When Karla asked me to do a short class related to journaling at Birdsong, she wasn't specific about what she wanted me to teach. So I started brainstorming, just jotting down random thoughts and ideas about journals that I'd picked up from blogs, books and Pinterest. I finally decided to teach a "time capsule" journal page. I'll do a post on that later.
But, what to do about all those other loose thoughts and ideas I'd brewed up while I was brainstorming? I decided to make a tiny little book- a zine.
The basis for the book is one piece of 8 1/2" x 11" card stock, a little cutting and a lot of folding.
My pictures in the examples show the book with the pages filled. If you want to make a book, I'd suggest folding a BLANK piece of paper to make your book, and then do your writing, drawing or collaging on the pages.
Step 1: Fold your paper in half the long way. Make a nice crease on the fold. I like using a bone folder, but a spoon will work, too.
Step 2: Open the paper to full size and this time, fold the short way. Again, make a nice sharp crease.
Step 3: Unfold your paper. Fold each of the short sides so they meet in the middle. (Double check : Your folds will have divided the paper into four sections across the long edge)
Step 4: Open up the folds you made in Step 3. Fold along the center fold, going the short way. Starting at the folded side, make a cut to the through both layers of paper to the fold you made in Step 3.
Double check: When you open your paper after cutting in Step 4, it should look like this:
- Three folds going the short way, creating four sections.
- One fold going the long way.
- One cut in the middle of the paper, going the long way.
Step 5: Pick up your paper with the fold and cut on top.
Here's an "aeriel" view of the book.
Step 6: Pinch the cut edges together, making an "X" shape.
Fold the "legs" of the X together and you'll have an little eight page book.
Suggestion: I found that it was a good idea to pencil in page numbers while the book was folded.
Then unfold, decorate the pages, and fold back into the book shape.
If you'd like a copy of my "Itty Bitty Book of Journaling", you can right click on this image and save to your computer. Print it on a full size piece of paper, fold and cut and you'll have your own book.
I think this mini book idea would make cute gift tags, too. Some ideas:
For a bridal shower, each page could have a favorite recipe; for a birthday, each page could have a picture of the birthday person at a different age; for a baby shower, each page could have coupons for baby sitting.