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Washi tape crafts: Washi tape bookmarks

07.09.13

My husband and I have very different habits when it comes to reading books. In fact, when I read one of “his” books, he’ll often cringe as he hands over the copy to me. “Don’t bend back the pages. And please, don’t dog-ear the pages.” The man babies his books. 

I should have known it was trouble when I met him while he was studying for his Masters Degree and underlining his books with a ruler. The man loves books. And takes great care with them.

Me? I’m a bit different. I’m a page dog-earer, a read in bed until I can’t keep my eyes open and the book falls to the floor beside me, underline, highlight, write in the margins-kind of girl. When I recently picked up this book by Martha Stewart (side note: Does this mean I’m getting old? I think so.) and she gave me permission right there in the introduction to underline, dog-ear and make the book “work” for me, I showed the words to him with glee. Matha gave me permission

But good marriages are built on give and take, right? So I’ve found my new making obsession,

My husband and I have very different habits when it comes to reading books. In fact, when I read one of “his” books, he’ll often cringe as he hands over the copy to me. “Don’t bend back the pages. And please, don’t dog-ear the pages.” The man babies his books.

I should have known it was trouble when I met him while he was studying for his Masters Degree and underlining his books with a ruler. The man loves books. And takes great care with them.

Me? I’m a bit different. I’m a page dog-earer, a read in bed until I can’t keep my eyes open and the book falls to the floor beside me, underline, highlight, write in the margins-kind of girl. When I recently picked up this book by Martha Stewart (side note: Does this mean I’m getting old? I think so.) and she gave me permission right there in the introduction to underline, dog-ear and make the book “work” for me, I showed the words to him with glee. Matha gave me permission.

But good marriages are built on give and take, right? So I’ve found my new making obsession, that also happens to keep my marriage in tact. Okay, not really, but people these are simple to make and slightly addicting. I find myself sitting at my desk, when I should be writing, banging out a new set.

Why use a boring old bookmark when you can make a totally cool corner bookmark, pocket thingie for your book with washi tape, no less?!

They are a cinch to make. With some sturdy paper, or cardstock, folded and cut on an angle, and washi tape to close the open corners, they’re pretty much the cutest bookmarks I’ve ever seen.

Not only am I making them for myself, my books, my moleskine and my cookbooks, I’m making them for the girls too.

When we do school, I often send them off with a book telling them to start on a certain page and end on another. Now, instead of boring old post-it note flags, I can put these adorable “start here”, “stop here” bookmarks in their books. Boom. Love it.

So when you need a mindless and fun little craft on these hot and sticky days of summer, save a book. Make a bookmark.

13 comments on “Washi tape crafts: Washi tape bookmarks”

  1. These are very cute.
    I like the "fell asleep here" one that is so true of all book lovers 🙂
    I have to say I am with your husband on this one 😉
    But my middle daughter is even worse then me. If you get one of her books you can't even tell it was read. It is in perfect condition. She won't let me put the book mark up to the spine of the book it has to be in the middle of the page as to not warp the spine.
    I went through many book marks to get the perfect one so I wouldn't ruin her books 🙂

  2. Ha, you totally just described my husband and I. I LOVE this idea, though I don't think it will keep me from writing all over my books…. 🙂 thanks!

  3. Oh man, I need to make myself a few of these ASAP. The things I have accidentally done to my books break my heart. I might have to write slightly different slogans on them, like "got off subway here" or "quote this incessantly to all your friends," but the concept is perfectly suited to my life.

    We're big fans of washi tape crafts over at Kollabora, the crafting and DIY community. Do you know it? These would be perfect for the papercraft section.

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