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Book Page Placeholders

Created By: Helen Norman, Raymond Hom




Sometimes bookmarks fall out and you're left thumbing through page after page, trying to remember where you left off. Or you have to look up that often-used recipe in your favorite cookbook because its ribbon markers already hold the places of other tried-and-true dishes. Avoid these annoyances with placeholders that fit onto the corner of any page. 

To make one, cut a bottom corner from an ungusseted paper bag (the kind card shops use) or a colorful envelope. Ours is about 2 inches long from corner to cut. Create several to track your best-loved recipes or when planning the menu for a special dinner.

Martha Stewart Living, March 2009



Reviews (21)

  • geoferr 21 May, 2012

    If you cut the corner of the bag or envelope on only the "back" and then leave the "front" a larger page, you can write notes on that side.

  • harrytheheap 21 May, 2012

    You'll have an ending source of "bookmarkers" if you cut off
    the corner of envelopes and slip them over the top of the page...Mom showed me this 40 years ago! Always the THRIFTY ONE!

  • B_R_P 7 Oct, 2010

    There is always the spray-on glue that slightly sticks that could be used inside of the corner cuts in order to make them stick temporarily. I like the idea, and will use it, as I am back in college and need special tabs at times. Bookmarks get cumbersome if there are too many. I also use the small clump of post-it notes in the back, but that can get ugly. This is neat and easy to find your place. I like it.

  • 1434374 11 Mar, 2010

    I too have done this forever, using envelopes. How do you get them to stay on? Just close the book! I used to use the envelope corners but now agree with those contributors who use post-its. That way I can mark the exact place to resume reading, and because they stick they stay in place better while my book is in my gym bag or other carrier, getting jostled around during non-reading times.

  • tcw61 11 Mar, 2010

    I love see the old tried and true ideas! My GrandMother showed me this back when I was in first grade. I have been doing it every since. I even did some for my teacher once ~ decorated them and gave her as gift..=)

  • Orah 10 Mar, 2010

    I love my Post-Its. I used them in my hymnal in the choir and used the same set I numbered for which hymn in sccession we'd sing. This set lasted a year! They just curled from use, not the lack of stickiness. In college I used larger ones to hold my place and place notes in my textbooks of key points. No writing in them directly.

  • Gloriousjean 10 Mar, 2010

    I think this is an excellent idea. I'm always losing my place in books that I am reading. I can't wait to try this idea. Thanks much.

  • jchoward 10 Mar, 2010

    Adding a pretty sticker would dress it up a bit!!

  • bam7864 10 Mar, 2010

    Seems like it would slip off too easily, but will try it. I like the bookmarks that are die-cut so they slip over the page and don't fall out.

  • sainterdog 10 Mar, 2010

    I am an avid reader. Sounds good to me!

  • joycemosby 10 Mar, 2010

    I do the same technique with the corner of an envelope. When it is a colorful ,birthday card envelope it is prettier.

  • RubyEdge 4 Nov, 2009

    You can use flexible magnets (the kind that come in sheets and can be cut with scissors) on the inside to help keep them on the page. Just be sure to have the polar ends correct or the magnets will end wanting to repel each other.

  • myan 3 Nov, 2009

    I guess my question is...why not just use a regular book mark...sounds logical to me!

  • Sharon Carbine 18 Jul, 2009

    I put a small clump of 1-1/2" x 2" Post-itn n n n notes inside the back cover of a book. On a page edge, I place a single Post-it note above the exact paragraph where I intend to start reading next. If necessary, I remove a replacement note from inside the back cover.

    My Post-it notes are in varied colors. Many times, I color coordinate them with book cover colors.


  • lgooley 17 Jul, 2009

    A better way would be to leave part of the backside of the bag on so it is tucked further into the page.

  • lahop2it 17 Jul, 2009

    I've tried post-it's too, but eventually they lose their "stick" and fall off. I love this idea! I'll try it right away.

  • carabau 17 Jul, 2009

    I use 1/2"x2" neon Post-its.

  • A-Hobbit 17 Jul, 2009

    Nope nice and pretty in theory but utterly useless.
    Good old bookmarks work just fine for me.

  • lbuser 17 Jul, 2009

    I couldn't get this to work successfully either. It was a nice idea so I tried it, but the corners slipped right off. Corners made from material are really hard to slip onto a page and they are very bulky. Has anyone actually got these to work for them? What did you do to get them to stay on the books page?

  • AnnaZed 17 Jul, 2009

    Maybe it is my method, but these just slip right off and don't exactly stay put.

  • MrsMonet 11 Feb, 2009

    You can get 4 from one bag! Just fold over the lip at the top of the bag and apply a strip of tape. Now you have two more corners to use.

    This is also a brilliant way to recycle envelopes from Christmas or Birthday cards. My daughter loves the page holders with stamps for decorations.