2022WKSP-14 Introduction to Housing for Books - Online

  • 02 Oct 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Online using Zoom


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Instructor: Stephanie Wolff

Location: ONLINE using Zoom

Date: Sunday, Oct 2, 2022

Hours: 1 pm – 5 pm Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)

Course fee: $105 members / $165 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)

Prerequisite: none


Presented by: GTA Chapter

Registration closes: Tuesday, September 27, 2022, 11:59 PM

This is a live workshop, but it will be recorded and available for the registrants to view until Nov 3, 2022.

Once your book or prints are completed, how do you protect and house them?

In addition to protecting work, housing provides an opportunity to guide the reading experience and incorporate additional content or design elements.

We’ll cover a selection of simple options in this workshop, making a nested set for a three-dimensional item (using a deck of cards or the equivalent).

The housing we will build are the following: a wrapper band, a 4-flap wrapper, and a self-closing wrapper.

We will also examine other options, including pre-made portfolios and boxes, that can be adapted.

Resources on materials, tutorials, and conservation considerations will be shared.

Our models will be small and constructed out of paper, but they will be good reference for scaled up versions and future projects.

NOTE: This workshop has been previously taught for other organizations in an extended version titled Paper Packaging.


Bone folder


Awl or piercing tool

Ruler, 12” metal


Glue stick

Cutting mat

X-acto knife

Right triangle

Self-centering C-Thru ruler, or other gridded ruler 12” (optional, but helpful)

Japanese hole punch (optional)


One deck of playing cards, poker size, 3.5” high x 2.5” wide x about 5/8” wide

We’ll use this to build a set of nested packaging around, so we all work from the same size item. Please note - playing cards come in various sizes, but the pre-cut paper is based on the standard size of a deck of cards for poker.

OR an alternate option: build a small form the same size as above (height and width and the same thickness) from foam core, corrugated board, or cardboard. You can just stack a bunch of pieces together with glue stick. This is needed to build a form, around which we’ll create our packaging.

Double-sided tape: ¼” (or ½” works also) such as 3M #415 double-sided tape


The grain of the cut papers should be parallel to the height which is underlined in the list below. For this workshop, they are all short grain.

For the nested packaging set please pre-cut:

All of the papers for the nested packaging set should be 65 or 80 lb card or cover weight paper


A. Wrapper band:

1 sheet 2.5” high x 8.75” wide paper

1 sheet 3.5” high x 7” wide paper

B. 4-flap wrapper:

1 sheet 2.5” high x 11” wide paper

1 sheet 3.5” high x 8.5” wide paper

C. Self-closing wrapper:

1 sheet 2.75” high x 11” wide paper

1 sheet 3.75” high x 11” wide paper

Stephanie Wolff works with paper, text, textile, and the book form, often on themes of weather, science, history, and rural life. Her work has been exhibited in the U.S. and Germany and is in many collections, public and private. She has been awarded a creative research fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society and was Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. Stephanie’s years as a book conservator provided her with knowledge in the history, construction, and repair of a wide range of library materials. She enjoys teaching to share her knowledge from bookbinding, conservation, and fine arts. @stephaniewolffstudio or  www.stephaniewolffstudio.com

Online Workshop Process:

The instructor will be in contact prior to the workshop to share the meeting link and any additional required directions. Materials should be prepared in advance of the workshop to the specifications which will allow participants to take the best advantage of the live format. Please review the technical requirements on the workshop registration page prior to registration to be sure you can participate. Questions should be directed to workshop@cbbag.ca

Technical requirements for participation:

·       Access to the internet and to the Zoom application

·       Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)

·       Microphone or Headset / Webcam

·       How to join a zoom meeting information https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193

Participant-requested cancellations will be accepted up to 3 days prior to the published cut-off date for registration and will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee (a minimum of $5). After that, the full fee will be forfeited. In the event of the workshop being cancelled by CBBAG, the workshop fee will be fully refunded. Membership fees included in the non-member fee above are not refundable.

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