Sunday, February 12, 2012

Folded Books

I tend to go overboard when I find something I love to do.  My current passion is folding books. Luckily for me it has proved to be a hobby that even makes a little bit of money!  The summer before last I began folding patterns and shapes, and participated in a WONDERFUL handmade art fair, Bijou Market, that was held in a pear orchard. Here's the  link to that post if you'd like to see pics from that event.(

At that time I was really wanting to learn to fold WORDS into the pages of books... And now, I have!!  I think this is really my niche.  I love looking for just the right books and choosing just the right word(s).

As with all my creative endeavors, I rarely keep any for myself.  Each time I've folded a book for my house it has left with a visitor or been purchased through my etsy shop.  I think I'll fold one to keep soon!

Here are a few MANY of my favorites:

A Love Story {just right for any day or anytime}

Akiva {special order, name}

Believe {this was for Christmas, the cover was pinecones and hollyberries}

{star} Cal {star}
for a brand new baby

Although this is my son's name, this was a special order last name

special order - check out the cute endpages peeking out

This is just a pillar fold, but I LOVE the endpages, they are flocked.

Gardner (my maiden name... folded for my brother's family)

H {heart} H
one of two folded for a wedding


{This is one of my favorites, the red on the end is a little heart.}

This one is the very first word book I folded.

a book of few pages with a heart.

J {heart} K
from a thoughtful husband for a loving wife

folded into the pages of a much loved, and therefore retired, library book

last name

vintage children's book

another vintage find -- cool cover

This was a poetry book.  I love how the page frames add to the overall look.


The Coles
This photo is blurry, but I liked this idea.  It was a wedding order.

(a Halloween request)

for a Bat Mitzvah

Hmmm.  If you've looked at all of them you are a trouper!  If you'd like to order, my Etsy shop address is:

Everyone ought to have a creative outlet... What's yours??


  1. I love this technique, so cool. I would like to commission you to do one for my grand kids. When and how can we talk about that? I do hit a lot of garage sales, maybe I start looking for old hard cover books first? Crazy Aunt Rose

  2. Since you live nearby let's talk!

    You can view details at my Etsy shop listed in the post.

  3. They are fabulous Dana! You are always amazing.

  4. Dana - those are so super cute. That is so creative. Good for you. I found you from another teacher's blog. I teach in CA...come on over and visit my blog sometime. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  5. Hi Dana - YOU won the patriotic unit from my blog...come on over and leave me a comment with your email address and I'll get it off to you...congrats. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  6. Folded books are cool!

    BTW, happy 100 Followers! I just signed up to Follow your cool blog (was here visiting your homemade laundry detergent post) and noticed I'm your 100th Follower! Congratulations! :)


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