Of all the pages I have done so far, this is my very very favourite. It was my favourite to do, and it’s my favourite to look at. So please excuse me if I write about this in way too much detail.
I knew I was going to have to do this at work, and over Christmas I was lucky enough to have the office to myself for a day. So at lunchtime, I opened my desk drawer and I pulled out everything that I thought might go well on the page. As a stationery addict, that was a LOT of stuff! I wish I’d taken a picture, but at the time I didn’t realise I’d ever find myself blogging about it!
About a year ago, I was having a clear out of my desk at work, and the picture on the right is all the post-it notes I had in my drawer. I think they call that an addiction! I have no idea why I have so many, I think I’m just drawn to the bright colours and I have to have them!!
I think I may have added one or two others to the collection since this was taken. But maybe I shouldn’t admit that.
So, I used the post-its to more or less cover the two pages. I wanted to keep the original page instruction, so I traced this onto the post-its using my (very un-sharp) Sharpie.
I had some string (no idea why, I’ve never needed to use string at work!) and I cut that into lengths and glued them onto the page. Gluing string with a glue stick is very very very difficult, let me tell you!
I wanted some staples on this page, but I didn’t want to staple through the page and ruin the other side, so I took out a strip of staples and tried to separate them. After making two of my fingers bleed, I realised I could just shoot them from the stapler for the same result! Much much easier!!!
I made a paperclip chain and attached that, as well as some nice colourful paperclips that I had, some elastic bands and hole reinforcements and stuck those all down. Then I sat back and pondered how I could attach some map pins to the page. That wasn’t easy, let me tell you!!!!!
By this point I had realised that I was going to have to seal everything in somehow – the string was refusing to stay put, and I was having problems with some wriggly elastic bands, so I decided to put strips of sellotape over the whole page. I love the shiny plastic effect this gives, and the way the items are all held in. For some reason, it pleases me.
When I was putting everything back in my drawer, I discovered a box of treasury tags that I didn’t know I had. “They have to go on the page somehow,” I thought, scratching my head. I decided to punch some holes in the sides of the pages and leave the treasury tags hanging loose. I love this, and think it finished the page off nicely.
I also added two brightly coloured mini bulldog clips, and that was the page completed. A very productive day at work
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