PAPER 101 SERIES - Easy Bookmark Tutorial

Designer: Marcia Izabel Marchiori of Minois Handmade
Instagram: @marciabel



Hello again and, first of all, happy new year!


I don’t know about you, but I am part of the team who loves to make all kinds of resolutions in January, including classics like "reading more". And I’m always chasing my bookmarks around the house, as I don’t like to use a simple scrap of paper to do the job (just because it wouldn’t bring me the joy I need when opening my book), but they frequently get lost inside previously read books, so I almost never have one in hand!


In order to quick fix that kind of issue, today I’m going to teach you how to make a very easy paper bookmark that I love! I’ve first learned about it from a dear friend in my calligraphy class and, since then, I’ve made so many for myself and to give to friends & family! It’s a great way to complement a gift package as a card (you can write down a special message on its back!) for that book you are going to give to your loved one.



Tools & Supplies Needed


Print the template HERE.




  1. Print the pattern. As I usually make a couple of them at a time, I’ve prepared three templates in the same sheet. Just cut loosely each one and follow the next step.


  1. Attach the pattern on top of the paper you chose for the top with paper clips or repositionable tape (such as washi tape). For the top it’s better to use a patterned paper and, if it has different color in both sides, the more visually interesting the bookmark will be. You can also transfer the pattern to the paper with a pencil, personally I prefer the first method as I don’t have to erase anything later, but both work just fine.



  1. Fold the template and card stock together in half, following the folding guide, and start cutting the details (the “V” shaped lines) using the OLFA AK-5 with the mat and ruler, aiming for clean and precise cuts according to the template. For the edges I like to use OLFA SAC-1.





  1. Make the folds according to the pictures below.





  1. Adhere the front to the card stock you’ll use as the background with glue or adhesive tape.


TIP: As an option, you can use ribbon and felt or paper scraps to make a hanging accent!



And that’s it, it’s that simple and yet, it looks so impressive, right?



I hope you have lots of fun making this and don’t forget to tag me @marciabel and @OLFA_craft in your finished projects, we would love to see your bookmarks!


Have a fun & creative year!