Making a Booklet from One Sheet of Paper: Course 2 | Daniela Mellen | Skillshare

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Making a Booklet from One Sheet of Paper: Course 2

teacher avatar Daniela Mellen, Artist & Author

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12 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Class Intro

    • 2. Class Supplies

    • 3. Book # 1: Folding the Paper

    • 4. Making the Pages

    • 5. Adhering the Pages

    • 6. Book #2: Folding the Pages

    • 7. Making the Pages

    • 8. Adhering the Pages

    • 9. Book #3: Folding the Pages

    • 10. Making the Pages

    • 11. Book #4: Start to Finish

    • 12. Class Wrap Up

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Book making is a process of measuring, folding, and sewing paper to create a finished book. In today’s class, we’ll create mini-books without the measuring and stitching, by folding and cutting a single sheet of paper. The result is still rewarding, but with the ease and flexibility of using the papers you have, as well as personalizing the size and aesthetics. Today’s class uses a sheet of paper, either square or rectangular shape, a bone folder to obtain a crisp crease, a sharp blade, straight edge, and double sided tape to create your booklet.
This class is the second in the series Making a Booklet from One Sheet of Paper.

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Daniela Mellen

Artist & Author


I'm an artist and author living in coastal Florida and surrounded by plants, animals, marine life, and the warm sun - all things that inspire me.

I am drawn to creating things and love to get lost in projects. Each day is a opportunity to learn something new, build on existing skills, and branch out to new ones. I was formally trained as a educator which is my passion and incorporating art into teaching makes my life complete.

I upload art classes every Friday, here on Skillshare. You'll see handmade books, memory keeping, watercolor, acrylic paint, unique art supplies, and photography composition. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to seeing your work.

