Monday, 30 January 2017

Craft Along with GIY: Pets and bookmarks

Lovely Bane from GIY: Goth It Yourself got a great idea to host a monthly Craft Along on her blog. At the end of each month she'll post her craft project and people participating will post about theirs. Each month has a theme and January's theme was Pets.
Logo of Craft Along with GIY: Goth It Yourself
I have no pets, so I decided to make pet themed bookmarks. These aren't particularly "goth", but if you want to make these, it is easy to goth up! :) Just choose more goth-y pictures instead of little dogs and kittens.
What you need: 
  • some paperboard or another stiff paper 
  • a book you are willing to sheard to pieces
  • pretty pictures of pets (or what ever it is that you like)
  • glue
  • scissors
  • a pen & a ruler (or some fancy papercutter)
  • optional: sticky back plastic to make the bookmark last longer.

How to do it: 

These are very simple to make. Just cut a piece of paperboard, then cut a smaller piece of a book page. Glue those two together. Then glue a picture or two on top of the two layers.

Tip: try different compositions before attacking them with a glue stick! :)
If you want the bookmark to last longer, you can shield it with sticky back plastic. I preferred not to, because without any plastic they are easier to recycle.
I used some vintage pictures, I do not know what they are in English but in Finnish they are called "kiiltokuva" and in Germany "Glanzbild". They were usually made on a slightly shiny paper, and in the old times people (mostly young girls) collected them like some people collect stamps.
These are quick to make and they do not cost a fortune. As you can see from the one on the left, with the same instructions you can make postcards too.

Thanks for reading and do check out what Bane made and what other participants crafted!

14 comments:

  1. Hauska idea! 😊 Miulla on sopivasti yksi Paasilinnan Ukkosenjumalan poika uhrattavaksi askarteluun syystĂ€ ettĂ€ löysin eurolla uudenveroisen kirppikseltĂ€ edellisen, kirjaston poistokirjan tilalle.

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    1. Mahtavaa! :D Mun mielestÀ yksi hauskimmsita asioista on yrittÀÀ tavailla noita tekstinpÀtkiÀ ja arvata, mistÀ kirjasta on kyse. (Omatekemieni kohdalla tietty tiedÀn, mutta muiden)

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    1. Thank you! I think the theme of the month, pets, made them cute. I just couldn't make anything creepy. :D

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  3. What a simple and wonderful idea

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  4. I love those old-timey illustrations

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    1. Thank you! I was very lucky to get some actually old illustrations, not just reproductions. ^_^

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  5. Ooh, I love these! They are fabulous! :D

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    1. Thanks! ^_^ I am not usually a crafty person, so I had to start with paperboard instead of wood and power tools. :D

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  6. These are fabulous! I love dogs and cats!

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  7. Oooh, I had such collection pcitures as a child! I loved how glittery and kitschy they are!

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    1. They are! Especially the ones with children in them are often very kitschy. :D

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