Hello again, and welcome to the October edition of Geeks and Crafts! This month, I’ll show you how to make a miniature zine out of one sheet of paper. Although some of you might not be familiar with them, zines are quintessentially geek-girl-y. The first zines were places for fans, especially female fans, of things like sci-fi to share their thoughts and fan-works. The most commonly believed origin story of slash fan fiction is that it came out of Kirk/Spock stories printed in Star Trek fanzines! So follow along to create your very own tiny zine and become a part of a true geek girl legacy.
You only need three things to make this:
- one sheet of paper (I used plain printer paper)
- a bone folder (optional)
Step 1: Fold the paper in half longways. Crease well and unfold.
Step 2: Fold the paper in half short-ways. Crease well and unfold.
Step 3: Flip over the paper and fold each short end into the middle crease you made it step 2. Crease well and unfold.
Step 4: Refold as in step 2 and cut in from the folded side to the center along the crease you made in step 1. Unfold.
Step 5: Refold as in step 1, the push in the ends so the parts in the middle separate, as indicated by the arrows. You should see your pages form.
Step 6: Close the zine as indicated by the arrows to make it into a little book consisting of front and back covers and 6 inside pages.
Step 7: Decorate it! The easiest way to do this is to number the pages, unfold it, fill it up, and then fold it back together.
Some ideas for what to put in your zine:
- Make an “about me” book for a new (or old) pen pal!
- Label each page with a day of the week and write down to-do lists or do a daily doodle.
- Stick in tiny photos and make a little scrapbook.
Personally, I plan on making a couple of mini-zines to include in the next few letters I send to my own pen pals! I’m not sure what they’ll be about yet, though. Any suggestions?
As usual, please let me know if you make something with this tutorial! I would love to see your geek-girl crafting skills! And I’ll see you next month for another edition of Geeks and Crafts!