Welcome to the monthly Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge from Taylored Expressions! This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum. Each month we have a fun crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more!
The question for June is:
What's on your summer reading list? Are you a big reader or not? If you are, what books have you read lately that you would recommend? Do you have a favorite author or genre? How about something for sitting out by the pool, or the beach, or even just the backyard...some nice light summer reading?
Do you use fancy bookmarks or do you dog-ear your pages? Or, do you use an e-reader? Everyone can use bookmarks and they make great favors and gifts. Let's see a little inspiration!
Growing up, I have always loved to read - especially during the summer! I remember going to the library and seeing the summer reading challenge and getting so excited! I would get 20 books at a time and set them in a corner of my room on a green chair and start reading in the morning and go into the night - only stopping to eat (as I was reading) and to play soccer in the evening with my friends on the block :)
There is something just magical to me about getting lost in the story of a book and its still amazes me how you can be reading a book and suddenly start laughing out loud, or crying, or hold the book so tightly in sheer terror - just by reading some words put together so magically by the author! Books truly transport you to another realm and I always feel disoriented after I am done with one. I was excited by this studio challenge because I love books and wanted to make some bookmarks for my family :) We are on a reading challenge!
Our family's reading challenge:
So a few months ago my 8 year old kept pestering me and pestering me for his own iPod. Ummm.... hello, I would say to him - You are only 8. You still forget parts of your uniform at school, you are still learning to read and write, you can barely remember where you threw your soccer jersey after you came home from the game - umm... no you are not getting an iPod because your 8.
And because you should be reading books and playing outside and getting muddy and catching frogs and lying on the grass watching the clouds roll by and pestering me to take you to the pool and riding your bike with the wind in your hair and making forts and because you are 8. And 8 year olds need iPods of their own like …hmmmm…. To quote U2... like a fish needs a bicycle.
One thing that an 8 year old has is persistence - and he kept pestering and hounding me over and over .... and I would roll my eyes over and over - until i thought that my eyeballs would be permanently stuck to the top of my skull - and I caved.... kind of ;) !
My challenge to him was this... Ok, I will buy you your own iPod if you will do the following - keep your room tidy (at the end of the day nothing on the floor, bed has been made) and after you read 200 books on your own. Mom approved books. Not books that you can finish in 2 minutes and have 15 pages in them. And he agreed jumping up and down in sheer happiness! I don't think he understands what a mom approved book will look like ;) - and with his reading level and 200 mom approved books - I am thinking it will be a couple of years before he will actually hold an iPod of his own in his hands :)
So wanting to be fair, I told him that I would join him and read 200 books myself - and he can approve them - he was so excited to approve something that I do - and we challenged his father, my DH, to read 1 book this summer. That's right you heard right - just read one book. Not 200 books like us... just read 1 book! He is not a book reader - more like an online surfer... and he has accepted the challenge and has a book sitting by the night stand in the bedroom that I am hoping he will finish in this lifetime :)
So today's challenge was so perfect! I made a set of 4 bookmarks - one for each person in our family as we join this challenge (our 6 year old is also joining in by trying to read 20 board books this summer). Here is my set of 4 bookmarks made using the Mark Your Spot Bookmark Die from Taylored Expressions with the stamp set Mark Your Spot:
Stamps: Mark Your Spot from Taylored Expressions
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and Ladybug Red
Paper: Choice Snow White card stock from Taylored Expressions and DP scraps for the hill
Accessories: Mark Your Spot Bookmark Die and Cloud Border die Taylored Expressions, eyelet, ribbon, copics, sponger and dimensionals
Here is a closer peek at one of the bookmarks that has my favorite quote from Dr. Seuss: "The more you read, the more things you will know, the more you learn, the places you will go." Oh, Dr. Seuss - you are so right and awesome!!
I made a set of these bookmarks only changing a few things - the color of the car and the paper pieced hills:
And did the same in the second set of bookmarks - changed the paper pieced hills and the color of the arrows:
For all of the bookmarks:
1. I die cut the bookmarks with the Mark Your Spot Bookmark Die from Taylored Expressions
2. Sponged clouds using the Cloud Border die from Taylored Expressions
3. Stamped the sentiment ontop of the clouds
4. Colored in the hills with copics as well as paper piecing them
5. Popped up the car with dimensionals not the bottom left corner
Tips and Tricks
The only tip that I have in making the bookmarks is to do one thing 4 times - so cut out all the bookmarks at the same time, stamp and color and 4 hills at the same time, stamp, cut and color the car all at the same time - makes everything so much faster. Not much of a tip I know, but definitely makes it speedy in making a set of bookmarks :)
And here are some of the 400 summer reading books :)
For my 8 year old - he really wanted to start with the Hobbit - I told him it might be hard - but I would sit with him and listen to him read it aloud and help him out - so we are starting his challenge with the Hobbit!! And then he wants to read A Wind in the Door by Madeline L'Engle and he also wants to read the Harry Potter series - which I think is okay unto book 4 and then I think he should wait for a little bit till he is older to read the rest because he is still a bit young. And also on tap for him are the Magic Treehouse books - which he just loves and I do as well!
As for me, I am re-reading some of my favorite books: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez - one of my all time magical realism writers and a book of writings and poetry from Emerson - who is simply sublime and inspiring. Along with this I am reading the Palace of Illusions (which is the story of the Mahabharata as told through the perspective of Draupadi) and a book called Being Different (An Indian challenge to Western Universalism)- which I have been meaning to read for the last three years.
What is on your summer reading list? Any recommendations for my 8 year old and for me?
I can't wait to see what the rest of the design team has created with today's studio challenge and am excited to see what's on their summer reading list! Please hop around with me and check them out:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!