Shop Updates

Shop Updates

.. and breath!! The kids are back at school and business has resumed as normal. It has certainly given us a taste of what the summer holidays are going to have to offer so we have started to plan for them as they are only 6 weeks away for us UK folk!

As from today we will go back to only taking orders via Etsy, this allows us to keep track of orders and minimises the admin time spent on each order. Now that we have launched our new products, the side pocket and vertical pockets, we are going to have a rejig of the Etsy store so that these listings are easier to find. There will be one listing for the UglyDori as standard, you will be able to select which colour and size you require in that listing. There will also be separate listings for the notebook cover with the flap on the right side and the left side, each listing will have all the colour and size options available.. meaning there will no longer be the “add on” listing.

Our UglyDoris will now come with one large secretarial pocket on the back cover and a secretarial pocket with vertical card pockets on the front cover.. this is our unique design that has been in the process for a while now and we are super excited to be rolling it out to you guys. Due to the hard work we have put into this design we will be unable to take custom requests to change pocket layouts etc until September.

We have always been keen to keep our prices low and continue to be one of the lowest priced makers in the market at the minute, unfortunately we have had to increase our prices slightly, this will happen over the next week or so and is only a few pounds on each size.

We have finalised and built our first ring bound planner and will happily be offering these up for sale very shortly, at the minute they are only personal sized and will be priced at £45 each, they are available in all of our current colours and we have 3 different ring sizes: 16mm, 19mm and 25mm. They will be listed on Etsy from next week but for now you can purchase via THIS form. There are only 10 available for pre order!!!

New TN size – we have just released our new Micro planner which fits A7 inserts.. its diddy and so cute but also very practical to be able to carry around with you as it doesn’t take up much space. This size is now available on Etsy.

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Weekly Update

Wowsers, ScotCon this weekend was fantastic and it was amazing to see so many UglyDoris there.. Dobby had a stand in and everyone loved taking their selfies with him.

The Etsy shop was open from 6pm Friday night and closed again at 6pm Sunday, we are trialling this system for 6 weeks to see how it works for us. The long term plan is to keep processing times down for you guys!

We have added some new sizes to our product range, we now stock B6, B6 Slim and A7 notebook covers and these will be available to purchase as off Friday!

Our webform is still open for orders if you can’t wait until Friday for Etsy to reopen or if you would like something custom made!

Our new vertical pockets went down well, these are not just layers of leather glued together our pockets come lined with fabric to make then extra sturdy!

If you have any suggestions of names for our fold out pocket add on then please feel free to drop us a suggestion, at the minute we are stuck with flaps lol.

Processing time is currently 3-4 weeks.

Don’t forget to check back on Thursday for our weekly blog post.

Many thanks

Michelle and Trevor

Shop Updates

Shop Update!

Opps… did I say this would be on a Monday??  Well the fact that I am so poorly with man flu made yesterday such an unproductive day, for me! Trevor was hard at work on all your lovely creations!

If you are not a member of our Facebook group then you may be wondering why the ETSY shop isn’t open yet.. we have decided that as of immediately we will only be opening the Etsy store on weekends! Every week the shop will open at 6pm on Friday and shut at 6pm on Sunday or once we have received our maximum weekly orders.. whichever is soonest! You are still able to complete the webform or email us for a custom request.

Our aim with this new schedule is to reduce waiting times and we will be trialling it for the next 6 weeks to see how it works of us and for you.. our long term aim is to have a functioning website that you can purchase from which will simplify the process.

This Thursday our blog post is going to show you sneak peaks of the process that goes into making each and every leather product.. I know that there are now many makers out there and really wanted to highlight to you guys the hard work that goes into each and every one of our planners.. that will be live at 10 am so check back then.

Ordering

How to order

Todays blog is a bit self indulgent really, we have had so many questions asking about our custom orders and how you go about requesting one. Until now we have been asking people to email us but as of right now you can fill in the order form HERE and we will invoice you within 48 hours (mon-fri) the invoices come via PayPal so your purchase is protected and you don’t need a PayPal account to pay it, we also allow you to pay in instalments too!

Below are the product specifications for the UglyDori, before you click the link above to order you will need to chose: planner colour, thread/stitch colour, elastic colour, size, name on name band and if you require a pen loop or not.

Colour Chart

All of our Travellers Notebooks are made from 2mm – 2.8mm, Full Grain Leather, everything is done in house and by hand, including: cutting, dying, tooling, stitching, finishing and packing. We use absolutely no machines which means that our stitching is stronger and will last the test of time.

