Accordion books are a good addition to an altered book. They allow you to add additional content.
| This simple accordion book is set in a niche. |
| This booklet is held open to reveal three photographs. |
The picture to the right shows the simplest of foldings. The book is simply a rectangular piece of card stock that is folded into thirds. The thirds on the left and right fold inward, covering the middle third. The back of the middle third is glued in the niche.
Before we go further, there are two terms you must know:
Two Types of Folds
You fold away from you. You are looking at the mountain peak.
You fold inward, towards you. You are looking at a valley.
In the accordion book described above, I have used two valley folds. For a different type of booklet, I could have folded the left third with a valley fold, and the right fold with a mountain fold. In that case, I would have attached the back of the right third to my altered book, instead of the back of the center as I did in the two-valley fold pattern.
To make more panels, I could have used two or more rectangles of card stock, attaching them to a side panel.
A More Elaborate Accordion Book
The book above is simple to make and simple to use. This version is more complex. I'm using a number of pictures, as this is too complex to describe in words alone.
| This accordion book is set in a niche, and decorated on top with iris folding. |
|The booklet is opened up to show the photos and embellishments. |
| Step 1: Cut a square of card stock. I used an 8¨ square. |
| Step 2: Fold A to B in a valley fold. Open. |
| Step 3: Fold C to D in a valley fold. Open. |
| Step 3: Fold a kitty corner diagonal, in a mountain fold. Open.|
|Step 4: Fold as shown. |
|Step 4: Top of booklet. |
|To make your accordion book larger, you can make two or more booklets like the one described above, and glue them together. This picture uses three booklets. |
Just a caution, but the more the booklets you fasten together, the more difficult it becomes to refold this book once it has been opened. I used two booklets joined together, and I find some viewers have difficulty re-assembling it once they have examined the contents.
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