Free Book Plates for Phone or Tablet

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It's been years since I would open my new college text books and insert a sticker bookplate, but these freebies from Design*Sponge took me right back to those days. It made me wonder: if someone found my iPhone, would they return it because I had a bookplate background?

I didn't actually go test this out for obvious reasons, but back in my flip phone days, I did have someone return a phone to me once. How did they find me? By calling "Mom" in my phone book. With devices now costing upwards of $500, do we still live in a world that would return your precious phone?

Even if you think we don't, one can always hope. If you think it's worth a shot, this freebie from Design*Sponge truly is a lovely mix of old school charm and practicality made for a digital lifestyle. You will need Photoshop or a similar design program to work with these files.

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Here's a summary of the process:

1. Create a Photoshop file the size of your device's screen. So if it's an iPad, 2048 pixels by 1536 pixels at 264 pixels per inch. If it's a Nook Color, 1024 pixels by 600 pixels at 169 pixels per inch.

2. The Design*Sponge team used scanned wallpapers for their backgrounds. You can skip this step and simply use a solid color or a photo for your background. If you want the elaborate wallpaper look, you can find some wallpaper patterns online or scan one of your own.

3. Open the bookplate file, which comes in a JPG format, in a program that allows you to add text. I used Photoshop. Add your contact information. The font pictured above is Courier.

4. Place your saved and edited bookplate onto your background Photoshop file. You can make minor adjustments, like adding a drop shadow, to your bookplate to get an even more detailed look. Save and email the file to yourself.

5. Open your email with the file and save to the device you wish to use the bookplate on. Set it as your wallpaper and gawk at the beauty of it.

This is a summarized version of the instructions. You can get a detailed tutorial and download the freebie files at Design*Sponge.

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Liz is a writer and filmmaker from Minneapolis. She was nominated for a Webby and won an Emmy for Science of Watchmen, a documentary short about the physics in the comic book movie. She’s a tech obsessive, verified nerd and total Anglophile.

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