Thursday, May 14, 2009

Creating a Maze Book

This is a very simple project that can be used for a number of things from letterbox logbooks to nicely embellished gift books. You can slide a few LTC's into the pockets for a nice little package or connect more pages for a thick letterbox logbook. Here is a step-by-step to show you how easy this maze book can be. I will be showing you how to make a 3" x 3" book but this can also be made in a 2" x 2" smaller size with more pages or a 1" x 1" very small book with lots more pages.
It all depends on what size you measure your squares.

Start with a 12" x 12" piece of paper. You can use a decorative paper with a blank side or a paper with both sides blank to stamp on all pages. Make a pencil mark at 3", 6", and 9" on all sides of the paper.

I have drawn pencil marks to show you what the 3" squares look like but you can score your paper so the pencil marks don't show for a clean book.

Fold accordion style at each one of the 3" marks for a total of 3 folds.

Turn the paper 90 degrees and fold accordion style again in the other direction.

I have placed red arrows and lines to show you where to cut your paper so it is easy to understand. You do not need to mark your paper this way. Start cutting on the left side of the paper till you reach the last row of squares and stop before cutting through (at the red line).
On the right side of the paper, cut at the red arrow on the right side till you reach the red line in that row. Cut on last time on the left side at the top arrow until you reach the red line in that row.
When you are finished cutting your paper should look like this.

Turn your paper over and start folding your squares starting at the top left, folding your squares the way that you folded them in the beginning.

When you reach the end of your first row, fold all the squares you just folded from the top row under the first square for the second row.

Fold the squares in the second row to the end on the left and fold that stack of squares under the first square for the third row.

Continue with the steps above until you have folded all of your rows for a nice 3" square stack of pages.

Your pages will look like this.

Cut a piece of cardstock 6 1/2" x 3". This will be your cover. Make a mark at 3" and at 3 1/2" and score and fold your cover at these marks.

You are now ready to attach your pages to the cover.

Adhere the front and back pages into the cover.

Now you can leave your pages as they are and when the book is opened, the pages will form a maze that may challenge anyone to try and put back together or...

you can adhere the side and bottom of the pockets for a perfect place to place some LTC's or gift cards and surprise your friends with a special gift.

Punch a hole in the cover and pages and run a ribbon or string through to close the book. Decorate and share with your friends!
By the way, the flower arrangement in this photo was a Mother's Day gift to me from my daughter Cat's Meow. Isn't it perdy?

1 comment:

  1. This is VERY cool CFL! I just saw something like this in an old issue of the Eraser Carvers' Quarterly. Will have to give it a try. Great tutorial!