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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Loom Bands as closures...

...for journals, notebooks or Smash books.

Since my last post about Loom Bands (here) I've been rather busy.

I've been playing with colour combinations and also become quite adept at the 'triple fishtail' that can be turned into the most pretty cuff bracelets...
 ...these are just a few of the ones I've made...
 ...I really love the rainbow ones and so it would seem do several of my crafting friends as I've had to make more to share. My Mum is starting to build a bit of a collection too. Every time I show her my latest creation, I end up having to make one for her too. Even my sister has a cuff that I made in her favourite football team's colours (and I forgot to take a photo - doh!!!). With the Summer holidays upon us, these cuffs make pretty jewellery that is perfect for beach holidays. A couple of packs of bands that are "Cheap as chips" and you can make some colourful accessories to wear on the beach and it won't break the bank if they don't survive the sun, sand & sea.
Yesterday (4th August) was the 100yr commemoration of the day that WW1 started...
 ...I wore this camouflage cuff with a black bow to mark the occasion.
In my previous 'band' post, I mentioned that they could be used to make closures for mini-albums and journals that had started to expand. MaryAnne kindly mentioned this in 'Blogbits' this week over on UKS so I thought I should show you what I meant...
...this notebook is held closed with a long 'fishtail' band in colours that I've picked from the cover of the notebook. I've kept it very simple with no trims, charms or embellies of any kind.
However, I'm really having fun with the 'triple fishtail' bands - especially since I picked up a Mega-tail loom...
 ...they fit comfortably in the hand and are the perfect size for this style of band...
 ...and you can make them as long as you like without any problem.
Here is a band that I've just completed for this kraft journal...
...the journal was given a bit of a rub over with a white stamp pad...
 
...and the closure was created using bands in white/gold/silver then decorated with a burlap broach that I bought at one of my local craft shops (yes, I know I could have made one myself but I was being lazy LOL).
 
So you can see, Loom Bands don't have to be something just for the kids - you can actually make some pretty crafting accessories - so go on...have a play............................................................. 

10 comments:

jill said...

Now that's a clever idea for a book closer & another use for the loon bands

Virginia said...

Oh Toni they are fab - definitely a great book closure!

Sandra said...

Aren't you clever ... great ideas for using them.

Lori said...

You have been busy - what a fun notebook band! Love these...

Lynn Stevens said...

Loom bands seem to be all the rage all over the globe right now. Beautiful and colorful Toni
Hugs Lynn

Redanne said...

Uh oh, you have really started me off now! One of my granddaughters who is six asked me to help her make some and I think I am hooked now too.... sigh. I am not as clever as you are, mine are quite simple fishbone style but now I want to make those wider ones, having seen yours. Yours are amazing! Anne xx

susibee said...

Good heavens, you've gone mad Lol! They all look great.

Allison said...

love your loom accessories
Allisonx

scrappyjen said...

excellent! oh we have loom bands coming out of our ears here thanks to DS2s current fad! And we have a big loom thingy... believe it or not I have been using loom bands to tie my hair up in girly 'bunches' BUT now I have a scrappy use for them! Will def try that later! tfs jx

Claire said...

Ooh great idea for a book closure, love the bracelets you've made too, I might have to get DD to show me how to do these.
Claire x