Have you seen the adorable bookmarks they have on Etsy? I want them all — especially the Disney Princesses! There is a shop, Craftedvan, that has some of my favorites. I might just have to spring for the “Wanderlust” one!
I figured, in the meantime, that I would make some of my own! And share the “how to” with you!
To start, find a clip art on the web that you want to use. There are loads of sites that offer free clip art. In the past, I have used quite a few from The Graphics Fairy. For this project, I got my illustration from a book titled The Design Directory of Bedding by Jackie Von Tobel. It comes with a CD of all the illustrations from the book. That book and her book on window coverings are two of my favorite design resources!
Also, you can either choose a black and white image and color it yourself or you can choose one that is already in color. Your choice. For mine, I chose a black and white image that I will color with colored pencils.
There is one stipulation to the art you choose that will make your life a little easier. Choose one that has somewhere flat (at the top) that you can connect two of the same image together easily. You’ll see what I mean later. Also, choosing an image that has pretty defined edges will help.
To make the actual bookmark, you will want to open up the graphics program of your choice. I just use Microsoft Publisher. You can use whatever program you are most comfortable with.
In a new document, add in your graphic and re-size it so it’s about 2” high. I just resize the height and let it auto-adjust the width so I don’t lose the ratio. For this image, I made it 2.5” high since there was so much white space around the edges.
Then, make a copy of the re-sized image and flip it on the vertical axis so that it is upside down.
Align the two images so that they are close together and right on top of each other. Leave yourself enough space to fold the two images together.
Now, print out your images on card stock. Cut them out and now it’s on to the fun part – coloring!! You know someone has been to design school when all of their colored pencils have their name on them. 😉
When you’ve got the color how you want it, I would suggest laminating it for extra durability. I usually run it through a couple of times to make sure the seal is good. Tip: Fold your bookmark in half before laminating. It will make it much easier to fold after it’s laminated.
Next, get yourself some of this magnet tape. I got mine on clearance at Wal-Mart for $5. Attach a good length of magnetic tape to each side.
Fold your bookmark together so that the pieces of tape meet and stay closed. I had to press the bookmark in a book after adhering the tape to train it to stay closed. After that, it was good to go!
I’m using mine as a placeholder in my planner. I can’t wait to make more of these! They would make cute stocking stuffers!