January 21, 2010

One Sheet Wonder Valentine Bookmarks

Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by today. I have a very cool project to show you today. If you're looking for some little goodies to make for Valentine's Day then you're in luck. My project is cute, simple and you can even let the kids in on the fun.

It all starts with Papertrey's Simple Valentine patterned paper and Stamper's Select White Cardstock. I'm working with two sheets of 8.5" x 11" white cardstock today but you can use just one or as many as you like. Cut the white cardstock to 8" x 11". Then cut strips from the 8" x 8", approximately 1".......but make some narrower and some wider. It doesn't matter and you don't really need to measure. Just start cutting strips from each pattern. You'll need about 20 strips.
Arrange the strips on the white cardstock in an alternating layout. We're just getting the design here, don't adhere anything just yet.
Next up, we're going to adhere the strips. I'll explain the reasoning later, but start adhering the strips at 5-1/2", the center of the 11" length of the white paper. Just lay down a ruler and adhere the first two strips of patterned paper, leaving about an 1/8" gap at that 5-1/2" measurement. Don't get all worried because you have to get a ruler out. This is so easy.
Now you can go crazy and just adhere more strips until the white cardstock is covered. I left approximately an 1/8" gap between the papers. Don't measure and don't worry if the strips are a little crooked. That's the look we're aiming for. You will want to use adhesive on the entire strip of patterned paper so it will stick well all over.
When you get to the ends of the white cardstock, you may have to trim down those last pieces of patterned paper to fit. Don't measure......just adhere the paper and trim it off with your paper trimmer or scissors.
When you're done adhering the strips, you'll get full sheets of cardstock full of patterned paper strips. Very cute, huh? But we're not done.
Next up, we're going to cut the paper in half at that 5-1/2" mark. That's why we left that gap...so that we didn't end up with little tiny slivers of patterned paper at our cut line. I'm always thinking...just for you.
Now we want to cut those pieces into 2" strips. The wheels are turning now aren't they as you develop a mental picture of what's to come? Exciting, isn't it?
Next we want to make some cute circle accents. Use the dotted circle from Take Note to stamp Pure Poppy circles. Punch out with the 1-3/4" circle punch. If you use 2 sheets of cardstock for the above steps, you'll need 16 circles.
Stamp the circles with cute Valentine images from Tiny Treats: Valentines. Be sure to use an ink that is compatible with coloring with Copic markers. I use the Palette Black Noir ink pad.
At this point, you can color all the images........have your kids color the images......or do what I have done and adhere the images to the bookmarks uncolored. I'm going to let the girls color the images or perhaps the girls will just let their friends color their own images. The choice is up to you. Are these cute or what??????
I chose just a few Copic Sketch markers, shown below, for my girls to use. Limiting choices for the kiddos simplifies the process. I would definitely let kids that are the ages of my girls use my Copics. But if you have younger kids, you might want to hide your Copics. Have you been in a room full of Kindergartners lately? Just sayin'.
If you want to add a little fancy schmancy look to your bookmarks, you can do a few more steps like I've done below. I rounded the top corners of a bookmark with a corner rounder punch.....then punched a hole with my Crop-a-Dile......then added some thick string I've had in my stash for a while.(from Michael's). I also colored the cute dinosaur image using the Copic colors shown in the photo above.
Isn't this just the most fun idea you've seen today? It's so simple...the one sheet wonder idea just steam lines the entire process. I think I'm going to make up some of these in papers that the high school kids would like too......my librarian friend is always needing new bookmarks. Soooooooooo............go ahead and tell me what you think? Do you love? I hope you do.

104 comments:

kolling143 said...

Mish, what a wonderful idea!! I wanted to use this set for an "out of the box" idea and you've given it to me! Very cute project! My kiddos would love to do this!

Karen said...

I do love these!! My son and I made Valentine bookmarks for his preschool class a few years ago, cutting up some cs that he collage stamped with hearts and whatnot. This would be a great way to do another round of Valentine bookmarks with a fresh look and I LOVE that this is something he could do himself!!! :>

tonya said...

Wonderful Idea! I will be making some of these up tomorrow!

Eveline said...

I'm so glad I put you with my favorites. I love this, the possibilities are endless!
Eveline.

Taheerah said...

These are so sweet and cute Mish! Really simple and easy to mass-produce too, as usual you think of everything!!

~~Nektaria~~ said...

Super cute idea!!! (and easy peazy too!)
Love it!!

Cathymac said...

