I love to read. Love. Love. LOVE to read. I usually have a book in my bag or car, and have been known to be simultaneously reading two or three books at the same time. My mom (a former librarian) hated it when I dog-eared a page to keep my place as a kid, so out of respect for her, I try to use bookmarks as much as possible. My favorite kinds of bookmarks? The kinds that don’t. fall. out.
Post-it notes work great, but frankly, they just aren’t that cute, and tend to lose their sticky after a few days. Paper clips work well also, but for some reason, when you need a paper clip at our house, you can’t find one. While I was playing with the new Fiskars Tag Maker and Eyelet Setter, I decided to whip up a few elastic bookmarks, and I’m really loving them! It’s a quick, no sewing type project that you can easily finish in a few minutes! I made three of them, and have been using them since!
Are you ready to get crafty with the Fiskars tag maker?
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WHAT TO GET:
-Cute card stock or scrap-booking paper
-Elastic (I used some colored fold-over elastic like this but I’m sure any kind will work!)
-Ruler or measuring tape
–Fiskars Tag Maker + Eyelet Punch (It’s a pretty cool little gadget! Cuts tags, punches holes, and sets the eyelet all in one!)
WHAT TO DO:
1. Using the Fiskars Tag Maker, punch out two tags of your chosen paper. These will be the front and back of your bookmark.
2. Put the tag in the small opening above the paper punch that you just used to cut out tag shape, and punch hole.
3. Cut your elastic to desired length. I cut mine at 12 inches, but you can cut it longer or shorter according to whatever size book you might normally read.
4. Place an eyelet in the hole of the paper tag you just punched. Fiskars supplies 20 eyelets, but if you need extra (which I did after I was done playing with the cutter) you can purchase separately. Just make sure you get one of the sizes specified on the back of the packaging.
5. Fold over your elastic, and cut a small slit in the middle to create a hole near the edge of the elastic.
7. Place the eyelet with the largest side up towards the top of the punch lever. It does feel a little backwards. You have to hold things a little more carefully because of the position of the eyelet.
9. Release the lever press, and check out your handiwork.
11. Press again (remember to put the top of the eyelet facing up), use your muscles to force that lever down, release, and admire your cute little bookmark. And then go ahead and make a couple more!
The chalkboard paper was fun. I wrote a little quote on it, and ended up setting it aside to give away with a book, to a friend. The glitter paper was fun…in theory. There was basically glitter everywhere. Including the chicken that we ate for dinner. True story. I also set that one aside….probably not to be used again. The blue and yellow one has found a permanent place in my book. (Yes. That’s Harry Potter I’m currently reading. I’m previewing it for my son…and I really like it. A lot.)