I am always looking for gift ideas that are personal and useful.
These durable bookmarks fit the bill for many occasions.
They are made as a Microsoft Word document, printed and glued to a piece of card stock that was edged using a paper punch, laminated at Staples and finished with a ribbon.
The possibilities are endless... Photos, monograms, quotes, and verses are just a few ideas that you can use to create a special keepsake.
Here is what I did, step-by-step:
1) Open New document in Word.
2) Adjust the right margin to the desired with of your bookmark remembering that the decorative border will add width to the finished size.
3) Click Insert Picture to take you to your photo files.
4) Choose your picture/image. Repeat if you want to add additional images as I did above. (I added the letter 'L' and then the scrolls above and below the letter)
5) Add your desired text. It might be a favorite verse, quote or commemorate a special occasion or date.
6) I like to enter a few times to create an empty area at the top of the bookmark for a ribbon.
7) Highlight the entire design that will be encompassed by a border.
8) On the Toolbar, click the border icon and select Borders & Shading from the drop down list.
10) You can also pick a color by clicking directly below the Style tab. I like to use a color that matches the paper stock I will use to back the bookmark.
11) When everything looks just like you want, Print your bookmark. Trim leaving a small border.
12) Cut a piece of card stock in a complimentary color. A straight edge is very nice and masculine. I used a paper punch for the fancy scalloped edge for the girls.
13) Using a paper hole punch, punch a single or double hole for a ribbon. (I think a single ribbon is more masculine and the bow is more feminine.
14) At this point, the bookmarks can be finished simply by adding a ribbon. If you would like to make them more durable, take them to Staples to have them laminated. You can fit at least three bookmarks on a sheet and it costs $1.00 a sheet for lamination. A bargain, I'd say! After lamination, trim them apart being careful not to cut too close so the front and back piece remains sealed.
15) Finally, add a ribbon!
I used images graciously shared by Karen on her amazing site, The Graphics Fairy.
As you can see from my photo file, I save lots of images from this site!