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Bookmarks and Bookplates

Updated on January 19, 2016
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Label Books with Book Plates - Save a Page with a Bookmark

If you love to read and have a collection of favorite books, you probably have a collection of special bookmarks for your personal library or collection of favorite tomes.

They hold our place between the pages of a book or magazine - gently keep track of where we left off reading and prevent damage to the book's spine and pages.Library labels pasted inside the cover or on the flyleaf page identify the owner or the institution that owns and houses a loaned volume.

Book lovers often mark their personal library collections with decorative labels that may say "Ex Libris" and include their name.

This story provides tips on finding bookmarks and bookplates you can print or buy plus designs, tips and patterns for making your own from free clip art.

Photo credit: jeltovski from morguefile.com

Spring tulips bookmark sheet
Spring tulips bookmark sheet | Source
Printable Christmas Bookmarks, candy canes design
Printable Christmas Bookmarks, candy canes design | Source

Free Printable Gifts for Readers

Artistic Placeholders Save Your Page and Protect Your Book

You can design a personal page marker and label to match the theme of a book you're giving as a gift, or make a one that relates to the gift recipient's hobby, interests or favorite things. My mother loves to garden, so I designed a set of Spring Tulip Bookmarks a couple years ago to give to her on Mother's Day.

When my older granddaughter was beginning to read and building her own library, I sent a sheet of Valentine Bookmarkers enclosed in her Valentine's Day card.

Laminating Adds Strength and Durability to Your Bookmarks

Fellowes Venus 125 Laminator, 12.5 Inch with 10 Pouches (5215901)
Fellowes Venus 125 Laminator, 12.5 Inch with 10 Pouches (5215901)

Protect papers and crafts that take a lot of wear and tear by laminating with this nifty home office machine. Slip papers into special plastic sleeves, feed into the front and out comes a nicely laminated piece ready for trimming.

I like to laminate paper items that will get lots of use, especially bookmarks and recipes I use frequently.

 

Free Printable Bookmarks Make Wonderful Gifts or Gift Tags - It's a Greeting Card and a Gift Tag

Printable Poetry  Bookmark Craft Sheet
Printable Poetry Bookmark Craft Sheet | Source

Printable Spring Scene Bookmarks

Bookmark greeting cards you can print and craft yourself are frugal and thoughtful.

Print out this sheet to use as gifts or gift tags - free for personal or classroom use - made from a print of an original oil painting, Spring Forest.

Printable Animal Labels

Animal sticker book plates, cubbie labels, book plates
Animal sticker book plates, cubbie labels, book plates | Source

Printable Animal Stickers Book Labels

Print your young reader a set of these cute animal notes and use them as book stickers, cubbie tags or lunch box notes.

Each sheet contains the set of four cute animal critters shown in the picture: moose, duck with sunglasses, lion and puppy dog.

There's plenty of room to write a child's name in the space provided. Glue inside your child's books on a loose flyleaf page or on a temporary cover.

Mark books discretely with a paper embosser

Library Book Embosser - Great Gift Idea
Library Book Embosser - Great Gift Idea

Personalized with your name or desired text. Precision crafted to give crisp impressions on envelopes, stationery, greeting cards, books, photos, foil labels

- Ergonomic Soft Grip Handle

- Available with 1-5/8" round die or 1"x2" rectangular die.

 
Book labels for Children
Book labels for Children

Childrens Bookplates - Encourage Kids to Love Books and Build Their Own Library

My Home Library offers a wide assortment of kid-favorite bookplates. Some bookplates are original designs by kids - both color and black and white plates are included in the collections.

Reading is Fundamental bookplate designs feature fun characters on free printable bookplates for kids (some to color in, and some already in color).

Bookhive offers lovely full color childrens bookplates designed to print on Avery labels.

Robot Book Labels designed by Creative Mamma, these Robot Book Labels designed using her original illustrations are sure to make your child's books way cool for school!

Free Kids Book Labels - printable, personalizable book labels for children in several different styles

Spine Savers Poll - How do you mark your page in a book? - Never lay a book face down in the open position to hold your place.

Book spine photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sk8geek/ / CC BY-SA 2.0
Book spine photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sk8geek/ / CC BY-SA 2.0 | Source

What's Your Favorite Way to Mark Where You Stopped Reading?

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Ice cream cone bookmarks
Ice cream cone bookmarks | Source

Gift Ideas for Readers - Make Your Book Gift Extra Special

Bookmarkers are an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift for anyone who reads. You can find one or more to give as a gift for just about anyone in thousands of themes, materials and sizes.

