A couple of weeks ago I wrote about making a little book with what I call "newspaper poetry" -- words clipped from papers or magazines that can be rearranged into poems or other interesting text displays -- and challenged my faithful readers to try their own hand at this art form. Now at least one of those readers has assembled a pile of clippings and wants to know what to do next.
Fortunately making the little book is probably the easiest part of the task. I don't mess with any of the myriad fancy ways to assemble and stitch paper together, but I love the simple ways. One easy approach is to mark or fold a single sheet into eight "pages," then cut 3/4 of the way across the center.
Or you can make a simple accordion from a single long strip of paper. Fold to whatever width you want your pages to be, and when you get to the last page, just paste on another strip. That's how I made the book I wrote about in the first post.
You may want to make a separate cover so the book will have a little more protection. Cut a heavier paper to size, a little bit bigger so everything fits without being crammed in. I made two little slits for a ribbon to tie the book shut, but you can use other methods -- or you can make a conventional book, with regular covers that just close of their own volition.