Hey all! I’m sorry about the break in posts. My husband and I recently had to move close to 3000 miles, from Salt Lake City to North Carolina! I’ve had a million things to worry about, between packin and unpacking, cleaning, and find a job. Finally, though, the dust has settled some and I’m ready to get back into the saddle-stitching! (Did you see what I did there? Eh? Eeeeeh?)
I haven’t had time to bang out any new projects since I’ve moved in. In fact, my bookmaking stuff is still strewn all over or stuffed into corners, all in a most unorganized manner. BUT I do have something that I’m pretty excited about and wanted to discuss!
I have found a new love in the form of the website Pinterest, to which I was introduced by my great friend Tess. Essentially, it’s a form of bookmarking, but it is more visual and social. As you’re browsing your fave blogs (like THIS ONE wink) or looking for ideas, you simply “pin” the page, using an image from it. You can use “boards” to categorize different pins, and your pins will be shared with those who follow you.
You need an invite, which I’d be happy to send, so leave me a comment requesting one, or you can request one at their home page. It’s a great website and SO FUN. Warning, though: it is slightly addictive. Also, it can be a lot like looking at a bunch of beautiful stuff that I will never own/wear/make/see/taste. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.
One of the first things I did when I opened my account was to make a board for things related to book arts. I’ve been able to get a ton of inspiration and ideas, and even better—they are all neatly saved where I can find them! Here are some of my favorite ideas.
1. Greeting Card Catalog
A great and clever way to save cards and sentimental notes, without sticking them in a box somewhere they’ll never get read or looked at again. Simply punch holes in the long edge of the cards (you can even leave them in the envelopes), and run a book ring through them (or yarn, ribbon, whatever works).
2. 52 Things I love About You
This is simple enough to make. Punch holes through the corner of a set of playing cards. Prepare slips of paper, complete with visuals, of what you love about that person. Modge podge them to each card and bind them together with yarn, twin, ribbon, book ring, or so on.
I know this is pretty popular idea, but I like that this version keeps the look of the cards. This set make a great anniversary, Birthday, Christmas or Valentine’s Day gift. And you can make it for anyone in your life: spouse, bf/gf, daughter/son, friend, sister/brother, etc. The possibilities are endless.
3. 365 Day Calendar Journal
I’m big believer in recording your life, and this is an easy way to do it. You make cards (or I suppose you could number the pages in a book) and assign each a date, and store them in a box. Each day, write down something you did. Then, in a year, do the same all over. Insert photos and other momentos in between cards. After the first year, it would be so fun and rewarding to look back on the last year and be reminded of a simple, good memory from that day!
So that’s it. I’d love to hear what you’re using Pinterest for, or what great things you’ve found in your pinning. Also, reply with your Pinterest username and I’ll, like, totally follow you ! ! ! Love you all, thanks for everything (patience, support, etc.) and, of course: Happy Bookmaking!