Think about what the recipient enjoys - cooking, gardening, sewing - or design your own around a holiday theme. Select a marker and label to accompany a book you've chosen as a gift.

Printable Bookmark Craft Pages - Freebies to print, cut out and use

These craft sheets are free to print so you can make your own page holders or labels for your book collection. Don't forget you can use a printed bookmark as a gift tag, too.

Treasures for children encourage reading and a love for books. Making bookmarks is a popular kids craft and many adults enjoy crafting their own from paper, fiber, greeting cards and ribbon.

Blue Kit Bookmark
Blue Kit Bookmark | Source

Quick Print Bookmarks

Encourage Reading and Prevent Damage to Bindings

You can encourage kids to read by having them make colorful bookmarks for themselves and as gifts for friends and family. Bookmarks make ideal party favors and craft activities, plus they offer a creative way to use up bits of leftover craft papers, cardstock and trimmings.

Younger children will enjoy decorating a coloring bookmark, then pasting it onto card stock to make a personal bookmark or gift.

Bookmarks are popular favors for kids parties, and as treats for Halloween, summer camp activities or as a small extra tucked into a birthday card. Some bookmarks can even be used as a gift tag - simply write your personal message on the back and the tag becomes a bookmark to treasure for years.

Family Printables Bookmarks - Print and cut bookmark sheets for holidays including Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Grandparents Day, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day,Father's Day

Recycle Cards, Wrapping Paper and Calendar Pictures into Bookmarks

Cut up old greeting cards to use the pictures and the card stock.

Cut scraps of gift wrap and glue them to scraps of greeting card backs.

Cut up the pictures from old calendars and paste them onto slightly larger pieces of cut up greeting cards. You could also use this idea to craft a collage bookmark.

Cut off the corners of envelopes to slip over a page tab to hold your place.

Art Nouveau printable book label
Art Nouveau printable book label | Source

Bookplates - Artistic Name Labels for Your Library

Art nouveau bookplate labels make a nice Mother's Day Gift.

Bookplates were first used in Germany after the introduction of movable type and the book printing press. The practice of sticking a label with the library owner's name and a bit of art or coat of arms took off from there and was very popular. Today book lovers and libraries still affix bookplates to books to identify and adorn the inside book cover (front or back).

Childrens bookplates encourage young readers to build a personal library beginning in childhood, and they instill a sense of love and respect for books at an early age.

If you love to read, you probably have a collection of books you love, and loan books to family and friends. Adding a bookplate to the inside cover of your books reminds borrowers where to return your treasured volumes when they've finished reading.

Label Your Book Collection

Add a bit of personality to your private library with distinctive labels.

Bookplates, or book labels, have attractive designs and space to add your name. Never lose a loaned book again - add a bookplate to the inside cover or title page.

Vintage Book Plate - Ex Libris (from the Library of )

Public Domain Vintage Book Plate
Public Domain Vintage Book Plate | Source

Printable Bookplate Designs and Collections

You can make book plates from antique and new design bookplate collections and pictures available on the Internet. Older book plate label designs offer a history of ownership in vintage book collections, while new bookplates identify books from libraries of all types and sizes.

Fabric and Fiber Bookmarks to Craft

Knit, crochet, sew, macrame, embroider or quilt a treasured bookmark for yourself, or make one for a book-loving friend or family member.

Bookmark Crafts Promote Reading

Develop a love for reading and books with children's bookmark crafts or create a lovely gift for a friend from a printable bookmark sheet. Include a new bookmark along with a book you give as a holiday gift. You can also use bookmark printables as gift tags or ornaments.

Reading Lovers Book Light Bookmark - It's a light, it's a bookmark, it's a terrific gift

Zelco LED Bookmark Lite
Zelco LED Bookmark Lite

Not only will this handy tool mark your place in a book, it lights up the page for you when you read.

 

How do you save your page in a book, or keep track of your books from your personal library?

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© 2007 Lee Hansen

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I save my page with whatever marker is handy. I have even used scraps of cloth, if I picked up a book while sewing and had trouble putting it down again. But I prefer bookmarks, the prettier the better.

      I especially like your idea of gifting a child with personalized bookplates. All our grandchildren are avid readers, or like being read to, if too young yet to read, and this would be a sweet gift for them.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I learned from a young age to bookmark with a piece of paper if I had nothing else. Now of course, I have real bookmarks. The funny thing is that some of my favorites are ones that cost me nothing, from the Disabled Veterans of America. Love this lens!

