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There are lots of tutorials to be found on youtube.

Look for "How to make miniature books"  by The Square to Spare. That is quite a good one

I tried copying the link but then it puts the whole film here.

Good luck..

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Dutchie, it depends on whether you want to make realistic books with printing and pictures or whether you just want to fill a little bookcase (like I usually do).  Jim's Printmini site has lots of book covers in 1:6, 1:12 and 1:24 scale; just stack and cut pieces of poster board or foam core to size and glue the covers on.  1:2 scale is a lot larger than dollhouse scale, though.

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I changed the thread title to 1:12. :)

Many years ago I wrote a tutorial for Miniature Collector about scanning real book covers to make mini books. It's here (posted with permission) if you want to read it: https://www.emilymorganti.com/samples/miniaturizingprints.pdf

I also have a tutorial here: https://www.emilymorganti.com/blog/?p=13302

These are modern books but you could use the same method for old books. There are a lot of printies online for old-looking book covers. These tutorials use paper for the pages, but you can also use blocks of wood with the edges painted white or gold.

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I like using the card stock to get the effect of folio page edges.  Here's the link for Jim's site:  https://www.printmini.com/printables/p1.html  If you want to make pages that turn, like Joel's books, you want to use something a tad heavier than one layer of paper for the book covers.

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I had lots of fun making 12th scale books from this tutorial. I made many of them with printed pages, and also several with foam board sandwiched between the printed cover. They are addictive - once you start making them, it's hard to stop! :) 

https://thicketworks.com/miniature-books-a-love-affair/

Here's a photo of the ones I completed filling the bookcases in my music room. 

 

 

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Thank you all! Yesterday I had a go at it. I work in a printing factory and that is a benefit.
Last week my team and I made a weekly journal containing 20 pages. I could copy the PDF's and make them smaller (25 mm high) and printed a copy.

Then I made a mistake. I folded them into each other. It took me a while to understand I should have fold them onto each other...
Here is the result, my copy of Alice in Wonderland and a songbook.
When I enlarged the picture I noticed that I stuck the front of Alice upside down, haha.

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