I was able to read a lot this summer. More than I ever have in a three month period.
And my favorite bookmark held my place in each and every book.
I know it's nothing fancy, but I purchased the ribbon on my first trip to NYC (and it quickly became one of my favorite places in the world!). The shop was Tinsel Trading--an amazing place and always on my list of "must shop here" places on my subsequent trips. The buttons are by Making Memories, where I worked as education manager and a designer for four years. It was an awesome job and a great company to work for. Yep, I'm just a little sentimental that way. Or maybe it's just "mental." :P
I thought making ribbon bookmarks would be a simple and doable project for my 9-year-old activity days girls. Then I saw Rebecca's Cooper's back-to-school reading logs she created for her little ones, and it all came together. Love when that happens.
|digi artwork: Rebecca Cooper fonts: Lobster 1.4 ; Century Gothic|
I started by creating a simple invite using Rebecca's artwork. Love this little row of books. I get a lot of great ideas from Rebecca's blog, simple as that. She is amazing--really.
When the girls arrived, they each shared their favorite book and briefly told why they like it.
Next, we made bookmarks.
ribbon--5/8"-7/8". I chose a variety of red ribbon to remind the girls to Read. Every. Day.
buttons--different sizes so they can be layered.
crochet thread--I use this for everything, but especially for tying tags onto things and stringing items together. It's a good weight and inexpensive.
needles--thicker embroidery needles work best since you'll be threading crochet thread. I pre-threaded the needles because I didn't want to have to do it when it came time to sew our bookmarks.
So simple it probably doesn't warrant directions, but I always like to know the little details instead of having to figure them out.
|Thank you to my cutie model, Rachel Ostler.|
To finish up, I used Rebecca's bag toppers for gummy worms (I re-sized them for smaller cellophane bags) and told the girls they could only eat them while reading. I'm sure each and every one of them listened. ;)
The best activities are always simple and fun.