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1. Class Intro: Traditional bookmaking is the process of measuring, folding, and sewing paper that results in a set of papers that are bound together. In today's class, making a booklet from one sheet of paper Course 2. We'll simplify the bookmaking process to eliminate the measuring and sewing procedures. And instead create a four-page booklet from a single sheet of paper using a small cut and some adhesive. Hello, I'm Daniela Mellen, an author, artist. To make these booklet, you can use any sheet of paper as long as it's square or rectangle. But in class, I'll show you the technique for folding for different papers. The result is a small booklet that you can personalize further. This is the second class in a booklet making series that uses folded pages. Use your booklet to hold photos as a glue book or as a personalized booklet to tuck into an art journal. So select your favorite papers and let's get started. 2. Class Supplies: And here are the class supplies that we'll use today for our simple folded booklet using just a sheet of paper. Now I'm going to do four different booklets using four different types of paper. I have some 12 by 12 paper, 8.5 by 11, 7 by 10. And then this is just a book page that I cut to five by eight, just so you can see the difference in how the different shapes result in a finished booklet. We're going to use additional paper to make the cover for this little book page booklet. But for the rest, they're kind of self-contained and they don't need additional covers. But certainly if you want to add them, You certainly may. I have a bone folder and this is just something to help make the creases nice and sharp. And then another thing you can use if you don't have a bone folder is just a plastic gift card. I have some double-sided tape to adhere our pages together. And then I'm going to make a straight cuts. So I'm going to use just a box cutter hear craft knife and a straight edge. In the next chapter, we'll start with our largest book, The 12 by 12. 3. Book # 1: Folding the Paper: So to make our booklet, we want one fold down the center and you can choose which center you want that to be. And then additional folds on the other direction. So we'll start and I'm just going to start by folding this right can have matching my corners up. Pull right to the center here. And then I pull down and up, just pressing to make a crease. From there, I can verify that it is a nice fold. I'll just go over with my bone folder and reiterate that crease, just making it nice and sharp. So there I have my paper folded in half. Our first fold, going to turn my paper just 90 degrees, and I'm going to do that same fold the other direction. So I matched corner to corner. Hold it in place. Pull my femicide, press down and up and emphasize that crease. So at this point you can see I have four squares from that shape. I'm going to make an L with my paper is folded like that and fold the outer pieces right into the center. I like to match up that crease. You can keep your paper open if you prefer. I just find it helps give me a nice crease. And then I'll reiterate that with my bone folder. And I'll do the same thing on this side. Make my crease. Now I like to reinforce those creases. So I'll just flip the paper over and reverse those folds. And I'll use a bone folder to do that. And I do that on all my creases, including the center one. So now I have my piece of paper. I have a fold down the center and blocks above. The next chapter, we'll come back and make our pages. 4. Making the Pages: So my paper is folded. And I'm just gonna do this for the video purposes. I wouldn't do this if I was doing this as my own project. I'm going to make a cut right down the center here, right on the middle fold. But I'm not going to cut the top or the bottom piece. And that's why I like to use a craft knife. You can use scissors of course, but it's just easier for me if I make my cut and I'm going to go very slowly. And it can make two cuts if I don't get it the first time. So there I have that hole in the paper. Now from here, I'm going to flip my paper over just so my pattern side is up. And I'm going to just gently tilt that center to the top. When I get it to the top, I'm going to squeeze those folds in the center. And now I make a Foursquare. So from here I'm just going to gently press my Foursquare's open. And then I'm gonna take my bone folder and press all my pages flat. Now they won't line up exactly perfectly, but that's what I'm working on. Currently. It's just lining that up. From there. I have my pages. In the next chapter. We'll come back and adhere our pages together just to make a nice succinct booklet. 5. Adhering the Pages: So now I have my double-sided tape and I have my paper. Priscilla gently open it in one direction. I know that when I make my book, it's going to look like this. So I'm just going to gently open it in one direction, knowing that I'm just going to fold it over. So I'm going to take some tape, apply it to the pages, particularly the ends of the pages. I'm going to take my paper, fold it back down, burnish it into place. And then I have the center here. I'll reach in and just add the tape closed. And I'll add a little tape on the other side. Once again, I'll use my bone folder to get a nice crisp scene. And then I have my first booklet made with a 12 by 12 inch paper. So this booklet is six inches by three inches finished size. In the next chapter, we'll use our in half by 11 paper. And in the final chapter, I'll show you different ways you can embellish your booklet. 6. Book #2: Folding the Pages: So now I have my 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper because it's not square. This gives us some options. Depending on how we make the multiple folds. The book shape will be slightly different. I'm going to take my paper, I'm going to fold it right in the center. And the same beginning way that we did with the 12 by 12 book. Pressing down, going up and down and taking my bone folder and sharpening that crease. Then I'm going to put my paper to the side and make another half fold. Again, lining up my corners, going down the page and then up the page. And so from here I can decide how I want my book to look. I can either fold my papers this way, my pages this way, so that they're tall. The resulting size is about 23 quarter inches by four and a quarter inches. And if I fold it on this way, my pages really 2.5 inches by 5.5 inches. So that's quite the difference in size. And it's up to you how you'd like to do that. So I'm going to fold my paper right to the center. The Press. The same thing over here. So I have my pages folded, going to flip it over and reinforce my folds