This week I finally finished making a large batch of bookmarks for an Art, Crafts & Collectibles Holiday Fair that our community is putting on to raise money for our Community Art Fund. Over the last month I had been taking photos of items that people made as well as some of the collectibles, and I designed a montage of the photos to print on the front of the bookmark. On the back, I put all the pertinent information about the event with a large “Book This Date” as a header.
Over the years I’ve made bookmarks for many different occasions. I started making them as gifts, using favorite sayings and sometimes using my calligraphy, and I’ve just never quite stopped. I have made them for weddings, commitment ceremonies, funerals, memorials, potluck barbecues, farewell parties and for advertising.
People love bookmarks. With the advent of ebooks, I am not sure if this will continue. For now, though, people still love to keep bookmarks. I often find bookmarks that I have made years ago on the walls and refrigerators when I visit friends. I even have found them on office walls.
My latest bookmarks (the top photo of this blog) were printed on a laser printer using an index paper. I have printed on all sorts of paper. My favorite was the simple black and white bookmark which has a red accent (shown above) that I printed on an ink jet printer using 80# Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. The edges are all torn by hand. I made that bookmark as a memorial. I ran into two people last week who had never met Ruth, but loved the bookmark and so had kept it as a keepsake.
Of course it doesn’t hurt that I am a lover of books. I am always looking for another reason to make a bookmark.