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How to Make a French Fold Book

abstract:The French Fold book is a publishing technique well suited to DIY projects such as poetry chapbooks or other topics like a collection of writing, photography or art. Perhaps your writing group wants to commemorate the anniversary of your group's formation with a selection of each of your favourite works? Or someone you know is celebrating a special birthday and you want to make a custom gift of shared memories? Or your children's art has been sitting in a folder in a filing cabinet and you'd like to organize it into a lasting volume easily accessed on the bookshelf? The term "French Fold" is in reference to the pages of the book being joined together on the outward facing fore-edges, instead of the interior edges/folds at the spine.

Allison Holt has a cute blog called The Professor & Maryanne At Home where she has detailed instructions and sketches that make this project easy to follow. Your choice of materials can be any quality. Half the fun is in the maker-process itself. If you choose acid-free paper and archival glues your book will be a lasting artifact and heirloom.

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March 31, 2018

Materials

1. paper for your interior pages
2. paper or material for your cover
3. adhesive: double-sided tape or glue
4. straight-edge blade
5. self-healing mat
6. bone folder (to make crisp folds)
7. ruler (assist you in making straight cuts)
8. pencil (possibly, if you are inclined not to eyeball fold positions)

Steps

 

 

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