What Is a Bookmark?

A Bookmark is a thin material that is used as a page marker when reading a book. It is inserted between pages to help you identify where you left off the next time you decide to read again. It can either be bought from a bookstore or handmade (DIY). Bookmarks are made of a card, leather, or a piece of fabric that people use to keep their places in books. Markers can be made of different materials such as metals, wood, sewing cords, and plastic.

There have been indications that bookmarks were around since the emergence of codices in the first century. However, the earliest existing marker was dated from the 6th century AD. It was made of ornamented leather lined with vellum, and attached with a leather strap to the cover of a Coptic Codex, which can be seen on display at the Beatty Library in Dublin.

How to Create a Bookmark

Markers are made with cardboard or heavy paper. The creativity of today’s individuals introduced steel and wire, tin, beads, wood, and even lace to their bookmarks. Modern bookmarks are made available in a wide variety of materials with an infinite number of styles and designs.

If you need advice on how to create your bookmark, read our guidelines below.

1. Decide on Your Style

When you decide to go crafty with your bookmark-making, you may gather ideas from the internet. Upon searching, you can find various versions of a bookmark. Some of it includes corner bookmarks, leather bookmarks, magnetic bookmarks, gift tag bookmarks, and many more. You have to pick one that suits your style and comfort.

If you are planning on giving it away as a gift, then make sure the style will fit his/her personality.

2. Embellish Your Bookmark

After having gathered ideas from the internet, you may now start to embellish your bookmark. Don't be afraid to add a personal touch to your bookmarks. Gather your materials, such as a pair of scissors, construction papers, glue, stickers, colored pens, etc. It's important to gather them before making your bookmark to avoid distractions. You may use a checklist to make sure everything is complete.

3. Fill With Text (Optional)

Some markers are seen with inspirational quotes and bible verses. If you need encouragement or motivation now and then, it would be wise to put these messages in your bookmark. There are a lot of inspirational quotes or bible verses on social media for you to choose from. If you already have one, much better. If you are fond of doing calligraphy, then you can use it for your message.

4. When All Else Fails, Download Our Templates

If you are not a crafty person, then download a printable graphic template. Choose and download a model of your liking then customize to your style for instant results. Available in various software applications. Download now!

5. Your Bookmark Is Ready

After having observed all the steps above, your bookmark is now ready for use. If you opted for a DIY marker, you would appreciate it more because of the time and effort you invested in it. If you used a template for your bookmark, you can either personally print it or have it printed professionally.

If you plan to give it away as a gift, then have it enclosed for protection.

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