Thursday, October 25, 2012

Little Monsters Blog Hop

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If you came from Jenny's blog (Crazy About Cricut) you are in the right place.
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My project is a Reading Log Bookmark.  These would be fun for a classroom Halloween treat or a simple motivational fun for your young reader.

I created a PDF file that goes with this project. Please feel free to download the file. You are free to use it as much as you'd like for your personal projects, but it is not to be used for commercial purposes. If you'd like to post the PDF or this project on your own website or blog, please link it back to the Cards by CG blog (

This is a jpg of the pdf file.
I included three file share programs for you to download with. Hopefully you'll have no
On to the project:
Step 1: Print out the PDF onto card stock. I use white for my projects, but any color will do. You will have enough reading logs for two bookmarks each time you print the pdf file.

Step 2: Cut a book mark from card stock. The measurements are 2 1/4" x 8" - you can cut a total of four bookmarks from one sheet of standard 81/2" x 11" card stock.

Step 3: Cut out the reading logs and mount them on the colored card stock, there will be one side with a large blank spot at the top of the bookmark. This is where you or your child will add decorations (we chose to use Cricut Cuts from Mini Monsters). The second side (the long one) will be added to the back of the bookmark. - see second picture -

Step 4: My kids used the Crop-a-Dial to punch holes in the top of the bookmark to add ribbons.

Step 5: We set eyelets with the Crop-a-Dial.
Step 6: Cut ribbons to add to the top of your bookmarks, we used 8" for each bookmark.

Step 7: Cut your decorations. We used Mini Monsters and our Cricut Expression. All our cuts fit perfectly using 2 1/2" for all layers. Both my 7 and 10 year old sons love using the cricut (as you can see from the pictures)! :)

Step 8: Once everything is cut, assemble your decorations. We used a Zig two-way glue pen for the assembly of each monster cut.

Step 9: Attach the decoration to the top of the bookmark with Action Wobbles (super fun addition for small batches, you may want to use pop dots if making a lot of bookmarks).

Step 10: Have your child write his/her name on the bookmark. Here my 7 year old is using a Gelly Roll white gel pen.

Now my little monsters have their own little monsters to help them read. My 7 year old finished his bookmark and immediately went to his room to pick out a book to read.... if you ask me that is a wonderful result for this little 15 minute project!! :)

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Maria said...

very cute project

Lara said...

This is a great idea! Love that you craft with your kids. Thanks for the inspiration! lclass003

TheTulipCollector said...

Wonderful idea! Our grandson is in Kindergarten and they are tracking their reading and have their sight words color coded. This would be a perfect addition to what our daughter is already doing with him.

teachdanz said...

I love how you get your kids involved - precious!! thanks for the great idea and download too:-)

teachdanz said...

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Ashley Nicole said...

These are super cute very cool for the school kids reading. Love that your little one was crafting with you.

Cathie w said...

very cool project


coolnana72 said...
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coolnana72 said...

What a cute,cute idea. I am going to make these with my grandchildren. These would make great gifts to put in treat bags for them to give out at their classroom halloween party. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
coolnana72 at hotmail dot com

Shar said...

I love these!!!! And thanks for sharing the pdf for the reading log. I've been looking for one of these myself. Your monster bookmarks are simply adorable!!! :)


Gail said...

Hi Sharon - Great job on the bookmarks! Thanks for giving me an opportunity to win your prize - that would be exciting! Have a great day!

Gail said...

Hi Cheryl - I am sorry I wrote the wrong name in my first post - forgive me - I like to add names and I just made a mistake - correcting it here! Have a great week Cheryl. I am member of your blog too!

Unknown said...

Cheryl, what a great idea! I love how your reading log bookmarks turned out. I will have to try that out for my son.

Your Design Team Sister,

Beckie said...

Fabulous idea. Love your bookmarks.

Be blessed, Beckie
Stampin' Up Ind Demo

Heidi said...

I love the reading log bookmarks! What a fun idea. Thanks for sharing and the tutorial on how you did it. It looks like your son had fun! Live for Scrappin

sstw1 said...

Great idea to get your kids involved, and they turned out so cute!

D- said...

Love your bookmarks. TFS.
dmcardmaker (at AOL)

Simply Sweet by Sharon said...

I love your bookmarks!! I might have to make a few for some of my friends younger kids.

Sweet Wishes your DT sister ~Sharon~