15 Books From Single Sheets of Paper, part 2

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.

Half-folded sheet of paper

Half-folded sheet of paper

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.

Making first cut for pop-up

Making first cut for pop-up

Making second cut for pop-up

Making second cut for pop-up

Below the first two cuts, make two slightly slanted parallel cuts to form the mouth of the mask.

Making first cut for mouth

Making first cut for mouth

Making second cut for mouth

Making second cut for mouth

Next, take the flap formed by the first two cuts and fold it over like this:

Folding top pop-up element over

Make two small parallel snips along the length of the folded flap, centering the cuts to form the eyes.

Making first cut for eyes

Making first cut for eyes

Making second cut for eyes

Making second cut for eyes

Fold the flap formed by the preceding two cuts over like so:

Folding over cut-outs for eyes

Folding over cut-outs for eyes

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:

Pop-up elements all properly folded

Pop-up elements all properly folded

Open up the sheet of paper.  You now have a pop-up mask :0)

Finished pop-up mask book

Finished pop-up mask book

This is what happens when you cut more than halfway across the width of the folded sheet of paper.

Pop-ups cut more than halfway protruding out of folded page

Pop-ups cut more than halfway, protruding out of folded page

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.

Folding paper in half, hotdog style

Folding paper in half, hotdog style

Fold the sheet in half again on either side, accordion-style.

Folding paper in half, accordion style 1

 

Folding paper in half, accordion style 2

Open up the sheet of paper.

Paper with accordion-style, hotdog folds

Paper with accordion-style, hotdog folds

Now fold the sheet of paper in half in the other direction, hamburger-style.

Folding paper in half, hamburger style

Folding paper in half, hamburger style

Fold it in half again on either side, accordion-style.

Folding paper in half, accordion style 3

Folding paper in half, accordion style 4

Unfold your sheet of paper.  You will end up with sixteen small rectangles.

Unfolded sheet with 16 rectangles

Unfolded sheet with 16 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).

Placement of cuts for 16-page vertical book

Placements of cuts for 16-page vertical book

Cuts for 16-page vertical book

Cuts for 16-page vertical book

Now starting with one end, re-fold the the piece of paper into a book.

Folding pages up for 16 page vertical book

Folding pages up for 16 page vertical book

16 page vertical book with pages all folded up

16 page vertical book with pages all folded up

Find the two end pages of your book.

Two end pages of book

Two end pages of 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.

Two end pages glued together to form one page

Two end pages glued together to form one page.  Pages have been outlined in red ink to highlight how they overlap.

Spine for 16 page vertical book

Spine for 16 page vertical book

16 page vertical book with spine, all finished

16 page vertical book with spine, all finished

Stay tuned for more books from single sheets of paper!

 

 

 

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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  1. 15 Books Out of Single Sheets of Paper, part 3 | Crafty Creative Gal - September 6, 2014

    […] think my favorites of all the books we made in class are the pop-up mask and the accordion book with cut-out scene.  I can see myself using these ideas in my […]

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