15 Books From Single Sheets of Paper, part 1

Several weeks ago, I took a class at the San Francisco Center for the Book with C.J. Grossman, “15 Books Out of Single Sheets of Paper.”  It was a fast-paced, fun class, and C.J. delivered on her promise of teaching us fifteen ways to make a book in just three hours.  It’s taken me this long to blog about it because I was originally going to do a super-long post about all the books we made and was not really looking forward to it, knowing how much time it would take.  I will admit, cranking out these blog posts takes a lot of thought and preparation, and this one would probably have been one of my top two longest posts, if not the longest.  It wasn’t until a few days ago that I got the brilliant – genius, actually – idea to break up this post into a series of shorter posts ;0)  So here is the first of several posts.  Today, I will share with you the first two books we learned to make.

The first book is a 6-page book.  The first step is to fold an 8-1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper in half along the length, aka, “hotdog” style.

8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper

8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper

"Hotdog" style folded piece of paper

Folding paper in half, “hotdog” style

Open up the paper  so that the fold is facing mountain side up.  Then fold the paper in half along the width, aka, “hamburger” style, back upon itself, creating a valley fold.

Folding paper in half "hamburger" style

Folding paper in half “hamburger” style, creating a valley fold

Now re-fold the paper so that you end up with a quarter-folded sheet of paper like this:

Sheet of paper all folded in half both ways

Sheet of paper all folded in half both ways

Open up the piece of paper, and cut halfway along the hamburger fold.

Cutting halfway along hamburger fold

Cutting halfway along hamburger fold

Re-fold the piece of paper, following the original creases to form your 6-page book.

Re-folding cut sheet of paper to create 6-page book.

Re-folding cut sheet of paper to create 6-page book.

6-page book, all finished

6-page book, all finished

The second book is an 8-page book.  Again, fold an 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper in half, hotdog style.

Folding paper hamburger style

Folding paper hotdog style

Open up the sheet of paper so that the valley part of the fold is facing up.  Fold the paper in half, hamburger style, so that you end up with two valley folds on one side and two mountain folds on the other.

Folding paper hamburger style for 8-page book

Folding paper hamburger style

With the hamburger fold facing up, fold the sheet of paper in half again along the width, accordion-style.

8 page book 3

8 page book 4

Open up the preceding two folds so that you end up with the hamburger folded piece of paper again. Starting at the fold, cut halfway into the folded sheet, all the way to the accordion folds.

Cutting folded paper to create 8-page book

Cutting folded paper to create 8-page book

Open up the sheet of paper.

8 page book 6

Following the creases you’ve created, fold the sheet of paper into an 8-page book.

Folding cut paper into 8-page book

Folding cut paper into 8-page book

8-page book, all finished

8-page book, all finished

These were the two easiest books we made.  As you will see, the books got more complicated as we went along.  Let’s see if I can remember how to create all the books we made in class!

I think both of these books could be used to make a story-style type of greeting card – maybe a birthday card.

How would you use the 6 and 8 page books?  What would you create out of them?  Please share in the comments.

 

 

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose - to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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