When I was young, I loved to collect bookmarks. The Scholastic book fairs at school always had a nice selection of bookmarks with puppies, kittens, rainbows...things an 8 year-old just loves. As I grew, I found I still loved to mark my reading material in pretty and unique ways. Along came the digital books, however, and I no longer needed bookmarks. You just put a digital tab on that Kindle download and away you went. If you are anything like me, however, I gravitated back to the basics. I still read books on my iPad, but the feel of "real" reading material just feels right.
In the process of making my book journals I came to love not just the covers, but the spines, as well. The artwork is beautiful. As one who likes to salvage just about everything possible, I began creating bookmarks. Each spine has been carefully cleaned, cut and adhered to scraps of vintage wallpaper (see vintage clipboard collection) and then sealed with a hard laminate. No two are alike, for obvious reasons. I sell these bookmarks primarily at shows, but I hope to add them to the site at some point. They are laborsome, but worth the effort!