Friday, September 30, 2011

Print Candee Bookmarks

It's been busy, busy, busy! My mom was here (from Maine) early in the week and I attended a multi-day training session later in the week. Plus, all week I've been fighting some type of cold that's settled in my chest--ugh. But, it's the weekend and tomorrow is World Cardmaking Day--yeah!

This month, the Print Candee Creative Team made projects with the theme of "little gifts." Fun! I decided to make a bookmark set, but I went a little out of control! There were so many good images that would work...I love that about Print Candee.

When I made these bookmarks, I had my in-laws in mind...they are avid readers. I started off by making a set of seasonal bookmarks using Pink Pueblo's Four Seasons Trees:


Once I figured out the best strategy, they were super easy to make. I started off using Photoshop, but I found it was easiest to just save the jpegs in Word and resize them all the same. Then, I used my Papertrey Ink Bookmark die (although you could just cut them, too). To finish all of the bookmarks, I cut a second bookmark in patterned paper, attached it to the backside, and tied a ribbon on top. As a tip, you could use Print Candee papers to easily match both sides. Here are the backs:



I did leave off the winter. In South Dakota, we really don't need a reminder about winter--LOL! Aren't those trees gorgeous? They would make a nice notecard set, too. Here are close-ups of the seasonal bookmarks:







Love the summer tree (the last one)...I think it would work for fall, too. You could stamp a sentiment on any of these, too.

When I was looking through the Print Candee website, I ran across Digital Potpurri's Cherry Blossom stamps. Holy cow, is it a pretty set! It was tricky to size these well for the bookmarks, but here are two I made:



Here's a close-up of the cherry blossoms:



For the butterflies, I did use the png files in Photoshop to layer the butterflies and recolor them. The butterfly on top is an orangish-red, although it's hard to tell in the photos. Here's a pic:



Finally, I wanted to make sure I had a more masculine bookmark, and I found Life is Groovy's Birch Trees Spring/Fall set. In Photoshop, I simply layered the birdhouse on the tree. I finished it off with some May Arts natural twine. I think it's my favorite!



Thanks for taking the time to look through all of these pictures. It was so much fun to make these...I may be making about 50 more for Christmas!

Have a great weekend!

24 comments:

  1. wow! these are stunning Jocelyn! perfect bookmarks :)

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  2. Such pretty bookmarks! Happy WCMD!
    Robin

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  3. These would make perfect Christmas gifts and so easy to personalise! I adore the images and colours you have chosen (love the matching paper on the reverse), my fave would be the cherry blossom... and the birdhouse... I couldn't just pick one...

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  4. These are all so pretty! What a great variety you have created. I have to agree with Therese (lostinpaper) my favorite would be the one with the birdhouse!

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  5. What a fabulous array of bookmarks!

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  6. Wowsers Jocelyn...these are amazing. Love the vibrant colours of the seasons ones! Brilliant idea...the cherry blossom is the winner for me!

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  7. My book loving heart is about to burst with excitement! LOL! These are fabulous!!!

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  8. Oh my, FABULOUS bookmarks. I love those trees!

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  9. These may be the best bookmarks I've ever seen! And trust me, I have a massive collection. :P They are so beautiful, Jocelyn.

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  10. Okay, Jocelyn. You are on a serious roll right now!! I love them. You go girl!!!

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  11. Oh my goodness! These are gorgeous book marks! I only have a black HP laser printer...I really need a colored one after seeing this!

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  12. These really are so beautiful! You are just amazing with paper! Awesome my friend!

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  13. Oh my goodness! These are stunning and the colors are so rich! I would love to have a set of these because they are so pretty. I really love the one with the birdhouse. Great job girl! Hope you get over your cold soon. It has been going around here too.

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  14. shut the front door! These are awesome. I love that you added the papers to the back, and all the different kinds of ribbon/twine you used as a tassel...
    I hope you're feeling better - I think I have the same thing, though in my case it started in the chest. Ugh. I call it the September Plague, all those kids sharing their germs when school starts.

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  15. Wowza, oh my goodness, are those designs and colours ever gorgeous! Makes me want to read multiple books at one time. LOL

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  16. WOW!! LOVE these bookmarks! The cherry blossom one is my favorite but I love them all! So cool!

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  17. Such pretty bookmarks! HI love them Jocelyn.... hugs...xoxo

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  18. These are ALL entirely too cool!!! I love each & every one! Beautiful colors, you did a fabulous job!! Hope you had a nice visit w/ your mom & I hope that cold has left you - mine is in my chest now & is not showing any signs of leaving boo!

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  19. Those trees are GORGEOUS!!!!! I am planning on making book marks for my bible study group. But now I feel less than worthy. hee hee. These are great.

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  20. These are absolutely gorgeous! Wow -- what a great (quick) gift idea. The ribbons you've used are drool-worthy as well :)

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