Sunday, March 7, 2021

Countdown to my childhood and former life...

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I think I've told you this before, but when I was in college, I was a rare book preservation technician at the very prestigious library on my college campus.

I got to hold in my hot little hands what was at that time the largest Victoriana collection in the US. We even had one of Queen Victoria's dresses! 

I learned to make buckram boxes to protect our oldest and most fragile books, learned about book safe tapes etc. 

I got to read two of my favorite authors' handwritten and annotated manuscripts - John Updike and John Gardner - that was magical. We even had some of Thomas Pynchon's annotated writings - and I ended up doing my thesis on him. It was magical to me, as an avid lifelong reader and an English major at the time.

And before that, in my TV-less childhood, I spent 90% of my time alone reading books in our linen closet at the top of the stairs. 

Books are a huge part of my life.

So I can't show you much of what's coming tomorrow, but what I can tell you is if you, too are a bookworm, you are going to want to come back tomorrow for my full reveal and a fun video. But here's a little peek.



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35 comments:

  1. I love the design of your card. Using the tree die to cut out words from a book is brilliant (though I would be reluctant to ruin a book having been taught to respect them since I was very young). I probably would scan a favorite passage from a favorite book to send a perfect message to the recipient of my card. Thanks for sharing such a great idea!

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  2. I love how you cut the tree out of words to look like a book! That is inspiring:). The coloring on the boy is very nice and I enjoyed this card very much.

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  3. What a great idea for using the die! Can't wait to get this kit!

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  4. What an amazing experience, working in the rare book library. That’s like a dream come true for a bookworm. Looking forward to tomorrow’s post. Love your “novel birthday” card.

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  5. Love that! Looking forward to the release!

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  6. Clever use of the die cut...but I hate cutting up books! lol

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  7. What an awesome card! I love the text- it goes perfectly with the design and theme of your card.

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  8. I love this theme and the sentiment is so cute. Your card is awesome with the text as a background to the tree die! Can't wait!

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  9. can't wait to get my hands on these ... fabulous tree

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  10. Very cool card. I really like the sentiment and the way you used the die to cut a page from a book. It almost looks like a thought bubble as the boy is reading.

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  11. Love the stamps that glorify reading.
    I was a bookworm as a child and that
    continues to this day. thanks
    for sharing.

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  12. Great card and awesome kit! Can't wait to see the rest of the release!

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  13. I love this card! What a wonderful idea!! I can't wait for tomorrow!

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  14. Oh dear! I think I am going to be in trouble.

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  15. Perfect paper on your card. Love it

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  16. Your college job sounds AMAZING. Can't wait to see this kit. :)

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  17. Even your intro sounds like the beginning of a novel - LOL! Will definitely tune in tomorrow. Love the card for today too!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  18. Love the idea of a page from a book as the tree.
    Simple and effective card. Love the sentiment also.
    Can't wait for the reveal tomorrow.

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  19. Love the sentiment and the card!

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  20. I LOVE this card! The tree cut out of book page paper is beautiful!

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  21. So clever to use a page from a book! I hope that you are flattered when I copy you!

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  22. OMG, this is so stinking cute. I love the tree made from a page of a book or at least looks like it is. I also was and am an avid reader, I won an award in grade school for reading the most books. LOL Your card is awesome.

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  23. It’s good to see the tree die can stand alone. As a fellow bookworm, I am looking forward to seeing the full kit!

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  24. Awesome card! I love that you used a book page for the tree!

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  25. Love your card design. All my grandkids read so I can't wait to see the whole kit

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  26. I do love the card you did! I love to read. But I must admit I think I read fluff. I love Danielle Steel.

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  27. Lydia, what an amazing past!! And the tree has a die???!! Love what you did with the die and the image and I love the sentiment, which is a new one to me!! I love this card! I'm on a no-spend thing right now but I think I may make an exception for this kit, I'm going to have to see..... I really love your card.

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  28. Love your card and the idea of putting what appears to be a book page behind the cut out! Love the sentiments I have seen with this new kit inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. What an amazing job!! Would love to find something like that. Your card is so very beautiful. Even though it will be hard to find a book that I'm willing to cut up I'm going to have to attempt this one. Thank you for sharing!

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  30. So in love with this sneak peek already! Can’t wait to see the rest!

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