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Homemade Bookplates

Introduction

A bookplate indicates a volume's rightful owner -- and helps to ensure its safe return from borrowers. It also adds a personal touch to a treasured book, and requires little time to make. We have created bookplates that you can use to customize your library. Simply download these designs. Each is marked Ex Libris, meaning "from the library of."

Materials

  • Bookplate template
  • 67-pound paper stock, in a white, cream, or neutral tone
  • Acid-free glue stick
  • Scissors

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download our template, and print using a color printer. Cut around the red dotted line.

  2. Step 2

    In the appropriate space, handwrite your name. Allow ink to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Use an acid-free glue stick (or acid-free double-sided tape) on the back of the bookplate; then carefully smooth it onto the right side of the book's endpaper. Or box a stack of blank bookplates and gift-wrap them for a friend.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, October 2002

Reviews (10)

  • iampotter 12 Jan, 2010

    Why did your team not utilize all the space on the page of designs?

  • Anamarija 12 Jan, 2010

    I have an additional idea ... that is cut and an additional part where you have read the book and can leave your thoughts about the book

  • bgroesc 20 Jul, 2009

    Hello, I am receiving a blank page when downloading and I have updated Adobe - can someone email these to me?

  • pacearly 19 Jul, 2009

    'thegoodfaery' - do you have Adobe on your PC?

  • thegoodfaery 19 Jul, 2009

    I just found an empty page when I tried to open these designs. I'd love it if someone would email them to me. Thank you so much! :)

  • dreama1947 17 Apr, 2009

    erichsen, if you want me to email them, I will.

  • Chelles 16 Apr, 2009

    Erichsen, try right-clicking on the template link and then "save target as" and save the file to your hard drive first. That sometimes helps instead of doing a regular click.

  • Anna_Marie 16 Apr, 2009

    oh, I LOVE book plates! They are one of my favorite things! They remind me of the smell of old books in a library. Thanks for this practical "craft".

  • teresajoc 16 Apr, 2009

    No problem here

  • erichsen 16 Apr, 2009

    I AM NOT ABLE TO SEE THE TEMPLATES. MY INTERNET SERVICE SHUTS DOWN WHEN I CLICK ON TEMPLATES. LGRAY