Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bound Bookmark Reading Logs

Today is DT day for the Thankful Thursday team over at Crazy About Cricut.  This time, Jenny is presenting a Bookmark challenge!  Well, my kids LOVE reading and I assign reading projects throughout the summer. For this challenge, we made a school year reading log... it has enough pages to last through the entire school year and is bound using my Bind-it-all.

As you can see it includes my reading log bookmark PDF file. Feel free to grab it, I've included a free download via 4 Shared.

We cut the hippo and the sun from Create a Critter. The hippo is cut @ 2 1/2", I hid the flower 
on the hippo because it's for my 6-year-old son.  The water and the grass is all cut at 1". I put Glossy Accents on the water and used my white Gelly Roll pen to add stitches on the hippo's shadow, the blades of grass and around the body of the bookmark.

The sun is cut at 3", the cloud is cut at 2 1/2".  I applied blue ink with a dauber to the edges of the cloud.  Again I used my white Gelly Roll pen to add stitches on the sun's shadow and around the body of the bookmark.

I grabbed my PDF file and printed enough reading logs to get both of my kiddos through the school year. These measure 2" x 7" and we cut our bookmark pages at 2 1/4" x 8 1/2" so we get four pages out of one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of card stock.  

We used glue runner to attach our reading log pages to our book.

See, we made them double sided. We put them so that the bound top is always up. This one is for my 6-year-old.

And here is the second book we made. This one is my 8-year-old's.

Here is a look at the PDF file.  This file was designed so you can make two double-sided bookmarks with one print out. 
And here is the PDF file if you'd like to make a bound book like we did. You can download it here via 4 Shared.

So, in one afternoon, we have two completed bookmarks that will last my boys the entire school year! :)

Please take some time to craft with your kiddos today.  Make a bookmark, and you can enter it into Jenny's Summer Bookmark Challenge over at Crazy About Cricut.


Adrian said...

Wow, these are so adorable!

Dixie said...

These are too cute, and functional too. It's a great thing to encourage kids to discover the joy of reading.

Ashley said...

These are such cute bookmarks! I work at a library and plan on making my all of my coworkers cards and bookmarks during the holiday season - I'll definitely keep these in mind! :)


Chriss America Real said...

Wow! This is so cool! Do you think I could make it with a brad holding it together is I don't have a binder?

Jayne said...

Wow,great idea! They turned out fabulous.

KardsbyKadie said...

AWESOME Project Cheryl - WOW - Just in time for me to make for my grandkids back in Wisconsin. Think this will make the perfect little gift for them. And using the Create A Critter cartridge - I'll be able to design each bookmark perfectly for each grandkid. THANKS Cheryl for allowing us to download and print out the file. YOUR ROCK GIRLFRIEND! Kadie Fellow CJToo Design Team Member

Tanya said...

I LOVE these!! What a great way to keep track of how many pages and what books were read!! The PDF file was a GREAT addition!! You ROCK!!!


Pink Lady's Paradise said...

What a cute idea! I love the way you add the white gel accents. Yours are so perfect and add so much. Mine never turn out as well.

Thanks for the inspiration,

Cindy :)

Karen said...

Kids, reading and your bookmarks 3 fabulous things! thing I like the hippo best...

Shelley said...

These are so cool Cheryl! So very cute! :)