Bookish presents

This Christmas, I prepared something special for my book club friends — bookmarks!

Bookmarks are always a big hit over at Flips Flipping Pages. We have bookmarks for every book discussion we have every month, and we like to give out bookmarks on special occasions, too — we all never seem to have enough of them!

Last year, at the 2009 FFP Christmas party, I set up a bookmark station with leather thongs and charms at our Christmas party so people could make their own bookmarks, but this year, I wanted to try out something different.

Last week, National Book Store launched Work Station, a specially dedicated section of NBS that caters to office supplies — from stationery to computers, safes, printers, scanners, filing cabinets, office furniture, and even Apple products (Glorietta 5 branch, but you can order them  at the other Work Station branches in NBS SM Calamba and SM San Pablo, and the stand alone stores in Market! Market! and Glorietta 3. I was invited to the launch (unfortunately I had work that day), but  I was way ahead of them — I had raided Work Station several weeks earlier for supplies.

Ok, I have to warn you this will sound uber office geek, but I got myself a laminating machine, a paper cutter, some laminating film, Bostik glue,  scotch tape, and a wodge of other supplies I don’t really need (I love supplies!) but I can never have enough of — post its, Dong-A Play-on Markers (my current favorite brand of pens), oh, and how can I forget — gauge 5 plastic cover!

I had a foreign language edition (German?) of The Adventures of Tintin: The Shooting Star that I foraged in a bargain bin eons ago for some loose change, and I don’t know why I bought it at the time, but this seemed to be the perfect opportunity to put it to use.

I cut the strips, which wasn’t so hard because I found that the strips line up almost perfectly back to front.

Laid them out on the laminating film:

Fed the laminator:

Then I cut the sheets into bookmarks:

Trimmed the corners, punched holes, threaded leather thongs, and stuffed them into envelopes made from pages of a manga directory. And voila!

The bookmarks are pretty sturdy, and waterproof too! Now more people want them and I’m out of comics, hahaha! I draw the line at using English Tintin so I will have to find something else to make bookmarks out of :D

Hint, hint:

16 thoughts on “Bookish presents”

    1. Wow, good for you Ivan. I do like handcrafted bookmarks too, and I would have loved to make them, but I was cramming for the FFP Christmas party/prom night

    1. The laminating machine cost about P2900. There’s a cheaper brand that costs 2400 but I liked this one because it has hot and cold switches.

      The paper cutter is about P1500. I wanted the roller type blade because it’s a lot safer to handle, the blade is replaceable, and there are also different types of blades available separately, like perforators and wave cuts. And it comes with a free corner curve puncher. The hand-crank ones are cheaper, I think the small ones are about P700 or so, but they’re less compact. I also don’t think a klutz like me can handle one bloodlessly, and they may need sharpening when the blade goes dull.

    1. Seez, the manga “directory” is actually a manga magazine with previews of upcoming issues. I got a bunch of them last year from my friend from Japan (i.e. supplier of washi tapes). I call it directory because it’s as thick as the yellow pages

  1. I’ve always wanted to buy a laminating machine. I’m just afraid I won’t use them like a lot of my other craft supplies.

    But now you’ve given me the idea for using them for bookmarks….hmmmm!!! I need more NBS GCs. :)

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  3. What a great idea! I host literacy bookfairs here in Omaha and this would be a huge hit! I wonder how much a laminator is? I suppose I need to be responsible and wait till I get a job hmmm?

    Time to hit the goodwills and second hand shops. Thanks for a great idea!

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