Sunday, January 10, 2010

Art marks

As I promised in my previous post, here's an idea for how to recycle the artwork and photographs of smaller desk calendars.

old desk calendars
The easiest is to turn them into bookmarks. The handiest width for bookmarks is about two inches so that usually means having to crop the artwork first. In cropping, try to follow the photographer's Rule of Thirds (click the link for a tutorial). Of course, this is not a hard and fast rule; in cropping my 2008 desk calendar (these photos are from the middle of last year), I was limited by the height of the images. This is how I decided to crop two of the paintings; many of the sheets gave me two bookmarks rather than one.

cropping the images of old desk calendars
After cutting all of the sheets, I punch a single hole near the top and add a ribbon (or yarn). As much as I can, I try to match the colors in the images, but since I only work with what I have on hand (and many of these ribbons are scraps from the packaging of gifts given to us), it's not always possible. My all-purpose ribbon for those instances is a narrow, gold gauze ribbon.

bookmarks made out of old desk calendars
If you have no need for so many bookmarks, then just give them away to family, friends and colleagues who you know to be avid readers. Even consider giving them to your local library, with instructions to give one each to the next several people who take out books. You'll be making some people happy and you would have done a small part in helping reduce environmental waste.

24 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Such a "simple" treatment delivering a magnificent result!
God bless you!
Cezar

Gunn White said...

Great idea!!
Thanks for sharing it, Hilda !:-)

lunarossa said...

What a fantastic idea! I suppose you could do the same with old Christmas cards. I usually use the smaller ones to make Xmas tags for the following year, but I'm sure they will look well as bookmarks as well. Great idea to donate some to the local library. Thanks. Hilda, and have a nice week. Ciao. A.

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

I think this is an excellent idea Hilda. Thanks for sharing it with us. Otherwise, these nice calendar pictures will end up in the recycle/trash bin.

Cathy said...

Great idea. I enjoyed reading your blog.

FA said...

You are brilliantly creative, Hilda. These are beautiful. I know that I always hate throwing away all those beautiful pictures, but never know what to do with them. Glad I checked in on this blog.

lunarossa said...

Just stopping by to let you know that my daughter and I are at work with the calenders! Thanks very much for suggesting the idea, it's also another opportunity for me to spend some quality time with my daughter doing something fun. All the best. Ciao. A.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

These bookmarks are really lovely!!

I liek them very much.

Photo Cache said...

brilliant! thanks for the very green tip.

valeria said...

What a lovely idea, Hilda!

Louis la Vache said...

Very nice bookmarks, Hilda!

«Louis» stops by "My Manila" almost daily, but he hasn't been to "Happy at Home" for a while, so he thought he should check in. He's happy he did!

Nefertiti,deesse NiLuNoah adoratrice d Aton said...

c est une bonne idee c est vrai !

Tes said...

Oh my goodness...such a wonderful idea, Hilda! Love it! I'll share this with my nieces as well! Thank you! :)

istanbuldailyphoto said...

Hi, how are you? Very nice blog as before. You're a hard blog author. I do respectfully salute.

Sherry Stewart said...

very smart idea Hilda,, great idea! Thanks!

Small City Scenes said...

a clever idea. I am going to try it. Thanks. MB

zherwin said...

this is a really nice way of recycling stuff, it gave me an idea on what to do next christmas (prepare as early as now hehe)

Lara Neusiedler said...

oh, what a great idea! thanks!

elvira pajarola said...

Ciao Hilda..
...such a lovely and fascinating craft Idea....Just fantastic to copy...!!!!

thnks for stepping in my tucany; I loved it!

have a happy weekend!
ciao elvira

wenn said...

wow, nice creative bookmarks!

Icy BC said...

Wonderful bookmarks and such a useful recycling idea..

KL said...

Wow! I absolutely love this idea :-)

Shelle said...

this is a great idea, i must start doing it, thanks.

Evelyn Howard said...

Good idea giving them to the library...