Meander Book

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.)
  • Adhesive
  • Binding tool and wire
  • (Bind-It-All™ and 1" wire was used here)
  • Sanding block
  • Stamps, Ink and Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Score 12" x 12" paper at 3", 6" and 9".

  2. Step 2

    Turn paper 90 degrees and score again at 3", 6" and 9".

  3. Step 3

    Fold and unfold all score lines.

  4. Step 4

    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.

  5. Step 5

    Start folding paper up from one of the sides with a missing square.

    Fold it up accordion style, stopping at the end of row.

  6. Step 6

    Tug the accordian pages of the first row under the second row.

  7. Step 7

    Fold the second row accordion style like the first one.

  8. Step 8

    Tuck your accordion pages under the next row.

  9. Step 9

    Fold the third row accordion style.

  10. Step 10

    Fold pages under the last row.

  11. Step 11

    Now fold up the last row accordian style.

  12. Step 12

    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.

  13. Step 13

    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.

  14. Step 14

    Punch a half circle out of the second page.

  15. Step 15

    Add adhesive to the side this time for a pocket.

  16. Step 16

    Continue to turn pages into pockets.

  17. Step 17

    Stamp pages if needed.

  18. Step 18

    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.

  19. Step 19

    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.

  20. Step 20

    Punch holes in covered coasters.

  21. Step 21

    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.

  22. Step 22

    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.

  23. Step 23

    Decorate front cover.



    Alternate binding
    Use Crop-a-dile and ribbon for the book binding.

    No binding
    Just adhere top and back cover to the pages directly without binding the book.

    More pages
    Don't tape pages together for more pages.

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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

Wowee! This will make a super gift!
Thannks so much, you guys rock!!
AJ  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 8:19 AM
This turned out beautiful! Thanks for this awesome tutorial!
Rose Ann  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 8:22 AM
This is just gorgeous Beate!!!!! Another Wonderful Tutorial!!!!
Vicki Garrett  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 8:43 AM
Awesome project! Can't wait to make this one!
Goofy88Grl  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 9:15 AM
This is a beautiful book!
I was wondering about the binding: Do you shape the wire for the binding with the Bind-It-All... also, what gauge wire do you recommend for such a project?
Thanks for sharing smile
Alicia  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 9:28 AM
Hi , Wonderful project. I am in the process of getting a bind it all but how do I know what wire size to get? Is the spacing between each wire the same? Is the measurement the thickness of your book you are making. What would be the commonly used size.
Please advise.
Chris  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 9:39 AM
When I attempt to print these instructions, the left side of the instructions do not appear on the paper. Would you please advise as to how I can receive the complete instructions. Thanks very much!! Love your ideas!! Cindy
Cindy Power  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 1:32 PM
WOW - what a great way to make your own
album!!! I will try this very soon....
Silke Ledlow  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 4:46 PM
Beate, this is gorgeous! Might just have to try one of these!
Anne-Marie  |  Fri Nov 23, 2007 at 3:54 AM
I love this book - I have attempted two; but, they don't quite square up - I think my cuts aren't accurate - I'm going to keep trying - I'll have quite a few 3 x3 squares to use in later projects - oh well
weezie  |  Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 9:27 AM
I love this but like weezie I can't get it to be totally square.
jordyns-mom  |  Tue Nov 27, 2007 at 7:14 PM
Wow, this is cute, I cannot wait to try one!
mbcards  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 11:03 AM
Thanks a lot for this tutorial...I´ll have a try very soon and hopefully will get some nice Christmas presents...
sunny  |  Wed Nov 28, 2007 at 11:10 AM
cette idée de mini est extra et la fiche technique super!!!

merci, merci, thanks!
karin34  |  Wed Apr 9, 2008 at 7:08 AM
This is stinkin' adorable! Thanks!!
Lisa Ulishney  |  Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 8:46 PM
I love this tutorial. Can't wait to make one myself.
Kellie Jupe  |  Thu Jul 17, 2008 at 11:15 PM
JKERR1  |  Fri Nov 7, 2008 at 11:01 PM
Hi Beate, this is just gorgeous! Fabulous tutorial and beautiful photos. Thank you so much for sharing!
Sue  |  Wed Nov 19, 2008 at 3:49 AM
I LOVE IT! Will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing!
Alice Mak  |  Thu Mar 19, 2009 at 7:09 PM
Beate: I need some help. I have finally figured out the folding. I am using K&Co; double sided paper. So, it is a bit thicker than SU. I have a pink bind-it-all that I haven't used. I would love to use it with my little books. Do you think it is too thick for bind-it-all? Thank you for this wonderful book.
Rosetta  |  Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

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