From Kim, Blogging from Sunny Singapore
Two days more and it's either a dreaded day or a happy day for any one of us. Nonetheless, we would like 14th of February to be a special day for both singles and couples. By tradition, my friends and I exchange gifts on this day to show how much each of us are treasured. The gift I got this year is a book which got a lot of meaning. I am one chapter short of the end of the book but my time is precious I wanted to find the perfect time to finish it. To cherish this wonderful gift, a lovely bookmark would be most suitable.
This bookmark is going to be full of thought so I printed out some of photos I took before. Grab any of your photos that you cherish, be it from a night out with friends or from a crafty day. If you don't have a photo collection, try to get some royalty-free images from the internet. It should be safe to use them as long as it is for non-commercial purpose. Glancing at your photos full of memories while in taking a break from favorite book would be a great idea. Printed books and paper won't be obsolete too soon so why not take the chance to make paper bookmarks while we can.
Resize your favorite photos and print them on a photo paper. If you have a problem determining the size, try to paste them into your word processing application like MS Word. Select the size of your paper for the page setup and resize photo to ensure it doesn't exceed the edges of your margin and paper. I used an A4 glossy paper for this project for a full photo print. If you have no time to print, just pick an old photo from your collection.
Cut along the edges of the photo or leave out a white border. There are three photo bookmark designs here for you. The trick is which ribbon or string to use. For this project, we used fabric tapes, waxed cords and some decorative yarn.
Project 1 - Photo Bookmark with Fabric Tape
Fabric tape used for this project is a 0.8-inch thick we got from a Japanese shop. The design and color of the tape must complement the photo. In this case, a brown polka dot design is used since the photo projects a warm feeling and contains a lot browns/yellows. You can also try contrasting colors as long as they mix well together.
Cut a few inches from your desired fabric tape. The length depends on how long you want your marker to be. Peel off the backside of the tape, about 0.5 inch from the edge. Stick the front side to the upper corner of the photo. The peeled off paper can be pasted to the back of the photo using any glue. For additional touch, you trim the hanging edge of the ribbon stylishy. See the collage immediately below showing the steps done.
Project 2 - Photo Bookmark with Knotted String
The string selected for this bookmark is a 1mm chocolate brown waxed cord. Cut the string in a 10 to 12 inch lengths. You can try two different colors for a variety. Try selecting a color from the photo if you have a hard time deciding which colors to use.
Prick a hole on the upper left corner of the photo using a needle or a pin. Enlarge the hole slowly using the tip of your pen and insert the strings. Knot the string to secure it on the edge of the paper and then knot randomly to give it some volume. Keep the edges at a non-uniform length to make it look interesting. See photo immediately below for the steps.
Project 3 - Photo Bookmark with Decorative Strings
Just as we mentioned earlier, the string can do the trick. A pink decorative yarn is used to complement a plain beige waxed cord. Brown is an neutral color so it is safe to mix it with pinks or other hues. Cut the strings at a length of 6 inches.
This time, we use a fabric tape to attach the strings to the photo. A pink and brown plaid fabric tape was used since the pink shade complements the green background in the photo. Cut the fabric tape at the same length of the side of the photo where the strings will be placed. Face the photo down, peel the fabric tape and stick it to the backside of the photo to secure the strings. Flip over and you're done! See photos immediately below for the steps.
So easy to do yet so stylish! Now your bookmarks are ready for use. You either make one for yourself or make one for a book you want to gift a friend. Have a crafty Valentine's day everyone!