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I like books about bookmarks and bookplates and a favourite is '25 bookplates' by Andy English, illustrated with tipped-in bookplates that he has engraved. I went to Thailand a few years ago and came back with hundreds of bookmarks, all beautifully decorated with wild flowers.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great info...

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      CuriousBoy 4 years ago

      Some of my books are "filled" with bookmarks...

      Especially those I need to consult frequently.

      Do many of you do the same?

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      Stacy Birch 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      SororPeregrina 5 years ago

      When I purchase a really old book, an unexpected bookplate and/or ancient bookmark is a real plus; in fact, it will often clinch the sale. Never understood why a lot of collectors don't want these things.

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      As someone who loves books, I really like these selections.

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      SMW1962 LM 5 years ago

      NIce lens! I love having a beautiful bookmark to mark my place!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Printable bookmarks and book plates - what a great idea! I didn't know they existed.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Because I read mostly for information and for book review purposes, I genrally use a folded piece of paper as my bookmark so that I can make notes along my reading journey. I am guilty of laying my books down to an open position, so thanks for the reminder not to do so.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Love this Lens well done; I should use Book Plates, maybe my friends would actually return the books they borrow.

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      Edutopia 5 years ago

      Great lens covering a great list of things for any avid reader out there.

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      azD40x 5 years ago

      Great lens! Additional idea for my book cover design clients!

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Nice lens! I would love to have one of those book embossers - how cool are they?

      As for bookmarks, I rarely use them. I just remember the page number, and am always surprised that so many other people don't do that.

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      A perfect lens!

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I love vintage bookplates, this is something I could really collect but try not too (too many collection already)

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      WordWings 5 years ago

      I collect bookmarks, trying for one per book, except the one I choose to read, every time. Then I have to use a receipt or a scrap of paper, even a straw wrapper. My favorite one is the little ribbon attached to lovely books. That one I don't lose. Thanks for this adorable lens.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Wonderful compilation of resources for bookmarks and bookplates! These would be awesome to print out and give with each book gift. I can't believe I have never thought to do that before! I love my own bookmarks, some have very special meaning and they serve as a great reminder of the giver.

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      gregoryolney lm 6 years ago

      Nice idea for a lens - I collect leather bookmarks. I've featured your lens on my lens about the Franco-British Exhibition of 1908. Hope you get lots of visitors !

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      very special bookmarks and bookplates. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Enjoyed it!

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      elhuntley lm 6 years ago

      Good lens! I;ve always just used what was handy like a foled piece of paper or a business card.

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      grifith 6 years ago

      Very Nice Lens

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love my bookmarks but sometimes do use whatever is handy like a receipt or even a tissue! You've provided some beautiful bookmarks here.

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      Lovely designs. I am always looking for more bookmarks. I'll be checking out more of your lenses.

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      Paul 6 years ago from Liverpool, England

      V ery nicely done, Angel Blessed

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I love bookmarks and sort of collect them. Beautiful page!

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      I absolutely KNEW when I opened this page that it HAD to be yours! Absolutely gorgeous!

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      TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      I used to turn the page corners down to save my place, Now I use bookmarks. I have a large collection of bookmarks. Have never pasted any bookplates into any of my books. Personally I beleive that devalues the books. I too am a huge fan of bibliophile stuff. I have a couple of lenses on antiquarian books & authors. Very Nice Lens. Blessed by the reading lists angel.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i'm alright with any bookmark that is thin, no corner folding please! cheers

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      tailortoo 6 years ago

      As a dressmaker, there are always lots of scraps of fabric around. Cut into bookmark size, fabric pieces make for a colourful bookshelf if you leave at least one in each book.

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have a packet of beautiful Ex Libris bookplates, but I hate to stick things in books as, being a book collector, I think it reduces their value as collectors' items, although if they are not particularly valuable, and not first editions, it probably doesn't matter. I have a collection of several bookmarks, which I always use, as I hate seeing a book laid open and face-down - sacrilege!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a lovely lens, lots of my friends are book people so this fab for presents!

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      MistyOakes 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I usually tear off a chunk of paper from my scrap pile since mine bookmarks always seem to disappear. However, you have some very nice designs I might have to try! Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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      Violin-Student 6 years ago

      I am definitely a book person. Received two books for Christmas and a gift certificate to a bookstore. I've also got one book on its way from Amazon. I'm currently reading six. I love Book Plates, though I frequently use a paper clip for a bookmark. Thanks for this page!

      --Art Haule

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I HEART BOOKS

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      kougar lm 6 years ago

      Great lens. I love books and often read several different ones at one time. Bookmarks are a must. You have a nice selection.

