Saturday, April 9, 2011

making your mark

With so many beautiful books available, why not have pretty bookmarks, too?

These bookmarks are so simple to make.

- Bring pieces of your favorite fabrics to a copy center and ask for color copies on white cardstock
- Cut the printed cardstock into strips
- Trim the top and bottom with a pattern-edge scissors (optional)
- Punch a hole close to the top
- Loop a short piece of embroidery floss through the hole

Easy with minimal cost and a sweet idea when giving a book as a gift, too.

Thank you so so much to everyone for your happy comments on my contributing writer = me post. Your cheers mean the world to me!



It's me said...

Lovely !!!...happy sunday darling...lots of love from me......i am going to sleep is late......sleep

Miss Rhea said...

Those are so Yummy Elyse !!! You can also iron your fabric to wonder under, peel off the paper and iron that to card-stock. ( Says one who is too lazy to go to the printers, lol !! ) Love that Yummy fabric though :) Hope you are doing wonderful !!!! :)

Diane Mars said...

Such a great treat to add to a gift! I do love pretty bookmarks~ oxox, Diane

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Those are some sweet bookmarks!!

NanaDiana said...

Elyse, What a really cute idea! What fun these would be for kids to make for teachers! I would never have thought about taking fabric down to use for copying! xxoo Diana

LaurieStar said...

Hi Elyse!

Thank you for visiting me just now even though I have not been around in ages! I don't know how my life got so busy all of a sudden but I think of you and your blog a lot and how you are always so sweet. Thanks for remembering me! :)

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Those bookmarks are so cute!!! Yes, everyone needs cute bookmarks. I never would have thought to have my favorite fabric photocopied onto white cardstock!!! Gorgeous. I also love the painted pink can that's holding them :) Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love coming here because everything is so cute, I always forget about copying fabric, I have a lot cuter fabric than I do paper. Congratulations I have got to go see your article!!!


Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I love everything you tinker with and these bookmarks are adorable! Looks like real fabric!

Thinking of you!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I do love bookmarks! Part of the reason I just didn't take to the Kindle I think!

Rose Brier Studio said...

I love your bookmarks! If you have original artwork you want to turn into bookmarks, you can take it to the copy center and have them laminate it for you. Gives a bit of a shiny (alright, plastic) look, but they last. I have one from my daughter's first grade year (she graduated college last May) and I still like to use it.

Fun to see the bookmark holder in your photo. Mine is on my work table holding colored pens! Thanks again.
xo ~ Marilee

debi said...

Your bookmarks are so sweet Elyse!

And what a cutie you are standing there in front of the magazine rack. Cute photo!

I have been looking everywhere!! for a copy of the magazine and have had no luck yet. :( But, I'm not giving up!

Home and Lifestyle said...

Your bookmarks are lovely...I love this idea!

Have a nice Sunday! Many hugs, Ingrid

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wonderful idea!! Thanks for sharing. There are so many wonderful fabrics out there these days, too!
Congrats on getting your article published in the new R.H. What a thrill, I'm sure. : )

VA Boutique said...

Such pretties!

Shabby soul said...

What a pretty idea! These bookmarks are so nice and so simple to do the same time!
Thank you for the idea!
Have a nice Sunday

Anonymous said...

very pretty Elyse! I love that fabric/now paper. :)

You can also scan your own fabric if you have a scanner and copy it your self! That's what I do now but never thought of it till someone came by my blog and told me!

Congrats again on your article! ♥

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

That photo of you in front of the magazine rack is awesome, what a proud moment!

May it be the first of many!

Suz said...

Those are so pretty. I never get tired of tht rose print. It ALWAYS makes me happy.I love to see what you do tinkering about and I am so proud of your article. You look just right at home standing in front of that rack.

Vintage Gal said...

Those book marks are absolutely beautiful. Such a lovely way to keep your spot in a book ;-)

Karen said...

WHOO HOO!!! Many more happy hugs for you!
Your cute little book marks are just adorable. I wish I had thought of those when my kids were little and you are thinking up 15 little gifts for classmates. Or 400 projects at the Holiday Craft Workshop!

Elyse? Where were you when I needed you 15 year ago? hehehe. Just think! Well...maybe not - it still seems like yesterday to me.

HUgs and again - more congrats! Too flippin' exciting! Your kids must be thinkin' their Mom is a celebrity!

:) Happy Sunday! Karen

hilary@oldhousetruelove said...

love those! happy reading! : )

Anne Fannie said...

Cute bookmarks Elyse! They are so cottage looking!

Anonymous said...

What great bookmarks Elyse!!
Did I tell you have been asked to host a ladies retreat in my home in May? I am looking for some cute ideas to put in a little basket or bag for each lady. Bookmarks would be great!

I need to focus on getting a few rooms textured and painted first. I don't think cute goodie bags would make up for them sleeping in patchwork walled guestrooms!

bee blessed

Creative Grammie said...

These are such cute bookmarks! Great idea, TFS.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Just picked up my copy yesterday! Love it! You did a great job.

Betty said...

Those are so pretty!! I just love your choice of fabric too. Now, if I could just find some time to make some!

Jeanne said...

What beautiful bookmarks Elyse! I enjoyed reading your article in Romantic Country Magazine. Kudos to you for landing that spot!

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Another tinkered treasure function meets beauty item!

koralee said...

I ran right out and bought that magazine my friend...first thing I did was read your wonderful article...pure talent my friend..that's you. I am so happy for you. Can't wait to see whats next. xoxoxoxo

Unknown said...

I purchased the magazine and read your article. It is wonderful. I love that you name is on the front page of the magazine as contributing writers. And that Tinkered Treasures is featured too.

You are a wonderful writer, and well, I think you sold a gazillion copies single handedly. My friend Joyce was saying that she is so thankful that you introduced her to this magazine. It is a gorgeous issue, and that aqua cottage is a dream.

I love making bookmarks, but yours are so lovely.

Have a beautiful day.

P.S. Blythewold Mansion in Bristol R.I. will have their Daffodils in bloom beginning next week.

Unknown said...

that is so sweet i'll make myself one :)

Maaike said...

Hi Elyse, thank you for your sweet comment on creJJtion! You have a lovely blog yourself too, I added Cottage to my blogroll.
Love, Maaike

Unknown said...

Beautiful bookmarks!
Have a sweet day!

{oc cottage} said...


Maureenie said...

Hello Elyse!
First of all, I must tell you, I had a heck of a time looking for Romantic Country Magazine! I searched every store in my town and the near by town, but came up empty handed! I went to visit my Mum in a town 230 miles away, and low and behold I found it! I ejoyed your artical so much!
I love love love the bookmarks! Think I might make a few of my own!
Have a great week!


Recycled Rita said...

I never thought to copy fabric! So cute! Imagine the possibilities!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

I just stumbled upon your Cottage! I can't wait to read more, I'm off to make a cup of tea and settle down for a good read!