How to make a bookmark -- tips and tricks

by tealmermaid

Tips on the design and creation of a custom bookmark for the books in your personal home library.

What is a bookmark? A bookmark is a small piece of thin cardstock (or occasionally wood or metal) used to mark one's place in a book. Bookmarks are far preferable to be used rather than dog earring pages to mark one's place. Although many bookmarks are personalized, a bookmark is not a permanent addition to the book the way a bookplate would be.

Commission (or even buy) a bookmark

While you can technically use any random piece of paper you have laying around (receipts are commonly used in our household), an actual bookmark is better. If you order a custom bookmark, it is easy to tell whose book is whose at a glance.

Custom bookmarks can be ordered from an artist specializing in printing. Etsy has a wide selection of bookmark designs which can be special-ordered. If a basic design with your name written in is sufficient for your purposes, you might also buy a box of bookmarks from Amazon.

World Bookmark Day is 25 February 2017

Twelve Tiffany Bookmarks (Dover Bookmarks)

This set includes a dozen Tiffany-inspired bookmarks for those who appreciate art.

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Twelve Monet Bookmarks (Dover Bookmarks)

Another set of art-inspired bookmarks, this time featuring Monet's art.

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Eureka Dr. Seuss Bookmarks, Set of 36, Oh The Places

These are very cute bookmarks designed for children. Not only do they make great party favourites, but they encourage children to read more -- always a good thing.

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Make your own bookmark

Alternately, you can make your own bookmark right at home using one of two methods.

Use a rubber stamp

Buy a rubber stamp with a design of your choosing. You might choose to carve your own stamp design, but if you already have a personal logo stamp, this would be a good use for it.

Part of a custom bookmark design
Part of a custom bookmark design

Create a bookmark design on your computer

If you are not reasonably skilled at carving, you can design your own bookmark with Adobe Photoshop, or even Paint. This is not necessarily an economical method to create a bookmark as you will have to buy a packet of thin cardstock to print off your designs. Most standard bookmarks are 2" x 6" as this will fit comfortably into a standard paperback book.

Tip: Feel free to dress up your bookmark with a ribbon or thread tassel

to make it even easier to see where your bookmark is in the book.

Corel PaintShop Pro X9 Ultimate

Create a design to print on your home computer.

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Neenah Premium Cardstock, 96 Brightness, 65 lb, Letter, Bright White, 250 Sheets per Pack (91904)

This is lightweight white cardstock suitable to print bookmarks. You can arrange your design to print to whatever size you desire.

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Using a bookmark

Once you have created a suitable bookmark, you are all set to start using it. Simply place your new bookmark at whatever point in the book you stopped reading. Take it out of the book when you have time to read more. It's that simple!

Collecting bookmarks

If one bookmark is not enough (or if you enjoy the artwork), you might consider swapping bookmarks with other collectors. Bookmark collector clubs exist for this purpose.

Bookmark collector sites

Do you collect bookmarks?

Updated: 03/06/2017, tealmermaid
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