Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Beth Yates’ Adorable British Fandom Bookmarks

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I’m a fan of many things, two of them being extremely cute things and print books. So it should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of Beth Yates’ bookmarks. She used her graphic design talents to bestow charming bookmarks upon the world in the form of our favorite British fandoms. I’m one of those people who does not want to buy an e-reader (yet), so there are plenty of books that I’m reading that will become a temporary home for the Doctor, Ron and Sherlock bookmarks. Although, carrying around some books will surely give me scoliosis (I’m looking at you A Dance with Dragons), I do it for the love of print. Now my only problem is, how will I get any reading done when I’ll be too busy staring at the bookmark?! Long live print and very cute bookmarks to put them in!

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Beth Yates (giveaway below)

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Beth: Well I’m a Graphic Design student, currently coming up to the end of my second year at university. I live just outside Leeds and I’ve always been a total geek. I love videogames, movies, anything to do with fantasy, superheroes and the like. I also love reading, hence the abundance of bookmarks.

How long have you been designing?

Beth: Well I’ve always been creative; I was always drawing and doodling through school. I really started to get into drawing and design around age 15 – inspired by other fandoms; I was particularly into Kingdom Hearts at the time. It’s only in the last couple of years though that I really started to get into serious design and its completely taken over my life (in the best possible way). I just get the most amazing buzz from designing and creating things, and I’m hopefully going to be able to turn this in to a fully-fledged career.

Why did you decide to make an Etsy shop?

Beth: I’ve always made things for myself and thought it would be cool to share the stuff I make with others, see what they thought. It’s been a great platform to get feedback on my designs, and its also helping to pay my way through university, which is brilliant!

So I think it’s safe to say that you’re pro-print books since your adorable bookmarks don’t work on Kindles, right? What are your feelings on these e-readers in general? Do you think they will eventually make print books obsolete? 

Beth: I don’t think print is ever going to be obsolete, there’s just something about the experience of picking up a book, the feel and smell of the pages, the whole experience is so much more than the printed words. I’m a total gadget nut, but there’s so much about our lives today that’s completely ephemeral; music, photos, even money – its all digital and so transient, there’s a physicality and realness to a book that for me you just cant beat.

Since you’re a fellow Whovian I have to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

Beth: Oh its so hard to pick, I just love the whole program. I think it’d probably have to be Tennant and Catherine Tate as Donna. I didn’t really get into Who till Tennant took over (now I’m completely obsessed) and Donna was just brilliant! The chemistry they had was so entertaining to watch. Saying that I really love the new series too! Fishfingers and custard all the way!

What Hogwarts house would the sorting hat put you in and why?

Beth: I got sorted on Pottermore into Gryffindor! Twice! (I wanted to see if it was a random generator or not) I actually squealed. I think it’s quite accurate really, although I’ve always been quite academic I’ve got a quite strong sense of justice. I see and read so many instances of people being wronged and it really makes me want to just go out and do something about it. There’s also nothing more important to me than my friends, I love spending every day surrounded by such fun and brilliant people.

What are your other favorite fandom’s?

Beth: I absolutely love Sherlock and Merlin. They’re the main two, but I’m also a big fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, so many different video game franchises (old and new), though I don’t really take part in the online fandoms, I tend to just geek out with my mates.

If you were on a deserted island what would video game, book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Beth: I would have to bring the whole Monkey island series, the whole Harry Potter series, Megamind and all the series of Merlin.

Where do you live on the Internet? 

Beth: You can find me on Etsy and tumblr :D feel free to drop me message anytime, any requests for new bookmark sets are most welcome!

etsy.com/shop/bethydesigns

bethybookmarks.tumblr.com

 

Beth Yates Bookmark Set Giveaway!

4 thoughts on “Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Beth Yates’ Adorable British Fandom Bookmarks”

  1. Nila - April 30, 2012 3:53 pm

    To choose one book to live in for a month… Wow, my initial thought is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, but it is a Holocaust story and not a very happy one, so no… And then I thought: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Because it’s not a matter of ‘if I had to’. When I was 7, I did live in it. I was bullied at school, and neither my few friends or teachers would listen. I discovered the book, and after the first chapter, when they all raise their glasses for The Boy who Lived, I succumbed myself to this world. It became a second home.

    All that AND so I could have a chance at running into Mrs. Weasley at King’s Cross and beg for her to adopt me, though sadly, much like the Doctor, I am not a ginger.

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  2. Tansy - May 3, 2012 3:07 am

    One book to choose…. and I am a librarian and have to do that? Gah!

    Ok here is my choice.

    Book: Changeless by Gail Carriger

    Why?
    This book is a vampire fantasy set in 1800s London. I love everything about this time, the way the men treated the women with respect, the proper language, the clothes and the set society.

    I have always wanted to go to England too.

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  3. Malory - May 5, 2012 10:08 pm

    I love these bookmarks! Super cute.

    If I had to live in one book for a month it would have to be any of the Harry Potter books. I basically spent five years living in them anyway.

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  4. scoobin8rx - May 9, 2012 10:22 am

    I would have to choose Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, because I’d like to experience the socio-spiritual revolution of the man from Mars first hand.

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