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How to make a Fold Out Pocket Book for Memory Keeping

Nina Vangerow, Artist, Book Lover, Stationery Addict

How to make a Fold Out Pocket Book for Memory Keeping

Nina Vangerow, Artist, Book Lover, Stationery Addict

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8 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools and Materials

    • 3. Folding the Book Pages

    • 4. Creating the Upper Pocket

    • 5. Adding the Book Cover

    • 6. Assembling the Book Pages

    • 7. Inside the Book

    • 8. Class Project

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About This Class

In this class you will be learning how to create a fun fold out pocket book, the design resembling the fold out dolls houses made from paper. Our fold out book is going to have lots of pockets, perfect as a travel companion or a memory keeper for a special occasion.

This fold out book is easy to create, but looks really stunning when completed. In this class I will be using as many recycled papers and materials as possible and encourage you to do the same.

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Nina Vangerow

Artist, Book Lover, Stationery Addict





my name is Nina, I'm an artist, educator and online content creator and live in a small town in rural Wales, UK.

Under the name of The Forgotten Bookshop Girl I'm working as a mixed media artist, rebind old books turning  them into notebooks, create vintage style Travelers Notebook inserts, work with various forms of image transfers and a whole range of different types of coffee stained papers. I love working with materials that would normally have ended up in the landfill or is just looking for a new lease of life. In addition, I love creating items, that look as if they had been around for a while and might just have been found in somebody's attic or a fleamarket. If you would like to visit my shop on Etsy, you can find it her... See full profile

