4 Easy Peasy Ways to Make Bookmarks for Readers
People still love bookmarks. E-readers haven’t taken that opportunity away from us authors. We all still have books, novels, cookbooks, reference books, etc. and they still need marking.
So why not make sure that when they open up that marked spot, they remember you!
After deciding what you want to promote: yourself, a current book or series, or a freebie link and author page, we can dive into the creating part.
1. USING COMMUNITY TEMPLATES
Book Brush makes this easy-peasy with Community Templates.
In the Custom Creator Tool, just click on Community Templates.
- Then the Filter Options Box come up.
- Under Platform choose Bookmark.
Currently, there are 48 templates to choose from, scroll through and have fun. Some have a Blue “Your Book Cover Goes Here”.
To add your cover, simply click the lightning bolt in the lower left, your covers will come up. Click one and it magically appears.
I had this template altered in a few minutes! Each object is editable.
I truly only deleted the retailer stamp, changed the background color to a solid blue, added an overlay to that. Added the new retailer stamps and changed the text font and colors.
NEW FEATURE ALERT.
Now it’s easier than ever to add your Amazon and Kobo retailer stamps.
2. YOU CAN ALSO ADD A BOOK TEMPLATE TO A COMMUNITY TEMPLATE
If you find a community template that doesn’t have a book cover to change, or want to exchange the one there for a different one, you can do so very quickly.
This is what I started with, again looking at community templates and searching for bookmarks under PLATFORM.
To look at the entire image, I clicked on the eyeball tool and moved the image to where I wanted it.
Here is how I added the book template. Totally magical.
The final product. Nothing like the original and it only took a few clicks.
NEW TOOL PLACEMENT
The eyeball, gridlines and a newly added zoom in/zoom out panel has moved to the bottom right of the workspace.
3. WHAT IF YOU WANT TO START FROM SCRATCH
We have two ways to begin.
1. Use our premade template or create your own size.
Go to the Custom Creator, then…
- Click on Bookmark to bring it into the workspace.
Once the bookmark is in your workspace, you can begin to pretty it up.
Remember you can bring in your own images. For instance, your book cover for a background, logos, signatures, any image you own.
(Remember Stamps have been retitled IMAGES)
I brought in my logo for the Kahuna Group Series.
- Images in left column
- My Images
- Drag or upload your image.
It’s truly that simple.
Find your background or just add a simple color and start adding your text boxes or other images.
For this bookmark, I just want people to know I have a series that, by the logo and the background, appears to be set in Hawaii and my name and website.
Now I can print these on my home color printer and cut out or send to a professional printer or use with a promotional company (who may have their own sizes…) or using blanks you buy either an office store or on line. I buy mine from pcforms and they will send you samples and a template to use.
Which brings me to our final way to create bookmarks in a easy-peasy way.
4. CUSTOM SIZES
There are two ways to get to custom sizing in Book Brush.
You can click the CUSTOM tab next to Popular.
You can click the CUSTOM button icon.
Either will take you to this page. By the way, this is the panel for making anything a custom size.
You’ll note that the dimensions needed are in pixels. This is my favorite site to use for converting. https://www.ninjaunits.com/converters/pixels/inches-pixels/
HINT: I keep a notebook full of information, like my hex color codes, sites like this, search terms that work well for me, helpful hints, etc.
Or instead of using the site you can do a tiny bit of math. Multiply your inches by 300 which is the resolution we use at Book Brush.
Be sure you know the size of the template you need either from your printer, premade cards or promotional company.
Then you start designing. Note this new icon to help you work faster.
EXTRAS ~ BEST PRACTICES
SAVE YOUR TEMPLATES AS YOU WORK
Some plans are limited in the number of templates you can save, but remember it’s a rolling number, so just delete the ones you won’t use after you’ve nailed your design.
DOWNLOAD to your computer when finished. Get in onto your computer. Create a filing system so that you know where you download your Book Brush material.
I have files for each book title and in those files I have one entitled Book Brush, then Memes, Covers, etc. That way I can find them easily and quickly.
Once you're finished with all the designing, take the file to a print shop or print at home or send to your promotion company to print for. (Remember if you’re going to use a company, make sure you know what sizes they need and create a custom size to match.)
I’ll print these on plain paper using the template from pcforms to make sure they work before I try them on the real bookmark stock I’ve purchased.
If needed, you can always size them a bit in whichever program you’re using. This particular form works with Word. I place the image I’ve downloaded from Book Brush. Size it if necessary, then copy and duplicate to fill all the template boxes, then print. After it’s done printing I line it up with the template by holding it up to a window or light and once satisfied, go ahead and print on my perforated bookmarks.
Punch a hole in the top and add a ribbon. You can see the finished product as well as some links to forms and promotion companies using the above link 🙂
Or create a label you can print and add to the back with a code for whatever, redeem a free book, your website, a CTA (call to action) to join your mailing list.
Then hand out these easy-peasy bookmarks with pride.
Article by L.A. Sartor
I started writing as a child, really. A few things happened on the way to becoming a published author … specifically, a junior high school teacher who told me I couldn’t write because I didn’t want to study … urk … grammar… That English teacher stopped my writing for years.
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