Saturday, 8 December 2012

My Midori Traveler's Notebook and its homemade charm

Well, it was going to happen, wasn't it? Having made my own inserts for it, I had to have one. I followed Imy's directions to J P Books and it turned out I'd arrived just in time because they only had one left. I had intended to buy it in brown, but all they had was a black one. Because it was their last, they gave me an additional discount and I only paid £25. Here it is:


But what's that right at the bottom? The Midori has a hanging bit of string for use as a bookmark and the intention is that you tie some sort of little charm to the end of it. This offends my functional aesthetic a little, but the bookmark won't work properly without something hanging from the end.

I thought a nice touch might be a wooden scrabble tile with my initial on it. But I don't have a Scrabble set that has wooden tiles, and if I did I'd probably want to keep all the tiles rather than drill through one of them. So, I unearthed some special Avery printer paper I bought years ago called 'Plastic Fantastic', which is a modern implementation of shrinky dinks.

I pulled a Scrabble tile image from this page:


Then I printed it onto the plastic film, carefully cut it out and punched a hole in it above the letter. Two minutes on a baking tray at gas mark 4 and it had shrink down into this little charm I was able to tie to the bookmark:


I could probably make all sorts of charms in exactly the same way, but one will do for now.
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