Truth be told, I have a little book lending phobia. I’m happy to give books away to friends, but the lending part is hard. I once got badly burned by a beloved old copy of A Catcher in the Rye which, sob, never made it’s way home to me. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on…. umm…. oh whatever….. you know where I’m going with this.
Bookplates are charming throwback and serve a very practical purpose, saying “Give me my darn book back, already.” so you don’t have to. I scoured my favorite collections of antique (copyright free) images and designed several bookplate templates for you to download and create your own bookplates with. Proof positive that necessity is indeed the mother of invention. So to that sweet boy with my Salinger slung in his book bag, I say thank you. -amy m.
CLICK HERE for the full how-to (and downloadable templates) after the jump!
What you’ll need:
– paper cutter or straight edge and scissors
– spray mount adhesive or glue stick
- Download and print the template of your choice onto high quality paper.
- Using the guide marks, cut apart plates. A paper cutter makes this much more precise, but scissors and a ruler work just fine in a pinch.
- My printer has a tendency to play with the scale when it prints, so feel free to trim up as necessary if yours does the same.
- Using spray mount (or a light coat from a glue stick) center each bookplate in the middle of the front cover page.
- Bookplates make amazingly easy (and awesomely affordable) gifts. I like to make up a little paper envelope to stash 20 or so in and glue a sample on the cover so the recipient knows what’s in store.