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Bookmark the Date

As I may have mentioned before, M is an English teacher and I an avid lover of books and literature. This common ground proved to be one of the first things we truly bonded over as I made it my goal in life to prove to the English teacher that I, a mere mortal, was actually more well read than he. It took some time and some effort, but he finally relented that my years as a bookworm as a kid while he was honing his pitching skills on the baseball field did, in fact, make my book collection far vaster than his. Luckily for me, his ego was able to handle it and we’ve been trading books back and forth ever since.

Incorporating this shared love and this side of our personalities was a must for me. Pretty early on I had decided on bookmarks as favors, but along the way the idea evolved into creating personalized bookmark save the dates and asking people to “Bookmark the Date” as opposed to “Save the Date.” These took far longer than I might have hoped, but having sent them out before Christmas I am still hearing rave reviews a couple of months later so the work with was well worth the cause. People have a hard time believing they were handmade and as a perfectionist lover of all things homespun, I love hearing that more than you can imagine.

bookmark save the dates

First up, the tools of the trade:

  • Fiskars Corner Squeeze Punch {Something Old, Something New}, approx. $12 @ Michael’s
  • Fiskars Corner Squeeze Punch {‘Round the Corner}, approx. $12 @ Michael’s
  • (10) spools of 1/4″ ribbon, approx. $7 @ Michael’s on sale
  • (50) sheets of Champagne Metallic Card Stock 107# from Paper and More, approx. $15
  • (100) Recycled Brown Kraft Envelopes, A1 (4Bar) from Paper and More, approx. $16
  • (15) sheets of gray cover stock from Staples, approx. $1
  • (5) books of stamps, $42

scrapbook tools

Additional tools of the trade I already owned:

  • X-Acto Paper Cutter
  • X-Acto knife with #11 blades
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • 1/4″ hole punch
  • Xyron Adhesive Runner

Total Cost: $81 for 100 bookmarks and 100 accompanying information cards
[This price does not include the cost of the new printer I purchased to tackle the printing or the corner punches which will all be used numerous times for future projects – this also does not reflect previously owned items which have been used on countless occasions, many since architecture school. Also, our actual cost was only about $40 as I was granted postage via my office, but I included that in the price estimate recognizing most people would have to pay for postage.]

diy save the date bookmarks
All 100 bookmarks and accompanying information cards stacked up and ready to be stuffed and mailed.

I laid everything out in Adobe Illustrator, but I played around a bit just to experiment for those who don’t have access to pricey software and the same thing could definitely be achieved in PowerPoint by using text boxes and some patience. In the end, I had some struggles getting this thick pearlescent card stock to feed in my inkjet printer and I ultimately scrapped my plans for gorgeous printed envelope labels. Instead I channeled the good ‘ol days of architecture school and just quickly addressed all 100 envelopes by hand one night in front of Project Runway reruns. I like the simplicity of black ink printed on the brown kraft, but I do think the labels would have stepped it up an extra notch.

bookmark wedding invitations
Being the good little blogger that I am, I even made one blog-friendly version to protect the innocent without having to blur anything out in Photoshop. While not our real names, this gives a good feel for how they looked in the real version that was mailed to our guests.

kraft paper envelopes
Nope, our zip code is not 90210 either. I reckon if it were it’d be much warmer right now.

information card insert
We included a simple information card that listed the location, phone number and website of our venue, as well as our wedding website. This was also my first chance to showcase the simple monogram I had already designed.

diy monogram

metallic cardstock save the date
Here you can really see the pretty pearlescence of the metallic card stock. I think it was my favorite part!

save the date bookmark
A good look at the ribbon detail.

I used three fonts to lay out the bookmarks. The primary font was Albemarle Swash and I did actually buck up and pay the $12 for it, but I am so glad I did. The serif font is Charlemagne and the script font is Zapfino, both of which are Mac standard fonts. Overall, save for some printing woes, it was a fairly straightforward project and one which I would definitely tackle again. I get excited everytime I see one tucked into a book at the home of a loved one, which has happened a few times and somehow sending these out made everything about the wedding seem more real. Hopefully the rest of my upcoming projects are just as succesful.

Is anyone else handcrafting their Save the Dates?

