Bookmarks are one of the easiest hybrid projects to make and the digital files in the shop make this a really quick and easy project. I decided to make two different types of bookmarks, one straight from digital files in the shop, and the other by designing the bookmarks from scratch using a digital kit.
For the first set of bookmarks, I used the Neverending bookmarks by Creative Victorian:
Those are beautiful, aren’t they? The embellishments look so real you can almost reach out and touch them 😉
For the second set, which as you might expect took longer to make, I used the Free Spirit kit by Kimeric Kreations:
This is a great kit to work with and you can end up with several different styles because of the variety of papers and embellishments. I love it!
Both the kit and the printable bookmarks were easy to work with and I will leave it up to you to decide which you prefer!
If you fancy having a go at making your own bookmarks, these are the supplies you will need:
- Photo paper or cardstock (both need to be fairly heavyweight) for printing the bookmarks;
- Scissors, craft knife and cutting mat or trimmer to cut out the bookmarks;
- Corner rounder punch if you want to shape the corners of the bookmark; and
- A hole punch and ribbon for embellishment.
The first set of bookmarks I made was using Kim’s kit. I started with an A4 size file and added guidelines every 2 inches:
The guidelines were set at 2″ as I used the Stampin’ Up! scalloped tag punch to finish off the bookmarks and this just happens to be 2″ wide!
Then all I had to do was add the background paper:
Then the embellishments and text:
I created the design of the bookmark on the far left hand side of the page and then when I was happy with the design, merged all the layers except the background paper and just copied the merged layer over to each section. You can see that with A4 paper, I was able to make five complete bookmarks – the space between the last guideline on the right and the edge of the paper was less than 2″ so whilst it looks as if it fits, the printed version actually cut off part of the bookmark.
It was then just a case of printing the bookmarks and cutting them out:
The Stampin’ Up! punch gave it the scalloped shape at the end which the ribbon perfectly fitted. I printed one set on photo paper and the other on card stock. The photo paper was lighter than the cardstock so those bookmarks were flimsier than the card ones but when I gave some to my friends, some chose the photo paper whilst others chose the card.
The second set of bookmarks was even easier. All I had to do there was arrange them on a sheet of A4 in Photoshop. I left plenty of room between each to ensure there was no overlapping and they printed completely :
Then I printed them out onto photo paper and plain cardstock. The photo paper gave a much better finish though, which may be my printer or perhaps the type of card stock I used:All that was left to do was cut the bookmarks out:
You don’t even have to add any embellishments as these are perfect just as they are!
So, from a set that takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish to another that takes perhaps an hour or more, which do you prefer?
There are more printable bookmarks in the shop as well as bookmark templates, so why not take a look and use one of these to make a quick and easy bookmark, or take extra time and create your own? They make the perfect addition to a Christmas or birthday card for the avid reader in your family! I know my daughter will definitely be getting some of these 😉 . Be sure to link up below if you make some bookmarks as we would love to see your creations 🙂
Other Articles by Lynn:
- Simply Sunday - quick and easy bookmarks - February 26th, 2017
- Simply Sunday - 2017 desktop calendar - January 1st, 2017
- Simply Sunday: basic album - September 4th, 2016
- Listen to the Music album - August 7th, 2016
- Fun in the sun album - June 28th, 2016