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Accordion books

This weekend I worked on accordion books that are 4.5″ x 4.5″ in size. An accordion book is often made with one long piece of card stock. It is folded repeatedly, like a fan, to form the pages in the book.

The colored slips of paper sticking out from the stack of covers in the image below are used to connect two pieces of card stock together. I use this technique so that the accordion book can have more pages.

Accordion book covers by Elissa Campbell

I often refer to my accordion books as “candy” because when I make them, I often play with more colorful and fun papers than I usually do. With my larger scale work, I tend to use more “serious” materials. I couldn’t really tell you how I qualify a paper as “serious”. I just know it when I see it.

In the image below, you can see that I glued ribbons on to the covers – these will be used to tie the books closed. (Without the pages glued in, those covers remind me of bodies on an operating table, but less gross.) Tying the bows on completed accordion books is really satisfying for me. It’s like wrapping presents for people. Plus it’s literally my act of wrapping up the process.

Accordion book covers by Elissa Campbell

In the last image, you can see one of my completed accordion books. The pictures in the book are of my niece, the biggest peanut ever. Well, she’s more of a co-peanut, along with my nephew. The green stripe in the middle of the book is the hinge that I talked about earlier. I think it adds a nice burst of color.

Accordion book by Elissa Campbell

4 Responses to “Accordion books”

By AJ - 7 January 2012 Reply

This is beautiful.
I was planning to make something similar for my friend’s birthday.
This really inspires.

And, loved the dashing hinge!

By Elissa - 7 January 2012 Reply

AJ –

Glad you like them! I get frustrated with limitations on accordion book page size and the hinge is a cool way to deal with it.

Elissa

By Tam - 22 March 2014 Reply

I WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU MADE YOUR ACCORDION BOOK! CAN U TELL ME HOW TO MAKE IT??? PLZZZ! I WILL REALLY APPRECIATE IT!

By Elissa - 22 March 2014 Reply

Tam –

Here’s a link to an accordion book tutorial that might be of help to you: http://jeanninestein.typepad.com/ink-stained-book-arts/2011/11/accordion-book-tutorial.html

Good luck!
Elissa

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