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Library colour!

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You know what I have been extra terrible about recently? Reading actual books. For someone who claims she likes to read, I have made zero progress in reading anything in 2009. It’s not that I don’t want to read—I’m actually halfway through a book I love! But finding time to finish it has been a huge obstacle. I was looking forward to finishing it on the plane last week and it didn’t even make it out of my bag due to the pure exhaustion by the time I hit that completely uncomfortable seat.

So it’s time for this to change! And I’ve made myself a mini book so I can truly commit. In fact, I went ahead and made a book bag and a stack of bookmarks too. You can find the minibook here with instructions and tips as this week’s free class at Two Peas—it’s the fourth in June’s Make Mine Mini series. The book bag and other goodies are here. There is also a discussion thread here.

free printable library cards

As a little bonus, this class includes a free printable sheet of colourful library cards. I really want to covertly change all the cards in my local library to these pretty colours! But since they have gone all electronic, I’ll just save the pretty colours for the scrapbook I suppose. You can download the free printable library cards here (you’ll need to click one more time to download the PDF – but it’s there in the description).

If you take inspiration from any of these projects this week, you can enter to win a prize from Two Peas—you’ll need to upload your project to the gallery there and check the box for ‘Make Mine Mini’ when you get to the list of challenges. That challenge runs for a week, but of course the library cards are yours to use for your projects any time!

What’s on your summer reading list?


29 June 2009

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23 Comments for Library colour!

  1. Nathalie Says:

    This is such a great idea and I love your mini! I haven’t been reading too much lately either… I have “Last Child In the Woods” on my nightstand but it’s not exactly an exhilarating book :) I am waiting to read the second book in the Millenium series though (“The Girl who played with fire”)

  2. Gretchen Says:

    Fantastic idea and I love the cards!!!

  3. Deborah Says:

    Gorgeous project! I love the little cards. Have been half-heartedly thinking about making a book like this recently, but never would have got started. This has inspired me, though..

  4. o-girl Says:

    Thanks for the library cards download. I’ve been wanting to make something like this. I currently have The Shack borrowed from the library that I need to hurry and read…it’s due on Wednesday! I totally forgot I had it until just a few days ago. EEK. Anyhoo…thanks for all your inspiration and for the month of colour. I’ve been enjoying it!

  5. Tinkersdamn Says:

    I announced yesterday that I have to STOP reading- I read an entire 550 page book yesterday (being bruised, battered, and sunburnt gave me the permission to lie quietly on the couch all day!). I have no stop button… if I start a book, unless it’s super long or somewhat dull, I won’t really set it down till I’m done. And it’s worse if it’s a series… I read all 4 Twilight books in 3 days!

  6. Tena Says:

    what an adorable project! love it. I have read a few good books this summer, Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon, and Still Alice by Lisa Genova I would highly recommend them all! Tena

  7. kirsty.a Says:

    Funnily enough I made a similar tag book of ‘Books I Loved 2009’ only a couple of months ago – inspired by a feature in SBI I think. It’s in the two Peas gallery here

  8. Scrappycarrie Says:

    Love how you made your album. I saw your mini album on 2Peas and have downloaded the library cards and printed off the pdf for the album.

  9. Lynn Says:

    What a beautiful project!!! I love to read too & always set myself a few chapters each night before I go to sleep. On my 8th book for June now :) I like to create LOs about the books I’ve read but a whole little mini album is a great idea. Those library cards are sooo sweet too, going to download them now. Thanks for the links :)

  10. Stephanie howell Says:

    um, i am very jealous of your crafty genius. that is AWESOME!!!
    i just finished little bee and i’m on to the little giant of aberdeen county. xo

  11. SarahLP Says:

    I so need to make time to read books! The most I manage these days is thelondonpaper and Scrapbook Inspirations at the breakfast table.. the rest of my free time is spent crafting (or at least thinking about it). My favourite author is probably Anita Shreve, her books are wonderful. Maybe if I made a mini-book like this it would nudge me into reading more. Sounds like a plan!

  12. joy Says:

    OMGosh, I LOVE the printables!!! I read too much (“waste” a lot of time doing it instead of housework) I need to record my reading!

  13. one take movie Says:

    I’m in the middle of Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle (finally got through Quicksilver, after six years! The goal is to finish the second volume, The Confusion, by October. Then on to The System of the World…)

    And like the others, I love the library cards :)

  14. MichelleG Says:

    What a great project idea! Thank you for the printables and the inspiration. I think this is tomorrow’s project. :)

  15. Ladkyis Says:

    You could also take a look at and learn to liberate books as you read them.
    I am Ladkyis on there too

  16. Cigar Reviews Says:

    I love the printables that you have up here. I have used a few, but am still venturing out into new territory. thanks for making it available. -Abbey

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  22. Kathy Says:

    I have loved/used your library card for years. Is there anyplace I can still obtain these now that 2 Peas has closed?? I would happily pay for them. I used these for note cards/lists, etc. LOVE them. Please let me know. Thank you so much.

  23. Bangalore Beauties Says:

    What a beautiful project

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