Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Traveler's Notebook, Midori or Faux-dori - The Great Naming Debate!

The great debate going on within our planning groups seems to be whether or not a certain style of planning, journaling and their respective covers are trademarked or not....the discussions within our various Facebook Groups can be heated at times and also pretty funny.  Now, since I am not an Attorney, nor am I versed in Domestic or International Trademark Law, I am not going to offer my opinion - other than to say that reading other's comments/opinions is highly entertaining!

I am in the process of designing my own unique style of cover (at least I think it is unique) and once I get past the trial and error process and have a chance to test the product to see how it holds up, I will be marketing and selling them.  Trying to determine a name for my product has been challenging to say the least, given all of the debate currently going on.

So in the interest of keeping clear of potential trademark infringements - I hereby announce that my custom covers are going by the moniker of "Elastic Banded Notebook Cover" -along with each individual cover style having it's own unique name!  If you are in the business of making notebook covers, then please feel free to use the same term (Elastic Banded Notebook Cover) as a generic description.  I don't think the term has been trademarked, but if it has, then perhaps we can insert the term "Stretchy" in place of Elastic and "Cord" in place of Banded and "Paper" in place of Notebook and "Vessel" in place of Cover......."Stretchy Cord Paper Vessel".....hmmm, I kind of like that name, LOL!  What unique names can you think of ?   One thing I know for sure - is that planners and journalers can be a silly, funny, and entertaining bunch of unique people and I am proud to be one of them!



  1. So, I hate to admit this, but until this post, I never understood how these notebooks worked! :)

    1. LOL! I was resistant to them and didn't understand the system until I tried it on a whim one day and loved them. The elastic bands are used in place of rings and instead of individual pieces of paper you use "notebooks" - either blank or pre-printed (i.e., I make my own calendars and daily planning pages). I think part of the reason that I like them so much is that they are so similar to where I started with planning (old school individual paper planners) and I don't loose any room to rings taking up space.

  2. I was looking through pinterest and stumbled onto your blog. It's nice to see you have one and I look forward to reading more of it. I am the one from Washington who messaged you on youtube a couple months back. I had replied to your reply to my message, but not sure if you ever got it, due to youtube's terrible messaging system. I believe you mentioned your grandmother had fallen ill. I hope she is doing better.

    I hope you are doing well too,
    Kat =)

    1. Thank you for your kind words, I am doing well. My grandma passed away in early May - it was very peaceful and she was ready to go. It has been a busy couple of months closing up her apartment, planning her memorial and clearing out her storage unit. I have discovered that I inherited my love of planning and paper goods from her. I have journals and planners from her that go back to the mid 70's - it has been so much fun reading them and they are a treasure I will always value!


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