Re-purposed ‘ideas’ notebook (& more)

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:

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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:

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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… 🙂

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