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Magnetic bookmarks

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i found a set of four monkey bookmarks at the bookstore a while back, little monkey heads with magnets on the back, and i have loved them. perhaps a little too well. some of the monkeys aren't doing so well anymore, so i thought i could make some of my own. it turned out so cool, i also thought i'd share~
 
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Step 1: Gather your goods

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step number one, of course, is to gather supplies. they are as follows:

images (this is what will be on your bookmarks in the end)
printer paper (this is what you'll be printing on. *gasp*)
cardstock (this is what you'll be transferring your images onto)
ruler (i like t-squares, but straight rulers are fine too. anything with a straight edge will do)
pencil (mine's awesome, but you might have a less awesome one, that's fine too)
bone folder (or the back of a spoon, or a dull kitchen knife, something you can score and burnish with)
thin magnets (you'll need two, a positive and a negative)

if you're going to use the xylene transfer method, as i did, then you'll also need some xylene (i used a chartpak colorless blender, but you can also find it in certain orange cleaners, and in some other brands of colorless blender markers) and a laser printer (dinosauric HP laserjet 4+ not pictured. it's camera shy (^_^) )

oh yeah. tea. trust me.

Step 2: Print!

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this step requires software, and since i don't know what kind of software you may/may not have, i shall leave this mostly to you, but the plan is this:

gather your images
mirror them (flip > horizontal will usually do the trick)
print them out

you will need to use a laser printer, because inkjet doesn't work with the xylene transfer method. (of course, you could just print directly on the cardstock with whatever you please, or indeed color on them or scribble or even leave it plain if you happen to particularly enjoy the paper you're using. if you're going to do any of that, you can skip to step 4.)
RAQIIA2 months ago

Super neat idea for bookmarks. I like these little magnets. Keep up the creativity.

rwong153 months ago
I have a bookmark similar to your bookmark. I would like you to make an instruction about it. You don't even need to mention me but just let me use your instruction in the future, please!
ChrysN2 years ago
Great looking bookmarks!
notuboc (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
thanks~
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