Rebecca Graf is a seasoned writer with nearly a decade of experience and degrees in accounting, history, and creative writing.
Why Use a Bookmark?
Reading is so much fun and can be a ticket to grand adventures. When you read a print book, you don't always finish it in one sitting.
When reading a book, you want to take care of it. Using a bookmark to mark your place is a great place to start! Never fold down the corner of the page no matter how tempting it might be. Sometimes, however, you don’t want to spend money on a bookmark. Or maybe you are just creative and want a bookmark that no one else has. Here are some ideas for making your own.
Recycle Greeting Cards
Every year you likely receive tons of greeting cards for birthdays, holidays, and special moments and probably feel the need to hang onto them because of the significance they hold. If you’re like most people, however, you don’t have just the right place to archive all these memories. What better way to savor the memory than to find another use for these cards? Well, you can create bookmarks with them! Bookmarks are a great way to allow your creative juices to flow and to create something that is uniquely you.
Many people have fun crocheting their bookmarks and they can range from plain to embellished. Some can be simple and quick to make, while others may have beads or fancy stitching.
There are many patterns out there you can work from and possibly create your own. There are even free ones you can try. Check out the various sites. Also, look at standard edging patterns and adapt to be a bookmark.
In addition to the greeting cards that could be used for the base of the bookmark, typically the additional embellishments you need are already at your fingertips to begin your crafting. You can use buttons, beads, ribbon and yard, small pendants, that single earring that you can’t find the match to, old photos, and the list goes on and on.
If you have something more refined in mind and you’re looking for an excuse to frequent your favorite craft store, then what better time than now? With die cuts, jeweled embellishments, tassels, embossing tools, patterned scissors, and a Cuttlebug, the possibilities are endless.
If you simply don’t have the time to cut, paste, lace, and tie, then don’t forget the electronic possibilities. Most computer software programs have bookmark templates that are ready for you to add your special touch to. For example, you could copy and paste your stored family photos onto the template.
Printing on cardstock or photo paper gives your bookmark that nice finishing touch and all you have to do is cut them. You can do all sorts of fancy designs with your computer that you can't do with crafts.
If you like to sew, many have utilized old fabric swatches and scraps to create bookmarks. By taking two contrasting yet complimentary fabrics such as black-and -white tile, a hot pink solid, black and pink grosgrain ribbon, pinking shears, Stop-Fray, and thread, you can create a trendy fabric bookmark.
If you have a machine that does embroidery, you may choose to monogram a piece of the fabric before attaching it. This really gives it a personalized touch.
There are many creative options if you have the sewing gene. It might even be an excuse to start sewing.
Pinterest and Other Online Sites
This is a great source to find ideas for your own bookmarks. You can find many how-tos and pictures to inspire you. There will be ideas you would never have thought of on your own. It is truly amazing.
Check online for various craft sites and see what others are doing. Copy them or let them inspire you. There is a lot of fun out there in creating bookmarks. You might discover some really cool gifts to give your fellow book lovers.
No matter what approach you decide to take, this is a great project for kids, specialty groups, for the elderly, and as an activity to do in solitude. Creating bookmarks inspires reading and make great gifts for kids’ classes and coworkers.