Joanne just raised an excellent question about the upcoming bookmark swap.
What kind of glue/sealant should be used to ensure the bookmark doesn't have a residual stickiness that will ruin your books when you try to use it?
Sorry mod-podge lovers. Even though I use it for some things, I don't trust it for something that's going to spend most of it's life pressed between paper.
Also - no hair spray.
I know a lot of people use it, and it might be fine for a postcard, but it's too sticky (and smelly) for a bookmark.
Review our glue discussions for recommendations on people's favorite glue sticks and other adhesives.
A few additional thoughts off the top of my head:
- you could laminate them
- I've had good luck with spray sealants. I use Krylon crystal clear - it comes in a can like spray paint. The downside is you can't use it indoors because it's toxic and smelly, but it does a nice job sealing things and keeping them from smudging. (here's a nice tutorial on using fixatives from Quinn Creative)
- Make your bookmark out of fabric, or stitched paper, or paint/draw directly on your bookmark so there is no glue involved at all
As always, your suggestions are quite welcome. I will revise and update this to showcase your brilliance!
- cover in clear packing tape
- sew the bookmark to a plastic sleeve/transparency