Square Zig-Zag Book™

Hello, it is me, Ann, from the Arnold Grummer Design Team and the blog at http://www.annmakes.blogspot.com.  Today I want to share with you a really fun and easier than it looks project that you can make for yourself or for someone else.  This is also a great project to do in a group setting as the supplies come in a convenient kit to make 12 books!

Here is one that I put together using many different techniques I have acquired while on the AG team.

First I cut strips of handmade paper I  had made using the Arnold Grummer technique (video link).  The strips are slightly longer than the 4 1/2" covers and the widths vary.  I wove the strips of paper and glued them down to one cover with some Elmers clear paper glue.  For the other cover i used equal size squares which I also glued down.

I painted the covers with some acrylic paint in an Antique White.  Once the paint was dry I painted on a coat of Crackling Medium.  After the medium was dry I painted on a coat of White paint.  The magic happened and the paint crackled to make it look like old paint.

I enhanced the aged look by using some Antiquing cream.  Once everything was dry I glued a pressed pansy from my garden to the cover using some glue sealer.  I added some details with permanent solvent Black ink and some rubber stamps.

I attached the covers to the pre-folded 6-panel inserts and called it a day!  Now there you have a portable sketch, photo, or a  whatever book!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and are inspired to try making your very own books.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

To see more of my projects and how to's please pop over to my blog at http://annmakes.blogspot.com.  You are slo invited to check out my YouTube Channel: Annmakes and subscribe so you don't miss any of my FREE How-To videos.

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Arnold Grummer's Square Zig-Zag Book™ Group Pack
Arnold Grummer's Garden Press
Plaid Folkart Crackle Medium
Elmer's clear Gel glue
Allen's Original Tacky glue
DecoArt® Crafter's Acrylic Paint in Antique White, and White.
DecoArt® Media Antiquing Cream in Medium Grey
DecoArt®  Americana Decou-Page sealer-glue-finish
Tukineko StazOn Jet Black solvent ink pad
Rubeer stamps (vintage and from my stash)
Pansy flower from my garden (Costco flowers)
Handmade paper strips (from my stash)


  1. Somehow I missed this, but I love the woven book cover!


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