In this tutorial I’m making a signature item for CumbyRock’s, creator of the geocaching news blog It’s Not About the Numbers. I’m using INATN’s geocoin image to create a magnet bookmark.
Creating the bookmark image
Start with a new file and set the canvas size. The canvas size for this bookmark is Width: 2.5 inches Height: 6 inches
There are 3 files opened – 1 file for the bookmark, 1 for the geocoin front image, 1 for the geocoin back image.
Select the front image, then copy the image.
Paste it into the bookmark file (it currently is too big for the space, but keep reading)
Do the same for the back of the geocoin image
Drag the corners of each image to fit the front and back images into the canvas
Rotate (Image>Image Rotation) one of the images (I rotated the back image) 180 degrees. Later when I print out the bookmark I’m going to fold it in half so the rotated image will be right side up when the bookmark is folded.
Look at the right lower corner, you will see that there are 2 layers plus a background layer.
Add another layer (Layer>New)
Fill that layer in black (Edit>Fill)
My bookmark is done. All I need to do now is save the image. I’m going to save it twice. Once as a .psd file so if I need to, I can make changes to the layers later on. And once as a jpg file. I’m going to insert the jpg file into a Word document so that I can print off a sheet of multiple bookmarks on to cardstock:
To assemble the bookmark:
Use box cutters to cut out a bookmark (or a paper cutter or trimmer)
The bookmark before it’s folded
To fold the bookmark in half, line up the corners
Then carefully and slowly pinch toward the middle to crease the fold accurately
Finish the crease with a bone folder
Tip: if you’re bookmark is black on white paper when you crease the paper some of the white paper will show through. Use a black permanent marker to cover up the white bits.
Now it’s time to attach magnets to the inside of the folded bookmark. You can buy flat magnets at the dollar store.
Put the 2 pieces of magnet together with the waxed paper facing out and cut a length that’s just shorter then the width of the bookmark.
Separate the 2 magnets. Take the wax paper off the one and place the magnet sticky side down onto the inside cover of the bookmark
Next place the second magnet on top of the first magnet, waxy paper side up. Peel off the wax paper.
Press the cover onto the sticky back of the magnet
Here’s what it looks like when you open up the bookmark
Your bookmark is finished and ready to use in a book