Oh, I just love this idea and will probably use it to make bookmarks for my first graders! Thanks for the idea and for sharing your wonderful talent!

Sue Ann said...

LOVE IT!!!!

Kelly said...

I make bookmarks all the time and this will speed up the process tremendously. I love getting tips from you. Thanks.

Dawn S said...

Ah, these are just too cute and so easy! I can't wait to make some myself! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity!!:)

Karen W said...

Wow what an awesome idea, I don't need bookmarks but the strips would be fabulous for the layers on my cards. Thank you for this terrific idea!!

Hanneke van der Linde said...

These are really cute and sweet!

xoxo

Vicky Venturini said...

So cute! I'm heading out for a scrapbooking retreat today and I will definitely be making some of these!!!

Cynthia said...

Love these! So easy to make! My kids will love to help on this!

thanks for sharing!

Sharim said...

Great project! My kids will love these!

Janelle said...

Brilliant... absolutely brilliant! My mind is ticking away... Thanks for the inspiration!

Ellie said...

You were so right I say Well why didn't I think about doing that! OH I so see me making some of these this weekend :) Awesome idea

Caryl P said...

Brilliant and gorgeous! How do you do it? I'm always looking for some simple homemade ideas to give my first graders (think:making 20 for every holiday and in between) and this will be a great little add on for Valentines day. I can't wait to find some other fun papers so I can make them year round!

wanda50 said...

Mish you have saved the day for us tonight. We are doing a Widows and Widowettes luncheon at the church next month and we were looking for a neat favor for the tables. This will be perfect with hearts as the stamps for the focal piece. I love it and can't wait to do them tonight. Yeahhhhhhhhh!!!!! Wahooooooo!!!! Girlfriend you are the best!!! Thanks for sharing and be so wonderfully blessed!!!

Amanda Profumo said...

WONDERFUL! I love the idea and all the supplies you used! What a great little gift for everyone on my list. Thank you for sharing... off to PTI to place an order... :)

Jamie said...

Fabulous idea! I love the bookmarks.

Anna Was said...

This is such a fantastic idea! My kids will love to helpmake these and had them out for Valentine's Day! Thanks for the continued inspiration Mish... you are the best:)

Lisa H. said...

fabulous idea!!!

NikkiNix said...

Unbelievably easy, fun and pretty! Gosh, you're awesome :) Thanks for the tip!

jaymack said...

What a great idea. I just love Valentine's Day, I think it's the colors and the love. This is also a great way to use up the scraps.
P.S. I made the rollups yesterday. YUM!

Heather the MooseLover said...

Fantastic project. I love it and might make some for my daughter to take to school with her Valentine's.

I always enjoy your tutorials. Thanks!

lynn said...

I love this idea so much I shared it with my blog reader's for a terrrific weekend idea. Thanks for posting.
lynn
www.lwhelan.blogspot.com

Tammy Murphy said...

This would be a great activity for my Residents in the Nursing Home where I work. They love bookmarks and this would be fun and easy for them to create~ Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!

Ted said...

Michelle, I love the simplicity of this project! Very nice! :) Thanks for offering it to us.

Jennifer K said...

Yes, yes, I love! I've been wracking my brain trying to figure out what to do for my kids' classmates (they're in K & 4th). They already get so much candy that I wanted to do something different but I wanted to use my Tiny Treats. This is abso-smurfly perfect. Oops - does sayins abso-smurfly date me? lol :)

Val said...

Saying Very Cute as I smack myself in the forehead. :)

Yvette said...

you are so amazing!!

Rosanne said...

What a sweet idea!

Lindsay said...

I love this idea! I am always looking for scraps of paper for bookmarks. Not anymore! I better get started! Thanks!

Teresa said...

I love all the ideas you have for using papertryink stamps. I ordered the valentine set and can't wait to get it to make some book marks. Thanks for the cute idea.

Wendi said...

Oh, so adorable. I teach First Grade and they will LOVE these. Great idea and it is not candy so their parents will love them too! My daughter is in 3rd grade. Oh, I bet her class will love them too!We will be busy cutting strips this weekend!! You continue to amaze me!!

Mary Sara P. said...

How fun is this? Cute, simple and quick, great idea. Thanks for sharing and the directions.

Amy Rohl said...

Mish, these are just what I'm looking for to treat the 38-ish kids on my s/l caseload--you're TOPS!

Lisa Klingbeil said...

GREAT project, the paper and stamp set have been on my Papertrey "wish list" for a while, your adorable project caused me to get my order placed. :-)

Julia Aston said...

