Book it!

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.
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.

RIBBON BOOKMARKS
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.

MAGNET BOOKMARKS
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.

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. book_mark_05 book_mark_06

HOOKMARKS
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.

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. book_mark_08

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.

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