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How to Make a Planner Bookmark with Clipart

Melissa Bastow

Planner bookmarks are super cute and fun, and it's nice not to have to find your spot again every time you want to open your planner.  If you've been wanting to try your hand at making your own planner bookmark this is the tutorial for you!  

The first thing you're going to want to do is find a clipart image that isn't insanely intricate - you have to think about it in layers, and you're not going to want more than 3 or 4 layers, so keep that in mind when you're picking out your image.  

This tutorial is using an image from this Mermaid Clipart set in our shop (but we have lots of images you could do this with!):


Here's what you'll need (besides the clipart, which you've already picked out, right?):

• scissors with a good point
• a paper clip of some kind (mine are fancy circular ones!)
• 3D adhesive (if you don't have any of this you can use fun foam)
• white cardstock and color printer

Print your image for as many layers as you'll need.  Make sure to have a full image as the base that you can build on.  Also make sure that it's not printing too small or too large - I do mine around 2 to 2.5 inches tall.

I chose to have my hair and tail be the top layer, the skin another layer, and my base layer - so I printed the mermaid on white cardstock three times.  Then I cut out the pieces according to what would be on that layer.  Keep in mind that you'll need to attach the top layers to something, so the under layers should include everything you want to show PLUS the stuff that will be on top.

Start with the base layer.  Attach your paper clip in a way that it won't show once you have the other layers on.  (I ended up using some adhesive that was different from the one pictured because the thickness of the clip was enough and didn't need the added 3D dots.)  Place the 3D dots in the places where the next layer will be attached.  These things are STICKY, but you can cut and place them where you need them.

You won't need to put sticky stuff over the whole thing, but make sure your layers will be sufficiently supported.  Once you have the 3D dots placed you can put line up and attach the next layer.

Don't worry too much about perfection - cutting the tiny pieces is kind of hard, and life shouldn't be perfect anyway, right?  That would be boring.

For each layer you need to put more 3d dots in the all places that need them.  (They look a little like boogers...)

I must tell you that the smaller pieces are kind of a pain to deal with.  But I HAD to have her shells be on the top layer, and I don't mind seeing a tiny bit of boogery adhesive to do it.  It's basically all about what YOU want - make it just like you want!

After you get your final layer on you can see how the layers and 3D adhesive add depth.  If you don't have, or don't like, the booger adhesive you can also achieve this with fun foam - just attach a layer or two of that in between each layer of the clipart image.

Now that you know how - how many fun bookmarks can you make with our clipart?!  Ready, set, create!!


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