Sunday, August 8, 2010

Blog Hop Day One - Bookmark Reading Logs

When I was asked to be part of a Back-to-School Blog Hop, I was thrilled. This is my very first blog hop! Thanks for hopping along with us!!

My project is a Reading Log Bookmark. 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 5 and 7 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 pop dots (we used "therm-web" 3-D foam squares for our project).

Step 10: Have your child write his/her name on the bookmark. Here my 5 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!! :)

Thanks for hopping along this blog hop. To win some blog candy from CardsbyCG, please become a follower and leave a comment at the end of this posting. I look forward to hearing what you think of this project! The blog candy drawing will be held on Monday, August 16th, 2010.

Here is the blog-hop line-up!
The link (with the school house picture) on the left will take you to the beginning of the line-up.

Georgiana at Carson's Cricut Creations

Dorcas at 4 Crafty Angels

Cheryl at Cards by CG (That’s me)

Jen at Purplescrapbooker

Carri at abusybee


Unknown said...

that is such a cute idea.......cute bookmarks.....i need to find out how to open ur pdf pic

- - Sheryl - - said...

Cute idea. I am going to make these for my sister's three children - as my kids are grown.

Lucila Ortega said...

Muy utiles los separadores y que mas que compartimos con nuestros hijos!!!!

Jamie said...

These bookmarks are so cute. My kids are way too young to read right now, but I will be using this idea to make myself some bookmarks, what a great idea!

bamiester at

Yvette said...

Oh my goodness! How cute are those. I love the idea. Having the kids help makes it even better. Those mini monsters are too cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

Randi said...

Love this idea Thanks so much for sharing it. Having the kids help is a plus for sure

Jennifer said...

This is a great project! Thanks for sharing! Jennifer

Janice said...

Just became a follower and love the bookmarks. What a great way to encourage students to read. Super cute. Be back tomorrow!

LadybugCarrie said...

Love the bookmarks! What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!

Georgiana said...

Your boys are so cute helping. My daughter (she is 12) is the same way...she loves to steal Cricut time. : )

I am going to use this idea and your PDF file to make bookmarks for my students.

Georgiana : )

Michelle said...

Love those mini monsters - useful project!

Lisa Rhodes Lamer said...

I love it... I am so making some of these with my kids! Thanks


Evelyn said...

What a great way to keep kids reading.Will definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing.

janeskeepsakes said...

Great idea. Thank you for sharing.

jd designs said...

What a fun way to encourage young reading!
~ JD ~

Quirkylane said...

WOW! With each hop I take, I'm so impressed!! I'm definitely going to share these with my kids teachers!Thanks for the wonderful idea:)

Scrapnatic said...

I love it! Super idea! Thanks for sharing!

Kerry T said...

What a great project. I love that the kids were involved and it encouraged them to read. The mini monsters are awesome.
kerrysmith at rogers dot com

Unknown said...

What a great blog! I'm now a follower. As a retired teacher, I know that having something like a bookmark made *just for me* can be a real motivator to get children to read. And yours are perfect! Thanks for helping with literacy in the US! My blog is

Heather said...

These bookmarks are so cute! I love them!
ra6352 (at) gmail (dot) com

Pink Cricut said...

Love these--and I especially love how the kids helped!! MY kids love helping me craft!

~Heidi said...

Oh how adorable! Kids and bookmarks. Thanks for the project.

FifthAvenueGirl said...

LOVE the bookmarks! TFS!

Hawks Nest Hobbies said...

Since this is about our kids, what fun to have kids help with the projects. Thank you for a terric craft idea that helps both kids and adults.
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Auntie Marg said...

love love love the bookmarks!!!!

snappy scrappy said...

Love the bookmarks.

tHiS BuG's GoTTa GiVe said...

Omg I'm totally in love with your bookmark craft. That is awesome wow . I am now a follower of yours. Thank you for the chance to explore your blog

Chris said...

Just love the bookmarks :)
Will be trying these out :)

SimpleScrappin said...

what a fun kids project! these will be great for my son to make for his class and add to his halloween treat bags..TFS!

Conley Family said...

So cute! What a great idea! So easy to have the kiddos help out to personalize too!

Steff Jones said...

What a cool idea.

Mybe this will get my neice involved with reading more.

Scrapperdee said...

Great idea! TFS!

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Unknown said...

Oh what a fun idea. I can't wait to make these for my son's class.

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Monica said...

I love how you included the children. Really nice practical idea.

crazyaboutcricut said...

I am so totally making these! They turned out awsome, and are easy to make. TFS!
crazyaboutcricut at hotmail dot com

Michelle said...

very cute idea, I love your apple card too!!!

Connie said...

Great idea, I wish I would have had these when my children were little!

Unknown said...

These are wonderful! We use the Accelerated Reader program at my school and many teachers use reading logs or bookmarks! I will definitely be borrowing this! Thanks so much!

Court said...

What a wonderful result in deed! That's fantastic!

courts crafts blog at gmail dot com

Trish said...

I LOVE this idea!! So adorable!!!

ScrappinMomma said...

very cute. I love it! Thanks for sharing
Tracy P

AJoy said...

Okay. I have to do this! Thank you for the permission to use it. This is a great project. My daughter is 5, 6 in 12 days!, and she participated in the local library's reading program. She loves bookmarks and will definitely use this since 1st graders will be required to read accelerated reading books.

Thanks again!

nginerd at gmail dot com

beejay said...

What a cute idea. I love that your kids participated in this project, and yes... anything that motivates a child to pick up a book is extra wonderful!!! Happy to follow you :)

Shana said...

such a great project, to involve your little helpers. thanks

Patti B said...

What a fun class project. Nice work

Linda S said...

