Make a Back-To-School Bookmark

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Posted on July 26, 2021 by Wendy Boulay
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Back-to-school is fast approaching and while we are still in full summer mode, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for the return of the busy schedules.

This bookmark is a must-have for your littles – not only is it helpful for them in their reading, but it might just be a little motivational as well!

Table of Contents: Back-to-School Bookmark

  1. Supplies
  2. Digital Products
  3. Cricut Design Space
    1. Importing the Template
    2. Designing the Bookmark
  4. Cutting & Finishing

Supplies Needed

  • Cricut faux leather (or other) 2 colors
  • Strong-bond or E6000 adhesive glue
  • Embellishments (rhinestones, gems, HTV (and tools) – optional
  • Digital Products: Bookmark Template SVG, Babet Stencil Font
  • Cricut cutting machine (or other)
  • Weeding tools
  • Standard grip mat

Digital Products

While you can easily make your own template for this project, I highly recommend that you grab the Bookmark Template SVG and the Babet Stencil Font from Creative Fabrica. In the bookmark bundle, there are 24 different shaped templates to choose from that are all in SVG format, making it so easy to create in a small amount of time!

bookmark bundle templates

The Babet Stencil Font is a little more fun and bubbly than a typical stencil font, which makes it perfect for a child’s bookmark!

Go ahead and download the files, then extract them on your computer. Install the font and open up Design Space. 

Cricut Design Space: Importing the Template

The wonderful thing about the Bookmark Template SVG is that there is little to no work involved in creating the cutout for the bookmark, aside from importing the SVG to Design Space. On your clean canvas, click on the upload button and navigate to the folder that you saved the bundle in. Choose the template that you like the best and click on “upload”, then insert the file to your canvas.

All there is to do before you start the digital designing is to rotate your bookmark in order to add your graphics.

Rotate 90 degrees and then duplicate it twice. This bookmark will have three layers to it:

  1. Backing (color 1)
  2. Center (color 2)
  3. Decorated top (color 1)

Change two of the bookmark templates to resemble a color of faux leather that you have on hand and the third template to a contrasting color. My daughter is in love with blue at the moment, so I chose to use a nice dark blue for the top and backing, and metallic gold to compliment the center.

blue and gold faux leather

Once you have done that, it’s time to decorate!

Designing the Bookmark

Many children have struggled with the pandemic over the past year. Not only on a social level but also with the inconsistencies of starting and stopping school. Because of this, I wanted to create a bookmark that celebrates the fresh new school year as well as another milestone achieved! Grade six will also be my daughter’s last year of elementary school, so it doubles as a mini keepsake for her.

If you prefer, however, you can absolutely change the text to your child’s name, a phrase, or a quote that is more personalized. That’s the beauty of crafting…your only limitation is your own imagination!

To make the same bookmark that I made, insert a text box and type out the grade that your child is about to begin. Change the font to the Babet Stencil Font that you installed earlier, or another stencil font of your choosing. Alternatively, you can choose any other type of font but you may have to use HTV instead of cutting out the letters so that you don’t lose the centers.

Size it down to fit nicely and centered on one of your templates, then from the align tool, center it vertically.

bookmarks with text

At this point, you can search in the images library for small decorative accents, such as stars, robots, unicorns, etc…whatever your child would like. If you prefer, these decorative images can also be applied with HTV instead of cutting them out, but because I have a metallic inner layer, I decided to cut them out to reveal the pretty gold underneath.

finished bookmark design

When you have organized everything on your bookmark in the manner that you like best, attach the bookmarks together (by color) with the designs and get ready for cutting!

attached bookmarks by color

Cutting and Weeding

Go ahead and click on the “Make It” button. For your material setting, you will need to ensure that you choose the correct material for your type of faux leather. If you are using Cricut faux leather, then you can select the “Faux Leather (Paper Thin) setting, however, if you are like me and purchased your faux leather from Amazon, then you may need to adjust this setting. Most of the leathers that I get from Amazon are actually a little bit thicker than the Cricut brand, so I use the “Felt, Wool Bonded” setting. 

  • 🔔 Remember: If you plan to use some heat-transfer vinyl, remember to adjust the material setting again when the machine prompts you to change mats. 

There are a couple of very important things to remember; the first is to MIRROR, otherwise, all of your text and designs will be backward! Also, you will want to make sure that you are using a sticky standard or fabric grip mat and that you place the faux leather right-side down!

mirrored design on mat

  • 🧐 Cutting Tip: I almost always choose more pressure to cut faux leather. I find that this helps to create a perfectly clean edge. Of course, this depends on the thickness of your material.

cricut cutting faux leather

Once cut, weed all of the excess material away from all three bookmarks.

Finishing

I love that this bookmark is no-sew, which makes this a perfect introductory project to using faux leather with your Cricut.

Simply take your strong-bond glue (or E6000) and first apply a thin line around the inside edges of the backing. 

Secure the contrasting color to it (non-faux leather side) and allow to dry for about 20 – 30 minutes.

Next, glue the last bookmark (with the designs) on top of the second color, then allow everything to fully dry for at least 2 hours. Make sure you add a drop of glue to the letters so that they fully stick!

gluing bookmarks together

  • 🧐 Gluing Tip: Placing a heavy book over the bookmark will help to keep it firmly pressed while it dries. 

Once it’s fully dry, you may choose to glue on some gems, rhinestones, or even some polymer clay accents!

Voila! Now your child can read their favorite books without losing their place! 📚📕😊

Keep on Crafting! 💖

bookmark on top of book


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