# Valentine's Day - Folded Book Art - Heart Inside a Heart

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This Folded Book Art is a perfect gift to give for Valentine's Day!

After searching for a while i found this website that offers patterns

In the next steps i'll explain to you how to fold this heart into a book. (I used a picture from their website for the front image)

If you want to do a smaller project first, to test it out, please check my other tutorial here.

## Step 1: Collecting the Materials Needed

For us to be able to create folded book art we need a few things:

- We need a book. It's best to use a hardcovered book, as these books will give the best results when displaying them.
- We need a ruler in centimeters, as these patterns are displayed in centimeters
- And ofcourse we need a pencil to mark the pages.

## Step 2: Marking the Pages

For this heart pattern we need to mark and fold 139 sheets of paper.

The patter i use is in centimeters, so please get a ruler that displays centimeters.

Now pick up the book like normal when you would read it (Like in the first image of this step)

Now turn the book a quarter, so your hand ends up on the right of the book and the page numbers (in this case) end up in the right upper corner. Like in the second image.

The book is now positioned right. It has to stay in this position during the process of marking the folds.

Now place your ruler on the book like in the third image. Make sure the beginning of the ruler is on the left side of the book.

The first two values you need to mark according to the pattern are: 7.5 centimeters and 8.1 centimeters. So place two marks on those two values. If done right, you now have marked the first page and there's a gap of 0.6 centimeters between the marks. It looks similar to the fourth image.

Now go to the next page (the second page). Here you mark the following values: 6.9 centimeter and 8.8 centimeter

On the third page you mark the following values: 6.6 centimeters and 9.1 centimeters.

