Please don’t object to my use of “gifting” for this project. I wanted to convey a sense of giving, but have it include all of the warm and wonderful thoughts and feelings that go into creating a present personalized just for the person receiving the gift.
These bookmarks can be made with what you already have in your stash, but can still be beautifully personalized to the person receiving the gift. They can be a thoughtful gift by themselves, as stocking stuffer, or can accompany a carefully and lovingly selected book.
The bookmarks are made with a 9″ length of ribbon, although the length can be adjusted if you are giving them with a taller book. I used the Circle Tab Punch for each end of the bookmark, so the width of your ribbon can vary from 1/2″ to 1″, which is just smaller than the width of the “shoulders” of the circle tab punch. You probably want to select a ribbon that is not bulky, because it will be sandwiched between the circle tab punch layers.
The most important thing to watch out for is the glue. Take time to glue the bookmark carefully, as you don’t want any stray glue to stick to the pages of the book. I used a touch of Fast Fuse to stick it fast, but a bit of Tombow to hold for the long run. You can personalize these any way you wish using different ribbons, card stock colors, stamped images and even tassels. If using premade tassels, make sure to carefully “twist” the jump ring open and closed to keep it round. Watch the video for a visual explanation.
I packaged them in a 2″ x 8″ cellophane bag, and used a strip of card stock 10″ by 1 7/8″, scored at 8″, with the scored end punched in the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. Stamp a sentiment on this top flap. Next, cut a slit in the card stock about 3″ from the bottom, and centered 1/2″ from each side. That is where I pulled the bulk of the ribbon through so the bookmark top and bottom would be visible in the packaging. If you have repositionable adhesive, you could stick it down with that. I used some washi tape from the Year of Cheer to hold it in place, because the washi doesn’t usually leave any stickiness or residual. Test yours to be sure. Remember to secure the ribbon on the back as well. Then slip the card stock and bookmark into the cello bag, fold over the top flap and stick with a glue dot to the cellophane bag, thread a ribbon or twine through and around, and tie a knot or bow. Embellish as desired.
Here are the ones I created:
A more masculine version, this was made with the Night of Navy Crinkled ribbon, tab punches from Whisper White and stamped with Touches of Texture in Sahara Sand, and embellished with the rooster and “for you” from the Wood Words stamp set. The 3/4″ circle punch cuts sentiments and images that fit well in the circle tab punch. The sentiment is from SU Christmas Pines. I used a snowflake punch from The Paper Studio.
The next one was made with Berry Burst finely woven ribbon, gold foil paper tabs, gold embossed flower from Better Together, gold embossed “enjoy” from Tabs for Everything, package embellishment with the Holly Berry builder punchies, and sentiment stamped in berry burst from the Better Together stamp set. Gold tassel from the Eastern Beauty collection.
The third one was created from the Fresh Fig finely woven ribbon, gold foil paper tabs, “Hello” and flower image from Easter Beauty stamp set, fresh fig tassel from the same collection, gold foil and silver glimmer paper punched stars (SU retired punch) and fresh fig stamped sentiment from Better Together.
I hope you enjoy this project, and find it useful for your Christmas giving.
And, until we meet again, may your days be blessed! ~Darby