4 Ways to Create Beautiful Upcycled Bookmarks Using Stamps

4 Ways to Use Stamps to make Upcycled Bookmarks
Sitting on the porch with a good book and a tall glass of lemonade during the summer months is the epitome of relaxation. After a quick trip to the local library, there’s nothing that compares to the smell of a new, or old, book. Maybe you’ve got a stack of brand new summer novels or some enlightening non-fiction. Whichever your literary fancy, a cute bookmark is a must.

Don’t settle for a napkin or worse yet, an old receipt. Instead, create a unique upcycled bookmark in just a few minutes using inspiration from these crafty bloggers. Then, grab an Expressionery special occasion stamp or a classic monogram stamp to make your mark on paint chips, old book pages, muslin fabric, or wood.

4 Unique Upcycled Bookmarks Using Stamps

An Expressionery stamped bookmark made from upcycled antique book pages


Antique Book Stamped Bookmark
Grab a copy of your favorite classic novel from a garage sale or bookstore. Tear out a page that has meaning to you. For this craft we used an old copy of Pride and Prejudice, because there are just so many great lines to read and re-read! First, fold the book page in half. Then, using a traditional monogram Expressionery stamp or a couples monogram stamp like the one pictured here, stamp the bookmark to your liking. One you’ve finished stamping, take a roll of clear packing tape and cut off two pieces. Sandwich the folded book page in between the tape to seal it. Finally, use a hole punch to create a hole in the top of the bookmark and loop a stand of colorful ribbon through.

Balsa Wood Stamped Bookmark
Yes, it’s that same wood from the toy airplanes of your childhood. These bookmarks are thin and lightweight, perfect for marking your place in a good book. Use classic black ink or some fun colored ink for these wood stamped bookmarks.

Muslin Cloth Stamped Bookmark
A natural alternative to paper or cardboard, who would have thought cloth bookmarks could look so fun? Muslin, linen, or burlap are great options for this DIY craft. Be sure to use permanent ink to ensure your design stays put.

Paint Chips Stamped Bookmark
Kids aren’t the only ones who stash paint chips in their pockets after leaving the home improvement store. We know you do too! These bookmarks are so colorful and a quick stamp can make them look classy. Seal your paint chip bookmark with Mod Podge or other clear sealant such as contact paper.
Now grab your favorite book and get stamping!

This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.

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DIY Kids Game: Colorful Wooden Disk Memory Game

Expressionery Stamped Wooden Disk Memory Game
If you’re running out of ideas this summer for ways to keep kids entertained without relying on a screen, this easy DIY project is great for children of any age. With a few supplies and stamps, kids can pitch in to help create a matching memory game in just one afternoon. This is a great game to take to restaurants or while traveling! It’s also a good activity to play with friends, or it could be used for quiet time around the house.

DIY: Custom Memory Game for Kids

Supplies for DIY Memory Game for Kids
Materials:
  • Set of blank 2” wooden disks
  • Expressionery Kids Stamp
  • Decorations: colorful acrylic paint, stickers, washi tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Modge Podge
  • Newspaper or surface cover


There are a few fun ways to personalize this project.
Expressionery ladybug kids stamp
First, let your kids pick an Expressionery stamp to mark each game piece. For Disney lovers, check out the many Frozen characters or classic Mickey Mouse characters! There’s also Hello Kitty, Minions stamps and icons like cupcakes or ladybugs to choose from.

Once you’ve chosen a stamp, position the image in the center of the wood disk. Stamp down firmly to ensure the image transfer to the wood.
How to position an Expressionery Stamp
Then, it’s time to get crafty on the flip side of the wooden disks. Decorate with colors, animal stickers, patterned paper, stencil shapes or use washi tape to design the ‘game’ side of the disks. Make sure to decorate each disk in pairs so there is a match. For example, if you decide on colors paint two disks red, two orange, two yellow etc. There needs to be two disks to match each other when making a memory game. (Or it won’t be a very fun game!)
Painted wooden disk memory game
Once you’ve finished decorating the disks it’s time to play! Position disks face down with the game side hidden.
Expressionery Ladybug Stamp for memory game Next, take turns flipping over pieces until you find a match. Continue until all pieces have been turned over. A rainbow of colors for a kids memory game
Store the game in a small cloth sack and the kids will be all set to take it with them anywhere you go this summer!
Small cloth storage bag for memory game using Expressionery ladybug stamp This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.

