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« on: April 16, 2012 10:04:04 AM »

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Bookmarks made from scraps - featuring Elmer's products


I love to read. I also love to papercraft, so my bag of paper scraps is getting heavy and outrageous.


Why not make some cool and functional bookmarks while using up some of my smaller paper scraps?


First, I use my X-ACTO Guillotine Paper Trimmer to cut down pieces of scrap paper into strips, choosing paper of coordinating colors from my bag 'o' scraps. The widths of the pieces can be plenty of different sizes, but the main point is to make sure they are nice and square, meaning that the tops and bottom edges are parallel to each other, even though they're rectangles...


The base is a bookmark-sized piece of cake box. I love the thickness of that material, and it's cheap. We all love cheap! Next, using my Elmer's Craft Bond All-Purpose Glue Stick, I glue on the strips, keeping them flush to one another to hide the cake box label.


Here is what the back will look like when you're done gluing. But wait, there's all sorts of paper hanging off the sides! That looks horrible!


So I whipped out my X-ACTO Guillotine Paper Trimmer and simply sliced off the pieces that were hanging off the edges. You can even slice off a bit of the cake box, too, to get an even cleaner edge.


With the edges trimmed down, the bookmark looks much more bookmark-esque and clean, don't you think?


Next, I used the X-ACTO Corner Rounder Punch to round out the corners and make it fancy. It takes a little muscle to get through the cake box, so make sure you're punching on a sturdy surface.


Now for the decorating. I like my bookmarks to have a nice focal point, so I added this drawing of a dude that I cut out from an old Reader's Digest book. Next, I used Elmer's Painters Pens to add a border and more decoration.


I love these Painters Pens, seriously. They do a great job of writing on all different types of surfaces and papers.


The finishing touch is adding some novelty yarn to that will be attached to the top of the bookmark. First, I used a 1/8" punch to make a hole in the top center of the bookmark. That's a pretty small hole, and can be tough to thread novelty yarn through, so I like to take a small-headed needle and pierce it through the centers of my yarn pieces.


Then I can thread that needle, pointy-side first into the hole, making it much easier to tie off and attach the yarn.


And it's done. My paper scrap stash is just a wee bit lighter, and I've got a fancy bookmark to hold my place. Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2012 10:11:18 AM »

cute!  Love the tip on threading the ribbon through a tiny hole... thanks - definitely will use that one!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012 01:38:48 PM »

Great way to use up paper scraps! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012 04:29:13 PM »

noooo, I always love your style. Great bookmark!
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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2012 07:18:03 PM »

I have so many book loving friends and family members. These would make quick and easy gifts for them! So cute. Goodness knows I've got some paper scraps laying around in my craft room Smiley.
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I love all your creations. Your paper crafts always make me oooh & aaah. I love the bookmarks. I will laugh all day about "drawing of a dude that I cut out from an old Reader's Digest book" Cheesy! He does look like a dude! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2012 06:27:08 AM »

This is great, nooo. I always know when something is yours, your style is so distinctive.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012 07:48:34 AM »

What a great way to use up scraps! Bookmarks make such nice little gifts that you can mail in a card and make someone's day.
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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2013 07:49:25 AM »

I want to make a bunch of these for stocking stuffers this year. Thanks for the great tutorial!
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