Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Analog Bookmarks

When you think of "Bookmarks"... you think of the digital bookmarks you make with your browser not the kind you slip in a book to save your spot. 

I loved bookmarks when I was growing up, I don't know why. But I've realized I haven't seen them lately. So I made a batch.

So far, I've used them as gift tags for presents, used them in magazines and cookbooks. 

Here is what you need to make your own:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Laminating supplies - you can make this easy, with any number of things like laminating papers or contact paper. I had use for a laminator so using a 40% off coupon I picked one up at AC Moore. 
Step 1 - Cut strips of scrapbook paper to roughly 1 inch wide by 5 inches long... though the first ones I made were 1.5 inches wide. 

Step 2 - Using a glue, attach the strip to a piece of coordinating paper.

Step 3 - Cut around the backing paper so that you have a uniform board around.

Step 4 - Laminate the bookmarks.

Trim them and then you're good to go.

And to use them as a gift tag, just grab a dry erase marker.

The lamination creates the perfect dry erase surface. Once the gift is given, the message can be erased and the gift tag becomes their bookmark.

Gift tags, stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, party favors... or maybe next year, they can be handed out instead of candy on Halloween.


  1. I have made many a bookmark in my day... my daughter was like you, a bookmark collector! I need to get a laminator though. A nice touch is to punch a hole in one end and add a tassle.

  2. A sweet Project! I need to stop bending my book pages! :)

  3. What a lovely idea!
    I have been contemplating making bookmarks for an upcoming show. I bought lots of vintage music sheets and was thinking of doing a mixed media/art journal style theme for them. I love what you've done as well.
    Could I ask where you bought the lamination machine from?


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