One of the things I un-buried in my freak tidying spree was a couple of comment cards from a nice cafe in town, where Corey and I sat and recovered from the hugest cooked breakfast EVER, on a lazy Saturday a few weeks ago. I picked up the comment cards with no idea of what I wanted to do with them (comment-making being the last thing on my mind); they were just so irrefutably useable. Look at all those cute little boxes to tick, and questions to answer… I knew they would be perfect for…well, something.
So I re-discovered the comment cards, and it all became clear. These were, in fact, notebook covers – how could I not have seen it earlier? Look:
Inside, I decided to put into effect a concept that’s been bubbling around in my head for ages. Inside are, of course, recycled paper pages. BUT these are not just any pages, oh no: these are the pages for an ‘ideas’ notebook. You see, I have ideas, quite literally, ALL THE TIME. And yes, almost any notebook will do; but my ideas tend to be a combination of picture/diagram alongside scribbled notes. So I came up with a whole series of page layouts that allowed various combinations of picture + annotations. If your brain doesn’t work in the same way as mine (God help you, if it does!), you could use the blank spaces for thread samples, or fabric swatches, or a photo of a project, or – you get the idea.
Anyway, alongside the funky re-purposed cover – that you can, of course, fill in at your discretion in a bored moment – are these cool little ideas pages:
The pages are fixed into the cover with a hand-stitched binding. The only neutral-coloured thread I could find in my newly-tidy study (other than a string too thick for this notebook) was an undyed medium silk, so this is a very decadent as well as very simple binding. I was saving the silk to dye, but what the hell!
Are you intrigued? Buy one of these prototype ideas notebooks in my Etsy store!
This notebook includes 2 different styles of ideas pages, but Telaic Fantasy 2 is a dual-purpose notebook & zine, and comes with 6 different layouts of ideas pages for you to sample! More finished notebooks will be added to the Etsy Store soon, in a range of sizes from mini (A7-ish), to medium (A6-ish), to large (A5-ish). I’m planning a knitter’s notebook and a stitcher’s notebook with additional custom-printed pages (including craft-specific graph paper), and – while I’m letting cats out of bags – a notebook with a weave-able cover! I’ll let you know when they’re ready, so check back… 🙂