Encasing Structure's Content

This is a weekly blog that I have created with the sole purpose of creating a hand bound book once a month. I will be showing the entire process from start to finish. Although I would appreciate some mention of credit, please feel free to use and share any information found on this blog. The creative process rarely happens in a vacuum.

Monday, March 16, 2015

March 2015 Week 3 - Book Structure

Hello Everyone,

I am changing the order of things around just a bit because I realised I needed to have the exact measurements of the pockets in order to create the content for them.  I also decided to break it up into 2 parts, Part 1 - folding the folder, Part 2 - adding signatures.

Part 1 -
Hedi Kyle's Diagonal Pocket Folder


12" x 20" text weight paper

 I intentional only put a design on one side of my paper, so that the demonstration would be easier to read.  (Hopefully it is.)

You begin with the 12" x 20" paper, vertically situated, pattern side down.  Measure and mark the centre of the paper, then fold each side to the middle mark.

I did run the bone folder over these folds so that they were clearly defined.  Next, unfold the sheet and measure and mark from the bottom three lines each 4" apart.  I then scored,
with my bonefolder, each set.

You should end up with this:

 As you can see I marked the folds 1, 2, 3.  #1 will fold up to #2 along the scored line.   #2 needs to fold up to #3, creating an additional fold.  See below:

Now, fold both corners of the long fold in, see below:

Flip the entire fold up and on the small fold (created between #2 and #3) fold those corners.

It should look like this after the corners are folded down.

Flip the entire paper over and fold in the sides, like this:

 That is one side, now for the other.  Fold the two corners to the middle.

  Then fold the middle edge up, so that it aligns with edge of the paper.

 Score along the edge of the fold:

This is the trickest part.  On each side, unfold, pop and flatten along the scored line to form a kite shape.


It helps to keep in mind, when you are unfolding and popping the kite shape that the end of the paper needs to maintain the point.

A common error is to not unfold enough,  in this case, the end will not make a point, like this:

Once you have the two kite shapes, you simply tuck the two ends inside each other and then tuck the top edge of the structure inside and it will look like a triangle.

tucking of the kite shapes

final triangle

Now using the edges of the pockets as your guide, fold it into a folder.

For the final folds, I did not use a bonefolder to crease the folds.  Since I am adding additional materials to the inside, I wanted to make sure there's enough room before I finalize those folds.

So there it is.  Folder done.  Part 2 I will post in a couple of days and that will be adding the signatures.  Then I'll be back next week to show the additional content.

Until then,

Happy Book Binding!


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