I have been making some of these mini-zines for some friends who need some encouragement. There has been a lot of heart ache, pain and discomfort among some that are close to me. I love using this format because it is fun, creative, easily reproducible and easily sent in the mail inside a card or tucked inside a letter.
Click here for a great picture tutorial on how to make these cute 8 page, one cut zines made out of a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
You can make these on the computer, if you are so inclined or able, but I like to do them by hand. Usually I take a piece of black construction paper and cut it to measure 8 1/2 by 11 inches. After doing the folds (as seen in the photos), I rip or cut some small panels out of white paper for each page. On these pages, I create my art and text. You can either handwrite the text or print out text and cut it out. After I have completed each panel, I glue them to their page and then complete cutting and folding the zine. I make sure everything is lined up and numbered correctly, then I make photo copies. Now I have tons of wonderful little books to give away.
I don't have photos of my new books (coming soon!) , but here is an example of one a did during a long winter in Detroit. It is a zine based on a winter poem by Robert Frost.