View Full Version : Small Gift Item: Book Corners

Deborah Secor
12-10-2009, 08:05 PM
I decided to make a few small gift items and found one neat idea I thought I'd share. I wanted something that would use a print of my paintings, but be useful and unique. Bookmarks are nice--I made several of them, too--but these little origami corners are really cute!

I printed a square painting on a piece of plain copy paper using the 'best photo' setting on my printer so that it was less than 2" in size.

I made mine 4" square:


Flip it over so that the image is at the top:

Then fold in half, bottom to top:

Then fold up the two sides:

Unfold and fold down the middle section like this:

Fold the right side back up over the middle flap...

..and fold it over the inside to lock it in place, then do the same with the left side:

You want to end up with it like this:

Flip it over and use it like this:

I'm making one for everyone in my Bible study group, plus a bookmark:
I have some information printed on the back of the big bookmark, and will toss in the little one for good measure. I actually find the little corner marker works exceptionally well! It surprised me.

Well, it's no big deal, but I figured you might need a quick project that uses your printed images.

Now I'm starting to get in the Christmas mood... :D


Donna T
12-10-2009, 09:31 PM
What a great idea, Deborah, and wonderful way to share your artwork with friends!

Deborah Secor
12-10-2009, 09:41 PM
Thanks, Donna. It is fun to be able to share the work!


Kathryn Wilson
12-10-2009, 09:51 PM
Very cool ideas! Great stocking stuffers too, I would imagine.

12-10-2009, 10:25 PM
Deborah, these are beautiful! So clever. I love your paintings so if I was lucky enough to get one of your bookmarks or book corners I'd treasure it.

Deborah Secor
12-10-2009, 10:41 PM
Thanks, Kat and Robert!

I'm just using printer paper, so they're lightweight, but the lighter paper folds nicely and I didn't want them too big. Maybe I can find a nice compromise at some point and print them on paper that's a little slicker &/or heavier, but still folds. I'll go through my stack and see what I already have, too.


12-10-2009, 11:52 PM
Great idea Deborah!!! I remember in grade school and junior high folding notes to friends and "boyfriends" into these squares to make them easier to pass in class so we wouldn't get caught! LOL Wonder if kids still do this or if it's all text messages and emails these days. Would have never thought of doing this though. Was trying to thing of something for my staff at work and if I find some time may have to do some to give to them. Thanks for sharing your idea!!!

12-11-2009, 10:26 AM
What a fabulous idea Deborah! I'm going to have to give these a try and maybe make some for myself too. Thanks for posting this!

12-11-2009, 01:21 PM
I love the bookmark idea!! Great idea, Deborah. If I get time I'm going to try this - better than the normal homemade cookies I make for my in-laws :).

12-11-2009, 02:28 PM

OOOOO, Deborah, what a wonderful idea. I'm sure they will be treasured!

I think I'll have a go at the corner folded idea.
Thanks for sharing!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Deborah Secor
12-11-2009, 02:53 PM
I hope all of you find the time and have some fun doing this. If you come up with anything innovative, post it here! I'd love to see the variations on this theme.


Deborah Secor
12-18-2009, 07:31 PM

This is what I've ended up with: a bookmark, book corner and a gift tag... It's nice to make simple but useful things decorated with my paintings.

Merry Christmas everyone!

12-19-2009, 12:32 AM
Great ideas Deborah. I've done the bookmark thing for a long time. They make nice "business cards" when you add your business info. I've used card stock in my home printer, and then laminated them. I like the ribbon touch, and think I could do that even once laminated. btw: Office Depot has inexpensive laminators that work for small projects, and they even last a long time. So far I've gone through only two of them in about 10 years. I've even laminated original pastel "doodles" in bookmark size for extra special friends and family.


Deborah Secor
12-19-2009, 01:35 PM
I was thinking of laminating them, Peggy, and even did a short online search for info. I think for this year I'll skip it, but maybe I'll get one next year sometime. It sounds like a good tool to have. Thanks!


12-19-2009, 02:03 PM
Hi Deborah, isn't it amazing how creative artists are! Most are sorta "Jacks of all Trades". I like you demo, and think the lamination would be cool. What would be the best way of laminating the corner markers? GMTA...should be Great ATA.. Happy Holidays! Kurlie

12-19-2009, 02:09 PM
Hi Deborah, isn't it amazing how creative artists are! Most are sorta "Jacks of all Trades". I like you demo, and think the lamination would be cool. What would be the best way of laminating the corner markers? GMTA...should be Great ATA.. Happy Holidays! Kurlie

Not sure corner markers could be easily laminated as the plastic isn't "bendable", and you need part of it to be open to slip over the corner. It might work though if you could cut through the laminate just enough to get it over a corner of the page. Guess the only way to know for certain is to try it. :)


Deborah Secor
12-19-2009, 03:52 PM
I think laminating a book corner might make it too bulky, but I wonder if you could use photo paper... I may give this a try since I bought the wrong kind of paper and have ~100 4x6" sheets I could use. That's the perfect size and the sheets are lightweight. Hmmm, maybe I'll give it a go.


12-21-2009, 09:17 AM
I've been making my own Christmas cards and note cards for several years now with photographs, but photos or scans of pastel paintings would work as well. Staples sells matte photo quality inkjet notecards (2 to a sheet) with envelopes. I simply import the photos into powerpoint to lay them out properly and then print.

If you edit in photoshop using any other color space than sRGB, make sure you convert to sRGB before importing to powerpoint. The reason is that the printer controls desaturate any other colorspace and you can get some really ghastly results. People look like the walking dead!


12-23-2009, 12:16 PM
Hi Deborah... your thread was so inspirational that I just HAD to try to make my own book corners! I LOVE them! What a wonderful Dinner Party Favour they'll make...

I used photo paper and it seems to be a very nice weight for this project... Heavy enough to be handled, but not so heavy that it can't be folded... I also used my bone creaser to make sure that my folds were crisp...

Thanks for such a terrific idea and thread!

12-28-2009, 01:25 PM
Thanks Deborah , I can't wait to try the corners and bookmarks! Happy New Year! Sandi