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.
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.
Now re-fold the paper so that you end up with a quarter-folded sheet of paper like this:
Open up the piece of paper, and cut halfway along the hamburger fold.
Re-fold the piece of paper, following the original creases to form your 6-page book.
The second book is an 8-page book. Again, fold an 8-1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper in half, 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.
With the hamburger fold facing up, fold the sheet of paper in half again along the width, accordion-style.
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.
Open up the sheet of paper.
Following the creases you’ve created, fold the sheet of paper into an 8-page book.
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.