Sunday, 24 September 2017

Making an X Book


In this post I wanted to show how I made this little book using one

 folded sheet of paper.

This was made from one of my painted papers.

 I am working on the inside at the moment and will share it another time.

This little book is called an X Book.

I'm sure you can find instructions for making these little folded books 

 on-line, however, I found this technique in a book called

'Making Handmade Books' by Alisa Golden.

Begin by taking a piece of paper (this one measured  23cm x    )

Fold in half lengthwise

Again into quarters.

Make sure to make the folds sharp using something like a bone folder.

Then fold the edges back on themselves to make a concertina shape.

Open it up and cut along the crease I have highlighted here with a black pencil line.

Now it should look like this.

Folding back over to look like this.

Then squeeze the two ends together and fold around to form the cover

Once folded you can leave as is but I prefer to apply Matt medium

 to the back side and re-fold and adhere the pages in place.

I hope you will give it a try. Its a good way to use those painted papers.

Thanks for visiting.



  1. Wonderful, great work.
    A cool idea !

  2. beautiful little book, fantastic Work!!!!
    Greetings Elke

  3. Brilliant little book, thanks for sharing the directions. And I love how it totally changes the painted paper! Sort of 'framing' different parts on each page. ♥♥♥

  4. A delightful little book and a great idea for a different kind of project. I can see it as another way to make a card. Thank you for sharing the process Carol. Cheers :D)

  5. What fun! Great tutorial, Carol.