What a great way to get kids to read!! Thank you!!

Jean said...

I love these bookmarks. The monsters are so cute!!

Theresa99 said...


I ABSOLUTLY love this far, one of the best I have seen yet! Since my son does not enjoy reading, this might be the perfect way to encourage him! I will let him pick out the character, and help me make it like you did with your kids.
THANKS so much!!!
Theresa99 :)

MeMe said...

Blog candy is always good--have become a follower.

Turnedgypsy said...

cute love that idea. thanks for sharing with us. I would also love for you to follow me too. I do giveaways, but never get to enter my own, lol. so glad I can try to win here


*Star said...

I LOVE these! I can't wait to make these with my kids, they are going to love them. Inspired!!! TFS and have a great day. :)

tbug said...

I can't wait to make these with my class the first week of school. They are so cute and functional! Thanks for posting your project.

Melia said...

Wow... those are great! what a great idea, keepingthe reading log right in the books the kids are reading!


LV said...

AS a teacher, I promise, I will be using this!!! I love it!!

Cristi said...

How cute are these! I love to see your boys help you with your project. I think I am going to use your idea and make some cute book marks for my girls. They are actually in there rooms right now reading.
I feel so special, you have my button on your blog. Thank you!

The Scrapbooking Queen said...

Hello Cheryl
Love you cute readers book club idea it amazing to see such talent...
I tried to become a follower but it stated I was blocked .. I contact you on FB ...

The Scrapbooking Queen

momto5boys said...

This is a very good project idea! I have a soon-to-be first grader that I think this will be perfect for. Thanks!


Linda said...

very cute bookmarks thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

I love the bookmarks! I can not wait to make some -thank you soooo much for the wonderful idea.

Diane's Place said...

i love the monsters on the bookmarks. hpe the studntes will be able to keep up with thsee.

Countrygal said...

Cheryl, I love these!!! They are an excellent way for kids to get excited about their reading projects for the school year (and all year)!;~) Wish I had all this great craft stuff available when I was home schooling!

Carol E. said...

I love those!!! That will be such a great way for my kids to help keep track of their reading..Thanks for sharing!!

Carolyn Ruiz said...

Anything that helps get kids excited about reading is a great idea to me! TFS

Celeste B. said...

What a great idea!!! I'm so glad you were in this blog hop (so I could find you). Great job!!!

Celeste B.

Connie Gail said...

A very useful paper craft! I hope you don't mind if I share it with a few homeschool Moms (one being my daughter). Thanks for sharing! Now I'm on to see your other projects.....:O)

The Cropping Canuck said...

Great idea to encourage reading!

Kelly Rae said...

What a great way for kids to keep track of their reading and in such a fun way. Plus, getting them involved in making these is another fabulous way to get their attention. Thanks for sharing!

Crafty Teacher said...

Awesome idea!! My daughter was just asking about bTookmarks.. and she hates filling out the page reading log.. I think I'll try this with her and with the kids I'll be teaching! Fun!

barbip said...

Such a great idea! I love it when we can make "usable" items. Thanks for sharing this with us!!

RobinDiane said...

Super cute idea.

Alex said...

great idea ! Love it ! TFS :)

Deanna said...

As a reading teacher I will make these. Thanks for the ideas!

Cathy S said...

Wonderful idea Cheryl and I loved that you showed your children helping make these, what a learning tool. Great blog, I will be back.
Cathy S.

Carol Ric said...

So cute and a great idea to get the kids to participate! TFS!

Emily said...

Very cute! I want the mini monsters cart :)

Diane's Place said...

what a way to encourage reading, love the little monsters!

Scrappin' Sista said...

This is definately cute. If it inspires kids to read, I'm all for it.

Honey B Allende said...

I totally love this idea....My kids are super book worms...Thank GOD!!! This is a great idea... I will be making some for my lil monkeys...

Thanks for Sharing...
Sweet Honey

Kathy's Kreative Spot said...

Great idea of have a reading log on the back of these adorable book marks.

Katsews at Gnail dot com

Desiree' Clary said...

This is SO smart! Actually I wanna thank you for sharing this! This will be GREAT for my lil' boi's AR! LOVE it!

emspel said...

This is a great idea! My kids love being read to (2 and 3) and this is great for any age!

quilt4fun2 said...

The kids will love to read using these bookmarks :)
quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

4kids4 said...

This is such a great idea! I'm going to use the turtle and the bookworm from Create A Critter to make them for my 6 yr-old twins...tfs!!

Got2BCrafting said...

Oh how cute! My kids would love to help me make these. TFS
tahoe_luvr at yahoo dotcom

Nicole said...

OMGOSH, what a neat idea!! I LOVE it. I'm going to make some of these with my two boys. Thanks so much for sharing the idea!

Darlene said...

aww! these are so cute! I love that the boys helped!

VeronicaA said...

What a nifty way for children to keep up with their reading. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

Marionment said...

What a neat way to get stuents to reading. Thanks for sharing.

Hope said...

How fun! Great idea to get the students to that you and your kiddos are playing with the cricut together!!

Craftyhomemade said...

Great idea.

Krissa Brown said...

LOVE the bookmarks! What a fun way to inspire your kiddos to read, and a project created together is icing on the cake! TFS!

The EmBellished Card - Belinda said...

A wonderful idea for kids to keep up with their reading. I know my sister (a teacher) would be thrilled for her students to have something like this. Very cute and quite useful!!!

Angi Barrs said...

I teach reading. These would be adorable for my students.

Liz said...

I love that you continued the monster theme for day two! These are great!

Ashley A. said...

What an amazingly GREAT project to keep kids reading... I am so impressed!!

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Love these--and I especially love how the kids helped!! MY kids love helping me craft!

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