Happy Monday morning friends, and Happy Halloween! We hope your evening is filled with lots of yummy treats, and not so many tricks. This week we’re featuring projects made with one of our most popular tools, the Photo Sleeve Fuse. and we’re starting off with some fun Shaker Bookmarks.
Hello, Aly Dosdall here again with some fun bookmarks I made using the Photo Sleeve Fuse. I love the creative possibilities that my Fuse allows–it’s one of my favorites tools. It’s so versatile and easy to use.
I’ve got a first grader who has discovered the joy of reading. She’s finally gotten into some short chapter books, and so I thought I’d make her a set of bookmarks to hopefully feed her newfound passion.
Though my daughter loves to read, she has a hard time sitting still since she has ADHD and anxiety disorder, so I wanted to add something tactile and interactive as well to help calm her as she reads. Photo Sleeve Fuse to the rescue!
I used my Fuse to make the bookmarks into shaker pockets and filled them with clear glass microbeads, gold sequins, and tiny wood veneer stars. The glass microbeads make a cool rain-like noise and are fun to watch when you move the bookmarks around. Perfect for nervous wiggly hands!
I started by cutting some patterned paper from the High Five collection into 2×6 inch strips. I embellished them with some High Five Stickers and Ephemera, and then added some phrases that I typed with my Typecast Typewriter onto Typecast Mini Labels.
Then I used a leftover divided photo sleeve to create the shaker pockets, cutting apart the 4×6 and 6×6 sections of the sleeve. You could also use 4×6 waterfall sleeves to create the shaker pockets for the bookmarks. I found it easiest to Fuse around three sides, leaving the top end open so I could add my shaker elements before fusing the top shut. It also helps to fuse the shaker pocket snugly around the bookmark so that it can’t move around much. That way your shaker elements will stay in front of the bookmark and not slip around behind.
To finish off my bookmarks, I added some black ribbon at the top. I used the new Ribbon Cutter to trim and seal the ends of the ribbon, and then I attached the ribbon to the bookmarks with my Staple Board. I stapled the ribbon strips 3 times, using the staples not only in a functional way but also as a design element.
I’m excited for my daughter to try out these shaker bookmarks. I look forward to reading lots of books together!