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How to Make Your Own Bookmarks With Digital Paper
Have you been unsatisfied with your reading experience because you need to keep track of ideas, quotes, the questions the book inspires you, etc and you haven’t found a system yet that will make all this easy?
Well, I know I have and for a very long time now until it occurred to me, recently, that I could make my own bookmarks for instance and use them for my reading to improve my reading experience. How so? I could make multiple bookmarks , using the method described in this post, so I can always have enough of them ready at hand to comfortably get through my book as optimally as possible. Nothing is more frustrating than forgetting where that quote you loved was or where that word you stumbled upon that you had never seen before is, etc.
The 2 key things that make that system is having multiple bookmarks readily available and a notebook or journal.
Sounds fab to you? Let’s try it, shall we?
The bookmark method used in this post is super fast and easy. We’ll be using it to make the above 2 bookmarks.
Craft Tools Used
- Paper Cutter
- Craft Mat
- Craft Glue
- Round Corner Cutter
- Hole Puncher Thread (feel free to pick any thread you wish or other material…the sky is the limit!)A quality home printer
The one thing I’d recommend you don’t skip is the quality home printer because you will appreciate your print looking good. Outside this, feel free to get the cheapest of all the other tools you can get if budget is tight. I certainly use a cheap paper cutter and it has worked just fine for me so far, at least for what I do. Alternatively, you can use traditional scissors to cut paper and good old pencils to take measurements first. You could also use scissors to round the corners or get fancy with them any way you wish.
In the end, don’t forget that the sky is the limit. My instructions are only there as a guide to you and you need to run wild with this and have fun!
- Quality white card Paper (for printing digital paper on)
- Digital Scrapbook Paper from my store. This will be used for the front of our bookmark.
- Card Paper (Below I use the Daler Rowner Pastel Paper pad because that’s all I had and it’s got a bit of thickness to it; this said feel free to use just any paper or card paper you wish. Rule of thumb: make sure your paper has a bit of thickness or it won’t be fit for purpose. Ideally you’d want it to come in a colour that goes well with the digital paper you picked for the front). This will be used for the back of our bookmark.
Digital paper – and this applies to this pack above – is often sold as 12”x12” paper. Depending on what paper you print on, you may need to get your actual original digital sheet resized for printing. In my case, I had to resize it because I was printing on A4 paper. From what I understand, this is to prevent ink from leaking inside your printer should your digital file dimension not match that of your printing paper.
Let’s get creating now!
STEP 1 – PRINTING DIGITAL PAPER ON CARD PAPER
The first thing we’ll do is print our digital paper on card paper. I’ll be using simple premium card paper I bought from WHSmith (UK). As I said, feel free to use any card paper of your choice.
And here’s my 2 sheets, all printed:
STEP 2 – CUTTING FRONT & BACK OF BOOKMARK
The easy way to go about this is cutting both back and front of bookmark at the same time. In my case, I had a shot at cutting 2 fronts and 1 back at the same time with my paper cutter. It worked but it got a little tight on the paper cutter. So, I’d recommend you stick to cutting no more than one back and one front together at any given time.
First, place one sheet on top of the other and align them (for instance I chose to align them to the left and to the bottom below).
Then keep them together and aligned, as well as you can, and position then properly on your cutter and cut them (see photo below).
You may find this not to be precise at times but that’s ok as it’s for home use. If you’re unhappy with the lack of precision, I’d suggest you first use a pencil to take exact measurements on both back and front papers then use the paper cutter to cut.
You should end up with something like this:
Here again, once you start gluing back to front, you may find that there’s a little margin left on either front or back and that’s ok. As I said above, if you wish to be precise, take exact measurements prior to cutting.
STEP 3 – GLUE BACK TO FRONT
It’s now time to glue the back to the front.
STEP 4 – BRING THE FINISHING TOUCHES
- Use your hole puncher to make a hole at the top
- Use the corner cutter to round the corners of your bookmark
As you can see, I’ve rounded the corners of 1 bookmark and left the other’s corners sharp:
Now, use thread to tie a knot at the top:
To add a personal touch, add a quote at the back. How?
- Use stickers (just make sure your bookmark width is wide enough for the size of your sticker)
- Use a white pen to write your quote
- Type a quote on a word document then print it. This comes with the advantage of having beautiful fonts and paper you can use. Make sure to format the quote so it fits on your bookmark And that’s your bookmarks done!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Share it around if you did and show us a picture of your lovely bookmarks!
Alex of Log & Mitten