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Open and Shut

How to make a laminated bookmark that won't lose your place.

Created By: Heidi Cho


  • Laminator
  • Decorative paper
  • Corner punch
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord


  1. Step 1


    Laminate a strip of decorative paper, leaving an inch on each side. Round the corners with a corner punch.

  2. Step 2

    Punch a 1/8-inch hole on each end. Cut 2 pieces of elastic cord; thread one end of each through one hole, and tie ends in a square knot. Repeat on opposite end.

  3. Step 3

    Use one elastic cord to mark your page, and wrap the other around the entire book to secure it.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2007