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A Quickie

Oh, get your mind out of the snowbank.  Not that kind of quickie. A quickie gift. Perfect for a stocking stuffer, something to give to your book group, local bookseller who finds you great titles, friend at work who passes along gently used books. I did these up this morning after watching my husband drive up our driveway in my car.  He made it on the third attempt. Did I say he was driving my car? Only one around here with front wheel drive and chains. Because some of us like to be prepared. Crazy notion that! So after the harrowing ordeal of watching my dear car sliding up and down the driveway, and the prospect of being snowed in with the kids for Day 6 (but who’s counting?), I needed something fun, peaceful and useful to do this morning before they wake up and the fighting, er, fun begins.

And yes, that is my deck with about 2 feet of snow on it. In Seattle. And it just keeps coming down. We had to dig it all off the deck yesterday because we were worried it was going to get too heavy. Well, he-who-is-driving-my-car did the shoveling, since we have only one shovel. And while you might think having only one shovel isn’t thinking ahead, I disagree. It leaves you inside to make the coffee.

So back to my need for a quickie this morning. Something crafty and easy on the pocketbook to soothe my soul after watching my car come sliding down the driveway. Something I can do at home since getting out to finish the Christmas shopping isn’t going to happen. Therefore, I got out my new favorite quickie gift–one anyone can make–the freebie, downloadable bookmarks I put together with Julia Quinn, Kathryn Caskie, and Samantha James.

You just need a good pair of scissors, or if you are really crafty, a paper cutter. Some self-laminating paper or some cardstock or good paper to mount the bookmark onto. Maybe a bit of stray ribbon and you are good. So here it is in 4 easy steps.

1) Download the bookmark.

I used photo paper in my printer and used the best printing I could and they came out great. I’ve also done them on plain paper had to look just great as well. Really with only a bit of time on your hands, use what is on hand.

2) Cut them out carefully. I printed out two pages so I had the choice of having the same book on both sides, or mixing it up.

3) Cut out the laminating paper just a little bit bigger than the bookmarks. Or if you are totally crafting and can always say, “Oh, I’ve got one of those,” you can use your home laminator. But if you are like me and don’t have one, you can do just as well with this Avery Self-Adhesive sheets.

4) Put the bookmarks back to back and stick them to the laminating paper.Put another piece on top, trim it up a bit, and voila! You have the quickest gift on earth.

I even did one with a ribbon down the middle just to be fancy.

And here it is in a brand new book my editor sent me last week:

So there it is. A great little bit of homemade goodness to tuck inside a book for a stocking stuffer or to share with your favorite bookhounds. So bookmark away, and have some fun this week.  It may be busy and hectic and stressful, (especially when your husband is driving your car) but take a few moments out and do something crafty and homey and fun. Then give it away. “Tis the season after all. Besides, you know how to make more.

9 comments to “A Quickie”

  1. samq
    December 22nd, 2008 at 10:49 am · Link

    I want that book, with bookmark inside! So I guess for me the gift part of Christmas comes on April Fool’s Day. Hmm.

  2. Sarah Tormey
    December 22nd, 2008 at 10:51 am · Link

    What a great idea! I am tempted to create a couple for my sister and mother. Another one of my favorite “quikie” holiday gifts is a pre-ordered copy of a forthcoming romance novel. For some avid readers, ordering a title that is not yet on-sale is a great way to ensure the recipient in question does not have that particular title already. Perhaps I should include a bookmark with the card notifying my sister about her pre-ordered winter gift? Thanks for the idea and I hope you stay warm!

  3. Amy
    December 22nd, 2008 at 12:27 pm · Link

    I am so over winter. I cannot believe it has been snowing for TEN DAYS. We had a day here and there where we could get out and get to the store.

    Those days are gone.

    Stay warm!

  4. Elizabeth
    December 22nd, 2008 at 2:46 pm · Link

    Sarah, that is a fabulous idea! Pre-order the books for someone and then they will have them when they come out. Great idea–I am just so in awe. Off to Amazon to order for those hard to get folks . . .

  5. Laura
    December 22nd, 2008 at 2:57 pm · Link

    I never knew about laminating sheets. I should get some. It would be a lot cheaper than buying a laminator.

    I printed out the promo bookmarks. The first batch (with JQ’s Lost Duke of Wyndom) I was able to laminate using the laminator at work. The second batch (featured in your post) had to go unlaminated. The laminator was locked up in the admin assistant’s cube and I didn’t have a work-related reason to borrow it.

  6. Diane O'Neal
    December 23rd, 2008 at 2:37 am · Link

    Well, while I’d love to be home for Christmas. I’d be housebound and not able to have dinner or lunch with my dear friends, so it’s just as well I’m in Australia. However, the summer Christmas I was promised has yet to arrive. In fact right now it’s raining with thunder and lightening.

  7. Keira Soleore
    December 23rd, 2008 at 8:25 pm · Link

    What a splenderful idea you’ve given me. Self-adhesive laminating sheets? Who’d’ve thunk? I’m thinking ahead to laminated Valentine’s cards. 🙂

  8. Rita de Canha
    December 25th, 2008 at 11:14 am · Link

    Merry Christmas Elizabeth and fans across the world.

    Peace, love and happiness to all from Rita in South Africa *mwah*

  9. Cornélia
    December 27th, 2008 at 3:26 am · Link

    I wish you and your family and merry Christmas (tiny bit late) and a happy new year!
    in my country they talk about the snow storm on the news… it sounded to me like a Christmas movie you know…

    Joyeuses fêtes!


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