Handmade Holidays: Bookplates for Children

December 21, 2011

We always make a little something for the kids’ stockings. This year, the kids have been confusing their own books with library books quite a bit. And, Bea has started lending some of her books to her close friends. With this in mind, we decided to make the kids their own bookplates to label their favourite storybooks.

Step One: Sketch & Ink or Copy & Paste
First, my husband sketched out a few designs according to each of the kids’ tastes. Once he had a basic idea of where he wanted to go, he formalized the images in black ink on white paper.  If you don’t have a sketcher in the house, you can easily download a favourite image from the web.
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Step Two: Add Text (& Optional Colour)
Next, I scanned the images into the computer and loaded them onto my favourite photo editing website, Picnik.[Picnik is now defunct – Try ipiccy or fotoflexer!] There, I added text: Ex Libris, & the Child’s Name, if necessary.  Alternative text would be: “Child’s Name’s Library” or “From the Library of….Child’s Name” or “This Book Belongs to…”

After adding text, I used the Duo Tone Effects features to boost the sharpness of the black and white colouration.  Here, we could have also used Duotone to add colours. We decided to leave the images fairly simple, however, so that the kids could use their coloured pencils to add their own touches to the bookplates.
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 Step Three: Format & Print
I was lucky enough to find full sheets of sticky-backed plain paper at the dollar store on which to print multiple copies of my bookplates from MsWord.  If full sheets such as these are not available, you can use Avery labels #6462, and download the related software from the Avery label website. In that case, you’ll want to rotate the images 90 degrees so as to print portrait style labels that will fit into books.

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2 Responses to Handmade Holidays: Bookplates for Children

  1. Writing Sisters December 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

    What a great idea! I love it.

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