While bookmarks are generally used as a tool to hold one's place in a book, other bookmarks work as a marketing tool or a way to remember a loved one. In most cases, a memorial bookmark has two sides. The front features a photo of a lost loved one and the back displays a passage, poem or obituary. The overall design of these bookmarks comes down to what the family prefers. When working on a memorial bookmark, individuals will need a template to work with, a high-resolution photograph of the deceased, a colour palette that compliments the photo, a poem or excerpt to place on the back as well as a way to print the finished product.
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Visit sites such as "coloringcastle.com," "creativity-portal.com" or "my1stop.com" to download a free bookmark template or create your own by opening a new document with the proper dimensions. Note that most bookmarks measure approximately 6 1/2 inches by 2 3/4 inches.
Find a high-resolution photograph either from a digital camera or by scanning an old photo into your computer with a scanner if you have one. Make sure the graphic settings are set at 300 DPI (dots per inch) for best results. The higher the DPI, the better the finished bookmark will look once it's printed out.
Place the photo along with a background image or colour that compliments it on the front of your bookmark template. Play around with colour and placement until you're happy with the overall look.
Add some content to the back of your bookmark by either writing a poem, picking a passage from the Bible or including an obituary. The content depends on when you plan to hand out the bookmarks and for what purpose. For example, if a loved one passes away due as a result of drunk driving, you may want to use the bookmarks as a way of increasing driving under the influence awareness in your area.
Save your file on a disk to reuse later or take to a local print shop. Take your disc into a shop such as Kinkos, FedEx or Staples to have the bookmarks printed for you.
Edit your design at any time by loading your file into a graphic editor and making the necessary changes.
Tips and warnings
- Note that you can also upload your design to online storefronts such as "cafepress.com," "iprint.com" or "zazzle.com" if you wish to share your creation with others such as family who cannot make it to the service.
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