IF Kids Project :: Single Sheet of Paper Sketchbooks

Children are wowed by this simple book.  All it takes is one sheet of paper, a pair of scissors and some folding know-how. They are great little journals.  I have all the ones my daughter made.   They are treasured records of her childhood.  Adults also love them. They may be pre-printed as interactive brochures or tucked in one’s pocket for recording grocery lists.

To get started you will need:
one piece of paper  (You choose the size.)

Let’s  create!

1.  Fold the paper in half lengthwise (though children often refer to it as folding “hot dog” style).

*Hint – Once you have aligned the corners, crease the fold moving from the center to the outer edges.  This minimizes the possibility of folding the paper crooked.

2.  Fold the paper in half again, this time horizontally or “hamburger” style.

3.  Now fold one edge toward the center crease.

4.  Flip the paper over and do it again.

5.  Make snips at the outer creases along the center vertical crease.

6.  Open up the paper and cut along the vertical crease from snip point to snip point.

7. Now for the tricky part.  Fold the paper back in half along the vertical crease. Pull on the center shorter creases so that the paper folds outward creating “pages.”

8.  The outer left crease is folded over the others to make the front cover of the book.

9.  Warning – this process is addictive!  You will soon rummage through your paper stash to
make books of all sizes.


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Thomas James

Thomas James

Thomas James is an Illustrator who has worked with The New York Times, WIRED, Pentagram, Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and many others. You can see his portfolio at thomasjamesillustration.com.
Thomas James

Posted by Thomas James on 11/15/12 under artists
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