Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Brilliant Bookmarks

With back-to-school time rolling around soon, here's a fun project that is especially suitable for this time of year (although it's great to read books anytime, of course!).

Our friend Peggy Peltier (whom you may have met at the StampScrapArtTour show in Rockford, IL or One of a Kind show in Madison, WI) created a handy little bookmark:

These are really easy to make! Starting with a 4" x 4" piece of cardstock, mark the middle point on three sides of the square. I used my Scor-it-All Mini Board to quickly find the middle (which is at 2") and make a little mark along the edge:

After making your three marks, find the mark that is opposite the side you didn't mark. This will be the tip of your bookmark. Now make two score lines from the tip to the other marks on either side.

In this photo, the tip of my bookmark is pointed to the lower right and I'm just getting ready to make the second score line:

Rotate the bookmark so the tip is pointing away from you, and fold both scored triangular areas inward:

(Note: If you'd like your bookmark to have a punched border, this is the best time to do that step. Punch along the unmarked 4" edge, shown at the bottom of the photo.)

Tape the folded triangular areas together to make a pocket:

Now that your basic bookmark is done, you're ready to stamp and decorate as you wish! Peggy used 0772F Turtle, which she colored, punched out, and layered onto circles. She also used a border punch along the bottom and added a ribbon:

To hide the seam in the back, she covered it with a separate triangular piece. It's a 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" square cut in half and then adhered to the bookmark:

If you look at the very first photo in this post, you'll notice this is a "back-loading" bookmark. I made up that term myself, but basically what I mean is the page of your book will be inserted from the back.

To show you a variation, I made a "front-loading" bookmark using the same steps above:

The difference is that I decorated the opposite side of the bookmark (with 0199F Circle Kitty). I didn't add a separate triangular cover, so you can see the seam at the tip. Also, the lower portion of the bookmark is smaller because I cut off a 1 1/4" strip before using my border punch and then taping the bookmark together.

Thanks to Peggy for sharing her great idea with us. Let us know if you decide to make some bookmarks, too. We'd love to see them! Happy stamping...and reading. :-)

P.S. It was brought to my attention that similar directions are also on Splitcoaststampers, which you can find here.


Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

Such cute projects.

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

I have made these, but I went "green" with mine. Cut off a corner of an envelope that you get bills, cards, etc in and cover with cardstock and decorate.

Great way to use up all those envelopes we get in the mail every day!

Jackie Wamhoff said...

Glad you liked 'em, Regina. :-) And, Debbie, what a great idea...very eco-friendly!