• Categories

  • Archives

page corner bookmarks

This project comes to you at the request of Twitterer @GCcapitalM.

I used to believe that a person could never have too many books, or too many bookmarks. Then I moved into an apartment slightly larger than some people’s closets (and much smaller than many people’s garages) and all these beliefs got turned on their naïeve little heads.

But what a person can always look for more of is really cool unique bookmarks. Placeholders special enough for the books that are special enough to remain in your culled-out-of-spacial-necessity collection.

Page corner bookmarks are cute, practical and deeply under-represented in the world.* They’re easy to make, easy to customize, and will set you apart from all those same-same flat rectangular bookmarks. Corner bookmarks are where it’s at.

If you like this tutorial, here are a couple others that might be up your alley. First, try making paper plants as lovely, lasting handmade gifts. You can even stash some goodies or small presents in their pots.

If you’re loving the toothy monster vibe, check out these simple monster heating bags, filled with rice or wheat and entirely microwavable, to keep toes or fingers or tummies warm during the chilly winter months. If you want a monster you can wear, try making a cozy bug-eyed fleece monster hat or some fingerless fleece monster gloves.

For the monster-loving adults in the room, try some googly-eyed paper monster wine charms.


*This is probably no longer true, given the astonishing number of you who’ve found your way to this post and made your own page corner bookmarks. Go you! I’m fairly certain that something this adorable and functional can’t be over represented in the world, though, so just keep right on making them.


What you’ll need:

  • pretty paper of cardstock weight OR a combination of plain cardstock and pretty, decorated lighter weight paper
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • mechanical pencil
  • glue stick
  • [optional] other decorating tools, such as crayons, markers, stamps, stickers, ink pads, embossing powder, etc.
  • page corner monster bookmark template  number 3. under “Paper patterns and templates” (or you can make your own using the instructions below)


Putting it all together:

Below, I’ll teach you how to make two similar-but-different types of corner bookmarks. The first is a square overlapped by a triangle , the second is a triangle overlapped by a smaller triangle.

If you are making your own template from scratch, follow all the steps below. If you’re using the PDF template linked to above, cut the pieces out and skip to step 5.

1) Ok, the very simplest thing to do is to cut a triangular piece off the corner of an envelope, and use that. Decorate it if you wish. If you want to get a bit more in depth, ignore the envelope method and move on to step 2.

2) On a piece of plain scrap paper, draw a square. Use your ruler so its sides are perfectly straight. Don’t make it too big – mine measured 2.5 inches x 2.5 inches, though you could go larger than that. Draw second square exactly the same size on the right side of the first square (so they share a side) and a third square exactly the same size on the top of the first square. You should end up with 3 squares that compose an L shape.

3) Using your ruler, draw a diagonal line across the uppermost square, from its top right corner to its bottom left corner. Scribble out the upper left half (now a triangle) of the square, as you won’t be using that part.

Next, draw a diagonal line across the bottom right square, from its top right corner to its bottom left corner. Scribble out the lower right half (now a triangle) of this square.

4) Cut out all parts of the entire shape that have not been scribbled out. This should be a square with two triangles attached to it, one on the top and one on the right. This is your template.

5) Trace your template onto your pretty piece of cardstock (or onto the plain piece of cardstock that you intend to decorate), and cut the shape out.

6) Using your ruler and the tip of your mechanical pencil with no lead showing, score a line (make an indent) along the edges of the square that connect to the two triangles.

  • 6.5) [optional] Cut a square of pretty paper slightly smaller than the one you used for your template and glue it onto the square portion of your shape. I generally do this if the paper I’m using is quite plain.

7) Fold one triangle inwards, so it covers the upper half of the square.

8) Apply glue to the underside (the side still facing up) of the second triangle, and fold it over onto the first triangle.

  • 8.5) [optional] As in step 6.5, if you’ve used plain cardstock and want to glue fancy paper on top of it, cut out a triangle of the fancy paper that’s slightly smaller than the folded-over triangles of the bookmark. Glue the smaller triangle on top of the larger, folded-over ones.

9) Add any decorations or illustrations you wish. Use by slipping over the corner of the page you wish to mark, like a pocket.


Now, here’s how to make a triangular bookmark, where the back is a triangle and not a square.

1) Follow steps 2 and 3 from above.

2) Use your ruler to draw a diagonal line across the remaining, center square, from its bottom right to its top left. Then draw another line, parallel to the one you just created but about 1/2 inch lower down. Erase the first line.

3) Extend the shape’s bottom line and the two side lines so that they meet up. You should now have a shape that looks like a castle flag: a rectangle with a triangular indent at one end.

4) Cut the shape out.

5) Trace the template onto your nice paper. Be sure to make a little mark on either side where the corners of the two outer triangles meet the inner triangle , and extend this mark onto the inside of your shape.

Cut the shape out. If you want a fancy bottom edge, cut that line with fancy scrapbooking scissors.

6) Now follow steps 7 – 11 from above, scoring along the appropriate lines, folding the two outer triangles in on top of each other, gluing them down and adding any fancy paper or other embellishments.

(I actually turned mine over at this point and folded it the other way, so the colours were switched. See below.)


EDIT: Here’s another take on monstrous page corner bookmarks, from another artist who thought it up completely separate from me, long before I even thought of thinking about doing this project or writing this post. Great minds, eh?

2nd EDIT: Many people have seen this blog post over the past months, and many have commented very kindly on it, and many have used the tutorial to make their own page corner bookmarks. A number of the links following the comments below lead to wonderful images of other people’s creative takes on this project. I wanted to post one image in particular here, which I take from the Priestthorpe Primary School Blog. There, a whole classroom of kids made their own page corner bookmarks, and they look fabulous! I love all the different personalities displayed.

