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!