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1. Intro: fold. Art books have always fascinated me. I think the child, I believe they contain some kind of magic. Maybe I still do. There were the fairy tale pop up books with Ghastly, which is hiding in gingerbread houses on beautiful horses, seemingly running off the pages right into your bedroom on. Then there were the book stuff turned into old fashioned circus arenas or complete doors houses. That is something quite extraordinary about a book that turns into a three dimensional world. My name is Nina. I'm an artist, a teacher, people clever on a stationary addict. The fold up pocketbook is loosely based on the principle off the Ford out those house on in my class, I'm going to show you how, with just a few simple folds, you could turn pages of paper into a foldout book ready to be filled with your dreams. Stories travels on special occasions, or he could turn it into that extra special birthday card. I'm looking forward to seeing you in my class 2. Tools and Materials: I personally like to use a cutting mat for my paper projects. Bird. It's not necessary to have one. Then I will need a ruler. A craft knife If you weren't use a costing Matt. A pair of scissors, a pencil, a bone folder if you've got one, but you could work without gun a glue stick. Some paperclips washi tape for decorating the pages, alphabet stumps or any other stems you would like to use on a stump. A ribbon for the closure on some bakers twine in case you want to make you tax a circle punch on a corner punch are other optional tools you could use if you've got them and always find that a bulldog clip comes in quite handy. Now let's talk about the materials we're going to you. It's inside the book. I'm going to you some tax record cards, small envelopes, how I nearly forgot. If you were to make you tax, you would need a hole punch on. Then, if you've got double sided tape, you could use that as well. Another favourite supply of mine consists off used envelopes on We're going to make use off the paper and also the windows you find in envelopes on. Then, of course, if you're anything like me, you might like to have a nice cup of tea and some delicious biscuits while you're working on your project for the book pages of our foldout book. I personally quite like to use riel book pages. I find vintage cartoon style pages work really well, like this old annual or this picture book. Comics like the Beano would be another option. However, The paper is a bit thinner, so you need to bear that in mind. If you've seen my other class, you will know that I'm quite fond of vintage Children's dictionaries in my paper projects on then Maps would make a really good foldout book, especially if you were intending on creating a travel book. Another option would be using scrapbook paper for your foldout book. Okay, now let's cut unfold our book pages 3. Folding the Book Pages: in this video, I'm going to show you how to cut unfold our book pages. I decided to go with E. Rupert Bear Picture Book four hour Fold Our Pocketbook. As I really like the vintage feel about any book pages, you will need four pieces of paper or book pages to create the folded pages for our book. To show you how the book pages are going to be folded. I'm going to use a blank piece of paper. First, we are going to need a square for our folder book page, so the easiest is really two. Fold the page diagonally to have the upper shorter side lining up with the longer side on that, create a perfect square on. Then just grab a pair of scissors on cut off the remaining paper. As I like to have a nice clean cut. I would recommend using a ruler and pencil to draw a line on, then just cut along the line while creating our square shape. We actually made our first fold. Our second fold is going to be another diagonal fold. He can use you Bone folder to crease down the paper to make a nice line on. It's really important to have the two folds on the same sides. As you can see, we've got, like, two peaks on with the two peaks at the top. We're now going to fold the paper into half again. Make sure that he's got a nice, neat crease. Now, when I fold it up, you can see we've got the two peaks. Andi third line that is valley. You can see her nicely. The page folds up. Now again, use your bone folder or credit card or library card. Teoh creased, folds on. This is what the finished page looks like. These are the pages I'm going to use for the book under, As I want to make the most of the images, I'm going to cut off the text. I'm going to use my cutting mat on drool, but it's absolutely fine. Just used scissors. Next, I want to create a nice clean line where I tour the pages out of the book. This is where the bulldog clip comes in handy. Just keep them all together as I want all the pages to be exactly the same size on now we can create our worst squares as with the blank piece of paper. I'm creating a diagonal fold on, then cut off the excess paper at the top off the square. On their next, I'm going to crate the second diagonal fold. Now that opening up by page, you can see the two peaks again. So I want my third fold to be the peak, so I need the two peaks facing up on. Then I'm going to fold my page in half again. I'm going to use my bone folder to create a nice crease on. Then when you pick up the page in See That it almost folds itself into the page we need for our book thief folding technique. Can a p a bit tricky at first, So I'm going to show you how I'm going to fold another piece of paper. If you're using a page with images on them, you obviously don't want them to be upside down, so make sure the images facing up towards you for the diagonal folds you are going to fall the top right corner to the bottom left corner on the top, left corner to the bottom, right corner on. Then the middle fold is going to go from the top to the bottom. Also, make sure that the squares are at least 21 centimeters wide. Otherwise the folded up pages will be too small. Well, this is how the pages are there going to be fit together. 