In my last post Deb left a comment asking me about journal closures so I thought I'd talk about the closures that I use on my journals here for those of you who are interested.
For my hardcover books I usually use these:
These are leather straps that install very easily with a hammer. They come in a natural brown color but they're easily colored using textile paints. You can get these at www.scrapbook.com
For fabric journals (and sometimes my hardcover journals too) I will use elastics.
The ones on the left are easily found in the notions aisle at the fabric store. I prefer the round elastic cording to the flat type. The ones on the right I buy from Judith M Millinery Supplies
Another option for a wrapped closure is to use these gorgeous rayon Corde' Twists:
These came from Joggles.com These make a beautiful wrap tie around a journal. I like to use 4 strands knotted together when I use these on journal like I did on this one:
A knot every so often in the cords keeps them from getting all tangled up. Notice that on this journal (and on a lot of my journals actually) I have a coordinating button. I make these using the button kits from Dritz:
You can also use velcro as a closure. It comes in a lot of different colors but if you can't find the color you like you can "dye" the white velcro by dipping it in a jar of Jacquard dye-na-flow paint. Just make sure you buy the sew in type. Don't ever try to sew the stick on type, you'll ruin your needle on your machine and you'll never get a good seam.
Hope you all find that information helpful - if you have any other ideas for closures on books and journals, please pass them along!
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Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric
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