let it be known that i love zines. love them! they're personal, interesting, unique, and such fun to get! they let your voice be heard, they're entertaining, and they are of any style... not only all this, but they're also really fun to create. easy too. and fast. what's not to love?
it all begins with an idea, or a person. your zine can have a theme, or not. if it's for someone else, perhaps think about what that person enjoys. whether burritos or fandoms or polar bears or curled hair, take all of those facts and interests into consideration. how can you make a zine about that? what are some interesting aspects of this topic? what would make this person smile or laugh or cry or scream, "yes, i get that!"
also think about what you're good at, or like doing. whether painting or sketching or writing or whatever... it has a place in zines. (if you're like me and slouching while whispering, "but i'm good at none of those things? but i'm really great at uh eating cupcakes?" that's okay!! you know how to cut stuff out of magazines? great. you have a talent in cut and paste zine making! but also perhaps do some writing/art making, because no matter how well you do it, it'll turn out so cool.)
~if you're not interested in making several copies of your zine, go ahead and assemble a little booklet! you can do this by folding pieces of paper into halves, quarters, or eights! you can even cut every eighth in half for a teeny tiny little zine! this layout allows you to not have to cut anything.
~time to create your pages! use anything you like to create your little booklet. use paint, markers, crayons, magazines, scissors, glitter, a typewriter, journal pages... anything. the great thing about zines is that all you need is a pen and paper, but anything else is also brilliant! write and doodle and sketch and paint and glue down pretty things. do anything!
~if you would like to make copies, but don't know how many pages your zine will be, make your pages on only one side of the piece of paper (otherwise you just fold the pages as you wish and use every page. but doing this, you'll only use half the blank spaces). when you're finished, fold as many blank pages as you need, and cut out your filled pages. glue them onto the blank ones and you're good to go! now you have sheets of paper to copy. as i am really bad with copy machines, i prefer to pay a tiny bit extra and have the good folks of the ups store copy my master-copy for me. black and white copies are cheaper and look really great. color copies are a tiny bit more expensive and look exactly like your original.
~to assemble your zine, simply fold it up, cut any folded edges that would obstruct the reading of your zine and bind it! you can bind zines with staples or by stitching.
i really hope you feel inspired to create a zine!