Page 4: 6,3 & 9,4

Page 5: 8,7 & 9,7

Page 6: 5,9 & 6,7

Page 7: 9,3 & 10,1

Page 8: 5,6 & 6,2

Page 9: 9,8 & 10,4

Page 10: 5,4 & 5,9

Page 11: 10,2 & 10,7

Page 12: 5,2 & 5,6

Page 13: 10,5 & 11,0

Page 14: 5,0 & 5,4

Page 15: 10,8 & 11,3

Page 16: 4,9 & 5,3

Page 17: 11,0 & 11,5

Page 18: 4,7 & 5,1

Page 19: 11,3 & 11,8

Page 20: 4,6 & 5,0

Page 21: 11,5 & 12,0

Page 22: 4,5 & 4,9

Page 23: 11,8 & 12,2

Page 24: 4,4 & 4,7

Page 25: 12,0 & 12,4

Page 26: 4,3 & 4,6

Page 27: 12,2 & 12,6

Page 28: 4,3 & 4,6

Page 29: 12,3 & 12,8

Page 30: 4,2 & 4,5

Page 31: 12,5 & 13,0

Page 32: 4,2 & 4,5

Page 33: 12,7 & 13,1

Page 34: 12,8 & 13,2

Page 35: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 36: 8,4 & 9,2

Page 37: 13,1 & 13,4

Page 38: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 39: 7,7 & 10,0

Page 40: 13,3 & 13,7

Page 41: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 42: 7,4 & 10,5

Page 43: 13,5 & 13,9

Page 44: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 45: 7,2 & 10,8

Page 46: 13,7 & 14,1

Page 47: 4,2 & 4,4

Page 48: 7,1 & 11,1

Page 49: 13,9 & 14,3

Page 50: 4,2 & 4,5

Page 51: 7,0 & 11,4

Page 52: 14,2 & 14,5

Page 53: 4,3 & 4,6

Page 54: 7,0 & 11,6

Page 55: 14,4 & 14,7

Page 56: 4,4 & 4,7

Page 57: 7,0 & 11,9

Page 58: 14,6 & 14,9

Page 59: 4,5 & 4,9

Page 60: 7,0 & 12,1

Page 61: 14,7 & 15,1

Page 62: 4,7 & 5,1

Page 63: 7,1 & 12,3

Page 64: 14,9 & 15,3

Page 65: 5,0 & 5,4

Page 66: 7,3 & 12,4

Page 67: 15,1 & 15,4

Page 68: 5,3 & 5,8

Page 69: 7,5 & 12,6

Page 70: 15,3 & 15,6

Page 71: 5,5 & 6,0

Page 72: 7,5 & 12,6

Page 73: 15,1 & 15,5

Page 74: 5,2 & 5,6

Page 75: 7,2 & 12,4

Page 76: 15,0 & 15,3

Page 77: 4,9 & 5,3

Page 78: 7,1 & 12,3

Page 79: 14,8 & 15,1

Page 80: 4,6 & 5,0

Page 81: 7,0 & 12,1

Page 82: 14,6 & 15,0

Page 83: 4,5 & 4,8

Page 84: 7,0 & 11,8

Page 85: 14,4 & 14,8

Page 86: 4,4 & 4,7

Page 87: 7,0 & 11,6

Page 88: 14,2 & 14,6

Page 89: 4,3 & 4,6

Page 90: 7,0 & 11,4

Page 91: 14,0 & 14,4

Page 92: 4,2 & 4,5

Page 93: 7,1 & 11,1

Page 94: 13,8 & 14,2

Page 95: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 96: 7,2 & 10,8

Page 97: 13,6 & 13,9

Page 98: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 99: 7,4 & 10,4

Page 100: 13,4 & 13,7

Page 101: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 102: 7,8 & 10,0

Page 103: 13,1 & 13,5

Page 104: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 105: 8,5 & 9,1

Page 106: 12,9 & 13,3

Page 107: 4,1 & 4,4

Page 108: 12,7 & 13,1

Page 109: 4,2 & 4,5

Page 110: 12,5 & 12,9

Page 111: 4,2 & 4,5

Page 112: 12,3 & 12,8

Page 113: 4,3 & 4,6

Page 114: 12,2 & 12,6

Page 115: 4,4 & 4,7

Page 116: 12,0 & 12,4

Page 117: 4,4 & 4,7

Page 118: 11,7 & 12,2

Page 119: 4,5 & 4,9

Page 120: 11,5 & 12,0

Page 121: 4,6 & 5,0

Page 122: 11,3 & 11,8

Page 123: 4,7 & 5,1

Page 124: 11,0 & 11,5

Page 125: 4,9 & 5,3

Page 126: 10,7 & 11,3

Page 127: 5,0 & 5,4

Page 128: 10,5 & 11,0

Page 129: 5,2 & 5,7

Page 130: 10,1 & 10,7

Page 131: 5,4 & 5,9

Page 132: 9,8 & 10,4

Page 133: 5,7 & 6,2

Page 134: 9,2 & 10,0

Page 135: 6,0 & 6,7

Page 136: 8,6 & 9,6

Page 137: 6,4 & 9,4

Page 138: 6,6 & 9,1

Page 139: 6,9 & 8,7

## Step 3:

After you marked all the pages you can start folding.

Place the book in front of you like in the first image of this step.

Then fold each page twice on the marks you made in the previous step, like you can see in the second and third image. Try to keep the folds at 90 degrees or as close to it as possible.

Repeat these steps untill you have folded all the marked pages.

When finished folding, you're done! You've created your own folded book art now. Now go ahead and look for more patterns, as all of their patterns work in the same way.

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## 27 Discussions

great idea, thanks for posting! I just finished mine. A few thoughts...

• in order to work for this, a book needs to be more like 300 pages. when the author of this instructable refers to 139 pages, she is referring to the actual page, where as books a generally numbered on the front and back of each page. hence, a 139 page book is only 1/2 as long as you need to do this project.
• if you use a book with page numbers at the top, then the page number needs to be in the upper left corner when the book is in position to work on. basically the bottom of the book must be to the right, with the left of the book to the bottom.
• if you are using a book that has more than the exact number of pages, find the middle of the book, then count backwards 70 pages [NOT FRONT/BACK, 70 ACTUAL PIECES OF PAPER]. wherever you end up, that should be your page 1 to start marking and folding. this way, your design will be centered in the middle of the book.
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Thanks Pastormick for adding these comments! I'll make this a feature comment so people can see this!

