VINTAGE BOOKPLATE DOWNLOAD

I originally had another vision for this download, more modern + graphic patterns (thanks to Michelle P. a pattern genius); but I am currently re-reading the classics and am deep into Jane Eyre so my inspiration is currently of another era. I wanted to take some of my lettering practice and incorporate it into the download, the middle one is one of the fab realistic calligraphy fonts I shared with you last week (Jacques & Gilles).  I love to read and I love collecting books, nothing can compare to the feel and smell of a paper book but I am reading (and loving) Jane Eyre on my Kindle. Almost all the classics are available on the Kindle for free. Do you have any idea how this delights me? I love my Kindle because I never lose my place and I can look-up words on the fly.  It amazes me how many words I can look up in a single reading where as if I was reading a 'real' book I may have made a note or two to look something up, but may or may not have actually gone the extra mile to do so. After every reading session I feel a bit of accomplishment. That being said, these bookplates are for your paper book collection.  You don't have to listen to me, but my suggestion is to print them on textured paper and use archival glue (okay or one of those archival tape thingies) to paste them in your books.  You could print out a bunch put them in a glassine envelope or muslin bag and give as a gift. Of course you can always go the easiest route and just print them on a full label sheet. Scissors will give you a more homemade look, but a nice Exacto knife, straight edge ruler (make sure it has a cork back) and cutting mat will give you beautiful, professional results.  Just click here to download, enjoy!

P.S. Any suggestions for my next classic tome I should read? 

diane @ a spot of whimsy (September 19, 2012 at 8:04 AM)  

these are beautiful, thanks for sharing with us!

Mrs. Limestone (September 19, 2012 at 10:32 AM)  

These are gorgeous! Love. I think these would make a great inspiration for an amazing ladies brunch party :)

PS: I cant seem to download them from that link - i get a 404 error. But Ill try again from home.

Miss B. (September 19, 2012 at 10:36 AM)  

Oh, no Mrs. Limestone let me look into it! Thank you for the note!

Amy (September 19, 2012 at 11:13 AM)  

Oh, Miss B--this is the nicest thing EVER! Thank you so.

I just finished Dorothy L. Sayer's The Complete Stories, which I quite enjoyed (not exactly a classic tome, but, you know). I love The Count of Monte Cristo, Les Miserables, Vanity Fair--pretty much anything from Jane Austen. And I'm reading Dracula on my phone (it might take me awhile since I only read when I'm waiting for something :)

Miss B. (September 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM)  

Thank you Amy! I read the last of the Girl with a dragon tattoo series on my phone, I still question my sanity!

Jane Austen is on my list, I read so many of these stories as a kid and its so interesting to re-read as an adult, so many little nuances. The best re-read is the Sherlock Holmes series SO cheeky!

Dondrea (September 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM)  

Without a doubt - Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. My 7th grade English teacher made us read this story (against our will, lol), and I'm so glad that she did. It's been a long time, so I just downloaded it for free on Kindle to re-read it again someday. :)

Michelle P (September 19, 2012 at 1:17 PM)  

Classics are available for FREE on the Kindle? How did I not know this? These are gorgeous - love those stripes! Keep those patterns in your back pocket for another time, I just know you'll do something amazing with them!

Kathy Campbell (September 19, 2012 at 1:19 PM)  

Love it! I've gorged on Jane Austin, then read Anne of Green Gables series...now I'm re-reading Little Women! Love it...

Miss B. (September 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM)  

Dondrea, Great Expectations, now that would be a good re-read! Thanks for the reminder.

Michelle, indeed classics are free on the Kindle! I know it's miraculous, it's like the library but better, kinda. And I have future ideas for your patterns, you'll see...

Hi Kathy! My bestie mentioned she was going to be reading Anne of Green Gables again, so funny you should mention it, I think I will be downloading that as well:)

Anna Scandinavian Cottage (September 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM)  

I just "found" your blog and it's made my day! Seriously gorgeous!
Do read "Pride and Prejudice" if you haven't already, I'm plowing my way through War and Peace by Tolstoy at the moment, it's a good one but a bit of a brick. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman was also very good although not a classic -Yet.

Betsy (September 25, 2012 at 5:48 PM)  

Hi Miss B,
I've just discovered your lovely blog and all the gorgeous digital treats you give away. So I thought it only fair to share a book suggestion as a tiny way of saying thanks :)
Illyrian Spring by Ann Bridge. A 'modern' classic, but still just as lovely! (not sure if it's free on kindle though?:)

Relyn Lawson (November 3, 2012 at 5:44 PM)  

OH, thank you. These are gorgeous.

Thalita (December 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM)  

Hi!! Just wanted to let you know I featured your awesome work on my blog today. Thanks for making such a beautiful printable!!

Michelle (December 16, 2012 at 1:46 AM)  

If you love Jane Austen, you should try georgette heyer!

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