A Last-Minute Valentine Bookmark

Pinterest has been offering me bookmarks lately. I couldn’t resist adapting the two-part butterfly for a Valentine bookmark.

The original design is made from a strip of paper with a butterfly wing at each end. When the strip is folded in half, the wings come together. (There are heart variations as well.)

The finished bookmarks seemed bulkier than necessary, so I designed a single layer version. One end is slit to create two folded sections for attaching hearts (or butterfly wings). The instructions are on the printable sheet with the parts for making multiple bookmarks.

To make one —or more— bookmarks, download the file and print on heavy paper or lightweight card stock. You can make a bookmark with a single heart. The smallest size is shown below, and required a bit of trimming. To clear the covers of this book, the heart needs to sit a bit above the text block. You could score the heart so that it folds in half.

If you like the idea of a heart bookmark, but prefer the kind that sit on the corner of a page, you could make one of these instead.


Work progressed a bit further on pieces for The Thimble Gallery, so here’s another sneak preview of work in progress.


The February collage challenge continues. Here are my seven for this week.








In other book arts news:

The current issue of Book Arts Newsletter has been available for a while. In case you missed it, you can download it here.


There has been a lot of discussion recently about AI generated art. If you are interested in exploring the early intersection of art and computer technology, you might want to check out an exhibition currently showing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982 explores how the rise of computer technology, together with its emergence in popular consciousness, impacted the making of art in the age of the mainframe. International and interdisciplinary in scope, Coded examines the origins of what we now call digital art …


It’s still winter where I live, but snowflakes are fascinating all the time. The Public Domain Review has posted an article —with a complete interactive copy and selected images— about Snowflakes: A Chapter from the Book of Nature by Israel Perkins Warren. You can find the article and book here.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than thirty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004. I also create prints and drawings that are frequently text-inspired or text-based.
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2 Responses to A Last-Minute Valentine Bookmark

  1. those paper balls are glorious!


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