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      I often print bookmarks (and sell them, use them for gifts, and list them on listia)...I print them on cardstock and then cover them with the laminate. I see familiar websites, plus a lot of new ones. I love the idea of using old greeting card! I hadn't even thought of that!

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens - lots of ideas

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      Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      What a fun idea, I can see kids creating bookmarks and book plates with some of these free resources to give as Christmas gifts. The ex libris book plate is wonderful too.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Very beautiful Bookmarks. Congratulations.

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      Bradshaw LM 7 years ago

      Nice lens. I always use a bookmark and usually find something simple, but when I spot a really cool one I snap it up quick. I always seem to misplace them, but of course if I went through all my old books I would no doubt find quite a collection lol.

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      Lloyd Pinto 7 years ago from Mumbai

      I love bookmarks. Keep misplacing them though. This is a wonderful lens.

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      martialartstraining 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, I have always been careful with my books but i have to admit that my usual bookmark is only a receipt or paper scrap.

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      vitar 7 years ago

      Great lens! I gave you 5***** ;)

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      shiwangipeshwani 7 years ago

      another wonderful lens from a wonderful person

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens. 5 stars

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another great lens. Love the designs! 5 Stars

      Susie

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      whoops! meant to say I *will* lensroll it...always forget we can't roll to a brand-new lens :}

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      Mary 7 years ago from Chicago area

      I especially like the idea of recycling cards into bookmarks. Featured at squidoo.com/best-bookplates & lensrolled too :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love pretty book marks and never have too many of them. Great Bookmarks and Bookplates that you have featured here. Thank you.d

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I need to label new hymnals donated in memory or in honor of loved ones/friends. I am hoping to find printable labels that can be merged with my list of donors and printed on an ink jet printer. Anyone had any experience with such? Ideas welcome.

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Wonderfully done! Blessed by an angel!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Nice bookmark & bookplate collections. I normally put on a piece of paper to save a page in a book but seeing the beautiful designs on this lens, I might print a few. Rated 5*

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      What a wonderful article! I usually forget and leave a bookmark in the book when I return it to the library! So, your designs would be a wonderful surprise for the next reader!

      Lensrolling to my Book Repair lens! Yes, bookmarks would save a spine or two!

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      wayfarer lm 7 years ago

      What a great collection of book-related items! I am guilty of not treating my books better too. Thanks for the reminder!

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Great collection! I love the set of painted wooden bookmarks in the carry case. Lensrolled to The Reader's Shop: T-shirts, Book Bags, Gifts for Book Lovers.

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      Medicinemanwriting1 8 years ago

      Excellent lens. Very interesting information. As a matter of fact I print my own bookmarks for myself, my wife and daughter. 5***** Thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      what a nice idea(wani)

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      KaraLynnRussell 8 years ago

      Great lens! I'm a librarian and I think I will print out some of these for kids to make at my library. My own kids know that the quickest way to irritate me is to leave their books laying open, face down. Or almost as bad, dog ear the pages.

      I have a large collection of r bookmarks myself. Any ideas on displaying booksmarks?

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      EpicFarms 8 years ago

      What a fun collection of ideas! I use address labels sometimes on books and videos (if I'm in a hurry to lend it :o) otherwise I print my own. Great lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wow these are beautiful and I learned all kinds of new information. I am going to favorite this one and come back often.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very useful lens. 5*

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great idea for a lens! I love unique bookmarks.

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      My favorite bookmark is one we don't use. One year, we gave all the grandparents bookmarks made simply and in a low-tech fashion. We cut out pictures of our children, stuck them on construction paper and covered them with clear mactac. They were treasured by the Grandparents. Now some of them have come back and I am afraid I might lose them if I actually put them in a book so...I have them on my mirror.

      Nicely done lens; blessed by Brenda.

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      Gillie2tat 8 years ago

      I often use the nearest piece of paper as a bookmark - yesterday it was a shopping receipt! Great lens and thank you for some lovely ideas.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great lens! Very interesting and well done :) Lots of great links. I will lensroll it in my Bookmarks / Book Thongs lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I have many bookmarks and bookplates that were given to me as gifts. I also love my clip-on book light. Great for late-night reading. Terrific job on the lens... I'm featuring it on my Squid Angel Diary this week.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      great bookmarks. i hate folding pages.

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      teamlane 8 years ago

      Very kule lens!

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      Janusz LM 8 years ago

      I Dog-ear mine, I have used Bookmarks aswell though.. especially if the Book wasn´t mine. Blessed :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I double task in the bathroom and use TP to mark all the important pages and where I'm reading.