Counting Pages in Junk Journals

Counting book pages

How to count your book’s pages

When you make a junk journal, or any book, by hand you may want to describe the size and how many pages are in your handmade book.

Pages are counted by the part you see as you read or write in the journal. 

As you begin to construct a junk journal, one of the first tasks is to fold your paper to fit into the covers. One piece of folded paper was traditionally called a folio, an old Latin word for leaf, and this makes four pages.

A bundle of folios inside each other makes a signature, and you count the pages, not by the number of leaves, but by the faces of the leaves.

So if I make a junk journal with two signatures, each containing four pieces of folded paper, my book has 32 pages.

  • Each piece of folded paper (folio) in the signature yields four pages.
  • Four folios equals 16 pages.
  • Two signatures equals 32 pages.

Easy isn’t it?

See you next time.

I have had many careers in my 70+ years, but always creativity was at the forefront. I am passionate about using less and wasting less. I love design, painting, decorating, and now I am combining all that into making junk journals. Creating is like breathing for me!

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