It’s Almost Library Appreciation Week!

Hi Friends! Can I get a cheer for the library? I have always loved libraries. I love that anyone can take any book home for free! I am not one to read a book more than once unless it is a reference book so it cuts down on the clutter in my home not to mention the way my kids devour books, I would go broke without my library. The library is the heart of a community but often people take it for granted because it is “free” well really, it is not. It is free for you to use and enjoy but it costs money to operate so if it is not used funds might be cut SO go to the library, it won’t cost you a dime (unless you have overdue fees and my library does not charge them) but it will keep the lights on. And if you are planning a trip to the library this month why not whip up a batch of these goodies to give yo your librarians…

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…and if my librarian is reading (Hi Audrey!) you will find these in a box over overdue library books next week. Backstory, we borrow a lot of books out at a time and when it gets a little crazy I ask the librarian to email me a list of all the books we have out and we do a scavenger hunt and the kid that finds the most books wins. We call this “Library book scavenger hunt time!!!!” Feel free to copy this idea, we moms need all the help we can get. Plus this game is way more fun than “missing lunchbox scavenger hunt” and way less stinky…unless an overdue book is found in a missing lunchbox and well, then we need to buy the library a new book. 🙂  Are you ready to make some groovy bookmarks? Watch the video to see how:

Supplies:
Shipping tags (I used 3″x6″ manila tags)
Crochet lace
Baker’s twine
Paper ribbon
Mesh ribbon
Stamps (Glitz)
Ink Pads in black and shades of plum
scrap fabric, hot glue

Directions:
1. Stamp background design and ink edges of tag with plum ink.
2. Stamp lace and postmarks in black ink.
3. Glue on mesh, fabric and lace using hot glue.
4. Thread paper ribbon through the hole and knot it.
5. Tie bakers twin around paper ribbon.
6. Give to your librarian!

You can find many of the supplies I used at our sponsor Papermart! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Happy Library Appreciation Week & WOYWW

Happy Wednesday folks! Last night I went to my local library to host the kids craft class I teach every month (more on that in a bit) and since it was Library Appreciation week I had to bring something special for our librarian. I cut the library pocket from the Teacher’s Helper SVG kit to hold the bookmarks on the card front.

 

I made the cameo stamps with my TC stampmaker using the Cameo and DB Cameo frame fonts from Lettering Delights.

It is a card with 5 bookmarks. I embossed the bookmarks with a letterpress plate. ENABELER ALERT!!! ACmoore is clearancing all of their letterpress products so if you want anything go check it out. They have the sets of design plates for $6.50 (regular price $24), paper and ink for $1.85 (reg. $7) and the letterpress bed with plates for $20 (reg. $80) and get this, the big bundle with the Epic 6 die cut machine, a set of 14 circle dies, a set of plates, paper and a black ink and roller and the letterpress bed that was $150 is on clearance for $37!!! OK, usually I hate to enable but if you do not have a manuel die-cut machine it is a real steal. If you have a die cut machine like a Big Shot you can use my tutorial to make letterpress bed for less than $10 and it works just as well but if just doesn’t look as cool 😀 So, if you are wondering how I know it works just as well…er…ok! I bought the darn machine because I couldnt resist the $37 price tag, I feel very ashamed of myself if it makes you feel any better…so much for being the frugal crafter, huh? At least I can say my homemade version works just as well and the Epic 6 is a good machine too so either way, if you make it or grab the bundle on clearance you can’t go wrong…so, how about another look at the bookmarks?

 

OK back to the library craft class, I tend to get a wide variety of ages coming to the class, the little kids and the girls all tend to be happy with the craft we make but often I have some older boys (my son included) who are too cool to make the aforementioned craft. So, I designed a bunch of comic book page templates that they could fill in with their art and stories, I set a bunch of the pages out on a table with a bucket of colored pencils and called it the Animation Station and it was a hit! Unfortunately I did not get a photo of any of the crafty happenings at the library but you get the idea. The Comic Book Template kit with 19 pdf templates is $3, but the cool thing is you can turn any of the templates upside down for a new layout. The format is PDF so you just open and click print, it doesn’t get any easier than that!

 

By now you probably have noticed that whatever is on my desk for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday is something that will be featured later in the week. Today is no exception. I filmed a watercolor painting basics video today that will be on my blog tomorrow. Here is what my desk looked like before I stared filming, you can even see the legs of my camera’s tripod 🙂

 

I hope you are having an exciting or at least productive week, I sure am! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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