April 11, 2010

Cards to Bookmarks

I hate to throw away a pretty greeting card. After someone has paid $3.79 for us to enjoy a card, I hate to just trash it. So, we started turning the cards into bookmarks. They end up being the perfect height and weight, and they are rather attractive. Very simple. Very cute.

Variations:
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Rounding the bookmark's corners with scissors gives it a nicely finished look.
o Adding a hole at the top with a ribbon run through it, is a nice touch.
o I have discovered over the past couple of years that I LOVE using magnetic bookmarks. You can easily make your own by using a greeting card and one of those promotional magnets that you get in the mail via realtors, the phonebook, and so on. The thinness of these magnets works great for books, as opposed to the standard thicker craft magnets. You may be able to purchase thin magnets in a craft store (I have never checked), but why bother when you can probably find it in your mailbox?

Why so many?
I like to have a bunch of bookmarks to choose from, because as my mom says, "Sometimes you want a particular bookmark that matches the subject or feeling of the book you are reading." Plus, Ava enjoys picking out a bookmark for us to use on the bigger story books we read. And if we give someone a book as a gift, it is nice to include an appropriate bookmark.

More Ideas:If you have so many cards that you can't possibly turn them all into bookmarks, my aunt, Shelly, suggests you donate them to St. Jude's Ranch for Children by mailing them to

St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Recycled Card Program
100 St. Jude's Street
Boulder City, NV 89005

You can also go to their website to purchase recycled cards and help the children out, as well.

What do you do with your used greeting cards?

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