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Create Custom Bookmarks in Word
Do you have a faith blog? Creating custom bookmarks would be a great way to offer your readers a free printable. You could even use them as an opt-in for email sign-ups. I’ve designed bookmarks for each of our retreats and dropped them in the ladies’ retreat goody bags as a freebie. They’re perfect!
If you’ve never created custom bookmarks, you’re in for a treat. Design these and use them for yourself or give them as gifts. I’ve printed bookmarks on card stock, and I’ve also printed them, cut them out, and laminated them.
So many possibilities!
Watch this short tutorial to see how simple it is to make your own bookmarks:
And for those of you who prefer a step-by-step list, download and print the directions here so you’ll have a quicker reference.
Creating Custom Bookmarks in Word:
|1.||Start Microsoft Office Word with a new, blank document open.|
|2.||Rotate your page sideways by clicking the Page Layout (or Layout in 2016) menu and then Orientation. Select Landscape.|
|3.||On the Page Layout ribbon, click the Columns button, and then select 3 Columns (or the number of columns necessary for your bookmark project).|
|4.||To insert Shapes, click the Insert menu, click Shapes.|
|5.||Resize the picture so that it fills up the third column as much as you like. You might want to try using the middle handle at the bottom of the picture to resize it so that you stretch the picture in length only. But be careful: Some pictures won’t look right if they are stretched too far in length.|
|6.||Add text to your bookmark. Try adding a text box inside the bookmark area of column one. On the Insert ribbon, click the Text Box button. I choose Draw Text Box. Inside the first column, click and drag a narrow text box in which you would like to type some text. Press ENTER after each letter if you want the text to run up and down instead of across. Remember to format the text to make it appealing to you.
Try adding WordArt to your bookmark instead of a text box. (Click the Insert ribbon and then the WordArt button – – Explore the different shapes and styles of your WordArt. Move and resize your WordArt as needed.
|7.||Create more bookmarks in the first and second columns.|
|8.||Insert Pictures. Click Insert on the menu. Choose Pictures to use your own saved images. Choose Online Pictures to search the internet. Once you’ve insert the picture, be sure to Wrap Text, In Front of Text in order to move the image where you want on the page. If you have two images you need to order (have one in front and one at the back), right-click on the image, go to Order, and then choose Bring to Front or Send to Back.|
|9 .||When finished, save as PDF. Click File, Save As, navigate to where you want to save it, give it a name, and then under Save as Type choose PDF.|
Explore different uses of pictures, borders, and frames, as well as text boxes and WordArt. Be creative with your font selections, text color, and picture choices. You’ll be amazed at the great bookmarks you design. Some might even turn into gifts!
More ideas for custom bookmarks
|•||Hand out bookmarks as gifts.|
|•||Print your bookmarks on colored paper (or even thicker paper if your printer accepts it).|
|•||Laminate your bookmarks to make them last longer. Try punching a hole at the top of your bookmark, and tie a piece of yarn through the hole.|
|•||Use the bookmarks as an email opt-in incentive.|
Create a bookmark with a theme that matches a blog promotion you’re currently working on.