DIY: High Society Stationery: Children’s Bookplates

April 25, 2013

High Society Stationery: Chilldren's Bookplates with Lawn Fawn | Damask Love Blog

 

Bookplates. Also known as “don’t-steal-my-book-bookplates”…or maybe “yes-you-can-borrow-this-book-but-no-you-can’t-have-it-bookplates.” Whatever you wanna call ’em, we all know the purpose. Snazzy ways to personalize a book so that it doesn’t get lost or maybe just a nice way to give a gift.  I especially love bookplates for children’s books, but I am a firm believer that these sort of children’s stationery items should be child-friendly. Cute. Not $45 for a set of five.

High Society Stationery: Chilldren's Bookplates with Lawn Fawn | Damask Love Blog{What They Say} Hand engraved vertical bookplate with Giraffe motif in Yellow and Brown. Vanilla adhesive paper measuring 3″x 3.75″. 5 bookplates wrapped in glassine.

{What I Say} I guess all those people living the high-life have children, and I guess those children have books. So I guess those books need to be inscribed with some sort of ornate bookplate – but I can’t wrap my brain around spending a ton on said bookplates…I just can’t. Maybe these kids are reading the original works of Socrates…I dunno. I’m regular. All the kids I know are flipping through Seuss or learning how quickly your day can devolve once you give that mouse a cookie.

To be fair, $45 isn’t going to break the bank in most cases…but in my opinion, $45 for five small rectangles of adhesive cardstock is pushing it. I’d rather take that $45 and buy some more books!

Now, I am all for bookplates for children. They can be super cute and perfect for gifts..but let’s be serious, people. What kind of library does your kid have that requires $9 bookplates in each book? I can only imagine that it includes a special edition gilded copy of Green Eggs and Ham, that comes with a real chicken… who lays real green eggs. I’d pay good money for that.

I suppose $9 bookplates are the least of your worries when you’re living the good life. After all, your kids are off somewhere sippin’ Pelligrino and scribbling with Mont Blanc pens…let’s just hope they’re not scribbling on the bookplates.

In my humble opinion, children’s bookplates should be…well…a little bit childish. In a good way. This whole “giraffe motif” is just a little too serious. That giraffe looks a little stuck up if you ask me. Like he’s better than all the other kindergarteners. Not cool, Mr. Giraffe. Not cool. I’ve gotta project that I think it cuter, way more child-friendly and way more fun to create.

In the spirit of my monogram obsession, I thought I’d create a monogrammed bookplate that is perfect for kids. Thanks to the genius of Lawn Fawn – I was able to include an adorable image on the bookplate that coordinates with the monogram letter. When it comes to cute images…Lawn Fawn knows what they’re doing!

High Society Stationery: Chilldren's Bookplates with Lawn Fawn | Damask Love Blog

 

And because I think these are so cute, and because they are so easy to make – I challenged myself to create an entire alphabet of bookplates! Turns out that Lawn Fawn carries images that coordinate with almost every letter in the alphabet!

High Society Stationery: Chilldren's Bookplates with Lawn Fawn | Damask Love BlogSUPPLIES:

{A} Clear & Simple Stamps Perfect Harvest {B} Lawn Fawn Happy Easter  {C} Lawn Fawn Critters Down Under  {D} Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea {E} Lawn Fawn Happy Easter {F} Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest {G} Lawn Fawn Critters in the Savanna {H} Lawn Fawn Home Sweet Home {I} Lawn Fawn Here’s the Scoop {J} Clear and Simple Stamps Well Preserved Small {K} Lawn Fawn Critters Down Under {L} Lawn Fawn Make Lemonade {M} Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest {N} Lawn Fawn Home Sweet Home {O} Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest {P} Lawn Fawn So Thankful {Q} Lawn Fawn Hat’s Off {R} Lawn Fawn Critters in the ‘Burbs {S} Lawn Fawn Summertime Charm {T} Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea {U} Lawn Fawn Critters Ever After {W} Lawn Fawn Happy Summer {Z} Lawn Fawn Critters in the Savanna | Memory Box Classic Alphabet Dies | Matte Cardstock from Paper Presentation | Lawn Fawn Check This Out

High Society Stationery: Chilldren's Bookplates with Lawn Fawn | Damask Love Blog

When you’ve created your bookplate, it also makes for an adorable tag. For this particular gift, I wrapped the book in kraft paper, then trimmed off the top with pinking shears. This gave it a cute “paper bag” look.

High Society Stationery: Chilldren's Bookplates with Lawn Fawn | Damask Love Blog

I’m thinking this koala is far more adorbs than Mr. Giraffe. And much less stuck up.

 

20 thoughts on “High Society Stationery: Children’s Bookplates”

  1. Once again, your project outshines the high society version. The Lawn Fawn images are bound to appeal to children of all ages. I really like how you turned the plates into tags. Smart!

  2. These are adorable! We need a Lawn Fawn “V”! How about Valentine? Anyway, I think the kids would much rather have your cute animals that Mr. Pricey Giraffe!

  3. Oh this is so nice and I agree that Mr. Giraffe look stuck up. LOL I cant wait to make these as gift for my girls book for Birthday, Christmas and more. Thanks for sharing these. AJ-

  4. Love your blog. Love your amazing creative talents. Love your perspective and humor. Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas.
    A favorite time of my day is when I read your blog. Thank you,

    1. Thanks for such a thoughtful and supportive comment! I love hearing how others are enjoying Damask Love and it’s great to know that you like what you find here:-) Have a great one, Marilyn!

  5. Loving these High Society posts, Amber. These bookplates are adorable. I am also thinking tag alphabet book, flash cards… endless possibilities. How did you print the gorgeous letters on the Karly/ Koala bookplate? Is that the Fuse?

  6. Love love love the book plates. What an was one idea. Can you please tell me if cuttlebug would be appropriate for CSS favor dies or Big Shot

  7. I can’t even deal with you. I mean that in a good way. 🙂 I know I haven’t been commenting, but I’ve been checking in with you every day and you are BLOWING MY CRAFT-LOVING MIND.

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