How to Make a Template for Folding Books

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How to Make a Template for Folding Books
Make your own little notebook. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

You can create instant books from one sheet of paper. it takes three folds and one cut to make a small, eight-page book for sketching, scrap booking or notes. Scrapbook paper with a pattern works well and gives added flair to the finished book. Once you finish, number the pages and unfold it until it's a piece of paper again. You'll have created a template for other instant books. You can use the templates over and over to create a lot more books.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Make the first fold. Fold the piece of paper in half so the top edge meets the bottom. Using a portrait layout, the resulting book will have the dimensions of a book. For a long, skinny book, rotate the paper.

  2. 2

    Fold it in half again, so the top meets the bottom.

  3. 3

    Fold it in half again. This time, fold the left side over the right until the edges meet.

  4. 4

    Unfold the last two steps. Align the piece of paper so the fold is on the bottom and four rectangles created by the folds are visible.

  5. 5

    Cut a slit along the centre fold line, using scissors, until it meets the perpendicular fold line.

  6. 6

    Unfold the piece of paper completely. Align the slit you created so it's horizontal on the table.

  7. 7

    Fold the bottom up and flip up the book until it stands on its edges. Hold both sides and push the book inward. It will look like a plus sign.

  8. 8

    Fold the left side down, then the right, then the top. Flatten all folds until you have your eight-page book. Flip through the pages.

  9. 9

    Label the front of the book. Do the same for the back. Number the pages. Then unfold your book completely. Trace each fold line. Use a dashed line for the line that you cut. This is your template. Photocopy or scan and print to create copies. Keep this original in a safe place for reuse later.

Tips and warnings

  • A staple in the middle will hold your book together.
  • You can cut the folds to create more pages.
  • Create a thicker book by stacking several smaller books together.
  • Make a simple cover using card stock.
  • Paper cuts occur when you drag your finger over the edge of a piece of paper. Minimise this by using a little bit of moisturiser on your hands before handling the paper.

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