Monday, August 03, 2015

Options... I need more of them. Actually, I was looking for something else when I found myself standing in front of a display of various decorative elastics and thought two things: 1) I can make my own elastic band for my sketchbook rather than wasting more time trying to track down one for a small instead of full-size notebook (that would be the package in the middle), and 2) now here's a thought for a padfolio or journal closure (that would be the faux suede cord package on the right).

And as I was looking at the other kinds of elastic, I was reminded that my friend Michele told me she uses elastic hair bands for her journals where one sewn into the edging on the back cover can loop over a decorative button on the front cover - much simpler than the way I've been doing it. But I never remember to go over to that department to pick up a package. But now I have (that would be the package on the left).

The irony of this is that as I made that last batch of padfolios, I asked myself if this was really how I wanted to be spending my time right now, and had pretty much decided no. The padfolios were going to the bottom of the priority list. And I'd had the same thought about making more journals. And yet, when I recently ran across a sale on the junior legal pads I include in the padfolios, I automatically picked some up because I had noted my supply was running low. And then, here I was, contemplating new and possibly better closure options for both, the subconscious apparently continuing to refine my product whether I like it or not. One could rightfully ask if I know my own mind, and I would rightfully answer, are you kidding? Of course I don't! I guess I'll let myself be comforted by this observation by Carl Jung: "The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." And these days, I appear to love a lot of different objects whether I consciously realize it or not! 


Sherrie Spangler said...

I used an elastic hair band on the cover I made last year and it worked great. You can get a bunch of fun colors in one package, also.

The Inside Stori said...

Of course you need to pick up these treasures when you see them……you knew know when the spirit will move you to get back to making more of your fabulous creations!!!

Lucia Sasaki said...

Hi Sheila, thanks for updating.
When I saw the elastic bands I thought to myself that I need some similar to make paper doris. Have you seen faux dori and paper dori? They use elastic to hold the signatures together.
Thanks again!!

Michele Matucheski said...

Yeah--every time I go to the dollar store, I have to pick up another pack of these hair ties. Even though I can't get up the gumption to make another batch of journals ---

I love that Carl Jung quote! Not one I'd seen before.