Monday, November 27, 2017

Miniature Monday: Easy Books Made from a Magazine, Tutorial


Make miniature books from your old magazines using these simple steps.


Find a magazine that is as thick as a miniature book. It has to be glue bound and not stapled.  I'm using an old Rolling Stone magazine that is 1/8" thick.  I was purging, and wondering why I had a stack of magazines the same size from 2011.  I was honestly shaking my head about my hoarding ways, until I remembered what I had planned on using them for. Now I feel rich!!

I used my T-Square to get an accurate cut as possible.  You're going to use the spine of the magazine as the spine of your mini books.  I cut about 5/8" from the spine.  This is the width of the book.



Cut your books the desired height, mine are 3/4" tall.  I used my T-square again, but I found that when I got closer to the bottom, I had more control without it.



I then covered the books with book cover printouts (re-sized from the internet), leather scraps, origami and scrapbook papers.  I also resized some handwritten journal pages and made a few open books.  The way the pages fan out are perfect.  If you need to, you can slide a bit of glue in between any pages that don't want to lay as they should. While the glue is wet, shape the pages.


This is a quick alternative to cutting individual sheets to make the pages of your miniature books that gives you a more realistic look than wood blocks.  Remember to use a fresh blade in your craft knife and take your time cutting.  You should use several slow strokes to keep your blade steady. I was able to make all of the books in the photo from one magazine spine.  Let me know if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

  1. Hello, Ketsia Elie! This is a good way to do books and pretty economical Hugs, Julia

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  2. Thank you for your work. Great idea
    Kiss

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  3. Hello Ketsia,
    The books look perfect. thank you for this great tutorial.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thank you! I've learned so much from your blog, it's my pleasure to share with you!

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  4. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. You made it look very easy and I shall certainly give it a try.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thank you! I'm so happy to share this with you. It really was easy and I was glad to use the old magazines!

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  5. Great tutorial and great result!!!
    Geneviève

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  6. Thank you! I love little books and couldn't figure out how to make them simply, THIS is the answer. I found a Craftsman Handi-Cut tool cuts the little things out perfectly, even the thick mags. They look great. Thanks for a great idea.

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  7. You are so welcome!! I love tools and have to look up the Handi-cut. I usually cut a bunch of spines at a time to get rid of these stacks of magazines I had. There's an elementary school across the street, so they use the magazine pages for collage. I leave them on the steps.

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