DIY Monster Bookmark

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The birds are singing, the sun is glowing and a gentle breeze tickled the curtains. Well, I’m not in a mood to craft a fiction or poem today. But it’s ideal to enjoy ‘my time’ doing some easy crafts. (That first sentence is the opening of my upcoming picture book. What do you think it’s about? ?) Well, until recent past my hobbies have been reading books and writing stories. But once I was blessed with three creative kids, Alhamdulillah I’m enjoying spending time with them digging up the untested, unknown skills of mine. I believe one person can never feel enough of having books. Yes, I’ve been asked many times by those who visits me ‘why do you have to buy such a lot of books. Who’s reading them, anyway? In vain!’ Ah! That moment. Yes, that’s the moment I wrestle with myself wishing that I could explain the feeling one gets by reading. Until they themselves experience the joy of reading they’ll never understand why people like me adore the Beast in the Disney movie ‘Beauty and the Beast’ (wink* wink*). I know most of us like to cloth ourselves with matching dresses and accessories. Being a readaholic plus a writeaholic I feel the same about my books. Books need proper accessories such as a super cool bookmark to match your theme and your mood. I usually don’t like to fold pages, rather I remember the page number from where I paused reading or I use something that can be used as a bookmark. When I was a very young reader I used to be like this. Hope many of you can relate to this. image And, that carries me back to my advanced level class where I had used my national identity card as a bookmark and eventually forgot. Just two weeks prior to my advanced level examination I realised that I’ve lost my identity card. I was panicked and turned my room upside down, hopelessly searching for it. And only then I felt that I should check it with the librarian and thankfully it was there, Alhamdulillah. I wish I was more creative and organized then as a teenager, yet it’s better late than never, right? So here I am, keeping a step at a time, exploring the undiscovered beauty of art and craft. To be truthful, I find peace and tranquility in trying something new (if everything comes just closer to be called beautiful ?). I find rising of my temper as I witness the little people spill and scatter paint and craft materials all over the house but eventually I have fallen in love to see the messy house. A mess means that I’ve given plenty of opportunity for them to be themselves and had time discovering myself as well. Monster bookmarks is the favourite of this season for us I guess. It’s super easy and a fabulous accessory to adorn my books and of course the little people want a few for themselves too. So let’s make these cute readaholic monsters together inshaAllah. All what you need is A pair of scissors A piece of cardboard (I love reusing materials that are normally meant to be trashed. You can use cereal boxes for this.) Decorative papers (you can have anything, even newspapers or magazine papers will be fine for this project.) A ruler A glue stick Googly eyes And of course, pens/pencils/crayon image Sorry, I totally forgot about the glue stick when I clicked my camera. It happens, I’m a careless Mommy. ? There are plenty of pins on Pinterest, if you want to have a better look. I found my inspiration through http://www.ohcrafts.net/kids-page-corner-bookmark-for-kids.php Let’s try making one, inshaAllah. Draw a square on your card. Don’t forget to use your ruler ?. Mine measured 5cm*5cm. Draw second square exactly the same size on the right side of the first square (so they share a side) and a third square exactly the same size on the top of the first square. You should end up with 3 squares that compose an L shape. image Divide the uppermost square into two triangles by drawing a diagonal line across the square. Do the same to the right corner square. Scribble off the top left corner triangle and the bottom right triangle. Study the picture below so it’ll clear your doubts, inshaAllah. Cut out all parts of the entire shape that have not been scribbled out. You’ll have a square with two triangles from both sides attached to it, just like this. image   Fold one triangle inwards, so it covers the upper half of the square.   image Apply glue to the underside (the side still facing up) of the second triangle, and fold it over onto the first triangle.       image Cut two triangles from decorative papers. I measured 5cm for two sides, making the other side of the triangle to be 7cm. image Paste one piece of triangle on the lower inner side of the square. Some craftsman cut a smaller square from fancy paper and paste it on the square on card before the triangles are glued together. But I chose otherwise. Glue the other fancy triangle on top of the folded-over triangles of the bookmark. image Ta-da! That’s all. Now you can illustrate your readaholic monster to suit your imaginations.  image Be creative as much as you prefer. This will make a fabulous gift for a bookworm, let it be you, your younger sibling or even little people at home are going to love them. image If you happen to find time to create these little stuff please do share them with me through a photo or a two. I would love to see them inshaAllah. With much love, Nothing but Love.

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