Modified Notepad Holder

This is another personal project. I really love the leather notepad portfolios from Saddleback Leather Co. and I own two them; a small (5×7″) and medium (8-1/2×11″) in tobacco. They usually end up overstuffed with receipts and notes, so I modified my small notepad holder with an up-cycled Army surplus leather bed roll strap and a brass machine tag from a mining company. The embellishments are attached with hand-hammered copper rivets.

The small notepad cover has developed a nice patina over time, and the strap was treated with Neatsfoot oil. The full grain leather continues to get softer and more beautiful.

Note: The ballpoint pen below is a Zebra F-301 – IMO the best ‘disposable’ pen on the planet (but you can buy refills). They also make a Zebra M-301 mechanical pencil).

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