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Personalized Hand Stamped Gift Wrap

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Every part of the gifting process is pure joy. From shopping around and finding the perfect thoughtful gift, to wonderful wrapping- we love it all! Packaging is one of the best parts of gifting because it’s an opportunity to add a touch of personalization. Why not use an Expressionery stamp to dress up a basic box gift? Hand stamping gift wrap takes little time and looks fabulous.

Easy Hand Stamped Gift Wrap

For this project we were excited to partner with our friend & designer Laura Kelly and home goods retailer World Market for supplies.
Materials needed:
  • Kraft wrapping paper
  • Kraft tags
  • Twine
  • Washi tape
  • Personalized Expressionery self-inking stamp


  • 1. Find The Perfect Gift
    Whether you’ve had family move, celebrated a friends wedding or want to give a gift ‘just because’, a self-inking stamp makes a wonderful present. For this project the adorable Puppy Custom Stamp designed by Laura Kelly was used to wrap a gift for a dog-loving friend.

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    2. Gather Wrapping Materials
    Now that you’ve got the ultimate personalized present, it’s time to wrap it up in the packaging it so deserves. Kraft paper absorbs ink well and works great as gift wrap. Find some at your local craft supplier or World Market. Finish the gift wrap with some matching kraft paper tags and twine, also available at World Market.

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    3. Time To Wrap!
    Expressionery stamps come neatly packaged in muslin bags filled with crinkle paper, making them easy to gift as-is. But,to take it one step further for that halfway-handmade look you’ll want to add a personal touch the packaging.
    First, cut the kraft wrapping paper to the appropriate size to cover your gift. Then, the fun begins! Take out the Laura Kelly Gift Box Stamp and personalize the wrapping paper by stamping it in neat squares until the entire sheet of kraft paper is covered. Wait for the ink to dry and you’re all set to wrap!



    Finally, finish the gift packaging by wrapping pieces of twin around the package and tying it in a bow. Then add a bit of washi tape to the kraft paper tags and then stamped it with the custom stamp

    Voila! A thoughtful custom gift in perfectly personalized packaging.

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    Make sure to check out all the other awesome gift wrapping ideas from other fantastic bloggers below!

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Decorative Stamped Garden Rocks

Stamped garden rocks
The growing season is in full swing and with colorful plants sprouting up around the neighborhood, it’s a great time to think about dressing up a garden or patio with some nature-inspired stamped DIY decor.

For this project all you need is: a few rubber stamps, a permanent ink pad (such Versa, which is suited for fabric, paper and wood) and a clear finishing seal. Inks come in a variety of colors, so it’s really up to you to choose from black, red, green or maybe even a nice rust color to give your garden rocks a little pop of pigment.
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Depending on where the rocks will sit, you can decorate them with stamped flowers, insects, numbers for an address, a family name or use skinny rocks to mark herb and spices. Then, stamp one rock with an custom Expressionery Monogram Stamp and gift the decorated rocks to a green-thumbed friend or family member.

Or, keep the finished product to pretty up your own landscaping and be the talk of the neighborhood.
This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.

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Whimsical Washi Tape Monogram Stamp Folded Note Cards

washi tape monogram stamped card
There’s plenty of reasons to have cute, blank folded notes on hand to pen a note to someone special. From Thank You’s to Thinking-of-You, nothing is more meaningful than a handwritten hello.

Making your own folded notes is easy! All you need is some cardstock on hand, pretty embellishments like fun washi tape, color markers or pens and of course, stamps! To make your own washi tape monogram stamp folded notes, simply cut out cardstock into the size and shape that you like best.
monogram notecard
Next, use an Expressionery Monogram Stamp to make your mark on the card. There’s even colored ink stamp refills that come in red, pink, blue green or purple for a different look. This is just one of the many ways you can use Expressionery Monogram Stamps!
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Finally, take some washi tape or colored pens to dress up the folded note using different patterns.

Now you’re all set to fill the note with a sweet message the next time the occasion arises.

This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.

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