We have so much respect for the lives of the cow which provided the leather for each notebook and we love all of the battle scars that they may have had, we feel this adds charm to the overall effect, when buying an UglyDori you are buying a TN which is unique and has character.

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Planner Colour:

We have tried to capture the colours in their truest form but obviously monitor settings etc can effect the way they look in real life and each piece of leather accepts the dye differently.

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When completing checkout could you please confirm the following within 24 hours, if you do not message us we with the below details you will receive the “default” option.

Thread Colour:
White (default)
Black
Grey
Navy
Chocolate
Hot Pink

Elastic Colour:
White (default)
Black
Grey
Navy
Chocolate
Hot Pink

If you would like a different colour thread or elastics that is not listed here then please message us as we may be able to order it in specially for you.

Our travellers notebooks (UglyDori) come with:

Name band (default is your first name)
Pen Loop (default)
4 elastics (2mm in the colour of your choice)
Centre Punched Closure
Reenforced Spine (sewn inside the cover)
A full size pocket on both front and back covers (stitched on 3 sides of each pocket)
2 half sized pockets on both front and back covers (inside)

The spine widths comes wide as standard!

Measurement (cover open and laid flat);

Pocket: 9.25″x6″ fits inserts 3.5×5.5″ (Field Notes)

A6: 11″x6.5″ fit inserts 4″x6″ (Hobo Techno)

Personal: 10.5″x7″ fits inserts 3.75″x6.5″

Regular: 12″x8.75″ fits inserts 5″x8.25″ (Moleskin Cashire & Standard)

A5: 14.5″x8.75″ fits inserts 5.8″x8.25″ (Hobo Cousin)

Thursday FAQ's

Notebook sizes..

See, didn’t I promise you i’d be here today (and every Thursday until the end of time.. well not quite) I promised you that I’d be here every Thursday answering your deepest, darkest questions on leather notebooks and journals (except little black books.. thats a mystery even to me).

The biggest question i had when I first started out with TNs (Traveler’s Notebooks) was.. How the bloody hell do you work out the sizes? Honestly it pickled me for ages and I very nearly gave up on the whole idea! So I am going to give you a bit of a breakdown of the sizes of OUR notebooks, yup we all make them slightly different widths to accommodate different amounts of inserts.

Our sizes, as per our Etsy listings are:

Measurement (cover open and laid flat);

Pocket: 9.25″x6″ fits inserts 3.5×5.5″ (Field Notes)

A6: 11″x6.5″ fit inserts 4″x6″ (Hobo Techno)

Personal: 10.5″x7″ fits inserts 3.75″x6.5″

Regular: 12″x8.75″ fits inserts 5″x8.25″ (Moleskin Cashire & Standard)

A5: 14.5″x8.75″ fits inserts 5.8″x8.25″ (Hobonichi Cousin)

The above are width x hight, in inches. the first measurement is the cover size and he second are the size inserts that each notebook fits. We allow a 1.5″ (reinforced) spine to allow for 8-10 inserts per notebook with no over hang!

Ray over at My Life All In One Place has a really excellent graphic which is a visual reference to the notebook sizes, he shows the sizes of note books made by Midori and Moleskin but the measurements are pretty universal and you can always use that to check insert size before you purchase your inserts or TN.

I hope that clears a few things up, if you have any questions then please leave them in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them all!

 

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Shop reopening!!

Well howdy there, wee re back from a very refreshing week away and have spent the day catching up on emails and making a few changes that we have had planned for a while now!

The first change you may notice when you visit our Etsy store is the name change! To keep UglyBugPlans (Michelle’s Stamping’ Up! paper craft business) and UglyBugLeatherCraft totally separate we decided it was time to rebrand the leather craft shop to reflect what it is that we sell. You will notice that all of the stickers are gone and there are, currently, only leather products for sale, I say currently as we may reintroduce TN bookmark charms in a few weeks.

Secondly there are more listings for UglyDoris that there were previously available, this is because the listings will now be in colour, to make it easier for you to see pictures of each colour on different planners. We are still updating these and it will take a few days for all the colours to go live, until then you can send an email to uglybugleatherwork@gmail.com or via Etsy and we can point you to the colour listing that you require.

We are currently working at a 3 week turn around as we have had a lot of custom orders in for one off pieces of art work, if you need your order before the 3 weeks then please send us a message and we will see what we can do.

This Thursday will be the first of a weekly blog post where we will be taking on traveler’s notebook questions one at a time.. if you have anything you’d like to know about traveler’s notebooks, inserts, leather craft etc then let me know in the comments and I will see if we can schedule it in.

Happy Planning

Michelle & Trevor