About Red Pen Travelers
Welcome! I'm Toni Gatlin and I make customized leather notebooks to help you capture your ideas, organize your schedule, inspire your creativity, and take control of your life.
The traveler's notebook concept is a delightfully simple and infinitely customizable analog system that can bring all your scraps of paper into one notebook. It consists of a leather cover strung with elastic straps that can hold a variety of removable and interchangeable paper booklets.
Red Pen notebooks are available in ten sizes, ten-plus cover patterns, a dozen dye colors, and with several premium options to create a handcrafted, completely customized notebook. Your life isn’t like anyone else’s; shouldn’t your notebook be unique too?
How Red Pen Travelers Came To Be
For many years, I lived away from my place of birth and, like any proud Texan, wanted to keep reminders of my heritage close.
I was enamored of the traveler's notebook concept, but none of the makers I found were offering a Texas-themed version. So, I set out to create my own. It required some trial and error… okay, a LOT of trial and error! But I eventually perfected the process, and even though I’d made the original Texas notebook of my dreams, I couldn’t stop making more and more notebooks.
I eventually ran out of friends and family to take them and realized that along with making my notebooks, I'd accidentally created a handcrafted business as well!
I quickly expanded the collection to soothe the homesick hearts of people from all 50 states, support globetrotting travelers, and serve even more special interests with unique designs.
I’m a lifelong maker who is never happier than when I’m figuring out a creative solution to a puzzling task, and I’ve always been a lover of books, paper, and pens (they don’t call me Miss Red Pen for nothing!). As a working adult, I also developed a strong interest in productivity and personal development.
Launching Red Pen Travelers has been the perfect blend of these interests, allowing me to exercise my resourcefulness as I develop customized leather notebooks to help you capture your ideas, organize your schedule, inspire your creativity, and take control of your life.
Find Out More & Stay Up To Date
I'd love to hear from you! I'm delighted to consider custom orders, so do let me know your creative ideas.
I share nifty stuff and exclusive discounts and announcements in occasional email updates. I only send emails when there's something I truly believe is worth sharing, so don't be afraid of a flooded inbox!
I'm also all over the social interwebs:
- My Facebook page is where I resist the temptation to post puppy videos and instead share interesting links about books, planning and productivity, writing, and analog pursuits.
- Join me over on Instagram to peek into my workroom and see a steady stream of customized notebooks and inspiration. It's fun over there!
- Sometimes it's just so much better to show than tell, so I'm adding new videos regularly to my YouTube channel.
I'm now back home in Texas where I live in Austin with my husband and our little rescue mutt named Buddy. Hubs provides design expertise and I do all the leathercraft and run the business while Buddy contributes to general office cheer. When I'm not working (and sometimes even when I am!), I'm listening to a good audiobook or watching a British costume drama.