July 20, 2010

Never Lose Your Page Again!

Today I'm going to show you how to make the world's best bookmark.  It's a great gift for any reader and it's not your average bookmark.  First, let me tell you that this idea belongs to the kindest lady who I sat next to on a plane almost a year ago.  She noticed I was reading a book and offered to give me a bookmark she had made.  The idea she had was genius.  Let me show you.


Here's a close-up of the bookmark.


It's made of jewelry elastic cord and a few beads.  The best part is that it is impossible to lose your page.  Little hands can pick up the book, shake it, through it around, and your marker isn't going anywhere.

You'll need the elastic, a few beads, and an eyepin.  An eyepin looks like this:

Just string on your beads, bend the flat end so that it hooks like the other end.  Then tie on the elastic cord to both ends.  Ta-dah!  You have a one of a kind lovely bookmark.  Here's what it looks like when it's not on the book.  The circumference of the loop should be about one foot long.  Then it will fit smaller books, but also stretch enough to accommodate larger books.


I just wish I knew the name of the lady who gave me the great idea.  I'd tell her I haven't lost my page since. 

Thanks for dropping in!

14 comments:

  1. Nice idea! But can't you show us the whole title of the book? I'm trying to read the spine but can't quite make it out. ;-) (I'm always doing that - trying to read book titles in photos!) lol

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  2. Good Idea. I am always sitting on or bending my or misplacing it. I will just wait until someone I love very much makes me one.

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  3. The girlies love these book marks. It's all about the beads for B.

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  4. I hate losing my page, so yeah, this pretty much looks like an awesome bookmark. Can't wait to make some. Thanks Cheri!

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  5. Great idea - can't wait to try it out

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  6. I love it!! I am going to try to make some for the readers on my gift list.

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  7. This is super - thanks! I've made a few, but I'm in a pickle now because I can't figure out what knot to use to tie it. My standard two-times the first step of tying a shoe just isn't cutting it. How'd y'all do it?

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  8. Cyn and Grace,

    When working with the elastic you need to tie at least three knots. Don't be afraid of breaking it when you pull the knot. You have to really stretch it to get it tight. If you're still having problems many jewelry makers have a secret. They dab the knot with super glue. Good luck! I hope that helps!

    Cheri

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  9. Terrific idea. I always like useful ideas the best.

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  10. These would make perfect gifts for any readers in your life, too! What a great, inexpensive and useful idea!!

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  11. How long do you make the string for the whole book mark if you don't use an eyepin?

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  12. If you don't use an eye pin I would just add an inch, making it about 13" long total. (That's the measurement of the entire piece.)

    Cheri

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  13. Very clever! I bought bookmarks similar to these in a bookstore and was just thinking they would be super easy to make for a cancer fundraiser. Thanks for posting the directions - I just ordered supplies off ebay and plan to get busy making up a whole bunch of these to sell :)

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