How to Make Book Nameplates

by Jaime Swanson

Label your books with your name to help ensure they are not misplaced or mistakenly taken. Children especially love having nameplates on the inside of their books because it gives them a sense of ownership and pride. So bust out your creative side and spend some time designing personalized bookplates.

Items you will need

  • Resume paper or card stock
  • Printer
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
Step 1

Launch Word -- or a similar program -- and type out the text for your book's nameplate. For instance, many bookplates start with the words "ex libris," which means "from the library of." Don't forget to include the name of the book's owner.

Step 2

Experiment with different fonts until you are happy with how the words look. Your computer is loaded with dozens of fonts; once you have typed out the words you're happy with, highlight them and sort through your program's font menu until you find one you like.

Step 3

Place a border on your bookplate. Word processing programs come equipped with premade borders. Open "Page Background" and click on the "Page Layout" tab then on "Page Borders." Choose a border from the "Borders and Shading" dialog box. The "Borders" tab allows you to add a border to text; the "Page Borders" tab allows you to add a border to the entire page. Choose the border you want under the "Setting" menu.

Step 4

Insert a photo above or below your name. Place your cursor where you want the photo to go. Click the "Insert" menu, hover over "Picture" and click "From File." Locate the photo you wish to insert via the "Insert Picture" dialog box that opens. Select the file and click "Open."

Step 5

Print the document onto card stock; print enough copies for each book you need a bookplate for. Cut out the bookplates to fit the book. Apply glue to the back of a single plate and place the plate on the inside cover of the book. Allow this to dry completely -- about an hour -- before you close the cover, ensuring the cover doesn't stick to the first page of the book.

About the Author

Jaime Swanson started working as a journalist in 2001. She has written and edited for newspapers in northern Illinois, including the "Daily Southtown" and the "Daily Herald," both in suburban Chicago. Swanson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Northern Illinois University.

Photo Credits

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