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This quick lesson will allow you to make a book out of basic materials. The process will give you insight on the life of a bookfrom the moment it is born. Now you can truly understand the beauty of books and better appreciate them.

Remember that this fun activity can be done alone, with friends and/or relatives, and that even though its intention is to entertain--- one can find it really useful when trying to come up with a nice cover to a manuscript or just about any other thing.


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Step 1: Materials:

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Paper (I used masa paper for print making)
Long Ruler
Number 2 pencil
Cutting mat
X-Acto knife
Cardboard (more than double the size of final book)
Retractable knife
Fancy looking paper (preferably not too thin or too thick)
Rubber cement

Step 2: First Measure, Then Cut

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Before we even call our "pages" pages we must first cut them.
Hopefully the paper you decided to use is a big size that way there is a continuity for the accordion fold.

In this example we will be making a 10" x 10" book.

The steps for cutting the pages are as follows:

1. Lay down your paper as carefully as possible (to avoid potential creases)
2. With your rule measure the desire width and length you want your pages to be, in my case 10".
3. Draw a line with your ruler as shown on the image.
4. Place your rule to the opposite side in which you will cut, as illustrated by the picture, so that the ruler can guide the x-acto knife.

Step 3: Folding

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Now that you have cut your pages the width of each page will be measured.

5. Measure the width of all pages
6. Crease them like an accordion (some back, some forward)