Booklet in a Box: Gel Printing on 12×12″ papers with Gelli® Artist Giovanna Zara

Hello everyone, Giovanna here today! If you are an old crafter like me and you hoard dozens of 12×12″ papers or sometimes you stumble in a shop sale and are tempted to bring some home, here’s how you can make wonderful gel printed craft projects out of them. On the internet there are a lot of templates for how to use them so I made mine and created a booklet in a box made out of two 12×12’’ papers and some loose prints! (We are never short of these ones!)

 Let’s dive into the video! Save the templates and make your own!

Enjoy the video ☺


-Spread on the Gelli® plate acrylic paint with a brayer keeping the colors separate to create a block pattern

-Press the sink mat and lift it

-Pull a print on the 12×12” paper

-Keep up to fill the whole paper

-For the paper back, usually a bit crowded, use only white or black or golden acrylic paint

-You can add some stencilling on both paper sides

-Spread acrylic paint on the plate, lay a stencil, pull a print, lift a stencil and pull the ghost print 

-Gel print two 12×12’’ papers, one for the box and one for the booklet and use some loose gel prints for the inner pages

-For the box: score at 3” and 9”,rotate 90° and score at 4”1/2, 5”1/2, 10″ and 11″

-Cut and fold following the template

-For the booklet: score at 6”, rotate at 90° and score at 4.5”,5”,5.5”,6”,6.5”,7”,7.5”

-Decorate the box and booklet cover and pages before to assemble

-Glue the box closed

-Glue the inner pages to the concertina

Materials I used:

Box Template:

Booklet Template:

18 thoughts on “Booklet in a Box: Gel Printing on 12×12″ papers with Gelli® Artist Giovanna Zara”

  1. I don’t understand the paper size: 30”x30”. It looks like 12”x12”. Your score marks would indicate this as well.

  2. Did you mean 12 x 12″ paper? That was quite confusing in the description and I was very curious to see how you were going to print on REALLY big paper. Maybe you meant 30 x 30cm?

  3. It appears that most of the paints you chose for this project, are transparent colors. Is that correct?

    1. Hello, Giovanna used regular, high quality acrylic paint, in small quantity. That gives the transparency and the texture is more visible than when you use more paint. Hope It helps! 😊

  4. This was absolutely fabulous. I’ll definitely have a go. Yours is beautiful. Thank you so much.

  5. This is so beautiful- but how did you get 4 panels? I can only get 3. Please let me know. Thank you 🙏

    1. Hi! Do you mean the pages inside the concertina? The folds allow to fit 4 pages because you can glue the first one on the first fold, and so on. Make a test with a square copy paper, following my template, you can play and make larger or smaller folds so you can fit more or less pages inside. Hope it helps!

    1. Like an old fashioned squeeze box or piano accordion musical instruments. The cardboard or paper is folded so that it squeezes in to make a sound and than squeezes out to make a different sound. The cardboard folding is called a concertina. Google squeeze box and you will see it.

  6. Beautiful project, Giovanna! It’s amazing that you created this with only two sheets of 12×12 card stock.

  7. Stunning project Giovanna!
    Totally love how you made this.
    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration, video tutorial and the templates.
    Stay safe and have a wonderful day

  8. Hi, I’m excited to try. Thank you so much for sharing. One question….Is the 12×12 scrapbook paper the thicker cardstock type or the thinner more like regular paper? I’m thinking cardstock thickness but it might be harder to score and fold.

  9. I love this! I definitely have some 12 x 12 hanging around, and I think that these boxes will make a lovely gift. Thank you!

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