Friday, January 21st, 2011

Open, Closed

Stephanie

Maybe it’s a holdover from my days as a diary keeping pre-teen, but I still prefer a journal that somehow closes. Remember those little fat diaries that came with a gold lock & a pair of little keys? Yea… you could wiggle those locks open with a butter knife in about 3 seconds but still… it’s the illusion of privacy that the little lock provided. That you could tell all of your deepest darkest secrets and no one could/would ever read them. But did they? Mom? Did you read my journal?

I have told my husband that I’d prefer he offer me privacy for any journal that has an elastic band, (or some other kind of closure) should he find it lying about – and to the best of my knowledge, he complies. (Not that he could read my handwriting anyway.) While I realize that these elastic bands do not offer Fort Knox like protection, I just prefer to use a journal that has them – it’s my way of saying, “This is mine.”

Do you prefer your journals to have some kind of closure? Maybe a leather cover? Or maybe one of the Quo Vadis Elastic Bookmarks?


28 thoughts on “Open, Closed

  1. As others have said, I prefer a journal with some kind of closure, simply to keep it closed while rattling around in my backpack. That said, my current one . . . has no such feature. *sigh*

  2. As others have said, I prefer a journal with some kind of closure, simply to keep it closed while rattling around in my backpack. That said, my current one . . . has no such feature. *sigh*

  3. Naturally, *real* secrets are only ever recorded in encrypted files that would take the Pentagon to crack.

    But I do prefer my notebooks to have an elastic strap for any number of reasons; the creased sheets, stains, and other damage that people have mentioned several times mostly. I’ll occasionally sew a book cover out of suede if I find something I like that won’t survive inside a bookbag but is otherwise exceptional.

  4. Naturally, *real* secrets are only ever recorded in encrypted files that would take the Pentagon to crack.

    But I do prefer my notebooks to have an elastic strap for any number of reasons; the creased sheets, stains, and other damage that people have mentioned several times mostly. I’ll occasionally sew a book cover out of suede if I find something I like that won’t survive inside a bookbag but is otherwise exceptional.

  5. I like the elastic closures because they allow you to stuff the book with things and it will still stay closed.

  6. I like the elastic closures because they allow you to stuff the book with things and it will still stay closed.

  7. I second the thoughts of Mr. Irwin. I prefer elastic closures. Nothing to do with privacy. I just don’t want creased sheets and stains on a journal/planner that I’ve paid good money for. It’s about paying for build quality. That, and my OCD tendencies. ;-)

  8. I second the thoughts of Mr. Irwin. I prefer elastic closures. Nothing to do with privacy. I just don’t want creased sheets and stains on a journal/planner that I’ve paid good money for. It’s about paying for build quality. That, and my OCD tendencies. ;-)

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