In these troubled times, we’re all looking for more stories. We read to find these stories, and, if we are writers or parents or psychologists, or pretty much everyone, whether in a social situation or alone, we tell ourselves more or less original stories as well. Children, in particular, are more obvious when they do that because they play with their dolls and they often speak aloud. I remember a girl from my childhood. She used to come with her dolls and plastic cups and plates to the stairs of our apartment building, and feed her dolls there and play with their hair. Sometimes I joined her, but this girl was also very happy to play alone for long stretches of time. People would come in and out of the building and talk to her a little, leaving her then to her dolls.
I often wonder what path she took in life, whether she continued her interest in playing and in stories. She definitely played with her dolls more than I did. And she also was more prone to inventing stuff, whereas at the time I loved to read loads of fairy tales, even as I scribbled some super basic tales of my own as well.
So anyway, thinking of the importance of stories for all of us I created some rubber stamps with the “This book belong to” statement and a personalized name, along with some cute mascots for bookplates: bookish owls and penguins, cute cats, and unicorns, thinking that while some people borrow everything from libraries, others like to have their own copies of certain favorite books.
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Here are some of my cute book stamps for kids and adults. The first one is of a cute baby penguin that also manages to be quite chic.
Note that the designs on these stamps are actually crisper than they appear in this post.
For boys, I have a bookplate image with a cute, enthusiastic tiger.
If your boy is less hyper and tiger-like, and more penguin-like sweet (not that the above tiger isn’t sweet!), I have a smiling and unruffled little penguin that may be a good fit.
A mascot that seems to be quite loved is the owl, a symbol of wisdom in Ancient Greece. And, lo and behold, children can be quite wise even when they are three years old. In fact, I’ve often wondered how come they can be unperturbed and actually quite inspired by all the phantasmagorical and philosophical elements of some fairy tales, with emperors turning into butterflies as they dream and asking themselves who’s the dreamer and who’s the dream, with trees that turn into beings that speak, and birds that position themselves into a file for a couple to walk on them as if on a bridge. Yes, I, too, have been reading and rereading fairy tales and folktales recently, and it’s doing me a lot of good. But to come back to my point, children are uniquely positioned, to use business speak, to embrace these stories and their messages, because they are at a stage when so much more balances between the possible and the real. Things are fuzzy at this stage, starting with the notion of time, the one that strikes us blow after blow when we grow up and feel ever more bound by it.
So anyway, here are some book stamps for fans of owls. The first one works well for little kids, given the large letters of the “This book belongs to” phrase.
Here’s another version of this bookish owl. This one works for older children and adults.
Moving on to unicorns. These too are popular in my store because kids are star-struck by these celebrities of the folk tales realm, intermediaries between heaven and earth (or simply beautiful horses with an amazing, magical horn that can heal the sick, and the ability to fly, which is impressive on its own).
In the following example and a few others, I included text for a custom address as well. Also, note that the mane and tail of the unicorn below have a suggestion of glitter—again an element that little girls are quite fond of.
I also have a girly, cute glam unicorn with large eyes and lashes, elfish ears, and flowers on its forehead, for girls who see themselves as an unicorn.
And now cats (yaaay!), for both kids and adults. Cats are so many things at once: cute and mysterious, playful and yet very spoiled, loyal and yet so independent and moody, spiritual and, again, so very spoiled on this material plane. As mascots, they can also be chic and cute and lovable, and a lot of other good things—until they scratch you, that is. But mostly, if you give them their own space and don’t try to push them too hard with medicine when they’re sick, they are quite lovable and sweet. Oh, and did I mention elegant? 🙂
Here are some of my book rubber stamps / bookplates with kittens and cats, starting with an elegant mascot with cute whiskers; with text for customized name and address.
I also have a version of the above book stamp without the address.
Also a rubber stamp design with just the cat’s elegant silhouette.
And here’s a kawaii (“cute”) kitten for little kids (girls)—and not only for them!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this presentation and found a thing or two to your liking! 🙂
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To a happier, healthier life,