Pocket Book: Theme and Variations Part Three

I ended last week’s post with the image of these pockets created by folding and interlocking pieces of paper and card stock. (If you missed the previous posts, you might want to go back and look at Part One and Part Two.)

The pockets were a bit tight for putting things in and taking them out again, so I thought about ways to solve that problem.

One solution is to cut thumb notches out of the pocket edges so that the contents can be grasped more easily.

Another solution is to make the card stock connectors narrower so that the thinner paper of the pocket body can flex more. The paper was folded with the openings on the outside, so an extra end piece of card stock was needed on the end to cover the join.

That seemed to require gluing down.

If I was going to start gluing things together it seemed logical to glue everything in place. I folded some new pockets with the horizontal opening in the middle and the edges slightly overlapped. I cut some shallower tabs from card stock and began gluing things together.

Here’s a unit of two pockets joined in the middle and with a tab glued on for joining it to the next pair of pockets.

There: a four pocket accordion with minimal gluing.

It occurred to me that there was another possibility here. I cut some card stock inserts the width of the folded pocket unit plus a tab on each end. You can see where the tab is attached in the image below.

The card stock folds back across the pocket unit and the second tab is glued in place.

You can join units with the same kind of tab as in the previous structure.

This gives you a pocket accordion with floating panels. This structure has a lot of potential.

I was delighted to see that some people are playing along and creating their own variations. These two are from @lostpathpress.

If you are making variations of your own, or using one of the structures I have shown, I would love to see your work. Send me a note via the Contact page or, if you are on Instagram, post your image there. (Don’t forget to tag me @byopiapress to make sure I get to see the picture!) If I get enough images, I will do a fourth post to show them.


I have  spent much of my week preparing an artist’s talk about my exhibition currently on display at the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery.

If you are interested in attending (virtually), the talk will take place on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time. You can sign up here:

Virtual Artist Talk with Cathryn Miller – February 17

In other book art news:

If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by saccharine sentiments at the moment, I may have an antidote: the vinegar valentine. Jeff Peachey offers one especially for bookbinders.

You can find his full post here.

Brighton Museums provides more cards here and and a short article on Victorian vinegar valentines here.

Apparently the practice of anonymous cruelty was not created by the Internet.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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