Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Taylored Expressions June Studio Challenge

Hey there! I hope you're all having a great week so far! I'm teaming up with the Baker's Dozen today for our June Studio Challenge. 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!

I have always loved to read and I still love to read! I wish I had more time to get lost in a book, but I still make time to read before I go to bed each night. This can be a dangerous time to read because if I get really into my book I've been known to find the clock reading 2am before I turn off the light and then I pay for it the next day! I typically read book on my iPad, but one of my summer passions (shopping at garage sales) seems to turn up lots of paperback books at a much lower price than the books on iTunes!

I typically enjoy reading suspenseful mysteries and some of my favorite authors are James Patterson, John Sandford, and most recently David Baldacci. I currently have The Collectors on my nightstand. When I read about this month's challenge I was super excited because I'm in desperate need of a bookmark. I don't like to dog-ear pages so I had been using a piece of envelope that I ripped apart from junk mail. I'd also never tried a corner bookmark before so this was the perfect time:


I used the Delightful Day stamp set and papers from the Simple Stories I Heart Summer 6x6 pad. I punched out the image with a 1 1/4" circle punch and layered it onto a 1 1/2" scalloped circle.These came together really quickly so I made an extra one to send to my sister... she loves to read too!

My bookmark already found its new home... here it is resting comfortably on page 100:


If you're a fellow mystery/suspense reader, I'd love to hear who your favorite authors are too! I hope you're feeling inspired to make a few bookmarks for yourself or as gifts for others. Read more about the Baker's Dozen's favorite books and check out their inspiring bookmark projects too:

Carole Burrage
Charmaine Ikach
Jen Shults
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess

 

23 comments:

Kerri said...

These are adorable, Taylor! I haven't made a corner bookmark in forever and need to give it a try again:)

Colleen said...

Such a cute project...great little gift idea!

I also love to read mystery/suspense and read at before bed. My favorite authors including Baldacci:
Greg Iles
Daniel Silva
Stuart Woods - Stone Barrington series

Joan Ervin said...

I love these adorable corner bookmarks, Taylor!! You have used such bright happy colors and cute stamps....I so need to case these!!

Joan Ervin said...

I love these adorable corner bookmarks, Taylor!! You have used such bright happy colors and cute stamps....I so need to case these!!

Jackie said...

Love the bookmarks. When I loan or give away a book, I always put in a bookmark similar to yours.
James Patterson is my favorite mystery writer. Also like Baldacci and Janet Ivanovich.

Tammie E said...

Love the fun, bright colors of your corner bookmarks, Taylor! I haven't made one of these before so I might just have to give it a try.

Carole C said...

Sorry to say I don't use bookmarks. I use the subscription cards out of magazines! I also put a rubber band around the front of the book and the pages I've read because I doze off and/or drop the book. Patterson is a fave and some of the writers who co-wrote his books like Michael Harvey, also Michael Connelly and for summer, Dorothea Benton Frank.

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

How adorable, Taylor! I haven't tried these kind of bookmarks! I will definitely have to!

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Rene Stansell said...

Hi Taylor,
one of my favourite books would have to be
'The Shell Seekers' by Rosamunde Pilcher, a good read
Rene from OZ xo

chocl8moose said...

You might have a 2am morning if you read an Erica Spindler book. Catherine Coulter is great and Lisa Jackson for another "up late" read.

I read on my iPad, but love the bookmark.
Marie

Darlene S. said...

Taylor, I love your bookmarks...I'll have to try this. I love mystery/suspense books too. I love the authors you mentioned plus Sandra Brown and Catherine Coulter and many many more!

Stephanie Kraft said...

These are darling, Taylor! I love a good mystery, too!

Colleen Begley said...

Hi Taylor,

Super cute book markers! I read tons, but all books these days are on my B&N Nook, so these wouldn't work there. I'm a fellow "bed reader" and I also frequently will read most of the night. I just read the latest Dan Brown release on my recent vacation. A good one!

Shannon White said...

These are just Adorable Taylor!! I have never tried a corner bookmark, and it was actually a toss up between corner and magnetic, for my project today..lol I will definitely have to give these a whirl though too! Love the bright cheery colors!

Big Hugs
Shannon

Shannon White said...

These are just Adorable Taylor!! I have never tried a corner bookmark, and it was actually a toss up between corner and magnetic, for my project today..lol I will definitely have to give these a whirl though too! Love the bright cheery colors!

Big Hugs
Shannon

Shelly said...

I've been known to stay up until the wee hours too...and I definitely pay for it but sometimes I can't help myself! Love your bookmarks, they are so sweet! Hugs! xoxo

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Hmmm... how did I know you don't like to dog ear pages, Taylor?! ;) These are absolutely adorable! Hope you're finding some time to read these days. You and yours are often on my mind, sweet friend! xoxoxo!

Iris said...

The corner bookmarks are so cute. I'm a mystery/suspense fan myself and also read almost every night before bed. I read James Patterson, Baldacci, John Sanford, J.D. Robb, J.A. Jance , Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell, Lee Child, Preston Child, Jeanne Dams, Anne Perry and others. I especially enjoy modern and Victorian English mysteries.

Cynthia Clark said...

I love these little bookmarks. I haven't tried a corner bookmark before. It's about time. I'm a huge reader, mysteries being my fave though I also love history, biographical, how-to, etc. Other than romances I guess I'll pretty much read anything. The new Stephen King is by my bed right now along with a book about Henry VIII and my bible. I have a paperback in my purse at all times. If you like Victorian English mysteries Anne Perry is one of my faves! She doesn't write fast enough. LOL

Laurie said...

Reading "The Winner" from David Baldacci right now. Love his Camel Club books. Also love:
J.A. Jance
Stuart Woods
Patricia Cornwell
Jonathan Kellerman

Love my Nook, because as soon as I finish a book, I can hit B&N and get another one! I can also preorder books and they will just show up on my bookshelf!

okanogangirl said...

Adorable bookmarks! (I'm bad and dog ear my pages :$ )

I just read To Kill A Mockingbird. Great read, somehow, I managed to make it through highschool without reading it!

I read regular books, but I must say I find the Kindle app on my phone mighty convenient.

Tracy said...

Hi Taylor,
Hope you are feeling well!
I never dog ear pages. I like to hold an actual book in my hand, I'm not an e-reader. Your bookmarks are just to cute, I'm gonna have to make a few of those! I'm currently reading: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp. My all time fav. book is "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers and most anything she writes.
I hope you have a wonderful day. Looking forward to your next marvelous release! Tracy