Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Personalized Photo Bookmarks for Mom

Looking for a unique, personalized gift for Mom this Mother's Day? I've got you covered with a simple, DIY project that's sure to put a smile on Mom's face! Keep reading to find out how to create a set of personalized photo bookmarks.

My Mom loves to read, so while thinking of something special to do for her this Mother's Day, I decided I'd make her some bookmarks. To personalize them I added a few photos along with some of my favourite quotes about motherhood. I can't wait to give my Mom her bookmarks that are filled with memorable photos of her and her kids/grandkids through the years.

The images used in the bookmarks shown are for demonstration purposes.

To help you make your own photo bookmarks for Mom I've created a set of 4 layered templates for use in Photoshop/Photoshop elements to make things really simple for you! All you need to do is add your own photos, print and you're done! To add your photos to the templates you'll need a basic knowledge of clipping masks. For a full tutorial visit this post

The templates are customizable so you can get creative with the colors and text or simply use them as is. Once you've added your photos and everything is just the way you'd like it, flatten all the layers in your bookmark file and save. Be sure you rename the new bookmark file so you can keep reusing the original templates.

Tips for Printing your Photo Bookmarks:

All the bookmarks are sized 2 1/4  x 7 so when it comes to printing you can fit all four bookmarks on an 8.5 x 11 or 8x10 sheet. To print them all you will create a new blank 8.5x11 or 8x10 file. Next you'll copy and paste your finished bookmarks into the blank file. Arrange the bookmarks so they're spaced evenly. Be sure to leave enough space from all edges so there won't be any clipping when printed. What you'll end up with is something that looks like this:

Flatten this new file, save it as a JPG and you're ready to print at home or upload to your favourite lab! I had my bookmarks printed at Costco. Here's a great video tutorial on printing custom size photos that gives you step by step instruction using Photoshop Elements. Printing smaller photos like this is something I do all the time, especially when printing 3x4 images for Project Life!

I hope this gave you some inspiration while you're on the hunt for the perfect gift for Mom.  A set of personalized photo bookmarks along with a new book would make a fabulous and meaningful gift for Mom this year!

My photo bookmark template set is now available in the Simple as That Digital Shop. Be sure to check out the other color combo that is available while you're there!

Please make note that these templates are for personal use only!

If you're a photographer and would like to create photo bookmarks to sell to clients you must purchase a commercial use license. A commercial use license is available for $25.00. It can be purchased in the shop here! The license includes 8 templates all together - 4 yellow/black and 4 coral/mint bookmarks.

Stay tuned for more handmade gift ideas for Mom coming later this week!

Rebecca Cooper

Rebecca is a mom of four. She enjoys crafting with her kiddos, taking photos, and afternoon naps. Rebecca is a professional photographer and author. Connect with Rebecca on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+. Sign up via email for the latest updates from Simple As That.


  1. I love them... You are so talented!

  2. What a GREAT idea! I love this!
    I was actually wanting to do a DIY gift for my Mom instead of just buying something. This might just be one of the things I do! Thx for sharing!

  3. Too cute! If I can make a suggestion (without sounding bratty): change "millions" to "million"? You're so talented!

  4. Anonymous1:01 PM

    Thank you! Love these!

  5. I love this! Might do this for this this Mothers Day!

  6. Hi there! I have ventured over from another blog where I saw your button. Thrilled to be connecting with someone new!

    XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

  7. These are fantastic! They turned out awesome! I might have to make some for myself... I can make myself a gift right?! If you'd like to share this at my link party, I would love to have you! What an awesome collection.

    Krista @ While He Was Napping

  8. Such a thoughtful gift for a book-loving mom! I know the photos are for illustration purposes only, but the one of you and baby is so sweet!

  9. Absolutely GORGEOUS!! Would love it if you would be willing to link up at my Trendy Tuesday party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2013/05/trendy-tuesday-35.html

  10. I love these! Do you have a bookmark template for dads too?

  11. Oops! Just found the bookmarks for Dads in your shop! Thanks! :)


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