I loved this project, inspired by Magistro, I made this for my wife for Valentine's Day 2019. I struggled a bit along the way and found that plotting the data helped me visualize how it would turn out. Creating a spreadsheet allowed me to enter the height of my book and automatically adjust the data so the pattern remained centered vertically and by entering the number of pages in my book I calculated the first and last pages for folding, ensuring the pattern was positioned in the middle of the pages.
Here are a few more tips I learned along the way...
•I
prefer to start at the last sheet and measure down from the top of the page and
make a pencil mark for Fold 1 and Fold 2 (in
cm). These marks and consequently the
folds will face toward the inside pages of the book. It is best to print your
list of folds and cross them off as you perform the marking to avoid falling
out of sequence.

•Work up through the rows until the
Half Way Point is reached then turn the book around and starting from the 1st
sheet measure from the top of the page and make a pencil mark for Fold 1
and Fold 2 (in cm). These marks and
folds will also face the inside pages of the book.

•This method of working both ends of
the pattern toward the middle keeps the folds facing inward towards the middle
of the pattern, creating a more symmetrical finish.

•Once all pages are marked I then
used the same sequence and folded starting at the last sheet until the Half Way
Point is reached then turn the book around and work toward the middle from the
first sheet.

•Make each fold a 90 degree fold if
possible (use the text on the pages as
your guide). If a 90 degree fold is not
possible due to the length of the front edge then simply fold from the pencil
mark to the page binding and cut or fold in the surplus, see pics.

•As an aid for folding I use a heavy
piece of card stock or firm plastic sheet beneath the page I'm folding, then
move it along page by page. This
technique not only helps make smooth folds but it also presses the lower folds
down tightly while i work. I also found that clamping the first completed half together made it easier to work the remaining half.

Again credit is given to Magistro who made the effort to create the instructable in the first place, thanks for the inspiration.

See my pics and attached spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel.
Happy Making!

please help..my pattern looks nothing like this so I am lost

I am looking at page numbers down the left and page numbers across the top of the page, then I have 3 or 4 or in some cases 7 measurements per page number??????

Also how do I know from pattern to pattern if the fold is a:across the top of the page folding the whole page towards me or if the fold is B: down the longest part of the page and into triangles

I am a beginer so if I am being stupid...please be kind :)

Could anybody tell me what height the book needs to be please? Thank you.

How do you know what height book you need? You didn't mention 23.5cm as a minimum height. Thanks

No one talks about which direction to fold the pages, in toward the book or out ward. The first book art I did 2 days ago was a single heart. When I stood the book up 1/2 the book looked great, the other side flat.

I started your heart inside a heart and did the first half inward direction to the center folding, and am starting the last half inward to the center again. It is slow going, but looks better so far compared to my first single heart.

Hi I tried this using a diary measuring 15.5cm wide and 21cm high but when I tried to fold over page 14 where the measurements are 5.0 and 5.4 I could not fold over the large side to 90 degrees without ripping the page (which I did not do). Does the book have to be a certain width / height for it to work??

I tried :( my first go. It dosent look right ?? my book was 23.5 cm and I still used the measurements given. but thankyou for the free guide. I looked for more to do but most patterns cost money. Easy guide a must try for all crafty people. x

Hello i have a book 23.5 cm can i still use the same measurements you gave, and will it still work and look good. Any info would be great xx

Here you can create your own graphical pattern for free, to fold your own name.

http://www.orime.de/vorlagenprogramm/registrierung.php

Magistro how do those making up this folded book request permission to sell the finished folded book please? Love it by the way

Good directions. I covered the book with appropriate wrapping paper using spray adhesive. Then I folded over the edges. Much nicer than the original cover. Thx very much for the idea n directions.

I made this for my girlfriend for valentines day, she LOVED it, thank you!
Side note, I didn't have a CM ruler, so I had to convert every single measurement over to inches, all in all this bad boy took me 7 hours to make... But totally worth it!!

How many pages should the book be? Does it have to be exactly 139, or does it not matter? And do you start at page one or just try to center it in the book?

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It needs 139 foldable pages (sheets of paper). So the last page number should be at least 278. You can also use a book that has more pages, no problem. You should try to center it.

the book I used was over 500 and I started about 10 pages in I don't guess it matters really it just based on how it looks

Pastormick is right, you probably have a book which has the page numbers at the top. But you'll probably be fine with turning the book upside down when displaying it :)

possibly you used a book in which the page numbers are on the top of the page and not the bottom. in that case, the directions regarding how to place the book might be a bit confusing.