With step-by-step guidance from Joelle Webber, create a folded box that can be used to beautifully  present your photographs & more.

May 11, 2024 - May 11, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $195
Workshop Duration: 7 hours (Saturday, 9am-4pm ET)
Workshop Location: Online
Class Size: 12

Note: This workshop will be held in a live, online format utilizing the Zoom platform.
Class meets Saturday, May 11 from 9am-4pm ET (includes lunch break). 

An elegant box, using fine archival materials to protect a series of prints, images and other ephemera.  Bound together with traditional hinging techniques along with a unique closure. This box design can be tailored to the size and number of items you would like to protect and present.

Closed folded box with a bow made in an online book arts workshop at Maine Media

Opened folded box made in an online book arts workshop at Maine Media

*To join in the step-by-step instruction, collect all tools and materials before the workshop begins. See the lists below. Email [email protected] with any questions you may have.

This daylong workshop is for those who want to display and protect their prints in box form. The Folded Box is a great structure to collect photographs, prints, ephemera, or single-page collages oriented vertically or horizontally. 

In the morning, we will learn to cut down our archival materials by ‘measuring from the reality’ of our collected prints.  This box is designed to protect a collection of images with a series of four flaps that fold in. As we create, we will discuss different ways to organize our content within the box, including interleaving between our ephemera. 

In the afternoon, after an hour’s lunch break, we will continue shaping our box materials, binding them around our collections. This will include creating a spine-gap jig for consistent hinges and other techniques to complete our archival protective box. A wonderfully rich presentation and a compelling comprehensive work of art.

Materials required

 – The collection of images you want to be mounted in the book

– Interleaving (optional)


5 sheets of Satin vellum paper. I tend to get the 30 lb, as it is less likely to dimple, leaving white marks. Feel free to use your preferred interleaving.

– Inner box papers


1 or 2 sheets of a sturdy, but pliable cover weight paper, not stiff when folded. 

– Book Board


The .07 is plenty thick. I would get the 20”x 34” sheet. Feel free to use what you already have.

– Book cloth


1 yard. I would suggest a paper-backed fabric like: Asahi, Cialux, Duo or Iris. Feel free to use what you already have

– Box closure


I yard of 3/8” grosgrain ribbon. You can also look in your local fabric and craft stores

– PVA glue 


Tools required to make a folded box folio at Maine Media Online book arts workshop.

Tools required

  • cutting mat
  • ruler
  • retractable blade
  • pencil
  • awl
  • chisel the same width as your ribbon
  • bone folder
  • hammer
  • waste board (a soft pine or many layers of book board)
  • scissors

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Instructor: Joelle Webber

Joelle Webber has been making books & boxes for 40 years. At Mermaid Bindery, on Westport Island, she offers original artist books, binding services for fellow creators, handmade crafts in her roadside shed, and workshops for several communities.