It is almost Christmas. Time for the last minute gift panic. Make your holiday gift giving a little easier with this easy and quick photo bookmarks. If you can use scissors and tie string you can make these bookmarks in no time.
Photo Bookmark Supplies
And most importantly…Your Photos
Choosing and Printing Your Photos
Fill the frame is drilled into your head when taking photos but this is one case where you don’t want a photo that fills the frame. Select photos where the main subject is small in the frame. You’ll be printing out the bookmarks 2 on a single 4″x6″ size print so each bookmark will only be 4″x6″. That’s not a lot of room for subjects you had filled the frame with for normal printing. The good news though is that this is an excellent way to get to print those photos you love where the subject was just too small for other uses. Prints can be horizontal or vertical.
Chose several photos to make into bookmarks. Open them in your favorite photo editor and crop to 4″x6″. Now open a blank 4×6 inch file and drag and drop your bookmark crops onto that workspace. You can print two different bookmarks on each sheet or duplicate the image and print two copies of the same image on each sheet.
Remember you can add text such as Bible verses to your photos if you like.
Once the bookmark crops are arranged on the new workspace, save it and print at home on photo paper or send it to a local one hour printing location (Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, etc). Standard photo paper provides a good thickness to give your bookmarks the rigidity they need as bookmarks.
Cutting the Bookmarks
Using the scissors, carefully cut out the printed bookmarks. This is the most time consuming part of the process but once you cut a few it gets much easier. Once they are cut they are done. You don’t have to do anything else to them to use them as bookmarks. The next few steps make them a bit fancier but are not necessary if you like the basic bookmark look. Sometimes I add tassels and a lot of times I don’t.
Optional Finishing Touches
Tying the Tassel
Wrap the embroidery thread around something about 3 inches long. This can be a piece of cardboard or even a business card. Wrap it until it looks about as fluffy as you would like your tassel to be when finished.
Cut a piece of thread about 6 inches long to tie the tassel to the bookmark. Cut a small piece of thread to tie the tassel together about a half inch from one end. Using the longer thread, slip it under one end of the wrapped thread and tie at the top. Tie the long ends together at the end as well.
Now, carefully slide the wrapped thread off of whatever you wrapped it around, holding on to the top (where you just tied it) to keep it from getting tangled. Use the smaller piece of thread to tie around the tassel about 1/2 inch from the top. This creates the head of the tassel.
Now clip the bottom ends of the tassel to let it flare out.
Shape the Bookmark
Use the corner punch to round the corners of your bookmark for a more finished look. Then punch a hole with the regular hole punch near the top of the bookmark.
Add the tassel
Slip the tassel cord through the hole in the bookmark and secure with a slip knot. In other words, loop the tassel back through the tassel cord.