This is a simple project that will save your books from dog ears and your cardboard from the trash. Simply pull out your colorful cardboard packages, flatten them out and cut them into strips about 1 1/2" x 6". A paper cutter will give you a more consistent cut. And any size strip will do, really, as long as it fits in your book.
Trim your corners with a corner rounding tool (or the old-fashioned way with scissors or an X-acto). I like this tool because it's sturdy enough for light cardboard, you can see the paper as you punch it without flipping the tool over, and the squeeze is easy on your fingers.
Lastly, punch a hole in the top and thread it with a matching ribbon.
On a personal note, I don't read as often as I'd like. I will never put a list of books read during the year on my blog because it is just embarrassing. However, I did just finish a good one.
I'm betting that some of you are fans of the period pieces from Jane Austen, the Brontes, etc. I enjoy these books and can't get enough of the videos.
I've just recently watched the BBC's adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. I loved it and immediately went out to get the book. This is the book I just completed by stealing away a few minutes at a time into the bathroom, catching a few pages while putting the baby down for a nap, and reading by booklight as long as my eyes could stand it after everyone else had gone to bed. This is the only Elizabeth Gaskell book I've read, but I'm inspired to start another.
What book have you read recently (or not so recently) that you couldn't put down?
Monday, March 23