In my last post, I shared with you two of the books I learned to make from single sheets of paper in CJ Grossman’s class at San Francisco Center for the Book. Today I continue my series of posts with two more books I learned to make – the pop-up mask and the 16-page vertical book with spine.
For the pop-up mask, start by folding a sheet of paper in half.
Cutting along the folded side, make two equal length, straight cuts, parallel to each other, less than halfway across the width of the folded sheet of paper. Cutting less than halfway across is key, as you will see in just a bit.
Below the first two cuts, make two slightly slanted parallel cuts to form the mouth of the mask.
Next, take the flap formed by the first two cuts and fold it over like this:
Make two small parallel snips along the length of the folded flap, centering the cuts to form the eyes.
Fold the flap formed by the preceding two cuts over like so:
Now re-fold all the previous folds you made so that all the pop-out pieces end up inside the folded sheet of paper. You should end up with something that looks like this on the outside:
Open up the sheet of paper. You now have a pop-up mask :0)
This is what happens when you cut more than halfway across the width of the folded sheet of paper.
The pop-up elements end up protruding out past the folded page.
You can use the preceding technique to create your own design for a pop-up greeting card. Just adhere the pop-up portion to another piece of cardstock backing.
For the 16-page vertical book with spine, start by folding a rectangular sheet of paper in half, hotdog style.
Fold the sheet in half again on either side, accordion-style.
Open up the sheet of paper.
Now fold the sheet of paper in half in the other direction, hamburger-style.
Fold it in half again on either side, accordion-style.
Unfold your sheet of paper. You will end up with sixteen small rectangles.
Next, make three parallel cuts along the folds across the width of the sheet, going three-fourths of the way and staggering the placements of the cuts as shown below. (I have marked the placement of each cut with a red line).
Now starting with one end, re-fold the the piece of paper into a book.
Find the two end pages of your book.
Stack them together and fold them over the rest of the book. Then glue the end pages together so that one of the pages will be shorter, with part of it forming the spine of your book.
Stay tuned for more books from single sheets of paper!