4. Creating the Upper Pocket: Before we can assemble our book pages, we need to glue the pockets at the top. Just apply a little bit of glue toothy edge off the fold, making sure that your page is the right way up, as you don't want your pictures to the upside down on, then press the edges firmly together if you like, you could use the double sided tape for this on. Then just repeat this process with all the other three remaining pages. Before I assemble the book, I quite like to make sure that the glue has dried properly on. Just stick some heavy books on top off my pages on. Once the glue has dried, we are going to assemble our book pages. 5. Adding the Book Cover: before we're going to assemble our book pages, we are going to add the book cover. The book cover is going to be added on the first. On the last page off our foldout pocketbook, I decided to use thesis, aim picture book I've used for the book pages, but he could use a different kind of paper or even card stock could be colored card stock, Kraft paper or even a scrap of paper. It's up to you. So the next thing I'm going to do is used the actual folded book page as a template. Onda. All I'm doing is used pencil Andrew Lula to draw around the folded book page. To make things easier and not to mix up the pages, I'm making a little pencil mark onto their side. The cover is going to be glued onto on. Then I'm going to do the same thing with the second book page on, then get uses and cut out the two covers. As always, I prefer to use my craft knife on a cutting money to cut my paper on. When you've got both your cover pieces cut out, we can stick them onto your book pages However, before gluing the covers onto the book pages, I'm going to attach the ribbon to it. Basically, Theo, End of the ribbon is going to be sandwiched in between page on the book cover. I have done it slightly different version. On the other book, I hard glued the cover onto the book page first on, then used a circle punch to create that little circle on Sandwich the ribbon between the circle on the book page. You can either eyeball the middle off the page or use a ruler unmaking at the pencil mark, then glue the ribbon on to the page. Andi then blew the cover on to the book page. Make sure that all the edges are lined up neatly on press firmly down so that the cover attach is nicely to the book page on ones. Have the first cover finished. Just grab your second cover on. Repeat the same process on the other side, double checking that we are gluing the cover on to the right side off the page on. Then, when both covers have bean glued onto the book pages, just stick them under heavy books until the glue has dried 6. Assembling the Book Pages: and now it's time to put our book pages together. Basically, we're going to sandwich the two remaining book pages in between the pages with the covers on double check. If you've got them lined up properly, you want the foldout pockets at the top aside, I don't want my death to be covered in. Glue are usually get a bit of scrap paper to protect my table. Get the glue stick on. Apply the glue, making sure that you reach a lengthy edges on when you're done. Just take page number two aunt. Put it on page number one, making sure that allow the edges lined up neatly unprecedented down to make sure that the two sides stick together on, then repeat the process with the next page. I always like to double check if I've got the next page lined up properly, then get you glue stick. Apply the glue on steak Page three onto the back off page two. Again, make sure about the edges are lined up. Unimpressed. Allow the pages firmly together on then all that's left is the back cover, and again we are going to apply glue onto the inside off the page. on, then attaching the fourth page with the back cover on two page numbers on. Make sure that you don't accidentally get the ribbon duck between pages. I'm now we're done. We've got our book. I would recommend putting it under some heavy books on and wait until the glue has dried. 7. Inside the Book: now we can start to work on the inside of our book. I've got all the bits and pieces ready I might be using in my book on this'll. Video is going to be a little bit longer than the other videos, but I just wanted to show you my thought process on how I go about decorating the's pocketbooks. You obviously don't have to do the exact same thing that maybe it gives you some inspiration on how you can create the inside of one of these books. Okay, so first of all, obviously, you need to open up our book on. Then I find it easiest to just use some paperclips to keep the book open on. Then you can just start with any off four pages what I'm doing in this case, I attaching the upper pocket to the side with a paper clip on her, thereby created my first little tuck spot. Next, I'm going to put this little envelope on to the side on. I just cut one off the envelopes. I had to cut a little bit off at the bottom, unsealed it with some washi tape. I'm going to attach that with a paper clip this. Well, I find that before I do anything into the book I just attached allow the items I want to use with a paper clip because that gives me the chance to change things around. If I don't like it on, then I can, uh, glue them in at the very end. Next, I'm going to make another Jill Tuck spot from on envelope. I'm going to use the inside of the envelope because I really like the blue pattern. Envelopes can have the most amazing patterns and every like to use them on for this little talk spot. We're going to need a square on, uh, then full square, uh, diagonally in half on, then folded in half again. Glue it on the inside on. Then you can attach one side to the book on. You've got two little slide in pockets. One last thing I wanted you on this page is create a little window pocket up on that little pocket at the top. Again, I'm going to use on envelope this time. I'm going to use the window off the envelope right now. I'm just checking how big my and love is going to be on, then. I'm just cutting a to size. For now, I'm going to attach it with a paperclip. But later on, I'm going to glue it in on. This is perfect for sliding little photographs in or anything else that you would like to peek through the little window. Okay. And this is Alphas Page done here. I've got another little tuck sports this time made from a book page. Use some washing tape at the bottom. You'll just have to add some blue at the bottom off the tuck spot. But you could use double sided tape for this. For now, I'm going to attach a paperclip. And then I thought I would quite like to have one off those bigger envelopes