Zine 102: How to make a Zine
So now that you know what a zine is, you can start making one! Making things can be intimidating, but it shouldn't be. Creating and publishing a zine isn't as complicated as you might think and I am going to tell you how!
First things first, what is your zine about? This is going to be the first and most important part. Your zine could be about anything from pictures of street art to pancake recipes, it's anything you want.
The next thing you need is the content for your zine. You need your pictures, collection of bobby pins, ect to fill up your zine. This is the most funa nd creative part of the process. Fill it with all the cool stuff.
After you have your topic and content, you need to figure out how to lay it out in your zine. I find the easiest way to see what will be on which page is to lay it out in a landscape word document and print out the pages. Folding in half and opening it will give you an idea of which pages will have what on them. I also find it helpful to number the pages by hand and lay them flat on my desk. This is how you can see how to arrange your digital content before the printing press starts rolling!
After you have your pages in the order you want them, you can run the presses and make your zine! But the next question is how will you keep your pages together? You could sew them together like a traditional bound book, but that can be difficult if you don't already know your way around a needle and thread. That's also verytime consuming depending on how many copies of your zine you need. You can also staple the spine of your zine together. That's the most traditional way people put their zines together, but my favourite method is tying my spines together with twine. Adding a little bow to your zine gives it even more of a handmade look.
Now that you have your first zine created, what do you do with it? I'm going to talk all about what you can do with your zine now that it is made and what zine publishing is really like. Keep the conversation going or let me know if there's anything I missed in the comments below!