Learn a classic Origami Fold you can use for Art Books, Art Journal embellishment or greeting cards

Who doesn't love a fun "pop-up" element in a book? Who doesn't love a 'hidden message' to be discovered between the pages of a book?

If you love pop-up, folded or hidden elements in a book or art journal, this course is for YOU!

* * * * * * * * *

Learn how to fold and create this delightful embellishment that you can use to create an impact in your journal pages as a 'hidden message', to decorate a special journal cover or make a fun greeting card.

Using age-old techniques of Origami folding, you will learn to how to fold paper to create this fascinating embellishment that can contain a 'hidden message' one must open to reveal what's inside.

You will learn the tricks and tips for making what is known as a "floral fold", or "squash fold", and you will learn how to apply this fold for a square or circle shape.

There is a photo gallery of examples for using this fold in various ways for art journals, art books or greeting cards, which will be sure to spark your Creative Instincts!

* * * * * * * * *


This creativity course contains:

  • List of supplies
  • 5 minutes of video instruction
  • Bonus lesson of the fold made with circle shapes and how to glue into a journal with step-out photos
  • Inspiring gallery of examples for ways to use this fold technique

The origami fold you will learn is often used in book arts to create fascinating folded accordion style books. This course is a great introduction for making Squash Fold Books. You will find some examples of Squash fold books in the gallery.

* * * * * * * * *

This creativity ecourse is designed to awaken and inspire the Creative Instincts for anyone feeling the need to generate some creative play in their lives. This course is designed for all levels of skill, including advanced practitioners of Creative Play.

Register today and commit to connecting to YOUR Creative Instincts.

I look forward to seeing you in the classroom!

Your Instructor

Monica - The Creative Beast
Monica - The Creative Beast

Hello! I'm Monica The Creative Beast!

I’m an artist, creativity coach, and bookmaking instructor. This course contains everything I've learned from my experience of teaching and creating art and binding books.

I believe our Creative Instincts help us stay connected to our Humanity and I’m on a mission to help womxn and women of color unleash and celebrate their innate Creative Instincts.

I’ve taught book arts, sewing and other creativity workshops for over 10 years. There’s no better feeling than when I hear students say, “oh this was easier than I thought” and “I can’t believe I made it.”

EVERYONE is born creative, but society tends to crush this instinct in childhood. I teach creative e-courses so YOU can reclaim the creative beast within you.

I’ve taught hundreds of people through various workshops how to activate creativity to boost joy, and I hope YOU will be one of them!

Course Curriculum

Available in days
days after you enroll
  Gallery of Inspiration
Available in days
days after you enroll
  Closing Thoughts and Next Steps...
Available in days
days after you enroll

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who is this course for?
This course is for people who are looking to boost their creativity and to learn about folded book techniques used in book art. I provide tips for the Squash fold that are easy to follow, whether you are a beginner or an advanced book artist.
Do I need any previous Bookmaking or Crafting experience?
Not at all. I give you step-by-step instructions in the video demonstration so you can execute the Squash fold easily. With a little practice, you'll be able to make the Squash fold quickly and with confidence, with no confusion about how to get it to fold into place, which happens often with beginners.
What’s included in HIDDEN MESSAGE?
You'll receive an overview of the course and a list of supplies you will need for learning the Squash fold. There is a video lesson for the classic Squash fold and a visual lesson on using the Squash fold with a round shape, instead of the classic square fold. There is also a photo gallery of Squash book examples to get you inspired toward creating a full Squash book.
How much time will it take to get through the course?
There is a video lesson that takes approximately 5-6 minutes for the classic Squash fold, with tips for folding so it comes together easily when all the folds are made. The visual lesson for using the Squash fold as an art journal or greeting card element will take approximately 10 minutes to read through. All in all, this course should not take more than 20 minutes to complete. And regular practice of the Squash fold will hone your skill to a expert, polished level over time, with patience, determination and persistence, until the folding process becomes familiar to you.

Thank you and thank YOURSELF for committing to your own Creative Instincts by taking this course with me - I hope you will be inspired to continue with more Creative Play in your life!

This course is closed for enrollment.