Downloads & Extras

Paper-Oh notebooks are the product of our passion for and knowledge of book design. But what fun is it if we keep all our secrets secret? Check in here for fun downloads and book art tips from the pros.

Tips, Tricks & Timesavers: Origami

For our inaugural Paper-Oh Downloads & Extras post we offered instructions on how to create a unique paper wrapper for the gift of a notebook. But what if, in our eagerness to inspire with such a neat idea, we left some readers in the dark when it comes to folding terms like “mountain” or “valley”?

Well, we’re back with a collection of tips, tricks and timesavers for your next origami project (and as you’ll find out, we let you off easy with the paper wrapper). We hope that these points will help guide you in all your folding endeavours. And, as always, be sure to show us your creations on Twitter and Instagram!

A Quick Origami Dictionary

White Side and Coloured Side: exactly what they sound like

Landmark: a point, crease, edge or fold that locates the area or move precisely

Move: one step in the instructions

Pre-Creasing/Preparation Folds: a series of folds and unfolds that creates landmarks or prepares the paper for subsequent moves

Fudge Factor: a small gap or space that allows for the thickness of the paper when folded layers are brought together (prevents the buckling of thick folds)

Locking: a move that helps to hold the shape, often the insertion of a flap into a pocket (because there’s no glue in proper origami!)

Valley Fold: the crease is at the bottom of the paper (forming a “V”)

Mountain Fold: the crease is at the top of the paper (forming a peak)

Double Raw/Folded Edge: where two raw or folded edges lie on top of each other

Crease: the line that appears in the paper when you unfold a particular move

Fold: the completed move

Point: the intersection of creases, folds or location (the corners of the paper and the free ends of flaps may be referred to as points)

Raw Edge: the original edge of the paper (as opposed to one you’ve created through folding)

Model: the finished product of your efforts

5 Things to Remember

1. Sit upright in front of a flat surface (air folding makes for crooked lines) and fold away from you with clean hands

2. Triple check that your paper is square (origami is all about symmetry)

3. Start soft before committing to a final, hard crease

4. Helper creases are on instructions for a reason – use them and save yourself time later

5. Toothpicks can help open up tight corners

1 Easy Substitution

Don’t have a proper bone folder at home? No problem – simply remove the ink from a disposable ballpoint pen and use the hollow tube to score your fold lines! A clean popsicle stick or chopstick can also work wonders.