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It’s time for the Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we  have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.

The question for June is:

What’s on your summer reading list?  Are you a big reader or not?  If you are, what books have you read lately that you would recommend?  Do you have a favorite author or genre? How about something for sitting out by the pool, or the beach, or even just the backyard…some nice light summer reading? 

Do you use fancy bookmarks or do you dog-ear your pages?  Or, do you use an e-reader? Everyone can use bookmarks and they make great favors and gifts.  Let’s see a little inspiration!

Hey everyone, I’m back with the Baker’s Dozen Studio Challenge for June and what a fun challenge!  I LOVE to read but I tend to read in spurts.  With 4 kids and homeschooling there’s not a lot of hours left in my day to read.  I used to do most of my reading in the summer but so far, I haven’t managed to do that either.  :)  When I am able to read, I like to read it all.  I especially like autobiographies, fiction, non-fiction.   Ten or fifteen years ago I read a lot of Stephen King, James Patterson and science fiction.  Now I prefer autobiographies (The Blood of Lambs and Stolen Innocence are two that left an impression on me), Christian books and good fiction.  

I bought a 2nd generation Kindle when they were available on pre-order and was nervous I’d miss the feel of holding and smelling an actual book.  I was surprised to find that it wasn’t that big of an adjustment and reading in bed was so much easier!  No more trying to balance heavy books/pages (especially when I was tired and should have been sleeping!) and I had hundreds of books at my fingertips.  Now I read on my iPad or iPhone.

The bookmarks I made aren’t for me, they’re for my kids.  Because we homeschool, we have a lot of books that are read on a daily basis.  The kids have their own books that are read separately and we go to the library regularly so they always have something new and interesting to read.  They are always looking for bookmarks and they’re usually scraps of paper or torn napkins/papertowels.  I made a mini set of bookmarks, perfect for their smaller books and easy to put on the bookshelf for everyone to find.   

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I used the Heart Favor Box die to hold my bookmarks ( I cut the top flaps off of the box) and used the Bookmark die as my ‘base’.  I also used a variety of stamps (and I could have used many more!), Ride the Wave, Delightful Day, Delightful Day Conversation Bubbles and Fruity Friends.

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Here they are in the box.  The kids are already using them and I need to make more!  

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Be sure to see what the rest of the Baker’s Dozen likes to read!  Thanks for stopping by!

Carole Burrage

Charmaine Ikach

Jen Shults

Joan Ervin (Guest Designer)

Kerri Michaud

Sankari Wegman

Shannon White

Shelly Mercado

Stephanie Kraft

Tammie Edgerton

Taylor VanBruggen

Wanda Guess