How pretty these are Mish! love the variety of strips - it makes them so lively! and this stamp set is perfect for the little images! Great idea for a simple project with pop! these will be great for a Valentine sale I'm having at my church in a couple of weeks!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

oh yes, I definitely love this! I'm so excited because this is something I can do today that won't take much energy!

I am always trying to get my students to read when they have all their work done and want to goof off. You have inspired me to make some bookmarks for them! TFS!

Stampin' Pam said...

Fantastic Mish - as usual. Love the concept because you could do it for so many holidays or gift times. I'm thinking why didn't I know this in time for Christmas?!? LOL NEXT year. Thanks for always sharing your amazing ideas and talents with us.

GaMtnScrap said...

Oh, these are super cute and look easy peasy. Thanks!

Nola said...

Love those little things ! I can see a use for my hoarde of various strips of paper, I end up with, but can't discard. I will be doing a crazy quilt strip bookmark project. Thanks Follow your blog as often as I can, great ideas.

Lan said...

this is fabulous!!! I think I'll make some for my daughter's preschool class!

Kathy R. said...

Yes, I love. Awesome idea, Mish ... thanks for sharing!!

cropmom66 said...

Absolutely adorable! I wish my daughter was still in grade school so I could make some for her class! I guess I will have to find another reason to make them!

Sharron said...

Such a cute and easy project! I just ordered Tiny Treats this month and am anxiously waiting for my order to arrive. This will definitely be something fun to make when it arrives. Thanks for the inspiration!

huntla1 said...

Gotta give it to you! Great idea!

liannallama said...

great idea and they turned out so cute!

Mary said...

Love you project!! I'm going to get right on it, great for schoolers in Day Care.

barbwire802 said...

These are so darn cute and appear to be super simple. Thanks for the idea and inspiration.

Pat said...

Great idea and thanks for giving us all the details!

Maureen Merritt said...

Do I love? Yes, abosolutely and totally love this idea. I'm going to use up some scraps and make these for my boys!!!

Josie said...

will definately consider these this year... I'll need to make a "boy" version. not much out there for the boys!!! can you share an idea for that?? ~J~

Desiree de Monye said...

Mish, I love all of your ideas! You are so fun and creative!

Marci said...

These are adorable!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful idea!! You're such an inspiration!! THANK YOU!!

Carol M said...

yes, I love...

Barbara V said...

What a creative idea! I am going to grab my paper right now to make some of these. Thanks so much for sharing.

patriciad said...

Do I love? DO I LOVE???? YES!! YES!!! I LOVE!!

Stephanie said...

Very cute - what a great (and simple) idea! As for Kindergarten children & Copics - my daughter often uses mine... in fact, she is at the point now that she won't colour anything with people unless she can use my E000! (lol)

CardShark said...

How cute are these! Every year I make something for my grandson to take to his class for Valentine's Day. As he gets older, it becomes harder and harder. He doesn't want mushy valentines. So this is going to be perfect. Thanks so much for the idea.

Cindy H. said...

What a wonderful idea, and so easy!! Love it! tfs

Kelly in Canada said...

This is a super easy, fun, festive idea for Valentine's Day. I have to say, Mish, that your commentary always makes me laugh! I can almost hear you talking! You crack me up!

Tanya said...

These are very cute!!! I will be getting my nephews next weekend when my sister goes into the hospital to have her baby. We will be making their Valentines stuff when I have then and these will be perfect. We are sooo mking these.

I am not sure about letting kids you don't really know use my Copics, but my nephews, ages 4 & 6, use mine all the time with no problems. But I did lay down rules with them, and they know they can't use them with me right there :)

Shelly said...

You KNOW we love it!! Thanks Mish! Just the idea for those little boy valentines...no mushy LUV STUFF!! :-)

Elizabeth V. said...

I love this idea! I'm going to set this up to do with my daughter. She loved your cupcake kit idea and has done it for a Christmas gift exchange the last two years. I know she will love these too! Thanks for the inspiration...you rock!

Julie E said...

So cute! I love your comment about what age to let your child use copics. Unfortunately my daughter and a fried used mine to color a calendar (unbeknownst to me!). Needless to say, they pressed down really hard and some of my tips now have black mixed in!!

Helen F. said...

Just slapped my forehead TWICE :P This is absolutely brilliant, Mish!
What a fun project for the kiddies to join in for so many occasions. Thx for sharing.

mahuntington said...

