One of my essential tools as a writer is a notebook I carry around with me everywhere I go. I typically stock up on cute, spiral bound lined notebooks whenever I make a trip to Half Priced Books for about $4 each. Once I’ve filled up a book, I save it, because in addition to notes on books, I jot down craft and blog ideas, journal vacations, even keep gin rummy and Yahtzee scores. The Hubs and I like to flip through past year notebooks and laugh at funny quotes or reminisce about trips we’ve taken.
All of these are from HPB, except the fabric covered one which I got at a craft show. I’ve toyed with the notion of creating my own some how, like the black one below, which my boss picked up at a trade show and I decoupaged a bookish image and added some rhinestones.
This is my official BEA notebook, and there’s still plenty of blank pages, so it’s coming with me next year, too. But as far as creating some kind of cover, I was at a loss, especially since I don’t sew. The coolest thing I ever aspired to do was crochet a book cover when I went through my crochet craze a few years ago. I love the results of the sparkly pink yarn with the button closure and the built-in bookmark. Unfortunately, I made it a bit too big and it’s only good for monstrous tomes, so I’m currently using it for my Ken Follett.
But the notebook solution? It finally presented itself today when I read Laura’s blog, House of Joyful Noise. She’s a (non-book) blogger friend I’ve made and I check in with her weekly (OK, daily, I just wish she posted more frequently). She does great DIY projects, crafts, and I love reading about her family. Also, she was my inspiration for my Shakespeare necklace endeavor. So in the near future I am totally borrowing her latest idea. Imagine me, the queen of decoupage, and I’ve never thought about it before: buy an inexpensive notebook and mod podge the shite out of it!
I love how they customized them with their initials, too! Aren’t they so pretty? (The notebooks and the kids). Thanks, Laura, for being such a creative inspiration!
So readers, stay tuned for my next project…