Squash Book

by Beate Johns

These little books are easy and adorable gifts.

Supplies

  • Two 4" x 4" square coasters Need some of these? StartLitStudio (Cindy Lyles) stocks chipboard coasters in her online store.
  • Four 4" x 4" pieces of patterned paper
  • Three 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" pieces of cardstock
  • Coordinating cardstock and patterned paper for embellishing
  • Mod Podge™ [ buy it ]
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Sticky tape
  • Adhesive
  • Sanding block

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Brush Mod Podge™ on coaster.

  2. Step 2

    Adhere patterned paper to the coaster.

  3. Step 3

    Trim paper around the corners and sand edges if neccessary.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat steps one though three on the other side of the coaster.

  5. Step 4

    Repeat steps one though three on the other side of the coaster.

  6. Step 5

    Repeat steps one through four for the second coaster.

  7. Step 6

    Score each of the 7 1/2" cardstock squares in half at the 3 3/4" mark both vertically and horizontally.

  8. Step 7

    Score each cardstock in half once on the diagonal (from corner to corner).

  9. Step 8 (Optional)

    Stamp cardstock squares. Stamp one of the squares on the front and back of the cardstock for the middle piece.

  10. Step 9

    Fold on all scored lines.

  11. Step 10

    Take the middle piece and place it with the diagonal fold pointing down. Add Sticky Strip™ on unscored quarters of the cardstock.

  12. Step 11

    Take the second piece of cardstock. The diagonal fold should point up. Adhere one square of that cardstock to one of the squares of the middle piece.

  13. Step 12

    Adhere the third piece of cardstock to the other side of the middle piece.

  14. Step 13

    Fold squash book. Add Sticky Strip™ to the outside page.

  15. Step 14

    Adhere one covered coaster to the outside page.

  16. Step 15

    Repeat on the other side.

  17. Step 16

    Add coordinating cardstock to the square and triangle "pages".

    Cut 3 1/2" squares and for the triangles, cut 3 1/4" squares in half diagonally.

  18. Step 17

    Add photos, journaling and patterned papers to finish the project.

    Here, photos are 3 1/4" square, and triangles were cut from 2 3/4" squares.

  19. Step 18

    Decorate the front. Run ribbon underneath the front image to tie the book on the side.

Variations

    Use different sizes:
    12" x 12" paper scored at 6"
    8 1/2" x 8 1/2" paper scored at 4 1/4"

    Make a cover
    Cut matboard 1/4" bigger than your inside pages for covers.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Squash Book. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Thank you for this great idea. I didn't have the coasters so I improvised using plain textured card stock layered with decorative paper. The instructions were great, easy to follow and I've already been asked to make another as a gift for a friends daughter.
Carolyn  |  Wed Jun 18, 2008 at 3:27 PM
This is the accordian book that I have been wanting to do but couldn't find the directions.

Michele
Diane  |  Thu Jul 31, 2008 at 7:33 PM
How do you actually fold the book? I'm still playing with it and can't figure it out, help!
Jacqui  |  Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 2:22 PM
How in the world do I fold this, I've been pondering for hours !
karen  |  Thu Dec 11, 2008 at 10:55 AM
I love this idea... BUT for the lifew of me i cant fold it right Help
Pauline  |  Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 10:48 AM
You have to kind of work at the folds...hold the book ends out to the side, and sort of push up the center...eventually it will fold correctly on it's own...most of the time...you might have to play with it for a little bit.
shelly katzung  |  Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 3:11 PM
I lost my directions to the SQUASH Book and am glad that I found this one but on mine I do not use the coaster but just layer cardstock on the front and emboss or stamp on the front pertaining to what type of pictures you will be putting in it. We are doing CHRISTMAS squash books and everyone is excited in our church group. Thank you for the instructions. I will adapt the first part to the way I do them... CARRIE FREEMAN told me about this web site. I don't stamp much any more as I sold most of my stamps (635). I did keep all my Christmas ones and a few others especially my oriental stamps. I do not know how to upload as am very illiterate on the computer..Thanks again Colleen
Colleen Moore Jackson  |  Fri Sep 18, 2009 at 6:33 PM
I too need the FOLDING DIRECTIONS! DUH, but I can't figure it out. Everything is so clear, but without the folding, it just doesn't go together.
Rachel  |  Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 4:35 PM
Help! I need folding directions also.. I can't get it to fold up!
Chris  |  Mon Dec 7, 2009 at 6:27 PM
I'm going to give this a try...wish me luck!
Roxanne  |  Tue Jan 12, 2010 at 5:57 PM
This looks like a GREAT gift. We could sure use a video, though, if only to show how to fold this!
Richard  |  Fri Apr 8, 2011 at 5:55 AM
Love making squash books - my become little art books with quotes , paintings, stamps..little treasures.
Ruth Dailey  |  Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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