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I am drawn to books like a thirsty traveler to an oasis. I read every night before bed and if I can’t for some reason, I have a difficult time settling into sleep.  I love the tactile feel of the pages and have not yet adapted to digital formats like my husband.  I love the look of text flowing across a page and disappearing into another time and place. It took several years of marriage before I could convince my husband that when I was reading, I was ‘doing something’ and that he did not need to leap to my rescue by pointing out other entertainments or ‘things to do.”

I come by it honestly. My mom is a reader and in fact has a couple of rooms in her house filled with books. I remember her getting a box of books every month from some far off library, and how she would greet their arrival with such pleasure.  She read to us every night before bed when we were little and we continued to read novels together much after I could read on my own.

And in turn, it has been one of the things that I have enjoyed most as a parent- sharing books with my own daughter.  It warmed my heart to have her snuggle into my arms as we read story after story, or to hear her little voice joyously chiming in on her favorite parts.

It should be no surprise then that I love to incorporate books and text into my layouts and projects. Looking back I was delighted to see how many old projects used books or text as some element. But of course, I had to create a couple more just for you (and me, lol!).

I love this older photo I found of my daughter and my husband snuggled up in typical bedtime reading pose. I love the intent look on her face, and I really love that he is sharing a book from his own childhood that his parents saved.





Supplies Used: Patterned paper and die cuts; Simple Stories: Cardstock; Bazzill: Stamps; fontwerks: Die; Accucut (old book pages adhered to Phoomph for dimension); Chipboard; Southern Ridge Trading Co: Ink; Clearsnap: Glitter; Glitter Ritz.

 My next project uses a simple technique that I love! To make this card, I took a page out of an old dictionary that had words that fit the sentiment. I blocked off the words I wanted then inked over the rest. When I added the rest of the card elements, I made sure the important words were still visible.




Supplies Used: Cardstock; Bazzill: Dies; Impression Obsession: Stamp; Stampin’ Up!: Gems; Bo Bunny: Ink; Clearsnap.

 I hope you enjoyed my little bit of “By the Book” scrapbooking. If you like pintrest, check out the “Booky Things” board I’ve created. It is filled with things that I love and am inspired by, and even a few things that I want to try some day!


And of course, you can always visit my blog. Take a tour through the years and you will see many projects that feature little things that warm a book nerd’s heart.



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To see more of Jayme’s work visit her blog – Jayme’s World


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