By Noreen Doll.
A folded one sheet pocket book is easy to make and a fun little book to use.
It has a little pocket on every page, and there are many things you can use them for.
Make bookmarks to store in the pockets. Or create lots of tiny tags to keep in them.
Attach small photos to paper shapes that can be removed from the pockets and make a fun photo book for a child.
For a little girl, tuck a tiny paper doll and its wardrobe into the pockets.
A fun way to use the gift pocket book is to add folded money or gift cards!
I would suggest making your first one sheet pocket book from a scrap sheet of paper, or paper that is not a favorite – just to get the idea of how the book is made.
1 Sheet of Scrapbooking Paper
Washi Tape or Scotch Tape
Ruler and Pencil if Not Using a Score Board
2 Binder Rings, Stiff Twine, or 2 Large Jump Rings
How to Make the Basic Folded One Sheet Pocket Book.
1. If you are using double sided paper, choose which side you want for the outside of the book.
That side will be the same as the folded pockets.
2. Score the paper as shown below.
Score at 6 inches on the back side of the paper.
Turn the paper over, and scoring in the same direction, score at 2 inches and 10 inches.
3. Turn the paper 90 degrees, and score at 3 inches, 6 inches, and 9 inches.
4. Turn the paper so the scores at 2 inches, 6 inches, and 10 inches are vertical.
(the purple and red lines shown.)
5. Starting at the center bottom, cut on the 6 inch line up to the 3 inch score line at the top of the paper.
Notice where the red line stops at the 3 inch mark. Cut where the red line is.
6. With the colorful side of the paper (or the side of the paper you want for the cover and pockets) face down, fold and crease along the 2 inch score line.
Fold and crease along the 10 inch score line. These are the pockets.
7. Fold the paper in half on the uncut part at the top of the cut line, with the colored side out.
8. Accordian fold each side of the paper so it looks like this.
And like this when both sides are folded.
9. Using washi tape or scotch tape, tape the four open pocket sides shut.
10. Finish folding into a book.
11. On the side where all the folded edges come together, punch 2 holes evenly spaced for the binding.
12. Use binder rings, large jump rings, or short pieces of twine or ribbon to thread through the holes and hold the book together.
Large jump rings look like this.
Tied with twine.
Now you can embellish the cover or pages if you wish.
If you are using paper that is colored on only one side, you can draw on or embellish the white half of the pages.
Use stickers or small paper cut outs to help cover the white pages.
I originally saw this little pocket book here.