Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Bookmark by Wendy

Hi there, Doodlebug fans!  It’s Wendy Sue here today, with a tutorial to share with you!

Are you in the market for a fun and easy Valentine’s Day craft to make with (or without) your kids?  I have an idea that would work well as a gift for a teacher, grandparent, or anyone who reads.  It’s a clever little bookmark made from an envelope!  I love the envelopes that are a part of the Create-A-Card series, but I don’t always use them for my cards (sometimes my cards are too bulky, or sometimes I just don’t tuck the card inside an envelope) – this is a great way to use the colorful envelopes I have left after the card has been given away.

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
1.     An envelope for each bookmark (it may be possible to make 2 bookmarks from a single envelope, depending on the size)
2.     Patterned paper
3.     Border stickers
4.     Letter stickers
5.     Other stickers and/or embellishments   

Here’s how to create your bookmark:

Step 1: Decide on the size you’d like to make your bookmark. 

Mark the size on both edges of the envelope you’ll be cutting.  I marked mine at 3 inches.

Cut the corner (triangle shape) off the envelope

Step 2:  Measure a piece of patterned paper to cover the envelope corner.

My paper is marked at cut at 2 ¾ inches.

 I wanted the pink envelope to show around the edges of the patterned paper.

Step 3:  Add a border sticker strip along the bottom.

Trim off the excess.

If some of the sticky back is exposed, rub it lightly with baby powder to eliminate the stickiness. 

Step 4:  Embellish the bookmark. 
You can use stickers, patterned papers, rub-ons, letters, etc.  But remember – it’s important to keep the embellishments flat.  You don’t want to damage a book with heavy or bulky embellishments – save those for another fun project!

I added a die-cut speech bubble, some letter stickers, and heart stickers to my bookmark.

Step 5: Place the bookmark on the corner of a page to save the place!


Visit Wendy Sue's blog for more inspirational ideas! 


  1. That's adorable and really neat too! I love that idea!

  2. I LOVE this idea!!! Thank you so much!

  3. I remember making these as a kid in girl scouts. What a great idea!!

  4. Like the corner bookmarks & the way you made them. Have made some & your directions are easier to follow than what I was using.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  5. Very cute and great idea to use an envelope!

  6. That is a really cute idea! I have to make this and lucky for me, I have one of those envelopes!

  7. Wendey, I just LOVE this bookmark, really lovely!
    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Have you chosen a winner for the sketch card yet...



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