by Beate Johns
The meander (or maze) book gets its name from the way the paper is cut and folded to make the pages. This size book is great for a single event!
- One 12" x 12" sheet of patterned paper
- Four 3 1/2" squares of patterned paper
- Two 3 1/2" coaster squares or matboard
- Cardstock to decorate and make tags
- Circle punch
- Paper cutter
- Paper scoring tool (Scor-Pal™ used here.)
- Binding tool and wire (Bind-It-All™ and 1" wire was used here)
- Sanding block
- Stamps, Ink and Embellishments
Score 12" x 12" paper at 3", 6" and 9".
Turn paper 90 degrees and score again at 3", 6" and 9".
Fold and unfold all score lines.
Use paper cutter to cut paper as follows:
On the first vertical score at 3", cut from 3" all the way to 12".
One the second vertical score at 6", cut from the bottom to 9".
One the third score at 9", cut from 3" all the way to 12".
Cut the first and last square off as shown.
Start folding paper up from one of the sides with a missing square.
Fold it up accordion style, stopping at the end of row.
Tug the accordian pages of the first row under the second row.
Fold the second row accordion style like the first one.
Tuck your accordion pages under the next row.
Fold the third row accordion style.
Fold pages under the last row.
Now fold up the last row accordian style.
For pocket pages, punch a half circle on the top of one page.
To determine the top, unfold the accordion pages a little. The top will be the side that has two neighbor pages opening on top, one on the bottom.
For no pockets, just adhere two adjoining pages together.
Add adhesive to the bottom of the page.
Tape pages together.
You won't need tape on the side. It will be held together with the binding later.
Punch a half circle out of the second page.
Add adhesive to the side this time for a pocket.
Continue to turn pages into pockets.
Stamp pages if needed.
Punch holes in the side of the book pages for optional binding.
A Bind-it-All™ was used here, but a different kind of binding machine or a Crop-a-dile™ could be used, too.
Tape 3 1/2" pieces of patterned paper to coaster pieces. Stamp those if needed.
I used a Carl Rotary cutter to cut the coasters to size.
Punch holes in covered coasters.
Stack front, back and pages the following way:
Pages, front cover face up, back cover face down.
Insert wire through the holes and then close them with Bind-it-All™ or other binding machine.
Cut tags for pockets. These were cut to 2 1/4" x 2 7/8" before rounding the corners.
Decorate the inside pages and pocket tags.
Decorate front cover.
Use Crop-a-dile and ribbon for the book binding.
Just adhere top and back cover to the pages directly without binding the book.
Don't tape pages together for more pages.