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Tutorial: By The Book(mark)

Ontario cacher Lone R teaches It’s Not About The Numbers how to make the first of two signature swag items – in this case, a magnetic bookmark – featuring our blog logo.

NB: Photoshop CS5 was used to create this bookmark. If you don’t have Photoshop, you might have success with free software products such as Sumo Paint or the GNU Image Manipulation Program aka GIMP.

CREATE YOUR BOOKMARK IMAGE

Start with a new file and set your canvas size.

The size for this bookmark is: Width: 2.5 inches, Height: 6 inches

You should have three files open; one for your bookmark, one for the geocoin’s front image, one for the geocoin’s reverse.

Select the front image, and then copy it.

Paste it into the bookmark file (it is currently too big for the space but keep reading …)

Repeat this process for the image on the back of the geocoin.

Drag the corners of both pasted images to fit the front and back sections of your bookmark file.

Rotate (Image>Image Rotation) one of the images  – I rotated the reverse image – 180 degrees. Later, when I print out my file, I’m going to fold it in half so that the rotated artwork will be the right side up when the bookmark is folded.

Look at the right lower corner of your screen; you will see that there are two layers plus a background layer.

Add another layer (Layer>New).

Fill that layer in black (Edit>Fill).

My bookmark is done. All I need to do now is save the image. I’m going to save it twice – once as a .psd file so, if I need to, I can make changes to the layers later on; and once as a jpg file. I’m going to insert the jpg file into a Microsoft Word document so that I can print off a sheet of multiple bookmarks on to cardstock.

TO ASSEMBLE YOUR BOOKMARK

Use a craft knife (or a paper cutter or trimmer) to cut out each bookmark.

The bookmarks before being folded.

To fold each bookmark in half, line up the corners.

Then carefully and slowly pinch toward the middle to crease the fold accurately.

Finish the crease with a bone folder.

TIP: If your image is predominantly black, when you crease the paper some of the white will show through. Use a black permanent marker to cover up the white bits.

Now it’s time to attach magnets to the inside of each folded bookmark. You can buy flat magnets at most discount or craft stores.

Put the two pieces of magnet together with the waxed paper facing out and cut a length that’s just shorter then the width of your bookmark.

Separate both magnets. Take the wax paper off the one and place the magnet sticky side down onto the inside cover of your bookmark.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Next place the second magnet on top of the first; waxy paper side up. Peel off the wax paper.

Press the cover onto the sticky back of the magnet.

Here’s what it looks like when you open up the bookmark.

Your bookmark is finished and ready to use.

*Don’t forget to check out Lone R’s own blogs – Lone R’s Geocaching Blog and Lone R: Letterboxing and Other Hide & Seek Adventure. For more of her signature item tutorials, visit My Geoswag.

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