Sayonara! Our first two patterns to sell out… Dickinson and Austen

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the end of our stock for two of our very favorite bookmark patterns: Dickinson and Austen

The floral blue pattern was inspired by and dedicated to the work of Emily Dickinson was one of the very first patterns that we featured. The durable fabric resisted fraying and made an impression on many of our buyers. We will be searching diligently to find a replacement for this style.

 

 

Whimsical swirls were featured in this pattern which was another favorite among our customers. We were reminded by the beautiful, classic, and entertaining work of Jane Austen when we found this pattern. We were excited to bring this pattern into production in response to observations that some of the earlier designs looked like “old carpet” or “grandma’s couch”. Ha! This beautiful pattern helped to generate more excitement about our bookmarks.

Each of the items that we offer is limited in quantity. This helps to ensure that our bookmarks remain original and unique. It also allows us to continue the search for new designs and patterns. We will replace these two items with some new ones for you to try. Here is a quick preview of what is coming…

Family Christmas Gift Show – Salt Lake City

We are all set up and ready for the first day of the Family Christmas Gift Show in our home of Salt Lake City. Believe it or not, we are the only booth with neuroscience based textile bookmarks! We also happen to be the only booth with a Bookmark Christmas tree. Nobody else has one.

Indies First Day – November 25th, 2017

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Find yourself in an independent bookstore near you on November 25th to support Small Business Saturday. Indie bookstores are like people, each one unique and fascinating. Also, you can learn something new from each one you visit. These amazing places are some of the only businesses where you might walk in and find the owner right there behind the counter, or arranging books on display.

Visit a bookstore on November 25th to help support the work they do and the service they provide for your community. Each visitor counts. You will definitely come out with more great books to read, and you might even find Italic Bookmarks in a few of these wonderful places.

IndieBound has provided a map on their website of many of the bookstores that will be participating. You can use this to help find a place to visit.

Indies First – Nov 25th

If you don’t see your favorite store on the list, chances are that they will still be participating in the event in one way or another. Stop by and check it out.

Italic Bookmarks @ Salt Lake Family Christmas Gift Show

We are excited to partner with Black Rabbit Arts at the Family Christmas Gift Show!

Friday – Sunday November 10th – 12th, 2017

Talk about a jump start to the Holiday! This show will be amazing! There are vendors, artist, and performers of all kinds. The great thing about this show is that they are all hand-made, professional, one-of a kind items. You can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, and have a lot of fun in the process! Enjoy $2 off your admission, courtesy of Italic Bookmarks and Black Rabbit Arts:

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Check out the show preview here: 2017 Christmas Gift Show Preview

Find us at Booth 321: 2017-SLC-Floorplan

Take a look at some of the items that will be featured by our partner in crime:

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Jason Reynolds – Long Way Down

I can’t wait to read this one! Jason Reynolds writes from a genuine and original perspective; one that is under-represented in the world of literature. He writes stories about the neighborhoods that he grew up in and the kinds of people that he grew up around.

Reynolds is an inspiring figure of how books can transform a person. He states that he had never read a book cover to cover before he finally discovered Richard Wright’s Black Boy in his last year of high school.

You can learn more about Reynolds’ background, his recent success, and his newest novel in this article from the Washington Post:

Washington Post – Jason Reynolds article

Have you read any other works by Jason Reynolds? What would you recommend?

 

You Need a Digital Detox

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Are you spending too much time looking at a screen? Probably.

One of the primary reasons that I started reading more was to reduce the amount of time I spent drooling through endless, mediocre titles on Netflix night after night. I spent all day at work answering e-mail, then cam home to watch movies. At the end of each day, I would fall asleep while checking Facebook, Insta, Tweetchat, Snapsizzle, etc.

Now I love books. I love having something that I can hold, and bend (to some degree), something solid with a defined texture and unique smell. Books are a great escape from the screens that rule us from day to day.

Digital Detox is a movement that has been gaining in popularity over the last several years. The idea is to set limits for yourself regarding the amount of time that you use your devices each day, and to take frequent opportunities to “unplug” completely.

The benefits reported include increased engagement with the people around you, better decision-making, and increased motivation. Participants have even reported better eating habits and an increased sense of purpose. Amazing!

I found an article on Forbes that explains some of the additional reasons that people have chosen to dedicate some amount of time to pursuits other than “browsing”. You will enjoy it:

Why You Need a Digital Detox

I even discovered that there are multiple companies dedicated to designing “retreats” for those who need additional help or motivation in their attempts to disconnect. The site DigitalDetox.org provides many options and services. I particularly liked the statistics that they gathered regarding our use of digital devices and services:

Digital Detox Manifesto

While there are many solutions for solving the “digital dilemma” that is detracting from our attention spans, here is one that you can try whenever you like – leave your phone/tablet/laptop at your work one day and spend the entire evening with your family, friends, pets, etc. If you miss out on anything important, just say that you “forgot” your device. Oops! I am certain that you won’t regret it. Let me know how it goes.

How It’s Made: Italic Bookmarks

It was a cold weekend here in Salt Lake City, home of Italic Bookmarks. It actually worked in our favor though and we were able to catch up on production to meet some big orders due at the end of the month. Word is getting around about Italic Bookmarks and there is a lot of excitement about these cool, neuroscience bookmarks. We continue to receive more orders each week and it is really exciting to hear how much people love them! Jack decided he wanted in on the action, so he sat down to make a few of his own bookmarks. He says that he is going to give them to kids in his class that need help with reading. Jack is really getting into the mission of giving back, and it is fun to see him dedicated to a good cause. You can learn more about our co-founder Jack here.

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