People often ask where I get ideas for new projects. It’s easy! They often come from family and friends who inspire and motivate me.
One of my favorite projects was inspired by my sister, Linda, as a tribute to our not-so-artistic father. Dad collected stamps, drawn to the thrill of the hunt for something new or unique. Upon the first anniversary of his death, Linda presented each member of the family with a personalized bookmark she created using stamps from Dad’s collection.
Each bookmark was crafted using stamps with a theme personalized to the family member. One grandson’s was about sports and dinosaurs. Our oldest brother’s featured skiing and the mountains.
This is crafting at its finest. Taking a simple idea and turning it into something heart-felt and treasured. Sorting through Dad’s collection, matching family members with different stamps, recalling times we spent with him. The experience was therapeutic for Linda and years later still generates smiles and warm memories for each of us.
And remember – this is a great way to honor family and friends in a variety of ways, not just as a memorial. Bookmarks are a fun way to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary, an upcoming retirement or family reunion.
How to make a personalized bookmark…..
1. Pinpoint something you identify with the honoree. Did she like music or movies? Was he a world traveler? What does she like to collect? What is his favorite book?
2. Creatively connect that special something to each family member. For instance, if Grandma liked to bake, create a grandson’s bookmark using a picture of Grandma baking and a copy of a well-worn recipe card of his favorite pie she always made for him.
3. Choose a style of decorative paper. Create individual bookmarks by cutting the paper into 2 to 4 strips. On the back, type or handwrite a note about the occasion. For example, Happy Retirement! or Celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss.
4. Reducing to fit, make color copies of specially selected artwork, photographs, tiles, etc. Cut, arrange and paste the decorative elements to the front side of the bookmark.
5. Laminate. If you do not have a laminator, use self-adhesive laminate purchased from department or stationary stores. Also, many office supply stores and small mailing centers offer laminating services. Trim the laminate leaving 1/8 inch around all edges. Optionally, punch a hole and add ribbon or cording.
NOTE: To honor my wonderful in-laws on their 60th anniversary, I created just one special bookmark, trimmed and had the local mega copy store make 2-sided color copies (3 per page), then laminated and trimmed them. 21 copies total, one for each family member, and they were easy to mail to those who could not be with us as we gathered to celebrate.