My 5 year old loves to read. She has been using tissues as bookmarks so I decided it was time she made some bookmarks of her own. During our crafty adventure my 3 year old son decided he wanted to make bookmarks of his own too.
Xyron X 150 and permanent adhesive
Xyron Creative Station 510 and double laminating cartridge
Life’s A Beach Cricut cartridge
Alphalicious Cricut cartridge
Paper for bookmarks and bookmark decor
– Kara’s bookmarks measured 6″ x 2″
– Colin’s bookmarks measured 8.5″ x 2″
crayons, makers, etc to color on the bookmarks
First I had Kara look through my Cricut cartridge books to see what cuts she wanted to use for her bookmarks.
She wanted to use the Alphalicious font to cut out her name and the #5 flower from the Life’s A Beach cartridge. Kara made sure the paper was adhered well to the Cricut mat by using a brayer. I think using the brayer is her favorite part of the Cricut cutting process!
After the letter were cut, we put adhesive on the letters using my Xyron X. The letters are cut in shadow at 1.5 inches. The X is wonderful for adding adhesive to smaller pieces of paper or even adding new life to existing stickers.
We cut the letters at 1.5 inches because I thought Kara would line them up horizontally but she surprised me by placing them vertically. Kara also decided to make sure the letters were stuck on the bookmark so she used the brayer.
I got out my scrapbooking markers and Kara started coloring. Right now she is in the phase where she wants every space covered.
At this point Colin walked in the office and asked if he could make a bookmark too. I asked him what he wanted on his bookmark and he said sharks! There is a shark on the Life’s A Beach cartridge so we cut 8 sharks at 1.5 inches. Colin liked using the brayer too!
Next we cut Kara’s #5 flower from Life is A Beach. I used the pieces feature and cut 3 of each color. We used the X to put adhesive on the flowers and then she placed them on the bookmarks and colored. Colin colored on his bookmarks too!
The final step was to laminate the bookmarks. This was done easily with my Xyron Creative Station 510 and the double laminating cartridge.
The final step is to trim the lamination to a little less than a quarter of an inch on all sides of the bookmark.
Hopefully the tissues won’t disappear as quickly around my house now!