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Lizzie
« on: February 08, 2005 10:35:03 PM »

with a lock? :x I'm not talking one of those sissy diary locks you can pick, but a journal with two 'loops' attached to it so you can put a small padlock through the loops. Any help is appreciated.

If anyone has a link to a site where I could buy one, too, I'd be grateful. I'm kinda desperate. :x
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2005 11:29:46 PM »

I think you could really just glue smallish loops of ribbon or strong yarn onto the inside of the hard covers of an existing journal, if you need one right away.  If you want to make it yourself, one quick and easy book structure is the pamphlet  stitch:
http://www.gaspereau.com/sew.html
start on the outside and leave long strings to loop around the book and tie/lock shut.  Hope this helps!
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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2005 03:24:04 PM »

Thanks for the help, but I'm afraid the ribbon would be cut. :x I'm very paranoid about this specific journal.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2005 06:24:03 AM »

You could always wrap it with chains- like a ribbon around a birthday present. Instead of tying the ends, secure them with a chain. Sometimes you can find lightweight chain at dollar stores (used to tie out a dog) for a buck. Also, at  most hardware stores you will find large spools of chain.
 A similar, (less S & M) kind of look/method could be created by using colored or copper wire, cable conduit, or the like. I prescribe a trip to your local home improvement store Smiley. With a little effort, you can create loops on the ends that the lock can fit through (think jewelry making, large scale!). All you need are some wire cutters and maybe some pliers.
 Also, when you choose your lock, don't forget that you can decorate it to match the theme of the journal.

Good luck!
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Talon
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2005 02:23:54 PM »

Here's my idea for an impenetrable journal:

http://web.utk.edu/~abrogan/journal.gif

I feel clever.   Grin

I don't think you'll be able to find a sold-in-stores diary that can't be broken open with a little effort.  Exactly how secure does this need to be?  Will people be making every possible effort to get into this thing (i.e., cutting the binding to take the cover off, taking a hacksaw to the padlock), or can it be no stronger than a typical hardcover book?

I don't mean to pry or anything, but this is an interesting challenge.   Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2005 02:50:34 PM »

Talon- LOVE your illustration style there! Great idea- fun use of old plates.
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2005 03:08:44 PM »

Hehe, thanks.   Cheesy
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Lizzie
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2005 07:53:27 PM »

XD That's awesome, Talon!

A normal hard-backed book would work fine, but it needs to be padlockable. Lovely idea, also!! Cheesy I don't have any access to liscense plates, though, and it would look a bit suspicious.
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Talon
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2005 09:37:39 PM »

Yeah, few things scream "READ ME!  I'M PRIVATE!" like a book with four padlocks hanging off it...

So.  You could get some wire (old coat hanger, maybe?), make two U-shapes out of it, poke them through both covers of your journal, then fold the ends down on the inside and glue them really well.  Then you'd have your two loops that can be locked together, and it should hold up as well as the book itself does.
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Lizzie
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2005 03:39:04 PM »

That sounds like an awesome idea! Cheesy Thank you so much.

I'll let you know if it works out.
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