I finally threaded the elastics for the first round of composite-style notebook covers I’ve been making. It’s good to hold a real live model of the thing in my hand, and think… I can fix that.
I’ve gotten down to two knots. The elastics that hold the inserts in place are one knot–one relatively unobtrusive knot–at the top outside of the notebook cover. It isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing element of the notebook, but at least I’m not writing across the top of it. I might replace it with a crimp tube, at some point. The closure elastic is a second knot–a very large, very inconvenient knot–at the center of the spine on the inside. I think I know how I’m going to get rid of it. Yes, fine. There will be straps to hold the thing together.
The thing is… there’s a lot of difference between a notebook you’re actually going to write large amounts in regularly, and a notebook you just use for jotting down the teacher’s home address so you can send balloons and an apology, later. I’m trying to come up with something I can actually work with.
I have inserts and an eyelet setter on their way, and eventually, I’m going to have to figure out what I want to do about the edges. They’re a little unpolished, right now. (Please, I don’t want to sew…)
I really do think that this will wind up being a bit more organized than my current system.