Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mini books!

This past weekend, I went to a book making workshop.  One of the first things we did was learn how to fold  and cut a piece of printer paper to make a mini book. I thought this was so cool, and can't believe I've never seen it before.  The possibilities are endless.  You can make them with the kids, and they call fill them with their artwork.
For each mini book you'll need one piece of printer paper, scissors, and pens, markers etc.

Fold it in half this way, and crease it well.

Open it up and fold in half again the long way. 

With it still folded the long way, fold this in half, then in half again.

When you open up the paper, these are the folds you should have at this point.

Next, you'll need to make a cut in the middle where I"ve drawn the line.  To do this, I fold the paper the short way and cut as shown.

This is what the cut should look like.

With the paper standing on the table, and the cut in the middle, hold each end of the paper and push it together, and crease.

Before creasing it should look like this:

That's all there is to it.  Now for the fun part.  Fill your book with words or artwork!

Here is an example that the instructor made:

Here's one of mine.  :)

You can do it with whatever paper you  have around.  Construction paper, junk mail, etc.  It doesn't need to be this size either.  You can make them larger or smaller.  

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