Been having a tinker with the Brother Scan N Cut again this week and made a cool little project that I thought that I would share with you.
If you read my Fabric Friday post yesterday you will probably have got the idea that I do love a good read, and a good book mark!
Moving on from the traditional long rectangle, this blog post will be highlighting the corner book mark. It’s been around for a while but I thought that I would give it a go on my Brother Scan N Cut.
After fiddling about with bits of paper to try and get the idea of how to put one together I set about designing it in the Brother Scan N Cut Canvas.
I also put together a few quotes and sentiments to add to the basic shape. More on those later.
First, a quick pic of what I am talking about.
Cute aren’t they? They just slip onto the corner of a page in your book and keep your place until next time, like any good bookmark should but these have a little something else I think you’ll agree.
Before I go any further I’d better give you the link to the FCM file so that you can download it and have a go if you want to. (I’ve also done a sheet of sentiments in case you wanted to cut these from vinyl sheet and stick these to your bookmarks – they’re quite small and probably won’t work well with cardstock).
As before, use the right click and “save file as…” or “save target as…” function and save the file directly to your USB stick and then load it up in your Brother Scan N Cut machine.
Anyway, back to it.
You can get six bookmarks from one twelve inch piece of cardstock (if not cutting the layers which are included). You could even just cut one set and use these as templates to cut out papers or cardstock to make the bookmarks.
Just to let you know, it’s better to use a lightweight cardstock or paper for this. Probably 220gsm at most, probably better with less.
To put the bookmark together is very easy. Take the largest piece and score the fold lines (as shown by the dashed lines in the picture below).
Now, apply tape or glue to flap A and fold it over (fold it away from you). Then, fold flap B over (away from you again) so that it sits on top of the adhesive on flap A at the back of your creation aaaaand …
Yup, that was it. Very easy.
You can now make a multitude of these and start slipping them onto the corners of your favourite books and magazines.
Construction over, you can now decorate in any way you like. Add words or a sentiment, add a face, a photo or even just various bits of brightly coloured paper. – it really is up to you!
The cutting file that I have given you has layers if you want to use them, if not, just delete these from the design before cutting.
This is what the bookmark looks like just made up with the layers.
Quite a nice simple look even just doing it that way.
Anyway, I’d better show you some of the ones that I have created whilst playing, erm, I mean experimenting with these.
First, some fun with words and anagrams…
Phew, that last one is clearly for an action packed read! (hope I didn’t offend anyway by the way)
That’s words, but you can make it very simple just by cutting the shapes from your patterened paper scraps as shown in these next two next two examples.
Or you can get creative with techniques such as Zentangle, like this.
Or pull out the stops and create something fun …
Or get the dies out and create something with a classic feel.
This one is great as the feather sticks out beyond the book…
So, as you can see there are plenty of variations that can be achieved and I am sure that your mind is already working overtime but that’s it for this one from me.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed it and will make use of the free FCM cutting files to make your own corner bookmarks.
If you do, and go on to share a pic of what you make, please don’t forget to link back to this post so that others can take advantage of the files on offer.
Thanks for stopping by. Next time, bring biscuits please :)
See you next week fellow Scanners.