Taylored Expressions June Studio Challenge

Start of the school year bookmark


Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge

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!

This challenge is right up my alley! I’ve always been a big reader and it’s a running joke in my house that I read roughly a book a week and you never see me with the same book twice (which lately is untrue but if my schedule was cleared I would definitely do that). To tackle this assignment I decided to make a bookmark for Evey who also is a big reader. We are currently in the process of reading the Harry Potter books as a family and Evey LOVES Hermione. She is working on a pretty good impression of Hermione from the movies and is frequently found walking around saying in a perfect accent “You could have gotten yourself killed or worse, expelled!!” That lead me to Moka Gwen (though I did toss around the idea of Moka Tabitha) who just also happened to have the perfect sentiment to go on a bookmark.

Start of the school year bookmark

I colored Gwen to have the coloring of Hermione in her preppy school uniform. The background papers are from Doodlebug Take Note 6×6 pad (which I ADORE). The base is made of kraft cardstock. I used a jumbo eyelet for the ribbon loop at the top. I left this pretty clean and simple because I know this bookmark will get used a lot by my 9 year old so I don’t want things to get in her way. 🙂

Gwen was stamped on Choice Snow White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. The bookmark was die cut using the Banner Stacklets 2 dies as well as the Fly Your Flag 2 die.


I know the rest of the Baker’s Dozen has some AMAZING projects for you this week so be sure to check them out.

Carole Burrage

Charmaine Ikach
Jen Shults
Joan Ervin
Kerri Michaud
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess

13 thoughts on “Taylored Expressions June Studio Challenge”

  1. This is adorable, Jen! I love that darling image and you colored her beautifully! So perfect for your daughter:)

  2. Love that you are reading Harry Potter with your kids. Its a magical age! My kids are old enough to remember waiting until midnight, at our local bookshop, for the next HP to be released…all in costume with wands at the ready… Perfect bookmark for your reader!

  3. Wonderful bookmarks – you’ve inspired me to consider creating one (or several) for my niece (even though she’s only 3 – no time like NOW to infuse a love for reading, or bookmarks) and sister-in-law, an avid reader.
    My favourite genre = mystery! Favourite series: #1 – the “Inspector Gamache” series by Louise Penny, where the ‘crimes’ are often situated in/around the fictional village of Three Pines. Highly recommend you read them in order – and guaranteed, you will fall in love with the characters, the setting, the ‘stories.’ #2 – a new series by C.C. Benison, featuring a recently widowed reverend – Father Tom Christmas – as the main characer, who has relocated to a seemingly charming, quaint English village, to raise his daughter and heal from his wife’s murder. The book’s titles and ‘crimes’ align with the 12 Days of Christmas; the first was 12 Drummers Drumming, followed by Eleven Pipers Piping, and 10 Lords A-Leaping is due in August. Charming, quirky and engaging.
    Great question! Looking forward to hearing what your – and other commentors’ – favourites are! (Oh, one more…the series by Alan Bradley, featuring Flavia DeLuce, beginning with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie).

  4. Awwwww…. What a little cutie! Cam has just read all the Harry potter books {he’s on the last one now} for the 3rd time… So he’s catching me! Bet Evey loves this! Xx

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