Monday, October 24, 2011

A Haunting We will Go Book and a how to on Accordion Binding

A while back I participated in a Halloween swap at the All Things Tim Yahoo Group. Everyone's pages came out wonderful. I finally got around to binding all of the Spooky 4x6 pages together. I was going to make a cover for the book too, but then decided it really did not need one.

For the accordion binding I cut a 12x12 cardstock to the size of my pages - the longest one being 6". So I started scoring a 12"x6" cardstock on the 12" side. After much experimenting - actually after many mistakes I finally figured out how I needed to fold the accordion binding. My first attempt I scored every 3/8" and then accordion folded back and forth at the score marks. The problem with this was the pages were thick and by the time i got to the middle of the book the binding was coming apart. So next I tried scoring at 3/8", then 1/8", then 3/8", then 1/8" - repeated this all the way to the end of the paper. Then discovered that I really did not need that many 1/8" scores. So finally I got this right. I scored the first score at 3/8" then the next at 1/8", then at 3/8" and again at 3/8" then another at 1/8". So for every 2 scores at 3/8" you make one score at 1/8". Hope this is making sense.

Then came the folding part. Accordion fold all of the 3/8" scores and the 1/8" scores so that the binding looks like this.

Next I glued my binding together. To do this I took the part were the pages are not going to be - the spine of the book - this is looking at the 1/8" score area - and glued each 3/8" accordion fold section to the next.
Now you flip the spine portion over so you are looking at where the pages would be and glue the pages in. I glued the back of each page to the flaps.

Here is the finished product.

And here is the my page from the book.

Happy Haunting everyone.


  1. WOW!!! So much detail and a lot of work. What a fantastic project.

  2. this is gorgeous! thanks for the tutorial, too!