Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Accordion Book

The Accordion Book

The items that you will need to complete the accordion book:

You will need any material that you would like for the cover but I prefer the book board and you need to cut to pieces that are identical in size. The size is up to you.

You will also need glue.

A Bone folder or something that you can smooth out the edges with.

Putting it together:

The cover can be anything that you want but like I said I prefer the book board. You can do many different types of designs for your cover you can paint it, color it, but I like using book cloth.

As soon as you have decided what your cover will be next you will need the size you will be using and measure the text block into the correct measurements so that when they are folded together they are flush with each other.

Fold the text block back and forth till you have as many pages as you want. (use the bone folder to help you fold them)

Then apply glue to the text block. I think it is better to apply to the text because if it is slightly smaller than the book board you won’t have any extra glue marks showing.

Take your bone folder and rub along the text to get all of the air and wrinkles out.

You then repeat this process with the back cover. Make sure that the designs are all facing the same way.

If you want to make a book that is thicker most likely you will need to glue the text block together at some point. This is very easy. You just need to take two pieces of text block that are measured the same and glue one end piece to the other. Repeat this if you want to add more.

I like adding ribbon to the book. After it is don’t cut any length of ribbon you want and the colors and design you feel best suits the book and then tie it around the book to hold it together.

You can also have it standing up showing off the contents.

Here is a picture of the final copy and a link to a video to help you out if you need it.




This video is way cheesy and that is why I chose it but it is a great way to learn how to make an accordion book

By Derek Jorgensen

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