If you can remember, a couple of weeks ago Val posted some pictures of the 10 things booklet that she made for her bestie Alex. Because it was a concertina fold book, it can be read as a book but can also be pulled all the way out. Awesome!
Recently one of our friends emailed us asking how we made it, because they were interested in making one as a gift for one of their friends! So I took this as a great opportunity to make our first ever BPS crafty tutorial, Let’s get started!
Step 1: The dimensions for the cards which you will use to make your book are: 10mm high x 21mm long
To prepare your pages make a 1 cm fold on the shorter edge of the card, this will be glued to another page later to build your booklet. Connecting the other edge of the paper to the fold you’ve just made, fold the paper in half. You should have a folded card with a 1cm edge on it.
Step 2: Glue along the 1cm edge of your card, if your glue isn’t as strong, you can use some tape on the back to secure the pages together.
Step 3: Stick the 1cm edge to the back of another page. Make sure all the folds are sitting the right way.
Step 4: Glue the rest of the cards together and your book should be slowly forming! I had a bit of excess on the edge so I trimmed it off.
Step 5: Choose some pretty coloured paper and cut out 2 squares to make your front and back cover. Stick to the front and the back.
Step 6: Finally we are going to make the band which sits around the book to hold it together. Using a strip of paper, measure out a band, or freestyle it like me! Glue this band tight enough that it won’t slip off, but loose enough that it’ll be easy to take on and off.
So there you have it! We’ve just successfully made our very first BPS craft tutorial and you have just successfully made your very first concertina book! If you make some books for yourself or for a friend, take a picture and make sure that you email us a pic, tag us in instagram, message us on Facebook, cause we really want to see it, it’ll be so awesome!
And we have a fun announcement! We are going to give away one of these concertina books to a lucky reader! More details will be revealed later on this week, so stay tuned!
Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and keep staying inspired.