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Custom Bound Books

Extract from Trash Origami • By Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander • Published by Tuttle Publishing

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$ $ $ $ $
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Time
45 mins

Trash Origami
This book is easily made from just about any kind of rectangular sheets, even squares! The ingenious design is infinitely and easily expandable, and needs
no other types of fasteners! Posters, flyers, magazine and calendar pages are excellent for decorative covers. The backs of printer scrap paper (printed on one side, yet blank on the other) can form the blank pages (to write on), and other discarded pages (printed on both sides) make the perfect connector units, since nothing shows. You can even lay out your pages in your word processer, and
set your printer to print only the portions of the page that will be exposed in
the finished book, in order to pre-print text and images of the stories you wish
to share with your highly personalized, custom-bound book! You will need at least ten sheets of rectangular or square paper that measure the same size and dimension. Printer paper is ideal. Three sheets will be used for the pages of this book; four sheets to form connecting units; two sheets to form the covers and one sheet to form the spine.

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  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 1
    Step 1

    Pages: fold one of the short edges to lay midway up the sheet. Close is good enough.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold the opposite edge to meet it there. You will have a neat rectangle with a horizontal split.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 3
    Step 3

    Fold in half, short edge to short edge, with the split inside.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 4
    Step 4

    The finished page unit. You will need three of these.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 5
    Step 5

    Connector Unit: fold one of the short edges to lay midway up the sheet.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 6
    Step 6

    Fold the opposite edge to overlap, by about an eighth of an inch (5 mm) or so, making the connector unit narrower that the page units. Connectors must fit into pages. You can check the fit by inserting the connector into the open side of a page unit. Make adjustments and use your adjusted unit as a guide for the others.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold in half, short edge to short edge, with the split on the outside.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 8
    Step 8

    You will need four connectors.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 9
    Step 9

    Covers: fold the short edges of a sheet to meet at the middle of the paper, the same as for folding the pages. Fold in half, short edge to short edge, split inside.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 10
    Step 10

    You will need two covers.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 11
    Step 11

    Spine: fold the two short edges of sheet to overlap slightly at the middle of the paper, the same as for folding the connector units. Valley-fold two parallel creases, about a half-inch (1.5 cm) apart, split inside. You should make the space between the creases larger if your book is thicker.

  • How to make a bound book.  Custom Bound Books - Step 12
    Step 12

    Square up the spine so that it looks like this. You will need only one spine.

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