Thursday, January 24, 2013

Paint Chip Bookmarks

I made these really cute, 'Tree for all Seasons' bookmarks yesterday and had to share them. I was inspired to make these after I saw the Paint Chip Valentine's bookmarks on Pinterest from the blog  

I thought the Valentine's bookmarks would be great for my son's 2nd grade class. Pink paint chips with hearts for the girls, and I decided I'd make a blue bookmark with stars for the boys. (See above picture, I think they turned out way cute) 
While putting the Valentine project together I thought, I should make a cute bookmark for me too. Duh? I LOVE to read and I read a lot! You'd think I'd have a stash of bookmarks. No, I'm always looking for something to mark my page, grabbing an envelope, paper towel or junk mail. As I thought of what kind of bookmark I wanted, I thought of trees. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE trees! So, I rummaged through my scrapbooking supplies and this is what I came up with. I hope you enjoy these 'Tree for all Seasons' bookmarks using paint chips, I had so much fun making them.

Step by Step:
Pick from your stash of paint chips, or pick some up from your local home improvement store.  
Assemble your equipment. (I had these punches from scrapbooking. Note:I ended up not using some of these because they didn't punch cleanly, they were old and I ended up purchasing a butterfly punch.)

Punch out tree and other elements and assemble tree scene on paint chip. (Halloween is demonstrated but we will switch to others as we move through the step by step.)

 Glue tree scene to paint chip.(I used a glue stick) Trim bookmark to 2 inches with trimmer.

Round corners with a corner punch.

Glue 2 inch paint chip to a sheet of white cardstock. Trim each bookmark and round corners with corner punch.

Glue white framed paint chip to contrasting cardstock paper, trim and round corners with corner punch.

Now we are ready to laminate these little guys. I purchased some self stick laminate from my local office supply store. It was about $10 for 10 sheets, kind of expensive considering this whole project was free for me until now, with the exception of the butterfly punch, it was $3. Apply the first and second layers according to product directions. (I used 5 sheets for 10 bookmarks)

Cut and trim each bookmark. Punch hole in top part of bookmark to insert ribbon.

 Cut ribbon to approximately 8 inches.

Fold 8 inch ribbon in half and insert looped portion of ribbon through hole from the back of book mark.

This is where it's tricky since I had no extra hands to take the picture, but basically you thread the tails of the ribbon, from the back, forward through the loop in the front and you pull tight.
And you're done!  Now you're ready to read a book! :)

Here are some individual pictures of the 4 seasons plus Halloween. I made this particular batch for my girlfriend and her daughter that's why I made two different kinds of Fall and Halloween bookmarks.

Fall, two ways.
Halloween, two ways.
Winter, Spring and Summer


  1. This is seriously cute Lori! You should sell sets on Etsy.

  2. Thank you Kat. I had a ton of fun with these.

  3. These are so cute, and would love to make some, I have searched for some of the punches and can not find them, can you share where I might look for the Halloween ones, Thank You

    1. Thank you so much Jodi. I bought most of these from Michael's years ago. The small bat, fall leaves, and pumpkin punches are made by Studio G. The Fiskar's mini multi-punch I think you can still pick up at Joann's Fabric. And the Skeletal tree punch is made by Marvy Uchida. I believe I picked this up from Tuesday Morning many moons ago. I'd take a look at these websites to see if you can order them directly or take a peek at ebay or amazon, you might be able to pick these up for a steal. I'd love to see your creations if you'd like to share them. Happy crafting Jodi. :)

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  5. How big is your tree punch? I found a 1 inch one, but if the book mark is 2 inches, the one I found is way too small. Are most of the punches 1/2 inch? Is the moon 1.5 inches? Sorry, can't find the sets...

    1. I had to go measure the punch. The tree is 2 inches and the moon diameter is 1.5 inches. Yes, the smaller punches are about 1/2 inch or smaller. They come in a pack called Fiskers mini punches. The bats, leaves and pumpkins are Studio G. I got them from Michael's but you're probably better off ordering them directly from Studio G since Halloween stuff isn't out yet. I looked on the Marvy Uchida website and it looks like the tree punch is currently sold out. I suspect with Halloween around the corner they will be available soon so I'll keep looking. I hope this helps. :)