One of the most important things about organization and planning is knowing where things are when you need them. Have you ever cleaned up your house, drawer, or purse, only to be unable to find anything you need right afterward? The same thing goes for bullet journaling – having useful lists and layouts is great, but it becomes a hassle if you can’t find them. Corner bookmarks will help you find your most referenced lists and layouts quickly in your bullet journal.
Most notebooks come with one or two ribbon bookmarks, but I find these to be difficult to use. They don’t stand out and I don’t like having to pull them across the notebook to open it because I use stickers and tapes and don’t want these to get caught and ripped off. So, as a cheap, quick and easy solution, I use bullet journal corner bookmarks!
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Corner bookmarks are great because they are pretty and easily customizable. You can have as many as you want and these take less than 5 minutes to make. The process is easy to learn, so you can make them whenever you need a quick bookmark. I use them on both the top and bottom corners to maximize my page marking, and they stay put very well, especially if your journal has an elastic closure.
In this tutorial, I used a 3” x 3” piece of origami paper, which is available at most craft stores. I like this size for smaller, non-obtrusive bookmarks, but if you want a bigger or smaller one, simply start with a bigger or smaller square. The same thing goes for the thickness. Origami paper is nice and thin, but don’t be afraid to try other types of paper. Scrapbook paper or wrapping paper have some very pretty designs on them!
Another idea is to print patterns on printer paper and cut these to the size you want. For many of my bookmarks, I find cute patterns on websites that sell fabric such as fabric.com or spoonflower.com and use those. Remember that these patterns do belong to the artists that created them, so please be respectful of that and only use them for personal use!
Let’s get started!
Once you have your square, wth the blank or non-patterned side up, fold the square in half and unfold.
Repeat this step on the other side.
Next, unfold and do the same thing, folding corner to corner this time instead of side to side.
Then, open the square flat, and fold two of the opposing corners into the middle, and fold the square in half as shown, so that the folded edges are on the bottom.
Following the fold lines, fold the edges into the middle, creating a point on the ‘long’ side.
Flip your bookmark over and you should see two triangle shaped pieces sticking out from it.
Lastly, fold these into the inside of the bookmark and you are done!
The written instructions may sound complicated, so if you are still having trouble, you can look at this video I found showing the process. The method used is slightly different, but you end up with the exact same results!
These are cute by themselves, but are also fun to decorate with washi tape and stickers – the pattern is so easy that there is a lot of room for creativity! You could make a bunch at a time or just keep the supplies in your Bullet Journal Supply Caddy. They can be contained in one place and you can easily grab one when you need a bookmark!
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