So cute! Your idea can be put to use all year for every holiday. Thank you soooo much.

Jen said...

fantastic! So nice to be able to give a non-candy treat. Thank you :)

Natalie said...

I am going to say "ditto" all your other commentors: You are so great and this is such a fun and fabulous idea! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your wonderful creativity with us. I love seeing a new post from you because I know I am going to learn something new and be inspired! :)

Dana Gustafson said...

super cute!

Kristie said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading and viewing your blog. You are so creative and organized I envy you! I have many, many stamps and supplies but yet I still can't get motivated. I love looking at your blog because for a moment I can pretend that I'm that creative and organized. Thank you so much for shareing with us all your wonderful talents maybe one day it will rub off on me. My husband says I'm a "collector" not a "crafter" but hey with a few lessons from you I may surprise him yet! Thank you for letting me veiw apart of your creative world.

Mariah said...

love it and what a great application for any of PTI's paper. Thanks for the idea!

Tracey McNeely said...

Great idea, always love your ideas!

Molly Joly said...

Thank you for sharing - I'm going to do these with my daughter for her kindergarten class.

Mrs. vRD said...

Love these! I'm a middle school librarian and make bookmarks constantly. I'll definitely be using the one sheet wonder idea! Thanks so much.

Denise Young said...

Cute... I love how you did the strips of paper on the white. I never thought of doing that. I have made bookmarks many times. They work perfectly for Valentines. My daughter just finished 40+ bookmarks with a mini candybar attached to the back. She loves them... she is so proud of her accomplishment.

Susan said...

Fantastic!! Thank you for the idea :)

Kristie said...

Very cute idea and I'm thinking it can be used for a lot of different occasions! Love it! Thanks!

Lynn said...

Love it! So cute and simple! I bought some mini composition books at our dollar store so I think I'll cover those and use the "Books to Read" stamp and slip in a bookmark too. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Super fun idea!

Michelle's Inky Fingers said...

Great way to use scraps we hate to throw away! Totally great idea! Have an inky day!

Christine Blain said...

Adorable! Love them. You are the BEST!!

Danisha said...

So cute! Have to get this stamp set now! Geez, Mish....you PTU designers are killing me with all your cute ideas! Just kidding, kinda, thanks for shareing!

Nana Jo said...

So cute and you are right - why didn't I think of it?

Nana Jo

Diana N. said...

How cute! I love them! And I'm going to pass this idea to some friends of mine.

Caren B said...

Great project. I made some of these tonight!

Alice Wertz said...

awww... this is so adorable Mish! i love it!

Anonymous said...

Mish you sure have some great ideas in that pretty head of yours. I am going to do these up today. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I love your bookmark idea, Mish!! In fact, I have made 12 to tuck inside valentines to my special friends. I did do one thing differently...an idea. I mounted the strips on light weight paper, continued on as you had done, BUT I had them laminated at Kinko's so they would be more durable. My friends all read a LOT! Then I punched the hole and added the ribbons. Thanks again!! HUGS!

Sue said...

I love these bookmarks. Wish I would have seen it before I made 30bookmarks for my niece's first grade class. The ones you made are so much cuter.

Heather B said...

These are the bomb! Thanks for sharing! I teach 5th grade and these are such a cute idea to give the kids.
Heather B

Lori A. said...

Fabulous idea!!

Anonymous said...

Yes it is a fun idea and even an older person can do this..
thanks..
pat

tinla said...

i love it! you are so creative and talented...tfs!!

Diana said...

These are just fabulous! I saw your post and just today sat down and made a sheet to give away as VD gifts. Also made your inspired candy bar wrapper treats AND made a bunch of note pads inspired by your past blogs. Love them! My friends are going to be so happy.
Now to make the VD cards.
Thank you so much for going through each step and taking pictures and directions.
You are fabulous!

Deebi27 said...

I am sooo glad I look through every blog that comes my way. I never know when I will be redirected somewhere and find a fantastic idea like these book marks. Easy Peazy! Thanks!

styathm said...

this is a very cute idea! using any variety of papers would be nice for a kids party or even book clubs!

Lou said...

Thank you so much for a great idea!

Anonymous said...

Love these! What adhesive did you use for the patterned paper?

Otter said...

OMG!!! I am soooo coping this for the kids valentines!! Hmmm can I get 95 done by then?

Teresa Zuehls said...

I love, love, love the bookmarks! I am working on them right now. It was so easy and fun to make them. Thank you so much for sharing the idea.

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