How to Make a Template for Folding Books


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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