With most kids out of school for the next few months do you wonder how they will fill their days? When I was a kid I loved playing everything from tennis to basketball to shuffleboard (yes we had a shuffleboard court painted on our carport), but as much as I loved all of the athletic activities, I really looked forward to trips to the library to check out as many books as I could take home at one time (eleven). Having so much time to read whatever I wanted was a dream for me and I hope that a few months of homework-free time inspires today’s kids to read too.
Trouble is, I had a hard time keeping track of eleven books and I had to cough up all of my allowance to pay library fines more times than I can count. Your kids may have an easier time holding onto their books if they have their own custom bookmarks and there are a number of quick and easy ways to create them.
Sandwich ribbon strips between a pair of matching die cuts and dangle tiny shapes at the bottom for a quick and easy bookmark.
Ellison has a plain bookmark with an opening in the top that is the perfect place for a ribbon attachment. I like to cut these bookmarks out of brightly colored catalog covers for a sturdy shape that is inexpensive and recycled.
Any of your Ellison die cut shapes can be converted into magnet bookmarks by simply folding the paper before cutting, which creates a hinge that is perfect for draping over a book page. Cut an extra shape, decorate it and fasten it to the folded cut out. Then add a small strip of magnet to the inside of the front and back so that they clamp together on the page when the bookmark is closed. I use a magnet bookmark in all of my books until it literally falls apart, then I make a new one.
A hookmark marks your place by hooking part of the design over the page. An elephant’s trunk or the tip of a heart or the squirmy bottom of a worm will hook over the page for a perfect combination of form and function and the result is an array of adorable bookmarks that will help young readers keep track of their books.
Whether your bookmark of choice features ribbon or magnet or a hook shape, there is no denying that it will help to identify the book’s owner and make reading even more fun.