July 11, 2010

All Booked Up

Reading is such a simple pleasure in life. There's nothing like snuggling up with a good book and a favorite quilt and just getting lost in the story. One of my friends is a librarian and she turns me onto some really good books. She loves for me to make bookmarks for the high school library and her other librarian friends. Bookmarks make great little gifts that are inexpensive but well loved. Let's get started on a fun project, shall we?

Today's Papertrey Group Post assignment was to create a bookmark and card gift ensemble. I chose to make a pocket card that my two bookmarks will fit into. The perfect gift that will be put to good use! My finished pocket card is below. The finished card size is still an A2 card. I used up a ton of my scraps just lying around on my messy, messy work table. The bookmarks peek up out of the pocket created by stitching my card together to form a pocket. On the bottom of the card, more fun elements are tucked underneath the pocket. Lots of crafty eye candy on this one.
Here's my two completed bookmarks. Nichole has created a delightful bookmark die so that you can make bookmarks til the cows come home. Oh, how I love it! And located on the same bookmark die is a small circle cut out which lets you add a little reinforcement to the bookmark hole.
Here's a shot of how I pieced together my bookmarks. Simply die cut the bookmarks and then adhere strips of papers, ribbon, tags, etc to the bookmark front. Turn the bookmarks over and trim off the excess.
For the top of my bookmarks, I used PTI patterned papers, die cut felt flowers and the XL Rick Rack die.
To embellish my bookmarks, I used Nichole's new All Booked Up stamp set. She's designed lots of fun sentiments and images for this great set. On the left, I stamped a sentiment onto one of my Carnival Tickets from my Etsy shop. On the right, I colored one of the circle images with Copic markers. The round images can be cut out easily with a 1-3/4" circle punch.
For the bottom of my bookmarks, I used Small Manila Parcel Tags from my Etsy shop in a fun way. Add patterned paper to the tags, stitch and adhere to the bookmarks. Trim off the excess.
Below are the Copic colors I used to color the circle image.
Here's some shots of the bookmarks tucked inside the pocket card. I used the same papers and elements that I used on the bookmarks. More felt flowers, Vintage Buttons, patterned paper and ribbon....all from Papertrey.
On the bottom of my card, I used more Carnival Tickets from my Etsy shop, embellished with patterned paper, ribbon and a felt flower. I used a Large Manila Tag embellished with more patterned paper, a stamped quote from All Booked Up and machine stitching. Such a fun and colorful gift. These would make great teacher gifts....or back to school cards for kids....or you can start thinking about early holiday gifts too.
Nichole thought it would be fun if we talked about some of our favorite books at the moment. My all time favorite books so far are the Elm Creek Quilter's series of books that Nichole introduced to us when her quilting stamp set was released. My faves!

On my reading list now is Eclipse! I promised myself that I would not see the movies before I read the books. Well, the Eclipse movie came out a week or so ago and I can't stand it. I have to see it while it's in the theatre so I bought the book and have been doing some marathon reading. Let me just say that I was reluctant to start reading these books. Vampires? Werewolves? Not my style. But I am hooked.
Eat, Pray, Love is next up on my reading list. Julia Roberts is starring in the moving coming out this summer. She's one of my favorite actresses so I must read the book first and then go see the movie.
I can't leave out my favorite old books, rescued from the junk shops. I love to sit them around and use the pages for crafty projects.
I picked up this little book because the illustrations are so darling.
I think I might cut it apart and use it for my Daily December album this year.
And these two books just called my name....literally! :) I couldn't let them go. Mishmash is a dog in these books written in the 1960's. Don't know what I'm going to do with them yet but I couldn't resist.
Well, I hope you are having a great summer...are getting some reading time in....and that you enjoyed my post today. Please join me as I blog hop to the other PTI designers' blogs for more great bookmark creations:

27 comments:

Ted said...

Ugh...such cute bookmarks. Now I'll need to add the die to my list! :) I'm reading Eclipse too! I'm sure you're WAY ahead of me... I only just recently got to page 300! I'm like you...don't want to see the movie until I finish the book. :) Happy reading!

mariposa said...

Captivating bookmarks)
I am also currently reading eclipse, but doing this is not the first time ...
Maybe 7?)) By the way the film turned out gorgeous! David Slade really good director. I wish you an excellent view!
By the way, 4 book Breaking Dawn the most incredible:)
I love old books) I really want to find a book in French ... but until I get (

Gem said...

