Now, I don't know about you, but if there were a book version of Desert Island Discs, I would be hard pressed to choose my favourite books to take with me. Oh I have favourites, of course I do, but I am not sure that I could narrow the list down to just 8 or 10.
I love to read and I will read just about anything. Over the years I dread to think how much I have spent in bookstores. Toad reckons that Waterstones introduced their loyalty card because of me! And I am one of these people that cringe when I see page corners turned over or a paperback folded in half with the front cover curled round over the back cover while someone is reading it. I recently loaned one of the Girl Who series to my friend. It left me looking pristine, you could hardly tell that it had been read as the spine wasn't even creased, so when it came back looking like it had been on a four month camping holiday in Outer Mongolia I nearly cried.
Sometimes I have three or four books on the go at the same time, and thus I use an awful lot of bookmarks. The current trend for bookmarks seems to be these little magnetic jobs and I have to admit they are brilliant, if a little expensive for such a tiny thing, so I thought I'd have a go at making my own slightly larger version.
This stamp from Greeting Farm just had to be used. Painted in Distress Inks and cut with Nesties and mounted on a piece of Dovecraft paper from stash. I then matted that on a piece of Basic Grey from the Max & Whiskers pad. I cut a piece of paper for the back from another pad and laid them out carefully in a laminating pouch, leaving a small gap between the two where the top would be. Once it had been through the laminator, I trimmed it down to size and then carefully scored gently several times in that gap between the two sheets of paper to form the fold.
As the magnetic fastener, I used a pair of Basic Grey magnetic snaps that I've had kicking around for ages. This is the inside with the snaps in place.
And just to prove it really does work ....
I've been using it all week and unlike the little ones, it's harder to lose! Not sure how long it will last before the laminate splits but it seems fairly tough.