Share the Love: A Pet Peeve Solution That Also Makes a Great Gift

Wednesday, January 20

This Wednesday's Share the Love post would make a great gift for any friend, loved one, or even yourself...really anyone who is a booklover.

One of my biggest pet peeves is dog earring book pages while reading.  I will use just about anything to mark a page instead of turning down a corner.  I've used kleenex (unused of course), receipts, gum wrappers, wallet size name it;  just about any paper product will do in a pinch rather than turning down the page.  Don't even get me started on creasing the binding in a book :)

Which is why I love this bookmark idea that I read in a Martha Stewart Living magazine several years ago (MSL June 2006).  And if you've ever tried one of Martha's craft ideas...don't worry this one is NOT time consuming, impossible to do, or require costly supplies.  It's a bookmark that also has a favorite photo on it.   Isn't that a great idea!

I made them for my friends and mother last year for Mother's Day, but I think this would also make a "just because I was thinking of you" kind of gift.  What's better than having a picture of someone you love close at hand, while reading a great book? 

Here's what you need:

  • A trimmed photo (approx 1 1/2 inches wide x at least 1 1/2 inches in length)  It can be color or black and white.  A facial picture works best.
  • 2" wide grosgrain ribbon in the color of your choice. Cut to approx 2-3 inches longer than the book type of your choice (small paperback, trade paperback, or hardcover).  You can snip a "v" into each end to prevent fraying, or use pinking shears if you have them.
  • Once the ribbon and the photo have been trimmed.  Hand sew the photo to the ribbon by placing a stitch at each corner.
  • You're done!

It makes it even more special when you gift this bookmark inside a new or special novel.  It's like a hidden surprise when they open it and see that it 's not just an ordinary bookmark but was meant, and made with love just for them. That time and thought went into the gift, not money.  It's not about the cost of the gift that will make them treasure it, and  consider it dear to their hearts, but that you made it for them using a picture of someone they love.  I love this idea, which is why I thought to share it with you all today.  Not to mention it could save a book from being abused...OK that may be a bit harsh, but I did say it was a pet peeve :)

So tell me, do you dog ear, or do you scrounge when you don't have a bookmark handy?  What's the oddest thing you've used as a bookmark?

Share the Love is a weekly meme hosted by Seductive Musings every Wednesday. 
  • Every Wednesday post whatever it is that you love on your blog or website.
  • Then leave a link to your post in the comments on the weekly Share the Love post at Seductive Musings. If you don't have a blog, that's ok you can still share the love in your comment on the weekly Seductive Musings post.
  • What can you share...well that depends on what you love :) Here are some ideas: a new blog or website, a great recipe that is a taste bud triumph, new shoes or purse that you seriously can't afford but lust after anyway, a great love story like the ones from When Harry Met Sally, a love note to someone special in your life (or wish was), a book you just adore and can't wait to share with someone, a song or CD that plays on repeat until it's worn out, poems, pictures, videos, or even baby giggles :) I think you get the idea.

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librarypat,  January 20, 2010 at 1:33 AM  

I never damage a book or the pages. I work at a library and it is sad how badly books are treated. One library got a book back with a piece of baloney in it for a bookmark. I've had books come back in pieces after only one or two checkouts.
I have bookmarks all over my house. If I can't find one, I'll use a piece of paper. Oddest thing I've used, a feather.

Michelle Santiago January 20, 2010 at 2:01 AM  

i admit i've dog eared a book in the past (sorry, sorry!) but i'm trying to change my ways. i haven't done the dog ear for a while now and the oddest bookmark i've used is a (clean) hankie. thanks for this idea carrie (if you know a way to prevent creasing the binding of a book i'd be so thankful--grrr... no matter how careful i am with paperbacks then ALWAYS crease!)

Chris January 20, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

That definitely has present potential! Thanks for the idea!

Scorpio M. January 20, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

This is a great idea, I'm usually not very craft-y but I think even I can't screw this up! Thanks!

ann alba January 20, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

OOOOOOOO dog earring a book is MY PET PEEVE TOO All my book look like they have new been read unless I have lent them out I'm choosy about who I lend them too.
I love the book mark it a wonderful way to show off your loved one.
I got into beading a year or so ago my one project i did was a beaded thong ( book marker )
I handed 2 out to a couple of girls at work because they dogeared their books SHOCKING.
I also sent my Friend one for Christmas last year.
I love making them Just to give away.
I always have a couple in my purse so I can leave at the doctors office , Hospital, or on the cart of the housekeeper at a hotel.
I would love to post a picture but I'm computer Challenged would not know how to....

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