made with love: bookplates


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:
– printer
– paper
– 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.

  1. Vicky Rowe says:

    Hi there, I can’t get the link to work….they look amazing and I’d love to use them!

  2. Kirstie says:

    I like your design. I am looking for something similar to a book plate my great grandfather had in his books. He had a very clever poem about his cherished books and cherished friends and may they both find their way back to him again…something more eleoquent. My father sold the books and now I am heart broken both for the books and for his personal touch and signature within.

  3. Deborah Belew says:

    I work for a major bookseller and often our guests inquire about bookplates. I will steer them here in the future for these are timeless and add to the romance of a personal library collection. What a fantastic addition these will make to books purchases as a gift! In love!

  4. Sabrina says:

    Thanks so much for these amazing bookplates! I made some of these, along with a few others, as Christmas presents. They were really well-received.

    I have just put a few photos up on my blog:

  5. Sadie says:

    I know that I am late to the party but really love these bookplate templates and would love to use them for a gift for a friend. However, when I click on the link to download them, it says page not found. Am I clicking on the wrong thing? I would really really love to get the snake ones in her possession. :) Thank you!


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