just by going over it with a bone folder. In the next chapter, we'll come back and make our cut. 7. Making the Pages: So now I have my folded paper. And again, I'm gonna make my cut right down the center. And just to show you, I have the line that I Pencil in and that's where I'm going to cut it. I'll take my box cutter, my straight edge, gently line that up and make my cuts. So now to make my book, I'll flip my page, my page to the side so I have a little mountain and just bend it out. Gently set it down. Not brush the paper, but just gently press it and slowly just fold it. And all the creases. Refold it again and again. And this just produces a very nice result. Now this paper is pretty thick like card stock, so that's why it's a little bit more difficult than actual paper than lighter weight paper. So just requires more creasing and folding. In the next chapter, we'll come back and tape our pages down. 8. Adhering the Pages: So once again and just lift up my book, tape the edges in place, press down and burnish. And then continue this for the center. Take my bone folder. Just burnish it a little further, emphasizing the pieces. And there I have my 8.511 booklet into four pages from a sheet of paper. 9. Book #3: Folding the Pages: So now we have the seven by ten paper, and this paper is a double-sided, which is kind of interesting, gives me the option of which side I want to face. I'll start by making my centerfold and my crease. Putting the paper 90 degrees, making my center fold increase. And then I can decide which way I want it. And I think I'm going to take it the long way and fold the pages in further. So from the outside in a folder to the center point and make my crease. And then flip it to the other side and do the same thing. I'll reinforce the creases by making folds the opposite direction and then just using the bone folder to press down. And that gives me a very nice crease everywhere. The next chapter, we'll cut our peace and Folder pages. 10. Making the Pages: So now I can decide which way I want the booklet to face the pages to face. And I'm going to use the bright yellow. I'll make my cut down the center pages here, right on the interior fold and cut it with my box cutter, my straight edge. And then I can fold it out. This way will have my blue pages. And the opposite way has my yellow pages. I'll add my tape to these pages, recreates all the folds. Seeing how it wanted to do this, to get the nicest folds possible. And then I can take a pair of scissors with my straight cutter and just trim up the pages. In the next chapter, we'll create our book using our book page or five by eight book page. 11. Book #4: Start to Finish: For my book page, I'm gonna do all the steps in one chapter. So I take the paper and because it's such a thin paper, it requires less pressure and the bone folder doesn't require as much work. As I fold my paper, making both folds right to the center. And then I'm going to fold over here this way. Right to the center. Reinforce the folds. Because the paper is so thin, it doesn't require very much work. And then I'll make my cut right down the center. Fold my paper, reinforce those folds. And then take my pages together. I'll open it up. And then I'll just add my tape to center pages. And then I have my little book. I'll trim off the paper and it sticks out that extends from the pages. Read burnish everything. So now my book is 2.5 inches tall. I'll make my strip of paper that I'm going to use for the cover just a little bit taller than that, and then I'll attach it all the way around. So I have my strip of paper that's just slightly taller than the 2.5 inches of the height of this page and slightly longer than double the length. I'll add my adhesive. I'd like to add it to one side of the cover. Add my cover sheet, and then flip it around. Burnish it very well. And gently flip it around. I'll burnish it over here. Add the adhesive to this side. Burnish it again. And then I'll trim not only the top, but the extended area where the covers sticks out. And there we have our book, page book. And the next chapter, I'll show you just some ways to embellish your book. 12. Class Wrap Up: So here are our four completed booklets. Depending on the size paper you start with, you get a different result. I wanted to show you some embellishments, some ways to finish it beyond this. Now of course, you can fill it by adding paper pockets, tuck spots, corners, or even putting a clip and adhering more paper to it. But just for ways to finish a booklet itself, to keep it close to you have a few options. You can make what's called a belly band. You just take a strip of paper and you fold it around the book. Little loose. You don't want it to be too tight because you're just going to slide it off to remove it. You added little adhesive on the back and then you can slide it off. And so that holds the booklet closed from there. Another option for closing your book, and I practiced it on this size sheet, 12 by 12 paper is I just attached a ribbon to the back. I punched a hole on the back, thread my ribbon through it, and I just left it long, maybe a little longer than a foot. And this way I can wrap it around the book and just tuck it in and that will hold it closed as well. So that's a kind of a fun idea. Another option is to take your book, any of the books and on the first page to punch a hole at a little grommet. And this is just a cut out of a circle. And the back page, I cut another hole and I put it in a little elastic. And this way, my Elastic can go around my book and hold it closed, not too tightly, but just enough so that I can fill the book with things and yet habit, maintain a closure. So here I have a little book on a very small-scale. I just took a strip of scrap paper and I could use this because it was rectangular in shape. I folded my book, punched a hole in it, put a Brad through it, and then add it to card stock circles. On the backside, I added two holes and not at a piece of embroidery floss. And then I have my little closure and just go around my piece here. And it holds it together. The last book I have is a little bit different. I used to brands and two circles. I extended that cover so instead of trimming it, I made it long enough to fold over. I punched two holes, a cover, and the back piece added my Brad's and circles and then tied a piece of embroidery floss fairly long. And I just added a few beads for embellishment. And then I can just go round and round here to close my book and secure it. I hope you try your hand at making one of these techniques shown in class using your favorite size paper. Snap a photo of your work and post it in the project section. 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