If you’re a crafter (or a lover of pretty things), then you might already know about Typo. If you don’t know, it is “a one stop concept store filled with supercool gift ideas, fashionable stationery, awesome room-bling and other irresistible products” – in their words that I full on agree with.
I went on a vacation to Australia last year and found myself entering every Typo store that I came across (and there was a lot of them!). Their stores have a certain charm that draws you in – various creative interior design for every branch and products that catch your eye from a distance. As someone who loves handmade, vintage-y stuff, I was very much hooked. And somewhere in between the trips into their stores, I got myself a Message In A Box : Polaroid Cards with many different pretty floral designs on them.
To be frank with you, I had no idea what I was going to do with these beauties when I bought them. I love flowers, love polaroids and love anything crafty – and this tin full of scrapbooking/gift tags ticks everything on that list so how can I not get it? (I also had a good look at it every time I went into the Typo stores, debating whether or not I should get it before finally deciding yes, I’m gonna get it at the last Typo store I went to – the things you don’t buy really do haunt you, heh?). And when I got them, I was so happy. All that I needed to do was give them a purpose… and that purpose was realized after finding that I don’t have a proper bookmark (I was using my bracelet as a bookmark at the time for some reason) and these cards could fulfill that purpose.
There is a total of 40 cards in the tin with eight different designs and five cards for each design. (breathe, it’s just maths. you can do this). And with every card, there’s a little space under the flower image – just like a polaroid – where you can write onto if you want. So that’s exactly what I do. I write the title of the book I’ve just finished reading on that space (with different coloured pens because hey, why not?) and on the empty space behind that, I write my thoughts on that book – kind of like a review, except I’m not good at giving book reviews and almost always end up going on a ramble about how much I love (or not love) that book repeatedly. So book title on the front, excessive rambling/expression of love on the back. Then, the bookmark is ready to be used and can be inserted into the pages of the book. Now every book read will have it’s own special bookmark!
bookmark for I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
What I love about this idea is that, it doesn’t only make it easier to mark a page, but it’s a cute and creative way to keep your own words in between words written by other people. And the thing is, you don’t even have to buy these cards – you can just print polaroid pictures onto a cardstock and voila, you have your custom bookmarks ready! And what a sweet little surprise would it be to find a specialized bookmark when you’re about to re-read a book? (Answer : very sweet!).
So, bookworms, here’s an idea for how you can keep track of where you’ve stopped reading and at the same time, make for a simple yet adorable DIY! How do you like to mark your pages?
Much love, Iween. xo. ♡