Sunday, August 25, 2019


On August 10, we were introduced to a new book structure by Dolores Guffey. This structure took a bit of a journey to get to us. It is a Hedi Kyle structure that does not appear in her BOOK, The Art of the Fold.  A book artist and teacher, Erin Sweeny, gave a workshop where she taught this modular book. Our NORBAG member from Pennsylvania, Mary Elizabeth Nelson, attended that workshop. Mary Elizabeth then shared this book (using her eco-dyed papers in the pockets) with Dolores, along with a diagram of the structure. A workshop was born and 15 more of us now are familiar with the structure.

This is a delightful little modular book. Each module is a single piece of paper that makes a pocket and and a page that will act as the base for the next pocket. The structure can be as brief as two pages or as long as your content demands. It can be a miniature book or as wide or tall as you have materials to make it. You can make it with all kinds of papers remembering that both sides of the paper will be displayed. And it is neither restricted by ratios for height and width nor specific measurements to work.

Dolores started the workshop with a great instruction sheet.
 We started with several soon-to-be pages sized 4"x 11".

Each of us did some marking, scoring and clipping.

We ended up with a total of four pages (modules) for our books.

The module, when scored, clipped and folded, made the pocket
 on one page and the support for a second page.

This photo shows how the orange and blue modules fit together. The orange pocket is affixed to the blue full page. The back cover will be a single module without the pocket portion.

This is a fun structure because the modules can be of a singular color or different colors or designs on one side. The pockets can be trimmed or punched or even collaged.

Take a look at our finished books:
These are the samples that Dolores brought to the workshop.

This is a completed structure with each module being a different color and the cards inserted were plain colored also. The first module is blue, the pocket is adhered to the second module which is orange, the pocket insert is purple. Each page displayed a different color combination.

This is a simple version of the structure with a window cut out to show part of the insert.

The front cover of this book has collage elements on it.

Both of these books have an opening in the pocket.

In this book, both the inserted card and the pocket have been cut to display various shapes.

Text is in this book.

This structure is really fun to work with. If you have paper with two different sides, it will look entirely different. The proportions of pocket to page can differ as well as the overall size.

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