It’s the middle of June and that can mean only one thing: school’s out! As a bookish little kid growing up in Toronto, the end of the school year marked the beginning of frequent visits to my local public library. I have fond memories of walking from the library to the park, carrying my weight in borrowed picture books, that I would spend entire afternoons reading in the grass. This time of year makes me nostalgic for that old book smell, the sound of crinkling plastic dust jackets, the thump of the librarian’s rubber date stamp on the Date Due card, and the soft swish of the card being slipped into the manila pocket stuck inside every book, reminding me of exactly how long I had to enjoy it. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when we received a shipment of Knot & Bow’s Library Cards – a set of 25 Old School Book Cards – that look exactly the way I remembered.
Using some of my favourite Decorative Italian and Chiyogami papers, I decided to make some Library Card pockets. I made a simple template using the measurements of the Library Card, and then cut it out of the Decorative Italian paper. I used just a small scrap of Chiyogami as a liner.
After a few simple folds and gluing of flaps (I used our Coccoina Potato Starch adhesive, mostly because I love the almond-y smell!) my pocket was ready.
I like to use the library cards for leaving notes and reminders, so the pocket works great as an envelope. Or, you can paste the pocket inside the cover of your favourite book, and turn the library card into a personalized bookplate!