Monday, October 12, 2009

bookmark bonanza

I've always loved to read. In fact, I loved it so much I decided to major in English in college. Now that the kids are back in school, there's a lot of reading going on at our house. I don't have as much time to read these days as I did back then, but I still love to snuggle up with some hot chocolate and good book when the weather gets chilly. It's beginning to look a lot like reading weather here in Seattle, so here are a few bookmarks to keep you, or your kids, in the right spot.

Book Club Book Mark


I have been making bookmarks for my book club the last few years with a list of the books we selected for the year glued to the back. This year I decided to make the list the center of the bookmark by slipping it down in a little pocket. To make the pocket, cut a strip of patterned paper 2.5" x 10.5". Punch one short end with a decorative edge punch, then fold up about 3.25". Punch two holes on the outside edges of the folded up side and thread a piece of ribbon through them. Tie it in the front. This will hold your folded edge in place to create the pocket. Print your book club's book list on a piece of card stock and slip it in. You could even keep the same bookmark each year and just replace the list.


Corner Page Holder



This one was made by Jennifer at Lasting Memories. It was on the corner of a thank you card as a little gift--such a cute idea! It's simply a rectangular piece of patterned paper with the points of the long end folded to the middle to meet each other, with a triangle of coordinating paper holding them in place on back. Then she embellished with strips of card stock and a few paper punches.


Jumbo Paperclip Bookmark

I made this cute bookmark card at my friend Anne Beale's stamp camp. It's a stamped flower tied onto a jumbo paperclip with a piece of wide ribbon. Then we attached it to a flat card and slipped it down in a pocket card to hide the paperclip. Love it!


I loved it so much, I took this idea and changed the paper flower for a crocheted flower.


To secure it to the paperclip, I threaded a yarn needle with my yarn and sewed the flower around the paperclip. Easy peasy! We found our jumbo paperclip at Staples.


Ribbon Book Mark

This is another gorgeous bookmark I made at Anne Beale's stamp camp. It is my favorite bookmark I own. It's made with a stamped image attached to a piece of chipboard with a decorative brad. Then a length of ribbon is sandwiched between the chipboard and a piece of card stock (on the back) and glued with Tacky Tape.

I modified this idea with a crocheted flower as well. I just sandwiched the ribbon between a crocheted flower and a piece of felt I had cut out and glued it with Tacky Glue. You could make a bunch of these quick with your stash of crocheted flowers and a bolt of ribbon!




Any of these bookmarks would make a quick and easy gift for a friend who loves to read, or a new reader who has just caught the reading bug!

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23 Responses to “bookmark bonanza”

Becky said...

All wonderful ideas. I know what I am making for my book club next year!

Kelly Howard said...

I love these ideas! Especially the corner one...haven't seen that one before! Love this blog!

Megan said...

Awesome, thank you so much for sharing. These will make great Christmas gifts and we always are looking for fun, inexpensive crafs to do for our MOPS group.

Valerie said...

I love your bookmarks! I have filed this idea away at thecraftersfilebox.blogspot.net.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Paige said...

What cute bookmarks! I love to read as well, and have lots of these laying around.

Ter said...

LOVE THEM! I love bookmarks! I've been wanting to make more, and now I have more ideas! THANKS! :)

Twiddle Thumbs said...

I love that corner cover book mark.
That is so perfect!

Katie said...

These are great! Thanks!

Onna said...

WONDERFUL bookmarks. I love all these ideas. I'm part of a bookclub and made bookmarks for everyone when we started (2 years ago) but I love the idea of making another one. Thanks for all these wonderful ideas!

Diana said...

I love to read, and I always love a new bookmark. Thanks for the cute ideas. I think I'm going to try and make the book club bookmark for our little group for Christmas.

robin said...

thanks for the bookmark ideas. Each year for Christmas my kids buy their aunt a best-selling book and we make various handmade book marks and stick them through out the book. Since their aunt is young and single we also stick small bills through out the pages as well!

Karen said...

I love fun new bookmarks that greet me as I settle in and open a book to the page that I left the tale or adventure. I've never seen the giant corner before! Thanks for spotlighting several fantastic bookmarks to celebrate reading with! :>

Atticelf said...

What a great idea to put the read books on the book club bookmarks - genious! I love making bookmarks too and you've got some great ideas here. Thanks!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

And bookmarks are such sweet little gifts to tuck into an envelope!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

marie said...

Thank you for all the wonderful bookmark ideas. I gift a lot of books and these will be perfect to tuck inside them!

I Love This & That said...

I love these bookmarks! Great idea.

Duck said...

Great collection of bookmarks! I love to make bookmarks, to share with my friends and family. I even gave them as favors to the guests at my wedding. I can't wait to get started on these new bookmarks.

Karen said...

love the bookmark ideas! great little gift ideas for the book club members!

Deborah Raymond said...

I love, Love these! I have been trying my best to come up with some cute bookmarks, but my ideas fall flat. I will have to make every single one of these. Thanks!

sallgood said...

Lots of fun ideas!

cannwin said...

love love love bookmarks!

*Mary* said...

SOOO CUTE!!!

Did you crochet the flower for the paperclip bookmark?

Can you share the pattern?

Thanks!

Divya N said...

great ideas...a terrific gift for a voracious reader :)

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