages. You can also compress the journal between your hand and the edge of a flat surface using even pressure.
- 5. Apply color to the edges of your pages. Repeat for the top and bottom edges of your journal. Remember to squeeze the pages tightly.
- 6. A Completed, organized journal.
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At Moleskine.com you can create custom pages to add to your large or small Moleskine journal. The pages can be printed on your printer and are sized perfectly to fit your notebook. You don’t need any additional software, layouts and tools are provided for you online. There are options for creating a custom page using your text and picture, or you can upload your contacts from Outlook, Plaxo or your phone to create your own personalized address book including the data you choose from preselected options. You can also create a Moleskine sized Events Calendar to keep you on track by uploading and printing your schedule from your iCal files (icalendar format). Check it out at www.moleskine.com/msk.php.
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