Winter Pinterest Challenge: Personalized Bookmarks

It's Winter Pinterest Challenge Time! The bloggers behind Young House Love and Bower Power dreamed this challenge up, and I was thrilled to participate again-- I also played along this past summer when I created repurposed book page art.

This time, I was very much inspired by handmade bookmarks, as can be found on Pinterest here, here, and here.

Like my bookmark project of yore, I wanted to create something simple, modern, and of course, personalized. Bonus points for something quick to whip up without costing me a dime. So, I only used supplies I already had hidden deep within my crafting hoard: glue stick, craft paper, and card stock.

All I did was find quotes and fonts that I love, married the two together, and printed 'em out. Easy as pie.

 In case you were dying of curiosity or want to replicate what I've done, here are the quotes I used. Copy and paste these quotes to your hearts content.
“When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.”
-Jules Renard

“I only read what I am hungry for at the moment when I have an appetite for it, and then I do not read, I eat.”
-Simone Weil

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us.”
- Franz Kafka

“Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.”
-Raymond Carver

As usual, I had a ton of fun letting my creative juices flow. The project required little thought or concentration, which made for a nice stress reliever. I highly recommend this activity to all of my fellow bookworms out there!

I am linking this post up over at YHL, Bower PowerRemodeled Life, and Decor and the Dog.

Valentine's Day

My sweet, sweet boyfriend got me an incredibly generous Valentine's Day gift this weekend-- a gift card to my favorite local used book store. He knows better than to pick me out books himself, even though he did buy me a beautiful Easton Press leather-bound copy of Dickens' Great Expectations to hide the gift card in. He also hid the gift-card-hiding book on my bookshelf for me to find, and I hate to admit that it took me an embarrassingly long time to find it.

So, now I get to have fun fantasizing over which books I might use my gift card towards. I'm thinking the following are a few potential options:

  • Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov
  • Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  • Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone
  • Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant
  • J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood 
  • Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  • Charles Bukowski's Ham on Rye
  • Frank Herbert's Dune
  • Anything at all written by Tennessee Williams 

Jeff, if you are reading this, thanks again, my love! You are the best.
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