The future home of book binding supplies.

Today I am in the right most cupboard above my work table.  I have four cupboards on this wall and this is the one that has been the hardest to get to because I have my other video making light attached to one of the door handles.

Oh, look at this!  A clean work surface.  This photo was taken in October.  I needed to see that!  There is still hope for a clean work table.

Right side video making light

Right side video making light

Are you ready for this?  Seriously!  Are you ready.  I’m not.  There are a couple of sad stories about to be told with this cupboard.

 

The sad before

The sad before

The cardboard box to the right on the bottom shelf.  I hang my head in shame.  This is the box I received from my friend, Lynn, who lives in the UK.  She sent this to me for Christmas of 2010.  The bag of chocolate candy Maltesers are still unopened.  Don’t think I will be opening them now.  Lynn was so sweet to send them to me.  They are similar to the “Whopper” candy malt balls in the US.

Long forgotten Christmas gift

Long forgotten Christmas gift

The little box to the side of the candy is one hand made by Lynn.  A gorgeous box that holds delightful sparkly bits inside.

Beautiful handmade flowers and snowflakes

Beautiful handmade flowers and snowflakes

Lynn also included some very interesting photo frames that I have been wanting to use but could never remember where I had put them :/

Lovely photo frames

Lovely photo frames

Now you know my shameful secret *sigh*.

Moving along.  In this cupboard are numerous empty tin cans.  Don’t have a clue why I have saved them.  One of them I think will work for my embossing powders.

Empty tin

Empty tin

New home for my embossing powders

New home for my embossing powders

The next crazy tale is a box over flowing with motel room keys.  While doing my truck driving job we spent about 250 nights a year away from home.  Someone told us our private information was put on the magnetic strip of the hotel key.  Of course….we panicked and kept all of the keys.

Messy box of motel keys

Messy box of motel keys

Neat box of motel keys

Neat box of motel keys

I had a brilliant idea.  Alter the motel keys and make Christmas themed tags from them.  That is still an idea I am going to work on.  Make them everyday tags as well.

Christmas themed tags from motel keys

Christmas themed tags from motel keys

Working at getting my floor cleared so I don’t kill myself in this mess of a room.  I decided this cupboard would be the right place to hold all of my book binding supplies.  Chipboard, lined note pads, Post-It-Notes, scrap chipboard, scrap pieces of cardboard, scrap pieces of Foam Core board, and other similar items.  So the first item to get up off the floor is my stash of chipboard.

Box of chipboard sheets

Box of chipboard sheets

Now I can say that my book binding supplies are all in one place.  I even found a home for the beautiful cardboard boxes I made back in October.

From CRAP!

The sad before

The sad before

To FAB!

Book binding supplies.  Fabulous

Book binding supplies. Fabulous!

Oh and I will be keeping this giant postage stamp from the UK.  See.  Christmas of 2010 :/

Postage stamp from the UK

Postage stamp from the UK

Do you have any dirty little secrets hiding in your cupboards?  I don’t know about you but mine seem to be chalk full of them :/

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Masculine Mileage Journal and Note Pad set.

Tim Holtz and Graphic 45 were the inspiration for this masculine Mileage Journal and Note Pad set.

Masculine set

Masculine set

 

The background embossing is from Tim Holtz Alterations “Gears”.  The old cars on this book are from Graphic 45’s “A Proper Gentleman” paper pad.  The old license plates are from Tim Holtz “Lost and Found”.  The covers of each of these hand crafted books are made using heavy weight corrugated cardboard and quality bookbinding glue.

I have attached a Tim Holtz metal clock face and an old style skeleton key to the front of the Mileage Journal.  Each have been secured using E6000 adhesive for a strong hold.  This set can be found at my Etsy store if you are interested in having this three piece set.  The set includes the Mileage Journal, coordinating Note Pad, and a pen.

Skeleton key and metal clock face

Skeleton key and metal clock face

Each book has a binder clip to hold your place.  Chuck the Mileage Journal onto the dashboard of the truck and have no worries about losing your place.  Keep the page in the Note Pad easy to get to if you have to follow hand written directions to the pick up or delivery location.

Coordinating note pad

Coordinating note pad

This set of journals have areas to write all of the necessary information for each load in the Drive-Away trucking industry.

Drive-Away specific pages

Drive-Away specific pages

This set was a little on the difficult side to create.  I was sorely tempted to keep adding stuff to the covers.  Keeping them simple almost didn’t happen ;-).

Thank you for looking.

Leslie

Coming soon to Etsy….leslieB Creations by Message In A Fold

This will be my first offering on Etsy at Message In A Fold.

This set consists of three (3) items for a cost of $25.00 plus an approximate shipping charge of $9.  Approximate because it may be less depending on the size of box needed to ship the items.

This set includes the following:

First Etsy offering

The three piece set

One Mileage journal with a binder clip to hold your place, one matching note pad with binder clip, and one pen.  The pen is thin enough to be stored in the binding so it doesn’t get lost.

Pen stored in the binding

Pen stored in the binding

I am in the process of making three more journal sets and will have them up on Etsy in the coming weeks.  I will also have a more definite shipping charge for these sets.

Each of these books are hand crafted from heavy weight card stock and thick cardboard.  The glue used on these covers is a high quality book binding and laminating adhesive.  The covers have been under pressure to strengthen the bond of paper to cardboard during the curing process.

The note pad will fit in a shirt pocket.  Sweat will not damage the covers.  Joe carries his around in his shirt pocket all the time and he can get pretty sweaty at times.

These books have been made to be rugged to withstand sunlight and heat while resting on the dashboard of a truck.  These books will maintain their shape when being shoved into a tote or briefcase.  They are sturdy enough to have open over the steering wheel as you make note of the odometer reading while crossing over state lines.  These journals will not bend and fold under the pressure as the standard lined note books sold at truck stops everywhere do.

The note pad has been designed so you can use both sides of the lined paper.  The front cover flips over easily for you to write on the back side of the paper while making your notes.  Doodle away while you wait in a restaurant for your meal to arrive.  Use the note pad as a ledger to track your expenses on your trip.

Write down verbal directions to a pick up or delivery site.  The binder clip will hold the page secure so all you need do is flip the book open to follow the directions given.

The Mileage Journal has 80 pages for approximately 160 loads.  The note pad has 100 sheets of lined paper for 200 pages of notes.

The note pad

The note pad

Mileage journal

Mileage journal

Odometer notations

Odometer notations

If you may be interested in having a set featuring your favorite sport team or theme, a favorite hobby….you’d rather be fishing ;-)…or playing golf.  I can accommodate nearly anything you wish.  Paper selection and availability will be the only concern.

Leave a comment and let me know if you have any requests.

Leslie