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friendshipbook tutorial

book tutorial

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.

Make 5 folded sheets of card. 

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.

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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.


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  • Susan 10/11/2013 at 10:11 am

    Awesome tutorial! I will definitely get onto making one! Such a heart-felt, personalized present and so easy to make, thanks for sharing some of you amazing creative knowledge, please continue to do this!!!:)

    • Val & Vess 11/11/2013 at 12:22 am

      Thanks heaps Susan, that’s fantastic feedback. I’ve learnt a couple of other binding methods so I’m happy to share that as well! Val is a whiz at making crafty cards, so it’ll be fun to show you guys more tips and techniques!

  • Amy N 10/11/2013 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for an awesome tutorial guys! I was super impressed with your concertina so now I can make one too ^^

    • Val & Vess 11/11/2013 at 12:24 am

      You are most welcome Amy! It’s the first time that we’ve attempted to make a tutorial and it was so fun. You should totally make a concertina book and please show us when you do!

  • cheryl 11/11/2013 at 11:32 pm

    too cute! love it! more, more! 😀

    • Val & Vess 12/11/2013 at 12:50 am

      YAY! So great to receive encouraging words from the master crafter herself! We’ll make more tutorials! We should get you to make a tutorial with us as well!