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28 comments on “Bookmark the Date

  1. I love these Jen, I have been trying to think of something fun and quirky to do for our STD and I just adore these. I’m a total bookworm so these would be great for us. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Stunning! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Quick question: How did you glue the gray card stock to the metallic card for the information card? Thank you!

  3. I’m glad everyone likes them! To answer the question about attaching the gray to the metallic card stock, I used a Xyron Adhesive Roller. This is not the little Xyron machine that turns everything into stickers, but rather it allows you to run a line of adhesive along each side of the card. Then you just flip it up on the other card, position it and smooth it down. Easy peasy!

  4. Brittany writes...

    How did you get the metallic paper at paper & more so cheap? I’m seeing it listed at $30 for 100 sheets.

  5. Hey Brittany!

    I only used half of the 100 sheet pack, so I only consider $15 as being toward the bookmarks. The other 50 sheets/$15 worth will be dedicated to other projects. My actual purchase from Paper & More was a $30/100 sheet pack though, you are correct.

  6. Brittany writes...

    Paper price update! If you’re looking to invites based on this idea, you can order 100 sheets of 5×7″ pre-cut for $11.99 (unless I totally misunderstand the website and then I would be so sad). Excellent price and GOOORGEOUS design! I think I may return my store-bought DIY kit and do these!

  7. wow i cannot even believe how beautiful these are! Gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing all of your information too. Love this blog so much.

  8. Amanda writes...

    What were the dimensions of the bookmark when all was said and done? I love the idea and was curious to know what size envelope you used.

  9. Amanda, I don’t remember the exact dimensions of the bookmark but the two pieces together (bookmark and info card) went in a 4bar envelope which is just slightly bigger than 3×5. I believe the info card was 3×5 and the bookmark was 2×5. I hope this helps!

  10. Jill writes...

    What was the font you used for your bookmarks? I love the swirl. I am only slightly familiar with Illustrator and I was planning on using it for mine as well.

  11. Ruchi writes...

    I’m so excited! I’m going to make bookmarks for my save-the-dates for August 14th, 2010! They look so elegant!

  12. Britney writes...

    This inspired me to make my own “Bookmark the Dates” and they turned out beautifully! Your instructions were amazing and all of my guests loved them! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Ester writes...

    Hi Jeanna,
    Your wedding was beautiful!!!! I am very interested in making the cards box. How was it made? Was it made with two boxes? I would really appreciate directions.
    I am in the process of getting ideas for my daughters’ wedding in 2011.

  14. Bianca writes...

    Beautiful! Alas, my wedding day has long past… but with a baby on the way, I’m gathering up fun ideas for the shower. I’m hoping to do a book raffle in lieu of the more popular diaper raffle and I think these elegant bookmarks would make really nice favors for the guests. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Nummy writes...

    this is such a great idea! i’m doing an old vintage jane austen theme and think this would be perfect! i am a DIY novice so I have no idea how to make this! what paper do you use for the bookmarks? Can you buy just regular cardstock and use corner cutters? Maybe print three or four at a time then cut them? if anyone has any step by step instructions, I would definitely love them! also, I agree with Luisa, do you sell these? sorry for all the questions but any help anyone can give me, i would definitely appreciate it! was thinking about postcards but i keep changing my mind.. so many people do them and i think bookmarks would fit my theme better! thank you!

  16. Linda writes...

    My daughter and I love these bookmarks! It’s exactly what she wanted. What type of printer do you have? I found card stock at Michaels that are pre-cut at 2X6, but my printer won’t take paper that small. I’m not very good on illustrator and can’t seem to make multiple copies on one sheet.
    Thanks!

  17. Katie writes...

    You did such an amazing job! If you would want to do them again, let me know! I’m looking to hire someone for mine! :)

  18. Kristin writes...

    Oh my gosh that is amazing…. I would also love to hire you! Let me know if you want to do some commissioned work, because I love what you did but sadly do not have the time (or frankly the skill) to do what you have done. Great job.

  19. Reenie321 writes...

    These are beautiful. How did you get the ribbon to stay in place? Was it special ribbon? It does not appear as though you knotted it, just looped it through. When I do this, it comes undone.

  20. Trisha Metelka writes...

    Hey love this so much I am trying to do this but I cant seem to get word document to do anything right. How did you print the bookmarks out?

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