The second reason is the full on waste of the backing paper on which self stick printable label blanks come mounted. So, I consciously decided that I would use plain printer paper. But this still left me with the problem of paper waste whenver I need to print only a single label or an odd number of labels. In each case, the label only takes up half of the 8.5 x 11 paper. And after folding the sheet and tearing off the remainder each time, I began to grow a pile of half page sized paper waste.
I wanted to use that paper, and as I'm a creative sort just keeping a pile of scratch paper on hand wasn't very satisfying. Recently I remembered that I used to keep a hand written journal and that I often, when short on cash, but long on excess paper left over from college, would use a hole punch, some random ribbon, or even rubber bands to cobble together makeshift journals to carry with me.
And then I remembered the stash of leather scraps hanging out amidst my sewing things.
It came to me, that I could recycle the leather, originally from another project, and make a simple journal with hand-torn pages, Chicago screws so the fill paper can be replaced with more hand torn pages as needed. and a simple d ring style buckle closure.
When the journal was completed, I liked it but felt it lacked flair. It also lacked a pen holder, something I think is essential in a portably sized journal. Plus, I am a wire smith, and these days most of what I make just naturally involves the use of wire. In this case a length of stainless steel wire serves as both a curvy embellishment AND a pen holder.