Thanks to all of you who’ve shared your own page corner bookmark results, and all of you who’ve said such kind things about the project. It’s heartwarming to think about all the books around the world that are having their page corners nibbled at this very instant.

3rd EDIT: Yet more thanks to all the folks who continue to make use of this tutorial and post your own wonderful versions. Here’s another idea: This crafter decided to use small round stick-on jewels for the pupils, which I think looks great. The downside of course is that they protrude a bit, so your book won’t close flat, but if they’re fairly small jewels it shouldn’t be too bad. Stickers, sequins or paper buttons could also make great pupil substitutes.
Featured on:
Fun Family Crafts

Previous Post
Leave a comment


  1. very good
    i like it
    virtual user

  2. Do you need installing and repairing electrical systems and equipment at your Crib Point, Frankston, Mornington, Bittern, Hastings, Carrum Downs, Sorrento residence or commercial space? Call our Your Electrician for an excellent service. Visit : https://goo.gl/rZH7j7

  3. ahmad naserbahar

     /  April 14, 2021

    ایمپلنت دندان با کیفیت بالا و قیمت ارزان در سال 1400 + [کد تخفیف]
    ایمپلنت دندان یکی از بهترین جایگزین‌ها برای دندان‌های از دست رفته می‌باشد. ایمپلنت دندان داخل استخوان‌های فک قرار می‌گیرند و انسان با استفاده از آن‌ها خیلی راحت می‌تواند فعالیت‌هایش را انجام دهد.

  4. No matter if some one searches for his required
    thing, thus he/she wants to be available that in detail, so
    that thing is maintained over here.

  5. What’s up, its good article regarding media
    print, we all be aware of media is a wonderful source of data.

  6. You will see her 8×8 inch layout in a future blog post.
    Inspired by TinaGale’s layout and/or the formula?
    She is constantly inspiring me to just get my paper out and play, not to mention her layout
    designs are always fresh and eye catching. I feel truly blessed to have found the
    paper crafting community, and I love all of the sharing, passion, and encouragement
    that can be found within it. 2. Lifestyle: One can easily
    get to know about the lifestyle of any celebrity simply by
    following the blog of that particular celebrity. One of those would be Ashley Horton from Ashley Horton Designs.
    You can free-hand your designs or trace chipboard or other objects (plates and bowls work great for large circles.) I used this technique to create the large heart shown in the layout below, (actually the
    image on Brenda’s paper above.) Note that I used a tone-on-tone print, which will read as a solid on your layout and help
    balance the compelling patterns. The large and small patterns work together
    without overwhelming the layout and photos. 1. Cut Large Shapes out of your Patterned Paper.

  7. It’s remarkable designed for me to have a website, which is helpful in favor of my experience.
    thanks admin

  8. روتک

     /  April 26, 2021

    تاکنون انواع کفپوش خودرو در مدلهای تک و چند جزئی ساخته می شد که ویژگیها و مزایای آنها در کیفیت مواد و سهولت استفاده خلاصه می شد. اما هنگام خرید کفپوش های سه بعدی ماشین ، چند ویژگی مهم وجود دارد که باید قبل از انتخاب یکی از آنها مورد توجه قرار گیرد. الولوکس – کفپوش برا خودرو مثل فرش برا خونست، خونه تو قشنگ فرش کن

  9. Hi everyone

  10. No matter if some one searches for his required thing, thus he/she needs to be
    available that in detail, thus that thing is maintained over here.

  11. Need an electrician in Murray Bridge, Contact Electrical PRO. visit https://goo.gl/amxWgN

  12. It’s almost a year since I started this blog and this is the 100th post!
    I’m not going to explain what strace is in this post but I have a free
    zine about it and a talk and lots of blog posts.
    You may remember many moons ago, I wrote about acquiring a
    copper kettle and how the helpful people at Newey & Bloomer
    (purveyors of fine kettles) were going to find a whistling lid for
    me. I also try to regularly update the list of blogs that I read ( makes it easier for me to find them too) but try
    to keep it short as those lists that go on forever can sometimes include all kinds of irrelevant stuff.
    Facts can also get muddled with fiction, especially
    when it comes to politics. 1. Set up a pressing station near your sewing
    machine so you don’t have to get up from your seat.
    2. Make a whole set of blocks at once, adding the blue
    piece to all of them and then pressing all of them on one trip to the ironing board.
    I paid $835.05 for this set of books, and that is quite a bit
    more than I wanted to pay.

  13. Вау! Я действительно наслаждаюсь сохраняя себе шаблоны и темы этого авторского сайта.
    Они просты, но эффективны для оформления.
    Часто трудно найти “идеальный баланс” между
    удобством и визуализацией ресурса.
    Я должен сказать, что ты проделал грандиозную работу над материалом.
    К тому же, процесс загрузки очень
    быстрый, у меня браузер Опера.
    Прекрасный блог!

  14. my website : “followerpress”

  15. خرید مقالات دانشگاهی کوثر بلاگلایک

     /  May 6, 2021

    Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

  16. مقالات دانشگاهی

     /  May 6, 2021

    Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

  17. After I originally commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me
    when new comments are added- checkbox and now whenever
    a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.
    Is there a way you are able to remove me from that
    service? Kudos!

  18. 18. “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale.” -Hans Christian Andersen

  19. 98. Others can stop you temporarily – you are the only one who can do it permanently.

  20. my website : “forumgunsofglory”


Leave a Reply to بازار کفش ایمنی Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *