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Magnetic Bookmark or Row Marker

Magnetic Bookmark or Row Marker

I had been wanting something other than post-it notes to help me keep track of my rows while crocheting and had recently purchased some cute bookmarks that inspired me to create something for my crocheting. I also just found a new contest from Cricut and TodaysMama that pushed me over the edge to make these bookmarks. I made these bookmarks using a Cricut, but if you don’t have one yourself, you can cut out cardstock and scrapbooking paper in similar dimensions. The Cricut just makes it easier and faster.

Supplies Needed:

Cardstock
Scrapbook paper
Adhesive (used both Tombo and all purpose craft glue)
Grosgrain ribbon (mine is 5/8 inch)
Self adhesive magnets

Instructions:

Pieces cut from George and Basic Shapes

Pieces cut from George and Basic Shapes

1. Using George and Basic Shapes, cut two rctngle4 in shadow at four inches with cardstock.
2. Using George and Basic Shapes, cut four rctngle4 at four inches with scrapbook paper.

Outside of bookmark

Outside of bookmark

3. With Tombo or other scrapbooking adhesive, attach two scrapbooking pieces to the cardstock.

Glueing ribbon

Glueing ribbon

4. Flip over the cardstock and attach ribbon to cardstock with crafting glue as shown. I chose to use ribbon because I was afraid that often used bookmarks would eventually tear if the cardstock was simply folded over.

Inside of bookmark after attaching paper

Inside of bookmark after attaching paper

5. Place Tombo or other scrapbooking adhesive on the back side of the scrapbooking paper and then attach as shown to the cardstock.

Attaching magnets

Attaching magnets

6. Peel paper from magnet backs and attach to the inside of the bookmarks. I cut the magnets myself from a sheet of adhesive magnet purchased at a local craft store. These magnets are not especially strong since they are not necessarily meant to be attracted to themselves, but work fine for bookmarks or row markers. I am searching for a source for a stronger magnet for future use.

Putting my row marker to use

Putting my row marker to use


7. Put your bookmark or row marker to use. I keep mine busy with my crochet patterns.

I have also made bookmarks with Doodlecharms’ cards and the tiles from Going Places. These were used as teacher gifts at the end of the school year. I placed the decorative paper behind the cutouts of the Doodlecharm cards and Going Places. These were solely to be used as bookmarks, not row markers, since they were not long enough to mark the rows well.

ASL sign for the post:To sign book, pretend your hands are a closed book and open them.

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My youngest daughter has her fourth birthday coming up and wanted to give goodie bags to her classmates in preschool. I did not want to go overboard since I dislike the idea of overdoing things for birthdays and raising expectations too much, so I came up with something quick and simple that she could help me make.

We went to the dollar store and picked out some flower puppets for girls and little vehicles for the boys. Each child also gets a dinosaur that will grow in water. Marian helped with the choices with a little assistance from me.

I had the clear cello bags left over from doing Halloween bags, so I did not have to purchase those. The scrapbook paper is scraps left over from a baby album I made for a cousin a few years ago. I cut it into 3 by 4 inch pieces, scored it at 1.5 inches and folded it over the top of the bag, securing with a staple.

Marian put birthday themed stickers on each bag top. These stickers were in my scrapbooking stash as well. I think they were left over from making calendars for grandparents a few years ago.

Now if only Marian had not picked the princess cupcakes at the store as the snack I would have had a very low cost preschool celebration. Oh well, since she is not having a separate party this year, I can live with that. Normally I would just make the birthday treats, but her school currently only allows store bought treats. I think that is because of allergy issues.

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I have been starting to use GIMP a bit more and am trying to learn the whole layers concept. I used it to create my shop banner and to make a little ad for my ASL playgroup, but I know there is much, much more it can do. I have been perusing sites and found a couple good ones that simplify things a bit since they are tutorials written specifically for those planning to use GIMP for digital scrapbooking. As I learn more, hopefully I can post some ideas here.

One tutorial I want to go through is at this site: Scrapbooks Gone Digital

I will try to work on a simple explanation for red eye removal this week for a tutorial since I know it was difficult for me to find one when I was searching.

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I had been looking at demos of them for a long time, but had not convinced myself why I really needed one. Then, I saw a good deal at Walmart and bought it. I called my dear husband and told him not to buy me anything else for Christmas since I had gotten it for myself. I guess I went a little overboard last year on crafting supplies.

I had been using my Cricut all the time until recently. Their user agreement does not allow me to sell items made with Cricut in my etsy store. I just realized, however, I am free to show off my creations on my blog and even to sell them, just not in an online store. I may end up making things to sell at a craft fair or to friends.

Below are some photos of a sign language counting book that I made for my youngest daughter and to use during my ASL playgroup. I used My Community, Animal Kingdom, and Zooballoo. I would like to go back and use Learning Curve for the number words to make them more readable to youngsters, but have not had the time.

Page one number book

number book page two

number book page three

number book page four

number book page five

number book page six

number book page seven

number book page eight

number book page nine

number book page ten

NOTE: For more information check out my ASL Numbers Book page.

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One of my paper craft ornaments

I am playing around with blogging and was suggested to start a blog here by my dear husband, so I am trying it out. I plan to write about my interests in American Sign Language, crochet, children’s books, paper crafts (including scrapbooking and origami), and travel.

Above is my latest paper craft, a pine cone ball ornament, which is available to purchase on my etsy site: lauraslefthook.etsy.com

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