Where has April gone? I have been so busy that I feel like I havent written a blog post in forever! It’s only been five or six days but I have been pretty absent from all social media. I have been so busy and that always puts me in a creative slump. So here’s me trying to un-slump myself.
A little while back, on my Instagram account, I shared my book mark collection and promised I would do a post telling you all a little more about each one. I think it’s something most book hoarders have but something we don’t talk about, not nearly as much as our book collection. I really like seeing and hearing about book marks, they’re all unique and often have interesting stories behind them. I have book marks I made, or received as gifts, lots of them are from Etsy and some of them are signed by authors. When I choose one to use in a book, I tend to choose one that has the same colors as the cover, or matches the mood of the story. Does anyone else have a method for choosing? Do you use them all evenly or do you have favourites? Thinking about it now, I realize I only use a fraction of my collection for their intended purpose.
This is a photo of all my book marks from Behind The Pages, a shop on Etsy owned by Gina. She is the sweetest to talk to and her designs are stunning, I am so glad I found her account six months ago. I love having a bookmark to match my favourite books and the foil versions are SHINY! Who doesn’t love some book bling? I most recently ordered her Crooked Kingdoms design because I need something to do while I wait for September. She also sells posters and 3D collages.
Here I have a hedgehog bookmark from Chapters that use often, I love that you can clip it to the cover and use the ribbon to mark your page. Then there is the beautiful green and burgundy water-color painted by a friend of mine that I like to use at Christmas. Get Lost In A Good Book is one I colored, mounted and laminated myself. The butterfly is neat, the wings fold down so when your book is closed it looks like a butterfly is perched on the page edge. Another one I use regularly is the Book Definition book mark, its big so it’s hard for me to lose and I love the “definition”. Lastly is a Book Depository book mark that I just adore. It’s pretty dark but I think we have all felt like the character depicted, clutching ours books like they are The Precious.
Starting with the adorable green owl from Skinny Hues, I just love owls and I find a lot of book hoarders do too. Is it because we are up late like owls? The golden book mark in the center was made for me by my friend Jennifer F. Santucci and it goes well with many of my books, most recently The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. The writing on the book mark on the right is hard to read but it is a Borrowed Book Reminder. My #otspsecretsister sent them to me; you simply fill one out when your lend a book and tear off the stub at the bottom so you both have a reminder. I rarely lend out book but I thought these were a fabulous idea! Lastly we have my magnetic book marks, which I must admit I rarely use. I could not resist Toothless or the hot air balloon, and I had a book dragon as well but I seem to have misplaced it. You can find these and more like them at BeeDoo, 1107Studio and CraftedVan on Etsy.
And here are a few of my signed book marks; I don’t use them often but I like to collect them. So that is just about my entire collection, more than I need but not completely out of control in my opinion. I would love to see some photos of your collection! Do you have a lot of a few? Do you prefer magnetic or standard? Tassel or no tassel? Curious minds want to know.