on the other side off the page. Um, I'm just clipping the upper pocket to the side, so it's not in my way, and then I'm going to use the remaining part off that and lo window on. I'm going to stick it on to the envelope. I can just use that as an extra little pocket stick something at on. Then I'm going to use a packing tape transfer to embellish the flap off the envelope. If you're interested in learning how to do packing tape transfers, I might do in a class on that sub point. So that's what I wanted to look like on once I've glued it in place. Well, I need to do is cut from corners. And then I had an idea off what I was going to put into the little pocket. I just took some Kraft paper on my alphabet stamps on. Then I just dumped the word photos onto it, so I'm using the little window as a kind of a label holder to make it a little bit more interesting, I'm going to add some washi tape to my little bit of paper. Also, by creating a label that you can just slide in, you could change the label. Andi. If you decide Teoh, use the envelope for something else you could, for example. Then I put something else onto the label on. Then I'll just attach it with a paper clip. I'm going to leave the other side opposite the envelope free for now, because I thought that might be a nice face to just stick a photograph on. I wear going to do page number three, I'm going to use out one of the brown envelopes, but I wanted to add a little bit more to the envelope so I can't out on image from the Rupert Bear Book on. I'm going to attach it to the friend off the envelope. Teoh also create another little tax spot at the front, so I'm not going to glue the whole picture to the envelope. But I just folded it around the edges. I'm going to blue those parts that are folded over, which allows me to have a little extra pocket at the front on. Then I used my circle punch to just punch a little half circle out at the top off the envelope. That makes it easier to get things out of the envelope aan den for the other side of this page. I'm going to use this kind of like 1/2 envelope, are founded in my scrap paper bots, and I really liked it, so I'm going to use it as a pocket again. I'm going Teoh, attach it with a paperclip for now on. Then I can hurt record cards in there, or paper or postcards or whatever would like to have in there. I have actually decided to change around the first page. I did, but only 1/2 that I'm going to take our that little blue tac spot on. I'm good. Just take it in the corner. So obviously, in the end, I'm going to glue it to the page. But for now, I'm just going to attach it with a paper clip because I quite liked it. The idea. I could tuck things in there on. Now we can do page number four. I'm going to use a little envelope I took from the first page. I'm going to use this one on a page number four again. I'm just going Teoh, tuck away at the upper pocket, so it's not my way again. Just a touching this one with a paperclip for now next to it, I'm going to put this other little pocket that I've created from the same kind of envelope . I just cut off a little bit at the bottom Onda and then used a washi tape to seal it. Earned again. The circle punished you punch in it 1/2 circle in the top on this discreet another little pocket at the bottom off the other page. I'm going to use more far blue envelope paper. I cut a strip, going to glue together to give it a little bit more body, and then I'm going to attach it at the bottom. So I've got a wider or longer tuck spot on this side on. After gluing the two sides together, I just cut it to size. For now, I'm going to attach the strip with a paper clip, but in the end, I'm going to glue the sides on the bottom. Next, I'm going to attach another little image from the Rupert Bear book. I fussy cut one off the little figures on. I'm good to attach it to that strip because I thought that look quite cute on the last thing I'm going to do on this page is add another one off those square fold up tuck spots. On this time, I'm going to add it to the little pocket at the top again. I'm using a paper clip for now, but it's going to be glued on in the end. Now that the last pages done, we can have a look at a complete set up off these pocketbook. It's on this side. I've got the envelope on another little tuck spot. I've got the tax spot with the record cards on the other one in the corner, plus the little window on the upper pocket on the next side. We've got the wider and below on opposite the empty space left there for photographs on that talk spots. However, I go to change that around big cars. I just find the color scheme doesn't really work to my liking. So I chose another image from the book on, just folded it up to create the same kind of tuck spot. It needs to be glued on through the bottom off this tax spot on. Then the back is going to get glued to the side of the page on. Then, on the following page, I've decided Teoh add a tiny little envelope. Next toothy Rupert envelope. I created this tiny envelope from a bigger envelope, and I just cut a strip off the top on. Then I just I did a little bit of Washington. All I need to do now is glue. A little bits and pieces in place on the book is finished 8. Class Project: for your class project. I would like you to have a go at making your own foldout pocketbook. My pocket books usually have a very vintage feel to them. But that is my preference on you could create something really contemporary. It really depends on the kind of papers you would be using. What I would suggest is try and make use off something you've already got at home, if possible. I really like the idea off using materials that we would perhaps normally throw away. Let me just quickly show you two samples I've made using a different book pages. There's was another vintage comic book. I think it was an annual on the 2nd 1 is a dictionary on. As you can see, they're only a few images in this one. So it's from that point if you really versatile, because by adding your pockets and images and everything, you can kind of create whatever you want from this one. I really hope you enjoyed this class. Please remember to upload photographs off your finished pocketbook on. I'm really looking forward to seeing all your projects on If you're going, chap, load any off your photos to social media. Please don't forget to tag me