March 11, 2012

Library Card Bookmarks

Hey everyone. Are you adjusting to Daylight Savings Time? I actually like it because it means it stays lighter longer...and that Spring is just ahead. Makes me all happy just thinking about my flowers and green grass.

If you noticed in my last post, I've added some new items to my shop. Lots of new staple, go to items that will be fun for cards, gift wrapping and my Project Life. I'll be using these products on upcoming projects here on the bloggo so that I'll get some sample ideas built up. First up today I have some fun bookmarks to show you using my new Library Cards. I also have some Bookmark Kits available which will make it very easy to recreate my projects today.
Here are 2 completed bookmarks that I created for my reds. We've started a new nine weeks at school which means a new reading goal must be reached as part of the girls' grade. Although my girls are straight "A" students, their love of reading is just not there. They would rather be playing sports, wrestling with Charlie or be playing out in timber, etc. But I have a great librarian friend who picks out THE best books for the girls. Once they actually get started on a good book they can't put it down. Spring Break will be here soon and I'm hoping the girls can get in some good reading time. I thought some cute bookmarks clipped to a coin envelope with some new Amazon/bookstore cash might prompt them along.
Teenagers love personalized items so I used my little Hero Arts mini alphabet stamps to stamp on the girls' names. I used scrap strips of patterned paper to line two sides of the bookmarks, stitching around the entire bookmark with my sewing machine.
Using stamps from Studio Calico, I stamped the "You Are Here" sentiment and big arrow creating a fun way to mark the page in the book.
A few little additional punches, snippets of a doily, part of a carnival ticket, small white tags, Jenni Bowlin's tab punch and some Studio Calico Mister Huey splatters finish off the bookmark fronts. All you need to remember is to keep the embellishments pretty flat so that the finished bookmarks don't cause any damage to books.
On the backs of the bookmarks I added some patterned paper that coordinates with the fronts + some of the corner rounded index cards that come with the Bookmark Kits. Here, the girls can write down their reading goals, new book suggestions, etc.
I think the girls will LOVE these bookmarks. I'm also thinking about making a few for my adult friends that love to read. Maybe even a few as alternative birthday cards for the girls' friends. Or if I get really crazy I might invite the girls' friends over for Spring Break to have a little crafting session. We'll see. ;)

Hope you enjoy!


Janet said...

Michelle - this are wonderful. I just love this idea and think I will give it a try myself. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Mae said...

Ordered some of the new goodies the other day& can't wait to start playing with them. <3 these bookmarks are really cute& so true that they would work just as well for adults.

christina #4635 said...

Bookmarks are a favorite with our four kids! I appreciate that you are helping them reach their goals, Good luck! :o)

mani said...

A nice creativity, with fresh colors.
plastic card
plastic cards

Jette Gad said...

These are just great.. Goodbye mainstream :)
I recieved my order from you last week and the stuff was so great-I will definately shop at your place again..

Julie Boeck said...

I'm loving these bookmarks!!

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