Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day "Zines"

My friend Sandra introduced me to the "zine", a mini-magazine written and illustrated on one piece of paper, then folded to make a booklet.  She sent me two of her creations "Rosemary is Magic" a fairy story  (with me as the main character) and "A Sky of Blue and Gold and Cotton", poems about the weather. I loved the concept (and her works of art), and wondered if I could use the format to make individualized valentines for my grandkids.

The answer is YES!  They end up being a six page booklet with a front and back page.  SO guess what I did all weekend??

Here's the front of all of them, designed specially for each child.

Here's what pages one and two look like.

And pages five and six.

They are each made on one piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper, divided into 8 sections.  I used clip art, valentines, and stickers.  I traced some of the pictures and colored them with colored pencils and crayons, cut and pasted others.  It was great fun!  I took over every inch of the office and made a  grand mess of the desk, but it was worth it.  I think they will enjoy their own personal Valentine message from Grandma and Grandpa.

The trick is to fold them carefully, cut the correct edge, and refold them to make a booklet.

The finished product looks  like this.

Happy Valentine's Day to you!


  1. They look fantastic!

  2. Oh, these are FUN! I'll bet you had a great time making them, and your grandkids will love them!

    Thank you for sharing them!

  3. Thanks! It was fun! It was humbling to learn the folding and cutting technique. Natasha - How are you? How's the WIP?

  4. It didn't take you long to catch on to your friend's cute idea.

    You've done a great job with the Valentine's Day card/books. You're grandkids are lucky to have a grandma like you who's so loving and creative too.

    It's obvious you had a ball. Way to go!! Nothing's more fun than having fun and being creative.

  5. Yes and I've come up with the perfect name for them Valen-zines. Maybe I could go into business creating them for folks!