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Healdsburg School: 7th Grade Art

This guide was made by Jenna Freedman for Ann Weber's class in February 2021.

Make a Zine

Zine Making

Layout may mess with your head. That's okay; breaking your brain while making a 1/4 size zine is a rite of passage! Below are content suggestions for an 8-page zine. Farther below are additional element ideas.


With help from Milo Miller, famed QZAP co-founder, I've developed zine templates for myself for making various size zines in InDesign, pdf, and Word.

Content Suggestions]


Something that symbolizes your zine theme or a mind map

Page 2
  • Introduce your zine (pro-tip: you might want to do this at the end, so you know what you're introducing)
  • Metadata: contextualize for the reader
    • Author
    • Date
    • Publication location
    • Contact information
  • Freedoms and restrictions
    • Do you want to claim copyright?
    • Assign a CC license?
    • Reject copyright?
    • Control digital reproduction?
  • The required or repetitive stuff, like works cited: consider using a QR code
Page 3

Rant, manifesto, I statements: why this topic matters

Page 4 (left side of centerfold)

Cartoon, sketch, art, doodles (be bold! draw stick figures!)

Page 5 (right side of centerfold)

More cartoon, sketch, etc.

Page 6

Pencil game: maze, crossword puzzle, word finder, quiz, survey, matching

Page 7

Recipe (could be literally about food, or it could be "how to____.")

Back Cover (8)

Credits, playlist, reviews or recommendations

Another pro-tip: number your pages. This will help when you are assembling your zines.

Zine Elements

photo of a tuxeduo cat on zine pages ready for layout or collationCovers

color * construction paper * relief print * acetate


staples * sewing * stab * pamphlet * paper types* materials


illustrations * fair use/copyright * photographs * typography/handwriting * backgrounds


Essay * Poem * Review * Drawing * Collage * Personality Quiz * Crossword Puzzle * Playlist * Top Ten List * Likes/Dislikes * How To * Comic * Rant * Blank Space * Art * Handwriting * Typewriting * Design Software * Stick Figures

Metadata: author, title, publication location, publication date, freedoms and restrictions


personal * political * art * literary * split * compilation * minicomics * DIY

Pro Tips

  • Leave a 1/4" margin around your pages
  • Remember your zine will be copied or scanned, so light text and images may not reproduce well
  • You do you

Online Zine Making Resources

photo of a cat at a computer looking at a catalog


These are proprietary tools I don't love recommending. Please share free/open source alternatives!

Adobe Scan

Phone app that's helpful if you don't have access to a scanner.


I suggest each person create their pages the way they want and have one person in charge of assembling them. Here's an example of a collaboration spreadsheet from a compilation zine I was part of. 

Google (sigh)

did you know you can change the dimensions on Google slides? Try 5.5" wide by 8.5" high if you're in the US or 148.5mm x 210mm where A4 is the standard paper size.

Online Publishing Platforms