February 17, 2013

Kids' Craft--Magnetic Bookmarks

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Pretty in Pink, Lucky Limeade), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Stamps:  Papertrey Ink (Tiny Treats: Valentine, Boxes, Bags, & Tags), Lawn Fawn (Chevron Backdrops)
Ink:  WPlus9 Design Studio (White), Memento (Tuxedo Black), Stampin' Up! (Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink)
Tools:  Spellbinders (circle die), corner rounder

Hi friends!  How about a just-for-fun post tonight?  I've been looking forward to sharing the Valentines my daughter and I made for her class.  We're not big on giving out candy as party favors, so I'm always trying to think of alternatives.

This past Christmas, my daughter got some magnetic bookmark clips in her stocking, and that was the inspiration for these little magnetic clips.  Aren't they cute?  

We made simple cards out of cardstock, Lucky Limeade for the boys and Pretty in Pink for the girls, and clipped the bookmarks to the top.  For reference, the cards are 2 1/2 X 3 1/4 inches and the clips are 1 3/8 X 4 1/2 inches.

Here's a view of the clips once they're taken off of the cards:

This design could be adapted to whatever stamps and dies you have in your stash.  I used a Spellbinders circle die to round the ends of a strip of white cardstock, then my daughter did some basic stamping with images from PTI's Tiny Treats: Valentine and Boxes, Bags, & Tags.  She colored the images with pencils.

I stamped the fronts and backs of the bookmarks using Lawn Fawn's Chevron Backdrops, masking the image and sentiment on the front.

After scoring and folding the strips in the middle, I cut self-adhesive magnetic squares from a large roll, stacked the magnets together, and removed the backing from one square to attach it to the inside of the strip.

One tip if you make these yourself:  Make sure you orient the magnetic squares so that they are strongly attracted to each other.  In some orientations they have a weaker attraction, and once you adhere the magnets you won't be able to move them.

I removed the paper backing from the other magnet, folded the top of the strip down and pressed it onto the adhesive.

These were so much fun for my daughter and I to make together, and hopefully her classmates will enjoy using them.

If you decide to make any of these, I'd love to hear how they turn out!  I already have plans of making some Halloween themed clips for our annual party's goodie bags.

Hope you've had a great weekend!  Thanks for visiting today!


Nancy said...

Christina, these are absolutely adorable. What a fun project to do with your daughter too. Thanks for the directions and tips on securing the magnets!

Lynn said...

I'm sure the kids loved these Christina...they are beyond adorable!

Ginny said...

These couldn't be any cuter! What an awesome idea for your daughter's classmates. And so much fun for you and her to do together! Love how you used a Spellbinders circle die to round the ends of the strip - I must try this!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

What a cute gift.
My grandkids love to read, so these now on my list of cutie bookmarks! hugs.

Lea L. said...

These are adorable!!

Andrea M said...

These are AWESOME Christina! I think they're "dino-mite"!

xiumaiyuki said...

These are adorable! I can't wait to get my hands on that WPlus9 white ink. You make it looks so good!

Kristie Goulet said...

These are absolutely adorable! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

Sharron said...

What a fun project! I like making bookmarks for our grandkids and love this idea. These are so adorable! TFS!!

Jingle said...

These are SO adorable!

Lisa Petrella said...

I bet the kiddos LOVED these, Christina!!! They are TOTALLY ADORABLE!!!! I definitely want to make some of these!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

Dawn said...

These are so cute Christina, what a great idea!

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