Feeling Crafty

I’ve given in to the temptation to create things with my own two hands. I love bookmarks and bookish things and I’ve decided to try my hand at creating some of my own.

As most readers of this blog will know I am a librarian. At this moment my library is going through a very large weeding process in which 14,000 or more books (journals, newspapers, etc.) will need to be removed from the collection and recycled. This may be due to damage, outdated information, lack of interest from patrons (as shown by circulation statistics) or inaccurate information among other things.

Staff and a few select patrons who understand the necessity of this operation, not all do trust me, are allowed to peruse the books we’ve selected to be withdrawn and take them home if they have an interest in them.

I am a believer in recycling, but I also love upcycling and due to the high volume of books being withdrawn and thus recycled I think it’d be silly not to make use of them. As such I will be using a few of these books as craft material. I will create bookmarks and book prints like the pictures shown below.

However, I am holding myself to a promise: if I stop enjoying making these I will stop immediately. I have learned my lesson about stressing unnecessarily. If they don’t sell then I won’t stop making them, but I will close the shop portion of the blog.

Don’t get me wrong, I know my items can be created by anyone with patience, cardstock, a good printer, and a bunch of old, but loveable books. I’m under no misguided belief that my work is somehow better than, or even as good as, anyone else’s. However, I read something that made me want to try regardless.

“Destroy the idea that you gotta be good at artistic things to enjoy them, that every hobby has to become smth you’re so good at, you can monetize it…Sing offkey, draw poorly, write badly.”

Jen @bookavid

I’m accepting that these will be my loving attempts at creating something I and others can enjoy while realizing that these are efforts of love not immense talent. I am doing this in large part because I enjoy creating things, but I’m asking for payment because I have medical bills and student loans that need to be paid.

Also, I will not be pestering you to buy anything. I will have one tab that is for the shop. If I happen to review a book AND use it in a craft then there will be a small link at the bottom of the review to the item in the shop. Otherwise the blog and the shop will be considered separate entities, either of which you can ignore at your choosing.

All bookmarks, book prints, and other upcycled materials that will be going on sale for this blog are from the library. As such ten percent from each sale will go back to the library.

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