DIY Personal Library Kit

May 5th, 2010

I am so excited to share my latest project with all of you! This Personal Library Kit would be the perfect gift for a mom on Mother’s Day, as a favor at a book themed bridal shower or a nice treat for yourself. Never lose a book again and keep track of who’s borrowing them. All you need to do is print, cut, staple and you’ve got a nice gift set for any book enthusiast!

The set includes Pockets and Check-out cards for your books, Tabs to keeps the cards organized in a filing system, a Book Jornal to keep track of your favorites, a Band to wrap around the set and lastly a bookmark that doubles as a gift tag! See below to download and get the instructions.

Clear Box or Wooden Recipe Box
Colored Cardstock
Color Printer
Craft Knife
Bone Folder
Mini Pencil

Part I of the Personal Library Kit. PDF contains the Checkout Cards, Pockets and Band to wrap around the box. Follow directions within the template on how to cut and construct. The file contains only brown ink so you could really print this onto any color paper that you like. Would look great in black and white too!

Download Part II of the Personal Library Kit. PDF contains the Book Journal, Bookmark and Dividers. Follow directions within the template on how to cut and construct.

Once you have all the pieces constructed, place inside box with coordinating mini pencil and wrap with the band. I purchased the clear box from the Container Store (not available online) but you can also purchase it online through Amazon. Adorn box with bookmark and voilá, you’ve got a sweet little book-lovers gift! Hope you enjoy!

33 Responses to “DIY Personal Library Kit”

  1. Erin at Vale Design Says:

    Another GREAT creative idea by K and Twig & Thistle! Love it!

  2. Liz Says:

    A great idea! The first part of the kit doesn’t open in adobe reader as it comes back with an error.

  3. Kathleen Says:

    Thanks for the heads up Liz! I just tried opening it in Adobe Reader and Acrobat and it appears to be working on my end. Give it another try and let me know if that still doesn’t work. Thanks, Kathleen

  4. Melanie Says:

    Simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing your projects.

  5. Kitty Says:

    oohhh my mom loves to read and this will be perfect for her!Thank you so much for sharing this project.

  6. Katie Says:

    Thanks for this – sweet and practical, the perfect mix.

  7. Eva Girl Says:

    These are beautiful!!! Thankx : ) My Mom’s going to love this!

  8. Kathleen Says:

    How perfect is this!? The checkout card pocket is the best. Love it.

  9. LindaS Says:

    This is just gorgeous! Thank you so much!

  10. Mrs.Limestone Says:

    These are so pretty – and make a great gift.

    I folded about 250 of those tiny little pockets for my christmas mailing 2 years ago so I don’t think i have it in me to do anymore – but this is such a lovely gift to your readers!

  11. Leanne Says:

    holy heck this is mighty gorgeous. w.o.w!! thanks for the download!!

  12. Whitney @ Whisker Graphics Says:

    Brilliant! Simply brilliant!

  13. rachel Says:

    I love it! Great job, Kathleen.

  14. Tammy Says:

    I think these are truely lovely. Thanks!

  15. Sarah J Says:

    I love these- thank you!

  16. Suzonne Stirling Says:

    Lovely! Thank you!

  17. Nancy Says:

    Thank you for this amazing project 🙂 I can not wait to get started!!!

  18. Tara Hannon Says:

    The packaging is exquisite. Beautiful balance and color. Well done.

  19. Linda Says:

    Wow, this is such a great idea!!! I LOVE it! I think I know what to give my sister for Mother’s day. 🙂 Thanks, again!

  20. adias.angel Says:

    I just love the cardstock you used! Who makes it?

  21. Kathleen Says:

    Isn’t that pretty?! I found it Michael’s actually in their scrap-booking section. They have loads of beautiful colors to choose from. Have fun!

  22. Katrina Says:

    Thank you so much for posting this – it’s utterly gorgeous 🙂

  23. Ally Says:

    This is such a beautiful and creative idea. Thanks so much for sharing the pdf files with everyone!

  24. Lisa Says:

    How cool is this? Thanks for sharing it.

  25. MichelleR Says:

    I love this! I hope it’s ok if I post a picture and a link on my blog.

  26. Mia Says:

    Oh My Word!!! These are so Beautiful! I can’t wait to make it….thank-you for the mother’s day gift 😀

  27. Lotus Says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you so much for your generosity!

  28. ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative Says:

    This is such a beautiful way to remember what you’ve read! I’m working on an upcoming post on printables for learning and have included this. I used your top photo, gave a short description, credited you, and provided a direct link to this post. Thanks for sharing with our readers, but if you prefer we remove it please let us know.

  29. Mai Says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing!!!!a new project to do as a gift for myself. I live in a small room with 300 books & no way of organizing it.Keep on posting =)

  30. sarah kemp Says:

    thank you thank you!!!

    I will be using this in my classroom!!

  31. dianalyn Says:

    how AWESOME is this?!!!! tyvm

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  33. Judi Esping Says:

    I am always looking for new ideas! this is great.