I wanted to share the gifts I got from my friend Katz, as well as the beautiful card she made me.

Thanks Katz, for the nice crafty gifts.

Katz tear tape link: https://tinyurl.com/y4o6y5yv

MayMay has asked that we crafters help her make 3,000 bookmarks for Cardz For Kidz.

MayMay’s blog post for making bookmarks: https://bit.ly/35DnuCV Maymay’s video explaining her mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZFtuVMeUhg

Cardz for Kidz has asked that we not make any bookmarks with holiday or religious themes.

Here is the link to Cardz for Kidz website: http://cardzforkidz.org/

I followed MayMay’s sizing for the bookmarks by taking an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and cutting it to 8 1/4 x 11″ then on the 8 1/4″ length, cut off 2 3/4″ so you have an 11″ strip by 2 3/4″ and you’ll cut it in half at 5 1/2″ so you have two strips of 2 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ long. Then the other piece of cardstock you have left that is 5 1/2″ by 11″ long, cut 2 3/4″ strips off of the 11″ length to get four more bookmarks that are 2 3/4″ wide by 5 1/2″ long.

To make the outer decorated paper layers, I took a piece of cardstock and cut it to 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ and lined a ruler on the top 1/2″ from the left side and made a pen mark there then put the ruler to the right side on top 1/2″ from the right side and made a mark there. Then make a mark from the top down the left side 1/2″ from the top and make a mark. Do the same on the right side and then cut from one mark to the other on the left side and do the same to the other side to create a tag. This is your template to make it easier to cut the bookmarks.

I cut a bunch of 2 1/2″ x 5 1/4′ decorated pieces of cardstock and then laid one facing away from another on our template we just made and then holding them tightly snipped off the top edges to make it look like a tag. After cutting a few, I found a faster, simpler way to make the bookmarks….

After cutting the two pieces of decorator paper on the template, I took the center paper that was 2 3/4 x 5 1/2″ and cut 1/8″ off the top and one side to make the center paper 2 5/8″ x 5 3/8″ and used a glue stick to glue one of the decorator papers on it and then trimmed the top edges of the center paper to match the cuts of the front paper….then I glued the second paper onto the back. Then I took a Crop a dile and punched a hole in the top center of the bookmarks, then I set an eyelet in the hole with the Crop a Dile and added matching ribbon by looping it and putting the loop through the front of the eyelet and putting the ribbon ends through the loop and pulling them tight. I added Fray Check to the ribbon ends and put a Glue Dot under the loop in the ribbon to hold it firmly in place.

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