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!

Questions and Comments

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

I met you at CHA, you were so kind to give me your card, telling me to make coffee, and sit awhile in SC website. Well, I just want you to know, what I thought would be diffucult projects, you have made them look very easy.
Being a NEWBIE to card making, I can see I'll be an avid fan of SC.
Thanks again...
annie thompson
I am very open to anyone's suggestion, and styles, I feel I'm on my way to making cards following the tutorial's smilesmile:)
annie thompson  |  Sun Aug 2, 2009 at 4:11 AM
I, too, have trouble getting the squares to line up after folding! The 2 singles at one end seem to be the problem. I have been VERY careful in my scoring and cutting. Any suggestions? I am designing a book without using the bind-it-all and using a ribbon closure.
Mary Helen Craig  |  Sat Oct 3, 2009 at 7:17 PM
Thanks for the awesome tutorial, this will be perfect for little Christmas gifts for my family.
I already choose my paper, Cosmo Cricket, I love the old style prints.
Thanks again
annie smilesmile
Thanks again
annie thompson  |  Sun Oct 4, 2009 at 10:09 AM
This looks terrific... any chance of getting a video tutorial? Thanks!
Melissa  |  Sun Nov 1, 2009 at 7:47 PM
for some reason i cant get this to fold prperly
wondeing if anyone could help me
much thanks i got the paper cut but not folded right
Patricia Family  |  Tue Jan 5, 2010 at 6:05 PM
Hi Patricia,
Did you watch the video? Did that help you with the folding of the paper?
Beate  |  Wed Jan 6, 2010 at 12:14 PM
i thought of doing something like 4'' by 12'' with pocket like the every day folder for school, 3'' as base and the other 1'' as the pocket... and make it into a four pocket book, yet, i can only do so little with it... =_= sorry if rambling, but anyways i just came across this website today and i believe your idea is so much better than mine =) with so many pockets to add many surprises
thanks for sharing this wonderful idea! I will definitely make one for myself or my sisters, if not, i be sure to tell my sisters about your wonderful idea =)
thanks again!
victoria  |  Wed Mar 24, 2010 at 4:24 AM
OMG this is so cool I used this for my maths assignment and it rocked my teacher thought this was cool thanks
Jasmine  |  Sun Sep 11, 2011 at 11:52 PM
I'm confused. The written directions say to cut off the two outside squares, but I have watched the video twice and I did not see that done. Also, the pictures look like there are more sqaures than you end up with using 12x12 paper...or is it just me?
Vivian  |  Tue Nov 8, 2011 at 7:56 PM
If you want to bind your pages with a Bind it all like in the photo tutorial, cut the outer squares apart.
If you adhere pages to a chipboard piece like in the video, you keep the outer squares as your glue tabs. Does that make sense?
Beate  |  Wed Nov 9, 2011 at 8:49 AM
Thanks son just got married, will use this for candit shots, they will love this...very easy tutorial

thanks again
annie  |  Sun Jul 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM
WHAT A TOTALLY CUTE LITTLE BOOK!!!!!!!:) THANKS FOR SHOWING US!!!!:) Will HAVE TO try this one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)
Becky Green  |  Thu Nov 7, 2013 at 7:35 AM
Omg so cute. Can't wait to give it a try
Nuria Grniet  |  Wed Dec 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM

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