Friday, January 04, 2008

Handmade Bookmarks

My husband, Gil, is a very well-read individual. Not only does he read often, he usually has about 4 or 5 books going at one time. A very complex mind with an insatiable desire for knowledge. This is his bookcase (which he built, by the way). And these are not all the books he has.

I decided that he needed some bookmarks to aid him in his extensive literary perusal. So, one afternoon before Christmas, I made him some.

These are the materials I used:

heavy white cardboard
scrapbook paper
craft glue stick
tiny tassels
hole punch

I decided on a good size, and traced it onto the white cardboard and cut it out:

Then I cut out scrapbook paper in the same size to cover the front and back of the cardboard:

I used a craft glue stick to attach the paper to the cardboard. I had to trim them a little to make sure the edges were even:

I found these cool file folders at Anthropologie for Gil's stocking and decided to color copy one for one of the bookmarks:

Here they are. I incorporated woodworking and travel, and on some, just his initials:

I took them to Office Depot and had them laminated. They became very thick at this point and I had to get Zac to punch holes in them for me. Then I threaded the tiny tassels through the holes at the top.

I was happy with how they turned out and they made wonderful stocking stuffers. The reason one is missing is that it is holding his place in a book somewhere.


Renee said...

I am going to try these. I love book marks. Renee

Anonymous said...

looks like someone is a big alabama fan.

Anonymous said...

this is totally off subject but I made your manicotti recipe the other night. It was such a hit! we ate every single bit of it and I had so much fun making it. This is definitely one I will continue to make for years to come! thanks for all the great ideas. I am always inspired and excited every time you post and often return to old posts when I am needing dinner ideas or about to start a new project! your blog is like a good book I look forward to picking up everyday!!!!

Julie said...

What a clever idea, I have to try making some.

Vickie said...

Renee: You and Danielle will have to plan another craft day.

Seth: He does have some sentimental memorabilia.

Tisha: You are so sweet to say that. I am honored that you try my recipes and projects. Thank you for visiting.

Julie: Thank you! I'm glad you came back to visit!

Anonymous said...

great post! I am featuring it on my website :-)

D said...

Hey Vickie! I just googled handmade bookmarks and guess who was 2nd on the list...YOU!
So, you're famous AND really cool. Congratulations. These bookmarks are great.
I'm trying my hand at a few crafty things and enjoying your blog for inspiration!

Vickie said...

Hi D!
That is too funny. I am glad you like the bookmarks. If you make them, let me know how they turn out!