Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Washi bookmarks

Happy Tuesday, LMT readers, it's Jaclyn here with you today!  If you're area of the world is anything like mine, all of the local student and teachers have begun a new school year within the last week or so. 

As we all know, the start of the school year brings about shiny new school supplies, backpacks, packed lunches, and homework galore!  For my kid's, their nightly homework assignments almost always includes reading. Homework can sometimes be a struggle with my boys, so I'm always looking for a way to add a little fun to it. What could make that reading assignment more fun and more tolerable for both kids and parents alike - colorful and handmade bookmarks, of course!

As you can see, these aren't just any ordinary bookmarks.  Instead of a ribbon or tassel to draw attention to your saved page - I've adorned them each with what else, but washi tape!

The bookmarks are simply constructed of scrap cardstock and pretty stamped and colored images.  The cardstock rectangle measures about 1.5' x 6'.  Once cut to size and decorated, I used some at home laminate sheets to cover each bookmark and make them more durable. 

I cut a small opening in the top of each bookmark, just slightly larger than the width of the tape.  Next I pulled a piece of washi tape off the role that was around 9" long. I then folded the tape over onto its self (sticky sides together), being sure to try to line up any pattern - since the tape is somewhat transparent.  Now that the sticky part of the tape isn't exposed - it works just like ribbon or string, to thread through the hole you've pre-cut in the top of the bookmark.
To secure the washi tape into place, I simply tied a knot of string and looped it into a tight bow to secure.  On the cupcake book mark, I even added an additional sentiment that I simply tied on along with the string.

The real show stopper on these is the washi tape 'marker'.  And with a stash of tape you could dream up all sorts of colors and combinations. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Let us know if you give this idea a try.

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