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Make a book, make a Matchbook Book

Today we will make a really simple book form - a matchbook style book.

You will need:

* cover paper (any paper will do, better if it's a little heavy like cardstock or watercolor paper. This is a good time to use some of those paint papers you've created in previous lessons, if you've been saving them to use in a project)

* page paper (printer paper works great. you can also experiment with other papers - tip: the pages don't have to be blank! it's fun to write or sketch on top of text and other drawings)

* paper clip

* straight edge (or paper cutter)

* scissors and string or ribbon (if you are doing a necklace form of this book)

* stapler

Prepare your space:

* cover your work area

* have your materials within reach and clear space in front of you to work

* keep drinking water nearby

* music? light? whatever makes it your ideal creative workspace, do that!

The work:

* prepare cover papers. Cover papers should be longer than they are wide.

- One way to do this is to get the papers you've decided to use, then fold them in half or quarters - whatever gives you the width of the cover you'd like to use. Open, then lay your straightedge (ruler) along the crease and hold it firmly down. Carefully pull the cover paper against the straight edge to tear a straight line.

- another way is to use a paper cutter or measure and use scissors or a straight edge and blade. 2.5" x 7.5" works well for the covers. Also, I encourage you to experiment with different sizes. Try to figure out which measurements would allow you to use the most (or all) of the paper you have.

* prepare page papers. Page papers should be approx. 1 inch shorter than the cover papers, and the same width or slightly narrower.

- you may choose to measure against the cover, then use your straightedge to tear

- you may use a paper cutter, or measure and cut with scissors or a blade if you'd like.

* lay the cover face down, then stack the pages on top with one short edge aligned

* paper clip the pages to the cover

* fold the the bit of cover that is longer than the pages around the pages

* staple

Note: If you are making a book necklace, cut your string, knot the ends, and lay it inside the cover flap before you staple


* experiment with different sizes and different materials

* make blank books to share with friends and family

* make art and poetry filled books to share with friends and family

Have Fun! Be kind to yourself and each other.

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