Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Outside of a Dog..."

My favorite Groucho Marx quote is, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read" and when I saw the brand new, soon-to-be-released, Eyelet Outlet Book Brads, I knew immediately I wanted to make a card which said that. So I did. And it's on the EO blog today:

My favorite thing about the Book Brads is that they coordinate realllllly well with the Book Washi Tape, so I wanted to use both products together. Of course, my lovely design team sister, Stephanie, recently made her own patterned paper using that same tape, so I had to think of an interesting variation. Having just made the "Chevron" collage in my sketchbook, it occurred to me to do a herringbone pattern. This was even easier, though, because thanks to the strong vertical lines of the books, it was easy to trim the tape perfectly straight with a snip of the scissors. And of course, being *tape* it's self adhesive. Gotta love that, right?

Another thing I love about the Book Brads is that each package contains the same pile of books in two different colorways: a sort of neutral tan, as well as bright primary colors. Also, you can position them as a stack, or line them up like they're on a shelf. And no matter which variation you choose, they look really nice with the tape, dontcha think? So I decided to make a bookmark, too.

All I had to do was adjust the shape of my computer generated text (the font is Comic Sans) and reprint. Since the size and shape was much more compact, I left off the Skinny Washi Tape4mm Summer Brads and Groucho-style Eye Glass Brads that I used on the card.

What's *YOUR* favorite quote? 'Cause I'll bet you anything that there are brads in the Eyelet Outlet store that could help you illustrate it! (...just sayin'...)


  1. Fabulous card and bookmark, those brads are adorable. paired with the washi tape they are perfect.

  2. Wonderful as always, so bright and cheery.

  3. I just came from Eyelet Outlet and had to hop on over here to leave more praise for the talent and creativity you share with us. Today's card and bookmark are just one more example. I can't wait for your posts, they are a real highlight for me!

  4. Brilliant quote and love how you created your own BG paper from the washi! Deb xo


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