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The Pretty Little Bookmarks That Can Actually Withstand The Trauma Of Your Backpack

They're beautiful and effective — and they cost mere pennies!

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Hello, friends! I’m here today to tell you about one of my tiny secret weapons in the war against being a disorganized mess: book darts.

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There are a handful of pages I reference a lot in my journal — a monthly habit tracker, a weekly task list, a daily to-do list — and while having an index and page numbers makes finding everything much easier, sometimes a gal just wants to be able to flip quickly to the page she needs.

For a while, I was just using multiple bookmarks, but this was pretty inefficient — they slipped around in my journal, disappeared below the top edge of the book, and would sometimes fall out entirely.

^Me using several bookmarks

Paper clips (and bookmarks that use a paper clip-esque design) were another option, but they turned out to be way too bulky, and they damaged the pages. So I tried using sticky notes, but the edges quickly got crushed in my bag. And while I love these brass tabs, they definitely tear up the pages a bit, so they really aren't ideal for marking a daily page.


Here's what I love about them:

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• They are super, super thin, so you can mark a bunch of pages without bulking up your book.

• They slide easily onto the page (it's seriously so satisfying to put them on) but stay firmly in place.

• When you move or remove them, they leave no evidence that they were ever there.

• They make it possible to mark an exact line, so they can replace sticky notes or highlighters.

• They are cheap! They cost about 18 cents each — so you can use them liberally throughout notebooks, schoolbooks, and books you're reading for fun.

• They are very pretty!

They are also a fan favorite. Here are a few promising Amazon reviews:

"I am a huge fan of this product. I leave them in my books — one day a child or grandchild will open one of my books, I hope, and find that I was there — and here is my book dart to prove it." —The Equalizer

"Really beautiful. I don't use anything else for saving places and for marking important quotes. These are lovely to behold and hold, and they add a touch of elegance to my reading experience. They hold tight enough to the page. A great gift...for someone else or for yourself." —tmrrwswvvs

"I am currently getting my masters and I am always reading and researching from many different sources. These are nice for me because I can mark a specific line on a page and even when used on multiple pages in the same book it doesn't alter the way the book closes." —Corey

Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.