This is one of my favorite fun tassels. This tassel consists of 3 different ribbons, beads, and some charms. The main ribbon is a colorful white with bright stars. The thinner two ribbons are complimentary colors that match some of the stars. Each of the solid ribbons are threaded with bright, primary colored plastic tube beads on one strand and a metal star charm on the other. The beads and charms are spaced out using knots to give it more dimension. The star ribbon is also tied at the end (to prevent fraying) and has a small black bead at the knot. On the bookmark itself, there is an envelope, complete with stamps, addressed to Harry Potter in the Cupboard under the Stairs.
For this last bookmark in the series, I chose the quote that applies to many of us, "I grew up with the boy who lived in the cupboard under the stairs." I think this is true, especially for this series. This was a long series of books, realistically appearing about every year, so you really did feel like you were growing up with Harry and living his life. Having the movies come out in the same timespan, with the same actors who we watched grow up, reinforced this idea. Now that all the books are out, people will be able to read the books much quicker and not have quite this same experience. I wanted this tassel to be simple, but again, a little more interesting than the basic tassel. I chose a two-toned black ribbon with a thin gold ribbing. I cut it just long enough that it will stick out above the books pages perhaps an inch, and cut the ends into a finished V shape.
Here are the backs of all the above bookmarks. I chose color-coordinating prints to go with the tassels and what was on the front of the bookmark. After putting the scrapbooking paper together with the front of the bookmark, each was laminated, and then trimmed to shape before the tassels were added. Overall, I'm fairly pleased with these bookmarks and hope that they will be enjoyed for years to come.
Now, on to the next set. They aren't as "bookish" - being more themed based for the person they were made for than related to any literary excerpts. The theme of this was for a first-year science teacher. He's teaching middle school science, so a little bit of all the basic science themes. My plan for his set was to have some sort of science or teacher related graphic on the front, and colorful paper on the back. No tassels here, because - well, are tassels manly? Not sure about that. These bookmarks will work equally well for reading books or to mark the place in the textbook between classes.
These first two. A mad scientist. What else for a science teacher? As a science teacher myself, you have to be a bit mad during class, and the crazier the experiment is, the more the students will remember it and get involved. (And anyway, they probably think we're crazy anyway because we care about all this science stuff). Then, the second one has a basic science rule that is true, but always makes us laugh during the safety video, "What I learned in the Lab: Hot Glass Looks the Same as Cold Glass." Oops. It's funny because it's true.
Next up: "Trust me, I'm a Science Teacher." Just a fun science phrase. Then, "Warning: Mad Science At Work." Same reasoning as the mad scientist. And my favorite, "Back in my day, PLUTO was a planet." LOL.
And here are the backs of these bookmarks. Some repetition, because I'm afraid I had quite a few girly scrapbooking pages, and not so many neutral ones. That's okay - I think that makes this look more like a set, anyway.