I saw this idea online some time back and whilst there weren’t any instructions with how to go about making one – they certainly aren’t a hard thing to design yourself!
Here are my instructions for making one that was originally featured in the January 2009 'ScrappIt Now' Newsletter!
I love that I now have a Magazine / Book Mark to insert into my magazine so that I always know where I am up to in my reading! This one simply slides over the top corner of a magazine page and because there are some elements which stick out at the top and the right hand side – see the two toadstools – when the magazine is closed, it is easy to see where I’m up to!
Also – whilst this one is quite large in size so that it accommodates magazines, with just one change in the measurements, you can simply make one that will suit novels or smaller books too!
I think that they would make a lovely gift idea – especially if you teamed them up with a favourite magazine for the recipient as well!
To make one to suit a magazine, from your chosen double-sided pattern paper, cut a 12 inch strip that measures 4 inches in width.
Fold over the left hand corner to create a triangle – see image below. Score this fold with a bone scorer.
Now fold the right hand piece down to form another triangle and score this fold as well.
If you turn the whole thing over – you will see a ‘square’ section that we can now cut off. You should now have a folded triangle shape.
Next, from the same pattern paper BUT using the other side of it, cut out a triangle which is slightly smaller in size than the ‘folded’ triangle – this will give you a nice finished edge when we later adhere the two pieces together.
Now it’s time to have fun decorating your triangle piece of pattern paper – the single piece, NOT the folded one. I added strips of the pattern paper, the zig zag edge from one of the sheets, some hand stitching and a few chipboard toadstools as well.
NOTE: When adding the toadstools, make sure you leave some of them overhanging the edge – that way, once you insert into a magazine, there will be some elements that will protrude from the pages, making your reading page distinguishable!
For a more pleasing result, if you want, you can add a little some scrap pattern paper to the back of any accents (in my case, the toadstools) where they are going to overhang the Magazine / Book Mark.
Once complete, simply use double sided tape to adhere the two layers together – the single decorated triangle will be stuck onto the folded sections of the first triangle that we made!
Remember I said you could make these smaller too? Instead of cutting a strip 4 inches wide at the start, just cut one 3 inches in width and the overall results will be smaller!
Until next time,