how to make booklets

I think that I’ve just become obsessed with mini booklet making. I knew it was easy, but I didn’t realise it was so easy. And fun. I think these are the first of many more booklets. If any of you know me in real life, you can definitely expect a mini book to be coming your way!

 

So because I called this post how to make booklets I think i need to put in some explanations…

 

2485

1. Create some content for your booklet. Mine is my homework. I needed to collect examples of care labels on clothing. I work in retail so this was super easy. You could do it for your receipts, photos, letters, cards, and whatever else you may collect that is paper form but you are not limited to paper forms. You can make a booklet with flower petals but maybe you’d have to use thread to connect them instead of staples, maybe.

2487

2. If you want to be a copycat and copy me, then use cardboard for the front and back cover of your mini booklet. You can be all perfect and stuff and measure your content pages and then cut out the cardboard perfectly or just do like me and just trace it directly. It worked for me. Then put your content between the two pieces of cardboard and staple, staple, staple. There are many ways to connect the pages. You can put holes with a hole punch and thread ribbon through, sew them like I mentioned before and I’m sure there are other ways so be creative and think of some more.
2488

3. And voilla, open and close and read through your booklet. I think it’s a good idea to label your booklets unless you’re one of those mysterious types and in that case leave it unlabelled. I just thought of something just now… wouldn’t it be rad if you just made up random booklets and left them around places you visited. I think I’m going to be doing this. I think this type of thing I’m getting onto is like, exactly like or very similar to, zines. Whatever.

 

Now you know how to make booklets/zines, make them like crazy and show me, or let me know about them and how you made them and what you made them about. Ok cool, now I’m going to make spaghetti bolognese because it’s dinner time!

foto friday

F O T O  F R I D A Y

This week has been a decision making week. Full of stress and serious and not so serious thinking. I am definitely glad that it is Friday.

 

 

1.  I like this book. It’s been very helpful. I’ve also read “A New Earth” by the same author and loved that one too.


2. I have the best brother in the world. I hate washing my car, so he always washes it for me.

 

3. This is a delicious chicken and leek pie from Emporia Cafe in Myer.

 

4. My friend Emily and myself, just a quick bathroom selfie before watching Moonrise Kingdom.


5. I don’t really like this arrangement and think it’s weird the mannequins don’t have any pants. However, I do love the chair and think if I sketched this it could look quite cool.


6. I want this in my room. I can just imagine coming home and feeling so relaxed and cozy after jumping right onto it. I think the bed covers are from Karen Walker.


7. This is my book purchases this week. I walked into Readings Bookstore in Carlton looking for some answers and walked out with these.


8. My really good friend Badra and I did a cookbook swap. This is Badras Nigella and I gave him Rachel Khoo’s cookbook. I love how he’s got all the tabs on the recipes he’s made and wants to make.


9. I sent a random letter to a girl who’s zine I liked. Exciting enough for me she actually replied and sent me her latest zines. We’ve decided to be pen pals which is even more exciting.


10. My street. My street photo project hasn’t really gone so well. I can’t seem to get my camera to work. I think maybe the battery is just dead. And meanwhile in the last 2-3 weeks the trees already have leaves. It looks so pretty.


11. While I was supposed to be doing my assignment I began dreaming and thinking about things and decided to rename my book.


12. This is my new Deadly Ponies bag. We’ve become quite good friends already.


13. The girl sitting next to me at the tram stop had the coolest shoes. I want them.


14. This is from “The Power of Now”. “So next time somebody says, “Sorry to have kept you waiting,” you can reply, “That’s all right, I wasn’t waiting. I was just standing here enjoying myself – in joy in my self.””

 

 

Hope you all have an amazing weekend.

 

- Juliet x

 

 

uninvited frogs here to stay

Z I N E S  ( P R O N O U N C E D  L I K E  M A G A – Z I N E )

It always surprises me when I start talking about Zines and the person I’m talking to has never heard of Zines. I’m surprised because to me they’re just so interesting. They can be really creative and also very simple. They are often very random and to me that’s what makes them so interesting. Everyone should know about them!

It’s basically a self produced publication. Anyone can make a Zine. Its typically in a small booklet form. It can be handwritten, typed, photocopied, pasted, printed or whatever other way you can think of. It can be about anything. You can put in drawings, photos or writing, whatever you want to share.

I found out about them when I first moved to Melbourne. I came across Sticky Institute at Flinders Street Station on my way home from work one day. And I’ve been wanting to submit my own Zine ever since. (Any one can make a Zine. Yes, even you can.) I’ve actually started making mine today, I think I’m calling it “Uninvited Frogs Here To Stay”. I’ll let you know more about it when I’m done (it’s currently in development/production stages).

There was a cool exhibition on street art in Melbourne some time last year and Zines were a part of it. You can see my photos from the exhibit right HERE.

- Juliet x