You can make bookmarks as unique gift labels, page markers or inexpensive promotion materials for a home business or event. Though you can make them by hand, you can publish beautiful bookmarks using your desktop publishing suite and printer. Better yet, this is a project where the kids can get involved, contributing to a household project while learning computer skills at the same time.
Things You'll Need
- Desktop publishing software
- Picture editing software
- Color printer
- Clear packing tape
- Cardstock (or photo paper)
- Colorful yarn
- Single hole punch
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Set up your page.
Open the formatting controls on your publishing program. Set the page for landscape orientation.
Set the margins for 1/4-inch on each edge, unless your printer requires larger margins.
Create a bordered box 2 inches wide, running the entire height of the page. Put that box on the left side of the page, accounting for the border.
Design Your Bookmark
Using the bordered box as your creation space, place text, background and graphics as you want.
Use your picture editing software to create and detail the graphics you want.
Format the text as you see fit, playing with size, color and font until you get a result you are satisfied with.
Fill in the background with a color that complements the text and graphics. If you have a lot of elements, use a flat background (no pattern). If the bookmark is relatively plain, a patterned background may be appropriate.
Remove the outside border of the bookmark, or make it thicker and more colorful. This will make cutting between bookmarks easier.
If you want multiple, similar or identical bookmarks, copy and paste the finished bookmark to fill the page. A standard page should print four bookmarks in landscape mode (This depends on the width of your bookmarks). If you want different bookmarks, start a new one to the right of the finished bookmark.
Print and Finish
Print your bookmark. Cardstock is a good, sturdy paper that most printers can handle. If you don't mind some added expense, photo paper turns out a sturdy, flexible bookmark with a glossy finish.
Cut out the bookmarks. If you have access to a paper cutter, use it. You'll finish faster and with straighter lines.
Lay one layer of clear packing tape on each side of each bookmark and trim off the excess with scissors. This creates an effect much like laminating.
Punch a hole near the top of each bookmark.
Tie a loop of colorful yarn through the hole in each bookmark. Fray the yarn around the knot to create a tassel effect.