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Subject: Home-Made Bookmarks
Date Posted: 10/5/2007 7:13 PM ET
Member Since: 6/4/2006
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With the holidays around the corners and almost everyone I know loves to read .. I thought it would be neat to make bookmarks but have no idea how to even go about getting supplies...  Any idea would be greatly appreciated... We're also doing candles as well and since I didn't know this forum existed.. I can't get pass the book bazzar lol I asked in club members thoughts...  If anyone has ideas about candles, I'd like that too ...


Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 10/5/2007 9:36 PM ET
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      I use all sorts of things for bookmarks.  Someone sent my DD a birthday card, and the envelope had birthday hats and balloons on it.  I cut those out and laminated them, they looked awesome!  I've cut out cards, really nice pictures from magazines, etc.    I buy the sheets of laminate, they come maybe 6 in a pkg.    Even if the paper is flimsy, laminating them makes them good to use.   I bought a hole punch, and some ribbon.    It's a great way to use up scraps of paper,recycle cards, etc.  I don't keep them straight, I make wavy patterns, I even have a cute Elmo one I cut from a bday card.  It's amazing what you can find laying around the house!


Date Posted: 10/5/2007 9:36 PM ET
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I know a way to make bookmarks with beads.  You take some kinda thick string, like hemp, and measure it so it is about 6 inches longer than the type of book you are making this for.  Tie a knot on one end, then thread beads down to that end (maybe 2-3 inches worth), tying them off so they can't slide down the length of the whole string.  Then do the same at the opposite end, with the middle being the part that sits inside the book.  Be careful if you are giving these to people who have cats though, as my cats used to remove them from my books all the time, thinking my bookmark was their toy, lol.

Also, to make fabric bookmarks, use material and fusible webbing.  You cut both sides of your bookmark out of the fabric, then using the fusible webbing, you "glue" the wrong sides together with an iron.

Now, candles I know nothing about, lol....

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 12:55 AM ET
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http://52books.blogspot.com/2006/01/how-to-make-simple-origami-bookmark.html Origami bookmarks. They slide onto the corner of the page. They are easy to make and with the right paper they can be really nice. Even a thicker paper will work because there arent many folds.

Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 10/6/2007 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 6/23/2006
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Kim, I LOVE the idea of making bookmarks with fabric.  I've never thought of doing it, and I"ve got tons of scraps just sitting in a closet waiting for my brain to kick into gear!  I'm going to have to try doing that!


 Thanks for the idea!

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 3:04 PM ET
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I've made some out of 4x6 cardstock - cut each sheet into 3 peices and you have 3 bookmarks - punch a hole at the top, put some embroidery floss through the hole and tie some pretty beads on the floss.  I don't laminate them because I personally don't like laminated bookmarks very much - I find that they slide out of my books too easily, whereas the cardstock ones don't slip out.  And because they are cardstock, they are sturdy.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 4:07 PM ET
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i love handmade bookmarks

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 12:07 AM ET
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I crochet them.  I make the kind that look like a thick ribbon with beads at both ends.  And then pictures of whatever in the middle.  I love to watch peoples faces when they figure out what I did.  It makes a fast and easy project while waiting in offices, between kids' needs, lunch hour, etc. 

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 9:18 AM ET
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I make bookmarks with my printer and cardstock. Most photo and publishing software has preformatted designs and ideas. I made bookmarks for my daughter's Battle of the Books teams for the last three years. I printed their name and Battle of the Books and the year on one side and cute sayings like, "Stay out of mischief . . . pick up a book" and some cute graphics on the other side. My son will be in our local Battle of the Books competition this fall so I will have to find some "boy" graphics now. I also laminated the bookmarks, it is relatively inexpensive at office supply stores. I would fit 4 or 5 bookmarks on an 8.5 by 11 sheet and then cut them apart. Each sheet to laminate is around $2.

Last Edited on: 9/24/08 11:46 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/4/2008 4:17 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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i use photo paper put what i want on it and use scrapbooking punches and scissor to decorate