Absolutely stunning. :-) I don't read enough at the moment, but I think I'll make myself a bookmark to try and encourage me!
Gem
x

bonnie said...

Oh my oh my Mish these are just stunning!!! Love the colours and what about those Mishmash books how cool is that! Sweet hugs to you, Bonnie xx

bonnie said...

Oh my oh my Mish these are just stunning!!! Love the colours and what about those Mishmash books how cool is that! Sweet hugs to you, Bonnie xx

Cindy said...

Old books? Only you could think of creative ways to use them!

Eveline said...

Lovely projects.
Eveline.

Linda said...

Awesome. I like your combination of colors and patterns. It's a great way to use up those scaps of cardstock that are piling up.:):)

Susan Kohl said...

Wow...we do think alike! I love your bookmarks! I have also read the Stephanie Meyers Twilight Series... I agree with Mariposa, Breaking Dawn will floor you! Keep reading :) I also read Eat Pray Love.. it was very good. It actually had a profound effect on my 21 year old daughter, all positive of course so who wouldnt love that. Have fun with your future reading!

Susan

kinderdi said...

Wonderful projects today! Thanks so much for sharing. I love to read as well, and summer is the best time for me to catch up on a few good books. Haven't gotten into the Twilight series, but my son is reading them...

scrapfancy said...

So cute and read the bood Eclipse already. Soooo good. But have such a hard time reading before a movie knowing it will be so different.
I love my Clive Clusser books and many others. Reading Patricia Cornwell right now.

Cassie_lu said...

great job using those scraps

Tammy Nichols said...

I am currently reading eat, pray, love and am STRUGGLING. It's ok, I am halfway through, I just can't seem to get to the good part. She seems to be doing an aweful lot of whining and I can't stand whiney women. Just my thoughts. I am still going to see the movie though!

AHadley said...

beautiful projects! I knew you'd have some fun creating reading items! Already read the twilight books, may read them all again! Just read the latest Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich (Sizzling Sixteen) and a John Saul book this week.

Noreen said...

I love the way you did your bookmarks, and how you attached them to the card. Very nice.

Kristie Maynard said...

Love your bookmarks! Adorable!
Get finished with that book, the movie is great. I didn't think I would like this vampire stuff either, but as you know it really isn't a vampire series, it's a love story and I totally enjoyed all the books. Saw the movie on Sunday with my daughter and loved it!

Nancy said...

I knew that you would have fun with this stamp set and die since you are the bookmark aficionado. Those carnival tickets look particularly good on the bookmark.

When you make this type of a card, do you sign the card on the back or on the bookmark? Also, the first photo doesn't get bigger when clicked. All the others do, so could you possibly fix the first photo please, so that I can look at it magnified?

Anne said...

I love the Elm Creek Quilters series also! They are such a good read. Love your projects with the bits and pieces you have all around your desk. They are adorable!!

Chris said...

love your bookmarks. i was like you and not going to read the Twilight series...that was 2 years ago and when I read Twilight, I just could not put it down so I bought a boxed set and read them all in 7 days. the movies are great too. I have seen Eclipse 3 times now and may just go and see it another time or two. I love old books also!!

patriciad said...

Really cute little project, Mish. Love the Mishmash books. HA.

Alice Wertz said...

wonderful project and love the mix of patterned papers!

City Crafter Challenge Blog said...

Hi Michelle, my name is Kirsty, I wonder if there is an email where I can contact you? I don't seem to see it here.

maryannep. said...

Mish,
I just finished the whole Elm Creek series. Loved those books.

You have the best eye for putting scraps together. I love all things "Mish".

Heading up to my bedroom to read before bed.

Lynn said...

Super cute project Michelle! I felt the same way about the Twilight books but was totally hooked once I started reading them all. I've collected children's books for years and love them starting with my mother's Raggedy Ann & Andy book from when she was a child (the pages are like silk). I'm a reader and love the look of this new PTI set!

Angela W said...

I love what you did to make your bookmarks! Great idea! I can see these being great gifts as well! I love the Twilight series!

shelly k said...

Great projects girl!! So...don't the movies just disappoint you after the book...they never live up to my expectations!

jknapp00 said...

Great project, so cute! Question -if you adhere the papers and such to the base, would the die cut through all of that? It would save having to trim later.

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