My zine-making process:
1. collect poetry, quotes, images/art that i would like to use in the zine; format text, print and cut everything up for use.
2. i enjoy making my cover first. i'm not suggesting that is a "normal" way to start, but since i am very ocd and also use my dreams/visions/instincts to guide the process, it is so far been my process. i think it lets me set out a visual for myself of where i'm going, keeps my "goal" in mind or how i want things to come together.
3. i take 8 1/2 x 11 paper (i am flexible about what kind of paper. my first zine i used yellow lined legal pad paper of the correct size. i liked that because then it created lines on pages in the photocopied zine which i thought was interesting background. for this zine here i used regular white copy paper.) and fold it in half, setting the pages inside each other. this way, as i start pasting/designing, pages are automatically designed in the order that i would like them to appear in the zine. i know other people like to move pages around, reposition things. that isn't my method. i also don't have a specific number of pages in mind. i know the minimim number i want to have to get all of my "pieces" in there, but i usually end up with at least a few pages more than i had planned on because i don't really count at first. this gives me space to still get a little creative, after i start laying things out on the pages. i can see that i have room to play with.
4. lay out. sometimes this involves additional cutting or shaping. laying things out gives me an idea of how many pages i have to work with or need to fill before i start pasting.
5. pasting. i start the basic pasting, getting things put together in the order i really want. order and balance of text to art is pretty instinctual for me. i follow my instincts.
6. adding additional pieces. when i see i still have quite a bit of white space or pages look too formal or plain, i start looking for creative and unusual elements to fill in space and add texture. in this case, i used several cards from a set i had to use matching elements that went thruout the zine.
7. finished protype of zine.
8. photocopied finished zine.