Make a 16-Page Zine from a Single Sheet of Paper

Heather Dooley, zine maker & poet

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5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. You're Going to Make a Tiny Zine

    • 2. Make Your Template

    • 3. Brainstorm & Add Your Content

    • 4. Fold, Staple, Cut, Viola!

    • 5. Self-Publishing & Beyond


About This Class

In this class, you will create your own 16-page mini-zine (or mini magazine) using a single sheet of 8.5" X 11" paper. I will show you how to:

  • create the template,
  • add your content, and
  • fold, trim, and staple your final product.

You will be able to create these little booklets for anything you want. Extra-special birthday cards, recipe collections, a treatise on a topic you care about, poetry chapbooks, memories of a trip you took, or anything you like. I use this format to create my poetry zine, Spake.

You won't need many materials. All you really need are a sheet of paper, a pen, a stapler, and a pair of scissors. If desired and if you have one, you can use a scrapbooking paper-cutter. And of course, colorful things and sparkly things for decorating are always an option. A color copier is also a helpful addition if you have access to one.

Finally, I will show you how to create the same template in Pages for Mac (but it's OK if you don't use Pages, you don't have to do this part for your project). You could also probably create a similar template in MS Word. I'll introduce you to the basic concepts in the final video of this class, and in the future, I hope to present a more detailed class on this topic.